One of the most fascinating things about modern medicine is how scientists are discovering that old folk remedies are actually effective. The recent interest in matcha green tea is a great illustration.
What is Matcha Green Tea?
Matcha is green tea leaves that have been milled down to a fine powder. This process was first seen in the Chinese Tang Dynasty, with leaves steamed and formed into bricks for shipment. The method was brought to Japan in the 12th century and the drinking of matcha became a central part of the traditional tea ceremony.
What is Matcha used for?
In addition to drinking, the fine powder of matcha is used for flavoring noodles, ice cream and a variety of other edible products. It lends a vegetal flavor followed by a sweet aftertaste. In addition, matcha has started to find a foothold in the cosmetics industry.
What are the health benefits of Matcha?
The bright green color of tea leaves comes from a particularly high concentration of chlorophyll, the pigmentation that allows plants to process sunlight. Chlorophyll is a powerful antioxidant, helping your body purge toxins and dampen inflammation. In addition, matcha is high in the amino acid L-theanine, a natural mood enhancer.
What kind of cosmetics products use Matcha?
Right now, there are only a few products that incorporate Matcha into their formulation, mostly face masks and cleansers. Pangea Organics’ Facial Mask is a popular choice, as it also includes goji berry and acai berry for extra effectiveness. The Dr. Weill for Origins Matcha Bath Soak is another good way to expose all of your skin to the restorative power of Matcha.
Can I make my own Matcha products?
An easy way to create your own Matcha face mask is to mix equal parts high-grade Matcha powder with honey and yogurt, then apply. It will clear out your pores and remove unsightly inflammation. And, of course, don’t forget about the time-honored custom of drinking a hot cup of Matcha tea. One serving a day can have a number of positive effects on your circulation and health.