Tea Tuesday: Green Tea Health Benefits and DIYs

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It is finally starting to feel a little more like spring and that means one thing...spring cleaning! As well as clearing and organising our living spaces let's also focus on getting our healthy habits back in-check. Did you realise that we are a quarter of the way into 2016 already? Yep, time to review those new year's resolutions.

This week's Tea Tuesday features the humble green tea which is not only loaded with incredible health benefits but can also be incorporated into your beauty routine. 

Green tea has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years and is known to contain powerful health-boosting antioxidants. As well as speeding up your metabolism and reducing cholesterol, it has also been shown to improve brain function and help with signs of ageing. It can even reduce anxiety and have a calming effect on your mind. Why not try starting your day with this superfood beverage instead of your regular cup of coffee and see if you notice any positive changes?

There are so many green tea blends on the market today so you can be sure to find something you love. And if tea is not really your thing, I highly recommend trying Matcha - a powdered Japanese green tea containing an even higher concentration of antioxidants and health benefits. The highly-Instagrammable Matcha Latte has been increasing in popularity over the past year but if it is not available in coffee shops near you just yet, you can easily source this superfood online to create your own lattes at home!

superfood healthy green tea
One of my favourites - loose leaf green tea with jasmine


And if that wasn't enough, here are three simple ways to incorporate green tea into your beauty regime.

1. Eye compress - Cool steeped tea bags in the refrigerator and then place over your eyelids for 10-15 minutes to battle puffy eyes and dark circles.

2. Toner - Steep a cup of green tea for 5 minutes and allow to cool. Transfer to a clean spray bottle, keep refrigerated and spritz onto skin after cleansing for a healthy, glowing complexion. Experiment with adding a few drops of essential oils such as tea tree for antibacterial properties or vitamin E for extra hydration!

3. Body Scrub - Mix together one tbsp dried green tea leaves, 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup olive oil. Store in an airtight glass jar. Massage this natural scrub into your skin in circular motions to buff away dead skin cells before rinsing off to achieve super soft skin.

What is your favourite type of green tea? Let me know in the comments!

Amy 

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