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Your Guide to the Benefits of Matcha
By now I am sure you have seen or heard of green Matcha lattes and smoothies, but did you know that there is more to this amazing ingredient than just its beautiful rich colour? I have put together this guide to the benefits of Matcha in teas and supplements as well as how it can help our skin.
There is not much more calming to me than having a hot cup of tea when I am feeling stressed and green tea has always been one of my favourite choices, especially if I'm trying to stay away from coffee. But did you know that not all green teas are the same? Matcha is actually a special kind of natural tea which practically doubles as a superfood because of its amazing nutritional properties. In fact, one cup of Matcha is said to be as powerful as ten cups of regular green tea! This incredible tea not only makes a delicious drink but is also a wonderful ingredient in natural skin care, working to brighten up skin tone and reduce signs of damage.
What is Matcha green tea?
Matcha is a type of green tea made from tea leaves which are left in the shade for the last few weeks before harvesting, increasing the theanine and caffeine content.1 The antioxidant-rich leaves are then ground into a fine powder with a rich green colour, retaining all of the natural nutrients in concentrated form. Unlike regular green tea leaves which are infused in water then discarded, Matcha green tea allows the whole leaves to be consumed. This versatile powder can be combined with hot water or your choice of milk to make delicious, nutrient-rich tea or added to smoothies, yoghurt, ice cream and baking. Matcha has a beautiful earthy flavour but can also be used in natural skin care thanks to its antioxidant-rich properties, perfect for brightening up dull and dehydrated skin.
Natural Matcha tea and supplements
Matcha Maiden Matcha Green Tea Powder
Vegan and Certified Organic, the Matcha Maiden Matcha Green Tea Powder makes a delicious hot cup of tea or iced latte. Sourced from Japan, this highly nutritious powder makes an ideal alternative to coffee, working to slowly deliver a sustained release of energy and support your focus and concentration with less caffeine than coffee. This delicious powder also makes a tasty addition to smoothies, ice cream and baking. Read more about how you can avoid coffee in my blog post here!
The Beauty Chef BODY Powder Vanilla
Containing Matcha green tea to help stimulate the digestive system with a burst of nutrients, The Beauty Chef BODY Powder is a great way to both boost your metabolism and reduce sugar cravings, thanks to the satisfying flavour of this protein and probiotic rich blend. An ideal addition to smoothies, milk or porridge, this energising powder is vegan, Australian made and comes in either Chocolate or Vanilla flavour.
Best natural Matcha skin care
100% Pure Green Tea EGCG Concentrate Cream
The powerful brightening properties of Matcha are designed to help reverse signs of ageing and damage, the 100% Pure Green Tea EGCG Concentrate Cream contains EGCG, an extremely potent antioxidant found in Matcha green tea which may help fade sun spots, plump up dehydrated skin and reduce puffiness. Firming and hydrating, this powerful cream can be massaged into the face and neck morning and night to help maintain healthy moisture levels and fight signs of environmental damage. Use after applying the Concentrate Serum for best results!
Hurraw! Organic Lip Balm - Green Tea
Infused with natural Matcha powder, the Hurraw! Organic Lip Balm - Green Tea is the perfect lip balm for green tea lovers, with a delicious Matcha flavour and scent. This nourishing lip balm contains deeply hydrating ingredients including Coconut and Hemp Oils to deliver replenishing essential fatty acids and help plump and soften lips.
Buddy Scrub Lip Scrub - Matcha & Lime
Perfect for creating a smooth base for lipstick, the Buddy Scrub Lip Scrub in Matcha & Lime is a sugary formula designed to gently exfoliate dry and cracked lips to leave them feeling soft, smooth and hydrated. Brightening Matcha works to plump, firm and revitalise lips, while nourishing Shea Butter and Coconut Oil lock in moisture. With a light, fresh scent from Lime Oil, this delicious scrub can be massaged into damp lips to buff away dry skin, and is also Vegan and Australian made.
Source: 1The Conversation.
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