SERVING SIZE: 1/8 tsp
SPECIES: Camellia sinensis
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Formalized rituals around green tea point to the stark elegance evoked by this herb. Green tea is orderly. It allows you to view life quietly. Unlike coffee, which is adorned with cream and sugar, green tea stripped to its bare essentials. It needs no ornament. This minimalist herb subscribes to the Zen principle, "Less is more."
It's pale green color has a mild herbal taste with a touch of earthy bitterness. It is otherwise mostly bland. The warmth in a cup of green tea calms the nerves as it warms up circulation. A cup of green tea, filled with antioxidants and an abundance of healing qualities, is an excellent substitute for coffee as your morning pick me up.
Green tea is an herb with an illustrious history, as the tea of Emperors and sages. According to legend, Prince Dharma travelled to China sharing Buddhism. He made a vow to remain awake for his entire nine year mission. Unfortunately, despite his best efforts he fell asleep. "Upon awakening, he was so disgusted with himself, he tore off his eyelids, to ensure that they would never inadvertently close again. The place where he threw them on the ground produced enchanted (tea) shrubs with leaves having the power to keep eyelids open. As you can see, in each story, green tea is the herb that helps Bodi Dhama remain austere, refined, true to his path.
Green Tea for Weight LossA cup of steaming, pleasantly bitter green tea helps you lose weight when combined with healthy diet and exercise. It's diuretic properties remove excess water from your system reducing puffiness, edema, and a feeling of heaviness. Swiss researchers have preliminary evidence that green tea accelerates the burning of fat calories in people who are overweight, reducing cholesterol, high lipids, and triglycerides.
The bitterness of green tea also helps you detoxify. Green Tea can help regulate your blood sugar and insulin levels, helpful in diabetes. Green tea can also help to prevent plaque buildup on the teeth, since the leaves contain a natural fluoride.
Heart HealthGreen Tea helps you take care of your heart. It reduces blood clots through it's bitter, blood-thinning taste, as well as reducing cholesterol, lipids, and triglycerides. It's diuretic action lowers blood pressure. Studies show that green tea may actually lower the risk of arteriosclerosis (hardening of the blood vessels) through anti-oxidant action.
Brighten Your MindGreen tea has a lower amount of caffeine than coffee, but still gives a nice pick-me-up. Instead of feeling jittery and agitated, green tea gives a softer lift that clears and focuses your mind in the midst of a long day. It is often used in China to soften the pain of migraine headaches.
Additional Health BenefitsGreen tea's many health benefits include the healing of ulcers, curing bad breath, and encouraging healthy digestion. Unlike coffee which aggravates inflammation, green tea is an anti-inflammatory. Additionally, green tea boosts your immunity against both viral and bacterial colds and flus. These health benefits are ascribed to the high content of bioactive ingredients such as polyphenols. Due to its stimulating nature, bitter taste and drying effects, caffeine in all forms provokes Vata dosha. Find alternative stimulants such as ginger when energy is depleted due to Vata. However, green tea does one great thing for Vata- it can prevent osteoporosis.
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WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with at any given time. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what should be favored in your Ayurvedic menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you experience optimal health.
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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICSWhat is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
Experiences are PersonalExperiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary. The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
DIGESTIVEHerbs that encourage healthy digestion.
SPLEEN-TONICAn herb that strengthens spleen function by improving strength of the blood. Spleen tonics Builds agni, brighten the person's appearances & firms up tissues.
Energy Vitality Strength:
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs
Heart & Circulation:
CARDIAC-STIMULANTHerbs that increase the heart rate. Useful in cardiovascular health, blood stagnation, and subjective feeling of heaviness in the chest area.
BLOOD-THINNERHerbs that thin the blood. Helpful for people with heart disease or clogged circulation.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
ANTIBACTERIALHerbs that kill bacteria or slow their growth.
ANTICARCINOGENICHerbs that inhibit or prevent the activity of a carcinogen or the development of cancer.
ANTIVIRALHerbs that inhibit the development of viral infections. Antivirals also can be found in essential oils of some herbs, such as eucalyptus oil.
Kidney & Urinary:
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
Lung and Sinus:
BRONCHODILATORAn herb that encourages the widening or opening of the lung airways. Helpful in cough and asthma.
Mind, Stress & Sleep:
STIMULATES-CROWNCreates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area at the top of the head.
Stimulates front of brain
STIMULATES-FRONT-OF-BRAINCreates a feeling of awareness or tension in the area in the forehead. Activates the frontal lobe - the area responsible for motor function, emotional expression, thinking, and decision making.
LOWERS-THYROIDReduces thyroid function. Useful for people with hyperthyroid.
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HOW DOES EATING AYURVEDICALLY MAKE YOU FEEL?Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. Food digests with ease when right for your body type (dosha). Healthy digestion is seen as the cornerstone of well-being in Ayurveda. Healthy digestion generally prevents illness. If you do get sick, a strong digestive fire reduces the severity of illness and increases your resilience. It also improves your mood. Once you begin eating Ayurvedically, you will feel refreshed, vital and strong.
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Hello John, I was just wondering about the dosa of green tea. I am VP type with highly sensitive GI tract. My experience with green tea is that it is pitta aggravating specially in somewhat higher quantity and not very different from black tea (which you also classify as pitta pacifying but again from my experience it is pitta aggravating but not when cooked into masala chai with milk). Mayur
OH! I didn't know that about the maca and green tea that it can lower thyroid function...uh oh. I have a question. I love drinking green tea, but I do not need to aggravate my vata nature anymore... What about decaf green tea and/or Kukicha Twig tea? Thanks!
Green tea is a little bit irritating to the GI, and therefore can provoke vata. Twig tea with milk or almond milk might work a little bit better.
Hello John, In the middle east it is a habit to drink dry or green tea with food. Is this fine or is it to better to have tea before or after a meal. They do this specially with cheese., regards mh
Thank you in advance. As Vata/pitta, I love so many rich flavors available in teas
a traditional home remedy forThis information has not been validated by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
SkinAcne - painful
Mind Stress SleepDifficulty waking up, Excessive sleep, Short bursts of energy, Sleep deep & long, trouble waking up, Sleep during the day, Tired in morning
Blood and CirculationFatty Liver, High Blood Sugar, Insulin Resistance
DigestionH pylori infection
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.