Welcome Green Goddess to the line up of healing bath soaks. A full body antioxidant rejuvenator to detoxify, energize, protect, invigorate and stimulate peace. Be warned, however, that this bath will give you a jolt of energy, so it’s best for mornings or afternoons.
So what is Matcha even?
Matcha is a special type of powdered green tea that is grown and produced in Japan (in most cases). The green tea leaves are shaded from the sun for the last few weeks of their growth, increasing the chlorophyll content and creating a gorgeous green color. Then, the leaves are carefully ground with stone grinding wheels to produce a fine powder.
The powder can then be used to brew an antioxidant rich frothy green tea or in recipes like smoothies, bath soaks or baking. Unlike other types of teas, the green tea powder is not strained out before consuming, so you are consuming the entire leaf, making Matcha more potent than other tea varieties. In fact, only 1/2 tsp is needed to brew a traditional cup of Matcha.
Energy + Calm
Matcha tea is unique because the process of shading and harvesting increases the content of L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps balance the caffeine. While matcha may contain the same caffeine as other types of tea, the L-Theanine is known to create calmness without drowsiness.
Another benefit to Matcha is the high concentration of antioxidants. One study found that Matcha has 137 times the polyphenols (notably, epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG)) than regular green tea. (1) In fact, this type of green tea contains over 60x the antioxidants of spinach and 7x the antioxidants of high quality dark chocolate.
There is some evidence that these polyphenols may have a protective effect against some types of cancer.
A 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that the catechins in green tea had a significant effect on lowering LDL cholesterol. A 2013 Cochrane review also showed that regular green tea consumption was associated with lower blood pressure and an decreased risk of stroke.
The L-Theanine in green tea is known to help stimulate alpha brain waves. These waves are known for their ability to help increase focus and concentration.
The process of shading the Matcha leaves creates an increased amount of Chlorophyll, which some preliminary research has shown may help the body eliminate heavy metals and other harmful buildup. Research is still lacking in this area, but many alternative doctors recommend Chlorophyll for this purpose.
The same antioxidants that make green tea protective, including epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may also help support skin health by reducing inflammation and free radicals that accelerate skin aging.
Green Tea Can Fight Bacteria
There is evidence to suggest three out of the four catechins in green tea have antimicrobial properties therefore helping the body control bacteria and fight off viruses such as influenza or reducing the risk of other illnesses. (source) Green tea can also help to keep your pearly whites shining bright.
Benefits of bathing in Matcha
Bathing in Matching and applying Matcha tea topically can protect the skin against sun damage and solar UV-induced skin disorders, such as photoaging and skin cancer.13
A 2003 study by the Medical College of Georgia also showed that green tea aids skin rejuvenation with potential benefits for skin conditions as diverse as psoriasis, rosacea, wrinkles and wounds. 14 Matcha also modulates sebum, balances hormones and has antibacterial effects, and all of that improves acne . During an 8-week clinical trial, EGCG was applied topically on the face of 35 subjects and results showed how this compound of Matcha tea really improved their acne.
It can relieve body aches especially painful muscles. If you have rashes, taking the bath can soothe them as well as contribute to faster healing of wounds. The vitamin B contained in the tea will soften the skin. The minerals in it are responsible for keeping the skin youthful, flexible and eliminating any of the harmful toxins. To get the most out of a green tea water bath, you need to know how to prepare it right. Before going in for a bath, make sure it is way past eating so that the food is already digested. Ensure to hydrate yourself by drinking enough water.
Are you a Dr. Oz fan? We know there are tons out there, hell, when he recommended coconut oil, we couldn’t find it at our local Trader Joe’s for MONTHS! Anyway, Dr. Oz recently spoke about the benefits of bathing in Matcha. Even if you’re not a fan, just take a few minutes to google the benefits of Matcha, you’ll find TONS of articles : )
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