Herb Spotlight: Green Tea for All the Antioxidants

Modern society has been well aware of the benefits of green tea for many years and asian cultures have long enjoyed the plant’s medicinal benefits through tea ceremonies. Green Tea is an alternative caffeine source to coffee for those trying to kick the habit. It’s also a great afternoon beverage for those that aren’t too susceptible to caffeine. Many studies have shown green tea to help stimulate weight loss as well as boost the immune system. Aside from this, green tea is absolutely delicious whether it’s hot or cold and the flavor mixes quite well with other herbs.

Scientific Name: Camellia sinesis

Magickal Stats: Elementally Fire, Ruled by the Sun

Parts Used: Leaf, bud, stem, liquid extract of the dried leaf

Improves Function Of:

  • Urinary System
  • Immune System & Defense of Free Radicals
  • Cancer prevention

Aides in Relieving Symptoms Of:

  • Inflammation & Metabolic Stress
  • Dental cavities & mild gum disease

Assists Spiritually With:

  • Bring about balance
  • Highlight courage & strength

How Does It Work?

High amounts of catching, flavonoids and other phenolic compounds make green tea six times more antioxidants than black tea. When the fresh leaves are steamed the release polyphenols which have shown to be anti-inflammatory as they lessen joint degradation and protect bones & cartilage. Regular ingestion can also hinder HPV and the growth of abnormal cells in the cervix. The other benefits are from the caffeine increasing the release of neurotransmitters.

What Do I Do With It?

Most people make either hot or cold tea out of the leaves but green tea can also be put into beauty recipes for the antioxidants and liquid extract can be taken orally for the medicinal effects. Put into a satchets and burned to ensure future riches and put into talisman for encouragement in strength and courage. Lastly it’s a great base ingredient for “lust beverages”.

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