Anti-Aging, Antioxidant DIY Green Tea Face Mask

Give your skin a treat with this DIY matcha green tea face mask! Green tea’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help to combat sun damage that causes premature aging of the skin. Poor diet and environmental toxins also play a role in premature aging of the skin, but the sun is the main culprit. Compounds in green tea have been shown to protect the skin from sun damage and inhibit skin cancer cells when applied topically and taken orally.

And if green tea is so good for your skin, I’m sure you can imagine what it does for your body!  Find out more about the health benefits of green tea, including the top five reasons I drink green tea every day, here.

In this DIY matcha green tea face mask, I’ve combined matcha powder with French green clay to help draw out toxins and tighten the pores. The silky, smooth powder is perfect for a mask. Be sure you’re using pure matcha green tea powder, and not a sugary matcha blend. If you have a favorite cosmetic clay for DIY masks, feel free to substitute it for the French green clay. Raw organic honey creates the paste and works as a humectant to draw moisture to the skin. In place of the honey, you can substitute water or a hydrosol. I prefer to use honey, because it makes the mask less drying.



Matcha Green Tea Face Mask Recipe


1 tsp matcha green tea powder
1 tsp French green clay
raw honey


Combine the matcha green tea powder and French green clay in a small bowl. Slowly stir in enough honey to make a thick paste. Gently spread the paste on clean, freshly washed skin. This mask is great for your face, but can be used on your chest, back, or anywhere you want to maintain healthy younger looking skin. Relax and allow the mask to set for at least 15 minutes. Gently remove the mask with warm water and a wash cloth. Pat your skin dry and then apply a toner or hydrosol. For more green tea nourishment on your skin, try this DIY green tea lotion.

I’d love to see a picture of your beautiful face soaking up all the green goodness in this mask. Snap a picture and tag it #nectarherbandtea on Instagram to share.

If you have questions, please post in the comment section below.

Wishing you health and happiness,


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Making Green Tea Taste Better: A Guide for Wannabee Green Tea Drinkers

I know–everyone keeps telling you to drink green tea. “It’s so good for you,” they say, “it’s the perfect alternative to coffee.”  The problem is, you’ve tried it and you simply don’t like the taste. Good news! These five hacks are easy to create and will make your green tea taste better. You won’t even know you’re drinking it while you’re enjoying all the health benefits!

Mix up a batch of one of these blends and store it in a jar to make your morning tea ritual quick and simple. Each recipe (except for the lemon and honey blend) makes enough for about 12 cups.

Green Tea Taste Hacks

1. Peppermint + Lavender

The bright taste of peppermint and the subtle, floral notes of lavender create the perfect mask for green tea’s bitter, earthy notes. And like green tea, lavender also has a wealth of health benefits.

½ cup green tea leaves
3 tbsp dried peppermint
1 tbsp dried lavender

Steep 1 tbsp of this blend in 1-1 ½cups hot water (185°F) for 5-10 minutes before straining. Makes approximately 12 cups.

2. Chamomile + Rose

Chamomile and rose petals provide a sweet, floral, sophisticated accent to compliment and cover green tea’s grassy flavors. This tea hack is especially lovely when you need to be both focused and calm because of the calming effect of chamomile and the emotionally balancing effect of rose petals.

¼ cup green tea leaves
¼ cup dried chamomile
¼ cup dried rose petals

Steep 1 tbsp of this blend in 1-1 ½ cups hot water (185°F) for 5-10 minutes before straining.
Makes approximately 12 cups.

3. Tulsi Basil + Rosemary

The sweet, rich taste of tulsi basil weaves seamlessly with the peppery, balsamic flavor of rosemary to hide the green tea taste in this stimulating blend. Like green tea, tulsi basil and rosemary are both uplifting to body and mind and rich in antioxidants.

½ cup green tea
3 tbsp dried tulsi basil
1 tbsp dried rosemary

Steep 1 tbsp in 1-1 ½cups of this blend in hot water (185°F) for 5-10 minutes before straining. Makes approximately 12 cups.

4. Ginger + Thyme

The pungent, spicy flavor of ginger unites with the subtle mint and pine-like aroma of thyme for a delightful warming, aromatic green tea cover. Delicious any day, the ginger and thyme in this blend also make it a good choice for coughs and sniffles.

