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

Ingredients:

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

Instructions:

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,
suzanne

 

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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

Directions:

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!

blessings,

suzanne

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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Mental Energy Balls [ Recipe ]

Mental Energy Balls

This recipe for Mental Energy Balls is loaded with some of my favorite herbs for mental focus and stamina. These Mental Energy Ball are not only delicious, they are also a vegan, gluten-free snack that will help you power through long hard days and your most challenging mental tasks like a superstar. The flavor is rich and lemony with a very subtle and satisfying sweetness.

You might have noticed that I’ve been focusing recently on herbs that support brain health. In this recipe I’ve incorporated Lion’s Mane mushroom (Hericium erinaceum), a nootropic herb, which describes herbs (and other substances that support brain function). For more about nootropic herbs check out this recent post, 5 Herbs to Remember. Research has shown that Lion’s Mane has a positive effect on adults with cognitive impairment and may inhibit the type of amlyoid plaque formation seen in Alzheimer’s disease. 

This recipe also contains Matcha Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) and Maca Root. Green Tea is a gentle stimulant that supports focus and mental clarity. Its anti-inflammatory properties and ability to stimulate production of a protein needed for formation of new brain cells (Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor), make it an excellent choice for mental energy and long-term brain health. Maca Root is a stimulating, adaptogenic herb that supports the body’s ability to adapt to stress. It can be very stimulating for some people, so be cautious about consuming too may of these Mental Energy Balls late at night. The cashews, coconut and sesame butter in these treats also provide plenty of protein and health fats for balanced, sustained energy.  

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup raw cashews
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1/3 cup sesame seed butter (also called tahini)
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp matcha powder
  • 2 tbsp maca powder
  • 2 tbsp lion’s mane powder
  • 1 tsp ginger powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tblsp maple syrup or honey
  • Optional toppings: goji berries, shredded coconut, matcha powder, or ground pistachios

DIRECTIONS:

Using a food processor, grind the raw cashews and shredded coconut to a fine powder. In a large bowl combine the powdered cashews and coconut with all of the remaining ingredients and mix well to form a slightly sticky, green dough. With wet hands, roll in to one inch balls. Add additional toppings or coat with shredded coconut. Store in a closed contained in the refrigerator to three days.

Makes 18 - 24 balls. 

These tasty snacks are perfect with breakfast for sustained energy throughout the morning or as an afternoon pick-me up. Feel free to incorporate other powdered herbs, especially other nootropics like Ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba) or Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), but do keep flavor in mind. Other adaptogenic herbs to consider include Ashwagandha (Withania somnifera), Eleuthero (Eleutherccocus senticosus) and Panax Ginseng (Panax ginseng).   

I hope you enjoy this tasty, energizing treats. If you have questions, be sure to leave a comment below.

wishing you health and happiness,
suzannesign
Herbalist & Proprietress

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