In honor of launching our new line of matcha products, we want to share a little bit of what makes matcha so great. Matcha is famously known for being part of ancient Japanese tea ceremonies, spanning over 900 years.
Zen Buddhist monks honored matcha tea as the ‘health elixir’ for its potential to heighten the concentration and enhance the metabolism.
Like all tea making, there is an intricate process to harvesting matcha. During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested, Camellia Sinensis, the leaves and leaf buds that are used to produce tea, are covered from the sunlight. This causes an increase in chlorophyll production, giving the matcha green tea its vibrant green color. Matcha is made by utilizing the entire tea leaf and pulverizing it into a powder.
Its list of benefits is lengthy due to Matcha’s high concentration of healthy nutrients. It can aid in the healing of numerous ailments, skin conditions, and even some cancers.
Here is a list of benefits that are particularly beneficial to the skin:
Matcha stores a wealth of natural antioxidants, more than any other green tea. Antioxidants provide younger looking skin, as they fight against the effects of UV radiation and free radicals. Since your skin is your largest organ, providing it with a healthy dose of antioxidants daily can neutralize the free radical’s effect, protect the body from inflammation and even reduce signs of aging. Basically, the more antioxidants you have, the better equipped your body is in the fight against infections and disease.
Just one bowl of matcha green tea provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food, one of the highest rated according to the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method. Because of this, applying matcha directly to the skin can fight against acne, rosacea and other skin conditions.
For thousands of years, Matcha Green Tea has been used by Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Modern science has confirmed that Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being. It does this by the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces this calmness without becoming drowsy. L-Theanine is actually common in most teas, however, matcha contains up to five times more of this amino acid. The body is relaxed as the mind remains alert.
Looking for a safe cleanse? Matcha contains detoxifiers capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body. Chlorophyll, the element that gives green tea and other plants their signature green color, is a powerful detoxifier. Matcha is substantially richer in chlorophyll than other green teas, making it an excellent daily detox.
As previously mentioned, Matcha can induce a calm and relaxed feeling. It is also a natural energizer. The energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance can last up to 6 hours without the usual side-effects of caffeine such as hypertension, nervousness or crashing a few hours after drinking. Instead, Matcha green drinkers enjoy a clean, smooth energy boost.
With all the nutrients packed into Matcha, it’s no wonder this green tea is also an immune system booster. One bowl of Matcha provides substantial quantities of Vitamins A & C, Protein, Iron, Potassium, and Calcium. The amount of catechins found in Matcha has antibiotic properties which promote overall health. It also can improve cholesterol and increase your metabolism, allowing you to burn more calories a day.
Check out LicaCole.com to see how we use Matcha in our new The Good Vibe collection!