Matcha is a specially grown, processed and often ceremoniously consumed green tea. Once upon a time it was saved for only royalty, or samurai warriors, but is now consumed world wide and enjoyed in many forms. Today there are two forms of matcha, ceremonial matcha, used in tea ceremonies and for meditation and culinary matcha.
Most people are aware of the benefits of green tea, it was all the rage here a number of years ago. And while there are a lot of benefits of green tea, matcha is essentially green tea on steroids. First this is because matcha is not steeped leaves in water, it is stone ground leaves whisked in hot water, which means more of the nutrients are retained and consumed.
Furthermore, the type of green tea that makes matcha contains a higher amount of antioxidants, which are what protects your body and helps flush out toxins you are exposed to in everyday life. Specifically it contains catechins, which are considered the most potent antioxidants. Nearly 60% of the catechins found in matcha is epigallocatechin gallate or EGCg and this compound is most widely known for its cancer fighting properties. Matcha tea can contain over 100 X more EGCg than any other tea.
For thousands of tears, Matcha has been used by monks as a means to relax and prepare for meditation, while also staying alert. Matcha is a caffeinated beverage, but it does not give you the jitters or have the same affect as other caffeinated beverages. Scientists have found this is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used in matcha. This amino acid does a number of things. First, it promotes the production of alpha waves which induces relaxation, but not drowsiness. They also increase seretonin and dopamine production, which make you feel good, balance mood, improve memory, and boost concentration; all without the crash or nervousness!
It burns calories but increasing metabolism and improves cholesterol. As well as boosts the immune system. Matcha leaves have significant levels of vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, iron, protein, calcium and vitamin A&C.
I feel this tea is something you become accustomed to. Experiment with the amount you use to have thinner or thicker teas and also with sweeteners. A little drop of honey goes a long way in making it more palatable. Or try some culinary matcha for baking and lattes, which is one of my favourite ways of consuming matcha. Although I really do enjoy whisking mine. Theres just something about mindfully preparing a cup of tea, sitting in silence to consume it, and knowing your body is loving it as much as you. It really is a meditative practice, and something I think everyone should give a try once in their life. To be part of a traditional Japanese ceremony someday is definitely on the bucket list!
The brand I purchased is no longer available on Amazon (their website does not ship to Canada as far as I could tell.) However! I have used this other brand’s products and have enjoyed them!
1 1/2 C of unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp of Jade Leaf Matcha
1 tsp honey
1 tbsp of hot, but not boiling water
~Mix the tbsp of water (or more if you need to) with the matcha and if you have a matcha whisk, use that, otherwise a spoon is fine. Melt your honey in the matcha.
~Steam your milk and mix with your matcha.
using a matcha whisk, and tea bowl;
Sift 1-2 tsp matcha into a cup using a small sifter.
Add 2oz hot water. For best results use water just under a boil.
Whisk vigorously in a zig zag motion until the tea is frothy.
Enjoy your matcha tea straight from the bowl.
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As always, wishing you happiness and wellness,
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