½ cup green tea leaves
2 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried ginger

Steep 1 tbsp of the tea blend in 1-1½ cups of hot water (185°F) for 5-10 minutes. Strain and enjoy! Makes approximately 12 cups.

5. Lemon & Honey

This is as sweet and simple as it gets. Squeeze a little fresh lemon juice in a cup of hot green tea and sweeten to taste with raw local honey. Lemon juice is great way to wake up your digestion and combined with green tea, provides an energizing start to your day.

1 tbsp green tea
½ - 1 tsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
Honey to taste

For one cup, steep 1 tbsp green tea in 1-1½ cups of hot water (185°F) for 3-4 minutes and strain. Add lemon juice and honey to taste.

If making up your own tea seems a bit too foreign for you, you can find some delicious green tea blends here, including Fit & Trim Green Tea, Green Energy, Green Tea Mint and Orange Blossom Green Tea.

I hope these recipes help you incorporate more green tea into your daily routine! Help spread wellness by sharing these green tea taste hacks with friends and family who’ve been avoiding green tea because of its taste. And don’t forget to take a picture of your green tea hack and tag it with #nectarherbandtea on Instagram! I love seeing how you incorporate herbs into your healthy lifestyle.

Much Love,

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Medicinal Matcha Recipe: Rosemary & Edamame Green Tea Dip

Matcha Green Tea Dip Recipe

This matcha recipe is one of my favorites. Accented with the peppery, sage-like flavor of fresh rosemary, this savory matcha green tea dip is vegan and gluten-free. It makes a delicious and nutritious dip for vegetables and crackers, or a spread for wraps and sandwiches.

When Hippocrates said, “let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food,” he could have been referring to a dip like this. Matcha green tea powder and rosemary are both medicinal plants that enliven this herbalicious dip.

Health Benefits of Matcha

Matcha offers up all the health benefits of green tea. From improved memory and concentration, brain health, bone health, cancer and heart disease prevention, green tea is big medicine. Matcha is a special form of green tea prepared by stone-grinding the best shade-grown, green tea leaves to a fine powder. Rather than steeping the leaves in hot water to make a tea, matcha powder is whisked into hot water to create a frothy drink. Consuming the whole tea leaf makes for a higher concentration of therapeutic compounds than a simple tea, but estimates vary widely on how much more concentrated it really is.

The rich, green powder incorporates easily in food, too. Its unique umami flavor works well in both sweet and savory recipes. I use matcha in my green smoothie recipe and in my recipe for mental energy balls. Some commercial matcha powders have been sweetened. For this recipe, be sure to use the unsweetened, traditional matcha.

Health Benefits of Rosemary

Rosemary is better known as a culinary herb. But like most culinary herbs, it’s also good medicine. It supports circulation, including cerebral circulation and memory, promotes digestive health, and relieves gas and bloating. When it comes to your health and the health of the planet, it is beneficial to buy local, organic, and non-GMO, whenever possible. This is especially important for foods like edamame, another name for the soy beans you will find in this recipe. Soy beans, as a food crop, are heavily subjected to genetic modification and harmful herbicides. Better yet, grow your own! Rosemary is easy to grow in your windowsill or garden; perhaps you’ll plant some to use in recipes like this!

Matcha Green Tea Dip Ingredients

12 oz.  shelled organic edamame beans
2 tsp  fresh squeezed lemon juice
1½ tsp  sea salt
¼ cup  olive oil
2 tsp  matcha powder
2 tsp  lemon zest
1 tbsp  fresh rosemary, finely chopped


Boil or steam the edamame beans for 4-5 minutes and drain. Place edamame, lemon juice, and salt in a food processor and blend. While the food processor is running, slowly add the olive oil, continuing to blend until the ingredients are smooth and creamy. Add more olive oil if needed to achieve a smooth consistency. Add matcha powder, lemon zest, and rosemary. Pulse several times to incorporate. Adjust salt, lemon, and rosemary to taste.

If you give this matcha recipe a try, let me know what you think! And don’t forget to snap a picture and tag it with #nectarherbandtea on Instagram! I’d love to see what you pair it with!



P.S. This recipe was inspired and adapted from Matcha Mint Edamame Dip by Rishi Tea. I have a print out of this recipe, but can no longer find a link to it on the Rishi website.






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