A novice’s intro to oolong tea!
You might have come across a packet of oolong tea in the market while searching for your favorite cinnamon-flavored green tea bags. Some of you might have even distanced yourself from the shelf featuring oolong tea. Geez, what on earth is that, some of you might have even exclaimed in surprise. Well, little did you know, you missed out on something great! We will need several books to encompass all the known benefits that are associated with this tea. There is a staggering number of them, we can tell you that much! In this discussion, we are going to talk about only one benefit of oolong tea i.e. its role in keeping your skin aglow!
We guess your query has been answered in the opening remarks of this discussion already. But we are afraid that is the short answer only. There is a lot of nitty-gritty that you must be aware of when it comes down to using oolong tea for skin care purposes. Want our advice? Give us ten minutes of your time, we are going to recap all the important stuff related to this angle of oolong tea. Lots to learn, we promise you!
Can oolong tea prevent aging?
Now that we have got you reading these lines, let us begin with an issue that keeps many of you awake at night. Relax, we know you are worried about the 30th birthday that’s approaching fast! Everyone has to grow old, no one has made a deal with God like Joey from Friends! But jokes aside, oolong tea is indeed enriched with several antioxidants, which can take care of free radicals that contribute to old age. How do these free radicals contribute to the process of aging? Well, they can cause significant DNA damage and accelerate the process of skin cell breakdown as well. When destructive processes of this nature happen at a rapid pace, your skin has very little time to heal back to normal. To use the slang, it loosens up a little bit! But thanks to the free radical eliminating ability of oolong tea, this problem can be countered if you start drinking oolong tea at the right time in your life.
Is oolong tea a good choice for eczema?
Apart from slowing down the general process of aging indirectly, oolong tea leaves have been known to be effective against chronic skin conditions like eczema. For those of you who are not familiar with the disease under discussion, eczema is characterized by rash, itchiness, and redness. In swear cases, infection in its most exacerbated form is observed as well. While it is yet to be proved with one hundred percent accuracy by science, oolong tea leaves have been reported to alleviate the aforementioned discomforts synonymous with the term eczema. A possible reason as to why oolong tea soothes eczema patients could be the presence of anti-allergenic antioxidants which are abundantly found in the oolong tea leaves. Maybe that’s the root source of all the magic that is associated with oolong tea leaves!
Drink to your skin!
In this section of the discussion, we are going to talk about how much oolong tea will do the job for your skin. It is worth clarifying this here, when we say “do the job”, we are talking about these tea leaves keeping your skin in its current or a slightly improved form. This is not the Harry Potter series, where applying a potion will take care of all the acne on your skin in five minutes! No, you have to be patient and consistent in your approach, if you are desirous of long-term results.
Coming back to the point of this section, we will recommend you to start with a moderate dose at first. What’s moderate, you ask? Well, crack this equation and you will have your answer. Three grams of oolong tea leaves/200 mm of water. The whole process of boiling and letting the leaves steep must not take more than ten minutes. About the number of cups, it is advisable to drink 2-3 cups every day, and no more than that. Please note that the consequences for messing around with the boundaries are terrible, which usually manifest themselves in the form of side-effects. These side effects include headaches, nausea, jittery feelings, and vomiting. In more serious cases, casualness on the drinker’s part can lead to conditions like kidney stones.
Other health benefits associated with oolong tea
There are plenty of other reasons as to why you should drink oolong tea in the first place. As we approach the concluding remarks of this discussion, we thought it would be a great idea to recap some of these health benefits. All the more reason why you should shop for this stuff the next time you are at a shopping mall! Here are the key health benefits associated with oolong tea:
1- It is believed that oolong tea leaves have a better diabetes type 2 management capacity. This is primarily because of the regulatory effect of these leaves on blood sugar.
2- Prevention of tooth decay courtesy of the antioxidants found in oolong tea.
3- Super helpful in keeping cardiac health in check, since the tea can lower the overall level of cholesterol in the blood.
4- Better Musco-skeletal health. And God knows we all need some of that, keeping the hectic life of the 21st century in mind!
5- An excellent solution for managing stress and anxiety.
That would be all from this discussion. We hope that this article served as a reminder to you about the magical potential of the oolong tea leaves. Interestingly, has it puzzled any of you yet why is it called oolong in the first place, even though the leaves of this tea come from the same plant as green tea? Oolong in Chinese stands for black dragon, and certainly, the potential of these tea leaves is no less than the power of a mythical creature!