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Essential oils are concentrated plant extracts used for a variety of purposes, including aromatherapy, skin care, and natural remedies.
We like to share the benefits of essential oils by focusing on specific oils in each blog.
Green tea is a popular beverage with health benefits such as powerful antioxidants that help reduce the risk of certain diseases. But besides using green tea as a hot drink, the seed oil of this plant also carries a lot of medicinal properties with its soothing and comforting aroma.
Green tea essential oil or tea seed oil comes from the green tea plant (Camellia sinensis) of the thisi family. It is a large herb that is traditionally used to make caffeinated teas, including black tea, oolong tea, and green tea. All three may come from the same plant but have undergone different processing methods.
Green tea is known for its various health benefits. Several studies have shown that green tea can reduce the risk of various diseases and illnesses. They were used in ancient countries as an astringent to treat digestive problems, regulate body temperature, control blood sugar levels, and improve mental health.
Green tea essential oil is extracted from the seeds of the tea plant by cold pressing. The oil is often referred to as camellia oil or tea seed oil. Green tea seed oil contains fatty acids such as oleic acid, linoleic acid and palmitic acid. Green tea is packed with powerful polyphenol antioxidants, including the essential oil catechins, which provide it with several health benefits.
Green tea seed oil or tea seed oil should not be mistaken for tea tree oil and the latter is not recommended for consumption.
Traditional use of green tea
Green tea oil was mainly used for cooking, especially in the southern provinces of China. It has been known in China for over 1000 years. In traditional Chinese medicine, it has been used to manage cholesterol levels in the body and promote a healthy digestive system. It was used to boost immunity and ward off diseases. It has also been used for several skin conditions.
Benefits of using green tea essential oil
In addition to being a favorite hot drink, green tea seed oil also has a soothing and fresh scent that has made it a popular ingredient for some perfumes. Although not popularly used for aromatherapy, green tea seed oil offers many benefits for the skin.
For healthy hair
Studies have shown that green tea essential oil contains catechins that promote healthy hair growth in the follicles. Green tea oil helps stimulate the dermal papyria cells in the hair follicles, thus increasing hair production and reducing the incidence of hair loss.
It is an antioxidant
Antioxidants help fight free radicals that can damage the body Green tea essential oil contains some powerful antioxidants such as catechin gallates and flavonoids. They fight free radicals in the skin caused by exposure to UV rays and pollutants from the environment. Apart from this, they help repair collagen damage which keeps the skin firm and elastic. It improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and reduces the appearance of scars. Green tea oil mixed with rose hip oil, wheat germ oil and aloe vera gel applied on the skin reduces signs of skin aging.
Moisturizes the skin
Green tea essential oil can penetrate deep into the inner layers of the skin. It helps keep the skin hydrated and moisturized, which is great for those who suffer from dry and flaky skin. This is due to the fatty acid content of green tea seed oil. A blend of green tea and jasmine with a carrier oil like argan oil can be an effective nighttime moisturizer.
Prevents oily skin
Green tea essential oil is rich in vitamins and polyphenols that are beneficial for skin types.
In addition to reducing sebum, its anti-inflammatory property helps treat skin blemishes such as acne.
As an astern
Its green tea essential oil contains polyphenols and tannins that can help constrict blood vessels that reduce the appearance of puffiness due to its vasoconstriction properties that shrink skin tissues and make pores appear smaller.
Gives a sense of serenity
Diffusing a few drops of green tea essential oil helps create a relaxing environment. The scent of green tea helps to relax the mind and increase mental alertness at the same time. It is recommended for those who want to improve their focus during exams or while completing some tasks at work.
Reduces darkness under the eyes
Puffy eyes and dark circles are signs of inflamed and weakened blood vessels under the eyes. The anti-inflammatory properties of green tea oil help reduce swelling and puffiness around the eyes. A carrier oil with a few drops of green tea oil can be massaged into the area around the eyes.
Prevents hair loss
Green tea oil promotes hair growth and slows or stops hair loss, thanks to its antioxidant content. Its anti-inflammatory property helps promote an infection-free, healthy scalp. Its vitamin B content prevents split ends, making hair strong and shiny.
Safety tips and warnings
Green tea seed oil is not recommended for pregnant women or nursing mothers without a doctor’s advice.
For those who want to apply green tea essential oil to the skin, it is recommended to do a patch skin test first to see if an allergic reaction may occur. It is also best diluted in a carrier oil or water.
For those taking blood thinning medication, it is always best to consult a doctor before using green tea seed essential oil.
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