Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UV rays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.
Matcha is rich in chlorophyll, which is an excellent source of antioxidants and known to be great for detoxification. It is also high in catechin content, an antioxidant that helps fight bacteria and infections. In fact, Matcha is so high in antioxidants that it has a greater level than spinach, blueberries and dark chocolate! Also important, Matcha has L-theanine, an amino acid mainly found in tea that naturally enhances your mood, sense of well being, and increases your focus and concentration.
Using Matcha internally as well as externally is the ideal collaboration. Besides being a great detoxifying agent, chlorophyll is a great source of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory and healing properties. And aside from fighting bacteria and infections, catechins may slow down the aging process. As for L-Theanine, well, to put it simply, it is a feel-good benefit.
1. Matcha Bath Soak
I used a 5oz container for my salts. Fill with Epsom salts & add in 1/2 – 1 tsp of Matcha Powder. Stir or shake everything together. You can add extra benefits if you’d like, such as baking soda, essential oil scents, jojoba or another moisturizing oil etc.
I put a few spoonfuls into an organza bag so I didn’t sludge up the tub.
2. Matcha Facial Mask
I used 2 tsp of coconut oil to 1/2 tsp of Matcha Powder. Soften coconut oil & mix into matcha powder. You can refrigerate until it solidifies and then whip it into a soft cream OR you can just put it on after it cools. Allow it to soak for several minutes and steam off with a warm wash cloth.
3. Matcha Face Cream / Spot Salve
This one turned out much darker than I thought it would. I think I will try a few different combinations out before using it as a stand alone cream, but this can be used for target areas OR similar to the face mask.
If you leave the beeswax out, you may want to keep the mixture in a cool place so it stays solid. Since it’s winter here right now, I didn’t feel the need to add beeswax to this mixture.
I used 1/4 cup of coconut oil to a 1/2 tsp of Matcha Powder. (If you’re adding beeswax I would add a quarter of the amount of coconut oil you use) You could also add in Jojoba / Sweet Almond oils etc.
Melt coconut oil Or Beeswax first if you’re using it. (double boiler, pan on stove etc) & stir in your Matcha. (I’m going to try an infused oil next time as there were some chunkies left at the bottom of the pan) Allow to cool for a few minutes before pouring into your containers.
This goes on a little green but seems to melt in. (less matcha would be better I think)
4. Matcha Sugar Scrub
- Cane Sugars ( I used Organic Brown & a little White)
- Matcha Powder
- Jojoba (Or other favourite carrier oil)
I used 1/2 cup of sugars to 1 tsp of matcha & 2 tsp of Jojoba oil.
Just place everything into your mixing bowl and stir until it’s all combined!
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