How To Make Green Tea At Home?
Green tea, native to China and India, is one of the healthiest
beverage. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Green tea is made from the Camellia sinensis plant. The dried leaves and
leaf buds of Camellia sinensis are used to produce various types of teas. Green tea is prepared by steaming and pan-frying these leaves and then drying them.
Green tea is made from unoxidized leaves and is one of the less processed types of tea. It therefore contains the most antioxidants and beneficial polyphenols.
Green tea is taken by mouth to reduce high levels of cholesterol or other fats (lipids) in the blood. It is also used to improve mental alertness and thinking,
diabetes, low blood pressure, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.
Ingredients for Green Tea
- Greentea leaves: 10-12 grams
- Basil(Tulsi)leaves: (3-4)
- Lemon juice
- Take a cup of water and heat it till it is about to boil.
- Take a strainer and measure and put 1 teaspoon of green tea leaves in it.
- Pour hot water into the cup through the strainer. Pour till the bottom part of
the strainer is immersed in hot water. If you are using a teabag, then dip tea bag directly into the cup of water.
- Take the strainer away (or the teabag) in 2-3 minutes and take a sip to check if
this is how strong you would like it to be. If you are making this for someone else, then use a spoon to check the flavor!
- Steep again for 30 seconds if you feel the tea needs to be stronger.
Benefits Of Green Tea
GREEN TEA OFFERS THE SEVERAL HEALTH BENEFITS WHICH ARE LISTED BELOW:-
- Weight Loss: Green tea increases the metabolism. The polyphenol
found in green tea works to intensify levels of fat oxidation and the rate at which your body turns food into calories
- Abnormal development of cells of the cervix (cervical
dysplasia): Taking green tea by mouth or applying it to the skin seems to reduce cervical dysplasia caused by human papilloma virus (HPV) infection.
- Diabetes: Green tea apparently helps regulate glucose levels
slowing the rise of blood sugar after eating. This can prevent high insulin spikes and resulting fat storage.
- Clogged arteries (coronary artery disease): Population studies
suggest that drinking green tea is linked to a reduced risk of clogged arteries. The link seems to be stronger in men than women.
- Endometrial cancer: Population studies suggest that drinking
green tea is linked to a reduced risk of developing endometrial cancer.
- Cholesterol: Green tea reduces bad cholesterol in the blood and
improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad cholesterol.
- Low blood pressure: Drinking green tea might help increase blood
pressure in elderly people who have low blood pressure after eating.
- Parkinson's disease: Drinking one to four cups of green tea
daily seems to provide the most protection against developing Parkinson's disease.
- Anti-viral and Anti-bacterial: Tea catechins are strong
antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. In some studies green tea has been shown to inhibit the
spread of many diseases.
- Thick, white patches on the gums (oral leukoplakia): Drinking
green tea seems to decrease the size of white patches in people with oral leukoplakia.
These are some of the many benefits but the reality is one cup of tea a day will not give you all the abundant gains. The jury is out on how many cups are necessary; some say as little as two cups a day while others five cups. If you are thinking of going down this route, you may want to consider taking a green tea supplement instead (it would keep you out of the bathroom).