Camellia sinensis, Green tea (lu cha) September 12 2014

Green tea is one of the most universally known and used botanicals from the Chinese Materia Medica. 

Chinese Medicine Properties: cooling, tonifying, regulating

SCIENCE

Particular tea polyphenols called catechins, have been widely identified as some of the most powerful skin-protective antioxidants.  Recent research shows its value particularly as a defender against sun damage, both topically and when taken internally. 

HISTORY
Since ancient times green tea has been regarded as a tonic for long life and good health.  It also has a long tradition of use for skincare, prized for its tonifying, decongesting and anti-inflammatory actions.