Chinese green tea benefits are numerous – Chinese people have known this for many centuries and Westerners are finally catching on.
Here in China, green tea is drunk not only during meal times to enhance digestion and dissolve greasy food, but also throughout the day as a refreshing beverage.
In China, it is also culturally significant to drink green tea – for instance, it is usually offered to visitors to welcome them into the home or workplace and it is a common ingredient in many Chinese medicinal folk remedies. This article presents many Chinese green tea benefits, common green tea uses and how to make a great cup of green tea.
Chinese Green Tea Benefits
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, these are some important green tea medical benefits:
- Stops thirst
- Stimulates appetite
- Improves digestion
- Clears heat from the body
- Removes phlegm
- Reduces fat
- Reduces high cholesterol
Traditionally, green tea is also said to:
- Clear the mind
- Dispel laziness
- Invigorate the body
- Improve sight
Green Tea Uses
While there are numerous Chinese green tea benefits, traditionally there are also many green tea uses, not just as a healthy beverage, but as a skin wash, a mouthwash, and as a main ingredient in tea folk remedies.
Green tea mouthwash: Trying to find green tea mouthwash to buy? The traditional way is to simply place 1-3 grams of loose or whole green tea leaves in a cup and add hot (not boiling) water. As soon as it’s cool enough, rinse your mouth with the tea. Use as often as you like. Cleans your teeth and prevents tooth decay and problems like gingivitis.
Green tea cleansing skin care wash: Here’s another of the traditional green tea uses – to cleanse and cool your face or body skin. Can also be used in cases of swelling, inflammation and itching, such as from insect bites and sunburn. Steep 6 grams of loose or whole green tea leaves in a bowl of hot (not boiling) water. When cool, apply the leaves directly to the skin or use the tea water to wash the skin.
Green tea and weight control: It is generally believed in China that you can drink green tea to lose weight. For this reason it is not uncommon for thin people to be advised not to drink too much tea. A particular kind of tea (Pu Er Tea) from Yunnan province in China is renowned for its ability to benefit digestion, reduce fat and treat obesity. Steep 6 grams of the tea in a cup of hot (not boiling) water for 10 minutes. Drink throughout the day by topping up the cup with fresh, hot water as required. Cover the cup when not in use.
Medicinal green tea infusions: As mentioned, above, green tea is a common ingredient in traditional Chinese medicinal teas, for example:
- Green tea and honey – constipation remedy
- Green tea, garlic and brown sugar – to kill germs and resolve toxins
- Green tea, chrysanthemum flowers and honey – for headache, dizziness and sore eyes
Caffeine Content in Green Tea
The caffeine content in green tea depends on such factors as the variety of tea, the location of the leaf on the plant and steeping time in the cup or pot. A cup of green tea may contain 15-40mg of caffeine, whereas a cup of coffee may contain 100mg or more. Unless you have a medical condition or are taking medication requiring you to limit your caffeine intake, 4-5 cups of green tea a day would be highly beneficial for you. There are so many Chinese green tea benefits, you’re really missing out if you don’t drink it. Replace coffee, soft drinks and milk drinks with green tea and you willnotice an improvement in your digestion and general health!
How to make green tea (cup)
- Boil water (use as pure a water as possible and a non-plastic kettle) then let it cool for a few minutes.
- Place required amount of whole green tea leaves in the cup & add a small amount of hot water. Swish the water around to wash the tea leaves, then tip it out.
- Top up the cup with hot water & let steep for 2-3 minutes before drinking.
- Re-use the leaves up to 3 times throughout the day by topping up the cup with fresh, hot water each time. Cover the cup when not in use.
With the interest in Chinese green tea benefits increasing in the West, more studies are being done to verify the traditional claims from China. However, Chinese people don’t require scientific proof of the benefits of green tea – they already know. After all, it’s been trial-and-error tested by literally millions of tea drinkers over at least the last two thousand years.