Matcha Tea: What It Is, How to Make It, and How to Use it
If you’ve ever been to Japan, then you might have tried matcha tea. It is the national drink of Japan, and is something that many people (including ex-pats) enjoy on a daily basis. If you haven’t tried matcha tea, then you might not be aware of the benefits that it has over other kinds of teas. Preventing aging and improving your mood are just a couple of the perks about drinking matcha tea. Let’s dive into what matcha tea is, how to make it at home, and how you can use it to achieve your health and wellness goals.
What is Matcha Tea?
Matcha is the dried leaves from the green plant Camellia sinensis that we grow in abundance here in the United States. When we say “dried leaves”, we mean that literally; Matcha leaves are very dry and can be used as an ingredient in dishes or beverages just like any other type of dried leaf would be.
Where does Matcha Come From?
Camellia sinensis is a plant that is native to China, but was cultivated in the Japanese tea ceremony since the beginning of time. The practice of using camellia sinensis for medicinal purposes began around 2200 BC, and has been studied since then by the Chinese government to help improve physical health and longevity. Around 400 years ago, Camellia sinensis seeds were brought over to Japan and after some modification, they eventually became known as “matcha” when they were adopted by the Japanese people.
What Does Matcha Tea Contain?
Like all teas, matcha contains trace amounts of caffeine, as well as flavonoids, amino acids, fatty acids and carbohydrates. These natural chemicals give teas their distinctive flavour, as well as their healing properties. Caffeine content in particular can be thought of as a natural booster for happiness, which is why so many people enjoy drinking coffee or cocoa after a workout. The antioxidants found in Matcha Tea help your body repair tissue faster and healthier than anything else out there.
How Can I Use Matcha Tea?
There are many different ways that you can use matcha tea to achieve your health and wellness goals. Here are a few things that you can do with matcha tea for peak performance:
Relaxation – Drinking a hot cup of matcha tea before bedtime can help relieve some stress and allow you to fall asleep more easily.
Anxiety Relief – Drinking a small cup of warm matcha before going into an anxiety-filled situation can ease some anxiety symptoms that you may experience. Because of the way that our bodies metabolize food hormones called glucides, which include sugar and starch, will be released during times of anxiety suppress these effects making it easier to go into an anxiety state.
Energy – Adding honey or lemon to your cup of matchao gives it some extra energy which will keep you energized throughout the day. This works especially well if you get up in the morning after drinking lots of caffeine!
As you can see, there are many differnt ways that you can use matchao tea to improve your daily life. Drink up!