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by Michele Griffiths •

Surprising Ways Matcha Benefits Our Skin and Health

Japanese Matcha tea is a fine powder made from tender green tea leaves.  The word Matcha which comes from Japanese, “ma” for ground plus “cha” for tea. Matcha was made popular over 900 years ago by Chinese Zen Buddhist monks.  The monks found the tea helped generate a state of calm alertness that was helpful during their meditation sessions.  Preparing and serving this type of tea provided the origins for the wonderfully ornate, ritualistic Japanese Tea Ceremony. Antioxidants What makes Matcha different from regular green tea is that its bright green leaves are shielded from the sun in the last few weeks of growth, increasing the chlorophyll content and producing 137 times greater antioxidant levels than regular green tea. It also contains a class of antioxidants called catechins, specifically a large amount of  EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) which is believed to have cancer fighting qualities. EGCG helps to detoxify and fight inflammation in the body and can assist in lowering cholesterol levels. Metabolism, Energy and Mood  Matcha contains a unique ingredient called L-theanine, an amino acid that when combined with caffeine helps boost metabolism and sustain energy.  This increases alertness without the drowsiness that often follows after drinking coffee.  It can also stimulate dopamine, the brain’s naturally occurring “feel good” chemical, leading to improved mood, memory, and focus. Benefits for Skin Chlorophyll found in Matcha helps protect the skin from sun damage and reduces photoaging which can cause fine lines, wrinkles and pigmentation.  It also helps cleanse the skin of toxins.  Matcha’s abundance of antioxidants include powerful anti-infammatory properties to fight redness, irritation and swelling.  Additionally, the potent  anti-bacterial and antibiotic properties found in EGCG are effective for treating bacterial growth that causes acne.  EGCG also promotes smoother, more supple skin helping to rejuvenate skin cells.  Matcha is packed with vitamins that support skin health.  Vitamin E stimulates new skin cell growth and also acts an intense hydrator for soft and nourished skin.  B2 plays an essential role in maintaining collagen levels for youthful skin structure and aids cell turnover. Caffeine and tannins in green tea help shrink blood vessels around the eyes, making it a miracle for treating puffy eyes and dark circles.   Supernatural Body Products That Contain Matcha: Poshen Serum Bloom Moisturizer Klenz Cleanser Glo Body Oil Joi Body Wash Lavish Body Butter   Supernatural Self-Care DIY Matcha Face Mask 1 tablespoon organic, plain, full-fat, non-dairy, probiotic-rich yogurt 1 teaspoon Matcha To avoid lumps, sieve the Matcha powder into a small bowl before adding the yogurt and mix until smooth. Then paint onto your face with a clean makeup brush. Leave for 10 minutes, just enough time to sip a cup of green tea and maybe squeeze in a little meditation, too. Remove mask with a washcloth soaked in warm water. Follow with your favorite serum and moisturizer.