Botanical name: Camellia sinensis
Other names: tea
Part used: leaf
Taste (rasa): bitter and astringent
Characteristic (guna): light
Energy (veerya): cooling
Action (karma): stimulant, antioxidant, diuretic, hunger suppressant, immune system enhancer, body detoxifier, natural antibiotic, lower blood pressure & cholesterol
Dose: Infuse one teaspoon of tea with a cup of boiling water.
Contraindications: do not have after 3 pm in case of insomnia
Green tea comes from the same plant as black tea, the difference being in the processing of the leaves. The processing of green tea retains the flavonoids, powerful antioxidants. These flavonoids are known to protect against free radical damage of cells and against oxidisation of cholesterol and fat, while also acting as a natural antibiotic, body detoxifier and immune system enhancer.
Ref: ‘Ayurvedic Medicine’ by Sebastian Pole; ‘Ayurvedic Pharmacology & Therapeutic Uses of Medicinal Plants’ by Vaidya V.M. Gogte; ‘Yogi of Herbs’ by V. Lad & D. Frawley; ‘Herbs Are Special’ by Isabel Shipard.