Herbal Interests // Matcha Green Tea Mask
Hello, people of the internet, herbal do-gooders, and fellow crunchy friends. I am here to share with you my new favorite tool for beauty and health, and though very trendy, is actually quite awesome so I don't really care what THEY say. And neither should you! I discovered Matcha Green Tea after a few people suggested it as a substitute to my morning coffee addiction that I mentioned on Instagram. I looked it up a bit and thought it sounded tasty, so I bought some. Holy wow! It's expensive. Like $17 for organic, ceremonial grade matcha. I don't know, maybe I'm cheap, but that's a lot of dough.
Well, I tried it anyway. I caked over the $17, and put that tea in a blender with some almond milk. Uh... YUM. So good. I was hooked. Add a little maple syrup and some almond extract. It's like a candy explosion in your mouth, but pretty good for you! Actually, really good for you. Did you know that matcha has more antioxidants and nutrients in it than 10 cups of brewed loose leaf green tea? Neither did I! I was shocked. Apparently because matcha is stoneground, you are getting the benefits of the entirety of the leaf, unlike with loose leaf tea. I've talked about how much better for you loose leaf tea is than a tea bags with dustings, but this is just another 10 steps, or cups, higher than that. Of course, tea does contain traces of lead. If you are consuming the entire leaf, then you're most likely taking in a higher amount of lead as well. I would just be cautious and learn where your tea is coming from along with how it's processed.
Matcha was discovered by the Tang Dynasty in China around the 7th century. It wasn't until the 12th century, that the Zen Buddhist monks discovered the leaves could be ground into a powder and whipped into water or milk with a bamboo whisk. This made the tea frothy and delicious. They found it gave them this higher sense of clarity, understanding, and invigorated them for the entirety of a day after meditation. It was unlike anything they'd ever tried before, and it makes me wonder how perfectly pure and untouched the tea was at that time as compared to now. It was probably a lot stronger!
For the skin, matcha is perfection. It helps to prevent aging. It is filled with theanine which helps in memory recall, as well as chlorophyll, a natural detoxifier. It is perfect for healing acne, wrinkles, and fine lines.
Here is how to make the perfect Matcha Green Tea Face Mask:
- 1/2 tsp organic matcha green tea
- 1 tsp bentonite clay powder (or kaolin, french clay, etc)
- 1/2 tsp aloe vera juice
- 1/2 tsp rose water
- 2-5 drops lavender essential oil
- 1/8 tsp rose hip seed oil
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl with your finger. Apply over a freshly washed face. The mixture should be thick and goopy, like wet clay. If it is watery, you've added too much liquid. This can be fixed by adding more clay and tea powder. Let sit for 20 minutes or until completely dried. Wash off with warm water.
It feels SO good! This is definitely my most favorite mask I've ever made. It's cooling, thick, and feels like a store bought mask rather than something you could make at home. The clay is really the key ingredient here if you want that thick, goopy feel to a mask. I love that feeling!
Follow up with an anti-aging serum or lotion. I have been using the Beauty Diva Face Serum by Braid Batch Remedies for a few days now and love it. It smells like herbs and leaves my face feeling dewy and with a perfect glow. I definitely recommend it!