You’ve probably enjoyed a matcha latte, maybe even tried straight matcha tea, but there are many unexpected ways you could be putting this antioxidant powerhouse to use for you and your health, inside and out.
What is Matcha?
For those who haven’t explored this new health trend, matcha is a unique green tea from Japan. The plants are grown under shade, hand-picked early in the spring, and stone-ground to preserve the powerful antioxidants and chlorophyll. Matcha ha about 10 times the antioxidants of regular green tea. It also has a sweeter, milder flavor than the full sun varieties.
Matcha Health Benefits
Rich in antioxidants, chlorophyll, and L-Theanine, matcha provides some pretty amazing health benefits. Increased focus, long-term energy, free radical protection, detoxification, cholesterol control, metabolism boosts, and enhanced mood are just a few of the things this tea can do for you.
Bath Time – Add a sprinkle of matcha to your tub, along with Epsom salt, for a soothing, relaxing, and energizing bath. The antioxidants protect skin from damage, the chlorophyll detoxes and deodorizes, the caffeine invigorates, and the L-Theanine calms body and mind. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil or light a candle to make it even more enjoyable.
Matcha Pops – Matcha makes for a deliciously beneficial popsicle. It plays well with most fruits. Try it with lemonade, strawberries, or mango. Mix it with yogurt for creamy pops.
Body Scrub – Get the benefits of matcha with exfoliation. Mix matcha with sugar and a little water to rub and revitalize skin.
Foot Soak – Add matcha to your foot soak. You will enjoy the earthy scent of it while softening callouses, easing pain, and rejuvenating skin.
Oatmeal – Start your day with a slow-burning carb and the sustained energy of matcha combined. Mix a half teaspoon in your oatmeal. Add fresh fruit for even more antioxidants. You will notice the difference in how you feel.
Face Mask – Matcha makes an amazing addition to any face mask recipe. Try it with honey, yogurt, coconut oil, oatmeal, bananas, and more. Let the antioxidants go to work where you need it most while the caffeine burns fat and revitalizes cells.
Yogurt – Just like oatmeal, this food gets a boost with a small half teaspoon of matcha. As a protein-rich snack, breakfast, or afternoon pick-me-up, matcha infused yogurt will help you get going.
Wrinkle Cream – Mix a small amount of matcha into your wrinkle cream, homemade or store bought. You get extra antioxidants to protect and repair damage. Catechins and tannins also tighten skin.
Toothpaste – Matcha toothpaste helps deodorize the mouth thanks to the chlorophyll, but it also invigorates gums, combats bacteria, and repairs cellular damage. Try adding a half teaspoon of matcha to 2 parts baking soda and 4 parts coconut oil. Add a two drops of peppermint essential oil for flavor. Try variations with charcoal.