What is Matcha?
Matcha is high-quality green tea that’s been ground to a fine powder. It is traditionally prepared by whisking the powder with hot water in a small bowl until frothy. The word ‘matcha’ comes from the Japanese language, where ‘ma’ means ground or rubbed, and ‘cha’ means tea.
Fun Fact: all true tea (as opposed to herbal tisanes) comes from the same plant — Camellia sinensis. It’s how the tea leaves are processed that determines whether the final product is green, black, white, oolong or pu-erh tea.
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CREATIVE WAYS TO USE MATCHA
The easiest way to prepare matcha is to make a tea with it: add ¼ to ½ teaspoon of matcha powder to a heat-safe bowl or mug and pour 2 ounces of hot water (let boiling water sit for 2 to 3 minutes first) over the powder. Whisk the mixture in a ‘W’-shaped or zig-zag motion until the powder is fully dissolved and the mixture is frothy. Pour in an additional 6 ounces of hot water or warm milk (almond, coconut or oat milk are great choices) and whisk again until frothy. Optional: sweeten with a little honey, sugar or maple syrup. Matcha powder (¼ to 1 teaspoon) can also be added to your favorite smoothie recipe.
Here are a few of our favorite topical recipes that feature matcha powder:
MATCHA FACIAL TONER
¼ teaspoon Frontier Co-op Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 ounce boiled water
1 ounce witch hazel extract
12 drops Aura Cacia Frankincense in Jojoba Oil
2-ounce Aura Cacia Amber Mist Bottle
Place matcha powder in a small, heat-safe bowl and pour the boiled water over powder.
Whisk powder and water until fully dissolved.
Allow tea to cool slightly, then carefully pour into the amber mist bottle (we recommend using a funnel).
Pour witch hazel extract into the mist bottle.
Add 12 drops of Frankincense in Jojoba to the mist bottle. Shake well to mix.
Shake well to fully mix prior to each application. Apply 1 to 2 times daily to clean, damp skin. Follow with your favorite skin serum.
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MATCHA FACE MASK
1½ tablespoons Frontier Co-op French Green Clay Powder
½ tablespoon Frontier Co-op Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder
2 tablespoons Aura Cacia Jojoba Oil
6 drops Aura Cacia Sandalwood in Jojoba Oil
2 drops Aura Cacia Sweet Orange Essential Oil
Combine French green clay, matcha powder, jojoba, sandalwood and sweet orange oils in a small bowl.
Mix until fully combined and a paste-like consistency is formed.
Apply a thin layer on your face, avoiding the area directly around the eyes.
Let sit for 10 minutes, then rinse with warm water and gently pat your skin dry. Follow up with your favorite skin serum.
Repeat 1 to 2 times per week.
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MATCHA SUGAR SCRUB
1 teaspoon Frontier Co-op Organic Japanese Matcha Green Tea Powder
¼ cup Aura Cacia Organic Fractionated Coconut Oil
1¼ cups Frontier Co-op Cane Sugar
12 drops Aura Cacia Bergamot Essential Oil
6 drops Aura Cacia Vanilla in Jojoba Oil
Combine matcha powder and sugar in a small bowl.
Slowly stir in fractionated coconut oil until fully mixed.
Add bergamot and vanilla oils and stir.
Transfer mixture to a sealable jar, and use 2 to 3 times per week in the shower or bath.