Quick fact: after water tea is the most consumed beverage in the world.
I hear you…no…this is another article on the benefits of green tea.
Well, it was going to be until my husband went to the store and picked up a box of black tea instead of green tea which, in turn, put me in a mad scramble to learn if there were any benefits to these ostracized leaves.
After some research I thanked my husband for going against the grain and getting something that would soon become a staple in my health, hair and skin regimen.
Black tea can help control or even prevent diabetes:
- Black tea has a significant amount of polysaccharides (carbohydrates) that work to decrease blood sugar absorption.
- Research shows that countries which drink greater amounts of black tea have the smallest occurrence of Type 2 Diabetes.
Black tea can reduce your risk of heart attack and stroke:
- Drinking as little as 3 cups of black tea a day can reduce the chance of cardiovascular death by as much as 11%
Black tea may contribute to weight management:
- Research shows that countries that consume greater amounts of black tea have decreased levels of obesity.
- The antioxidants in black tea help to increase weight loss, by supporting your metabolism and helping the body to burn fat more efficiently.
Black tea can reverse the apparent signs of aging:
- The antioxidants in black tea helps to reverse the damage caused by everyday life, the sun and poor eating habits; making your skin look more youthful, vigorous, and glowy.
Black tea can help in the prevention of plaque, cavities and tooth deterioration.
- The antioxidants in black tea, helps to stop plaque acceleration on your teeth, allowing you to maintain a healthier mouth and keep your breath fresh at the same time.
Note: Wikipedia states that black tea is a type of tea that is more oxidized than oolong, green and white teas; and that all four types are made from leaves of the shrub (or small tree) Camellia sinesis.
Zap that Blemish:
Do you have a pimple that has just made an unwelcoming appearance on your skin? Place a warm teabag on it for about 7 to 10 minutes. Remove the teabag but don’t rinse off the tea.
An All Natural Astringent:
A cotton ball and some warm or cool black tea is all you need to refresh the skin morning or night. Do not rinse.
Use black tea to decrease pores, and give your face a natural, beautiful glow.
- Take 1 black teabag, place into cup and add water.
- Let it steep for 15 minutes.
- Take the teabag out of the cup.
- Soak a soft face cloth into the tea.
- Squeeze out the cloth and place it onto your face for 20 minutes.
- Rinse your face with lukewarm water and apply a moisturizer.
Black Tea Rinse:
- The Caffeine in black tea blocks DHT
- DHT is the hormone that is responsible for hair loss
- Reduces shedding
- Adds shine and makes hair more manageable
FYI: Black tea darkens hair and brings out natural highlights.
Black Tea Rinse How To:
- Add 2-4 tea bags to 2 cups of boiled water. (you may need more or less depending on how much hair you have)
- It’s recommended that you let the tea steep for a few hours or over night.
- Wash hair.
- Take the tea and pour it on your hair or use a spray bottle.
- Let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
- After it has set for 20-30 minutes, add your favorite deep conditioner directly on top of the rinse.
- Every 2 weeks, because some studies have shown that two much caffeine can clog pores and prevent hair growth.
Note: Some hair bloggers stated that they’ve added the tea and then layered it with the conditioner for 20-30 minutes; achieving the same results.
Warning: Black tea will stain, so be sure you’re wearing something old before starting.
WOW! My thoughts exactly!!! So enjoy yourself a cup of black tea, while cleansing your skin, and lavishing your hair. LOL
Here’s To Your Health!!!
Stephanie B. Davis
Certified Natural Health Professional
**Disclaimer: Please pray and ask God for direction, and always consult a doctor before starting any new regimen.**