Medicinal Plants – Camellia sinensis.
Camellia sinensis is the plant which black, white, green and oolong tea all derive from. What makes each of these teas different is their harvesting process. The Camellia sinensis plant is native to Southeast Asia and is usually pruned at three feet, to promote new growth. This new growth is called a flush and these young leaves hold the most potency. We use the leaf of this plant to aid specific health complaints and improve overall wellbeing. Below is a list of what we believe are the most important benefits you should know about this special plant.
Top five benefits of the Camellia sinensis plant.
1. Rich in catechins (younger leaves hold the most catechins), an antioxidant that hinders the growth of cancer cells
2. Theanine a non-proteinic amino acid unique to tea, promotes relaxation and sleep, improves cognitive functions and mood and reduces mental and physical stress
3. Caffeine is known to reduce low-grade chronic inflammation, which can lead to heart disease
4. Green tea promotes fat oxidation due to its thermogenic properties (metabolic stimulation)
5. Black and green tea suppresses bacteria, promotes healthy gums, reduces bad breath and slows down tooth decay
Potential side effects of tea: If consumed in excess, caffeine can cause insomnia, nausea and impact mood. Consult a doctor when taking medication. Women who are pregnant or breast-feeding should limit intake.
The ROWE® Team