I was recently invited to try this Matcha tea from the Dream Matcha Tea Company. I haven’t had great experience with the green stuff previously, but with a little encouragement and some good ideas from Facebook, and, obviously, Pinterest, I found a couple of ways to use this revered substance that were sustainable for me.
What is Dream Matcha Powder?
Dream Matcha tea is a high quality ceremonial grade matcha green tea powder, imported directly from the Uji region of Japan. Renowned as the matcha capital of the world, the Uji region produces only the finest quality matcha green tea.
Matcha green tea comes as an extremely fine, bright green powder. It is ground through exclusive stone mills and has a lovely smooth, sweet taste unlike any lower grade matcha powders offered elsewhere.
Each pouch contains 50g, equating to roughly 30 servings. Matcha powder is mainly used as a tea but also has many other uses; it can be used in smoothies, food, shakes and more. Packed with antioxidants, this ceremonial grade matcha offers an array of benefits, such as boosting energy, increasing metabolism and lowering cholesterol to name but a few.
The best advice I was given from a couple of people was to use lemon with with the Matcha tea…this helps disguise the grass-like taste that I’ve always found so unpalatable.
Therefore, given the heatwave we were enjoying, I decided to have a crack at making Matcha lemonade.
I found several recipes but settled on this one from Epic Matcha.
Matcha Green Tea Lemonade (or Limeade) Recipe
Prep time: 5 minsCook time: 30 minsTotal time: 35 mins
- 2 cups of hot water
- 1/2 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder
- 1 cup pure cane sugar
- 1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon (or lime) juice (about 3 lemons)
- 1 1/2 quarts cold water
- Stir the Matcha green tea powder and sugar into the hot water.
- Once dissolved, add the lemon juice and cold water.
- Chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
It became glaringly obvious that I’d been using way too much Matcha powder in my servings before as you only need half a teaspoon to almost 4 pints of water for this Matcha lemonade!
Also, to the untrained eye it will look like I was placing a bowl of pond water in my fridge as my powder didn’t dissolve quite as efficiently!
I replaced the cane sugar with Splenda and did indeed use lime juice as well as lemon as I’m a big fan of the flavour. Anyone remember Lime Crusha milkshakes? Lush! Anyway…
This was definitely a better alternative to the Matcha tea I’d made before and quite a healthy way to get a caffeine hit in hot weather.
I have my sister-in-law to thank for the next little project with the Matcha tea as she’d discovered a way to use the powder to make bath salts. Not something I use but on the same site, A Cultivated Nest, I found the Matcha tea face mask.
This also uses lemongrass and essential oils which are apparently great for your skin. They are said to help remove any puffiness, plus, get rid of acne and blemishes. Both are anti-ageing oils, so using them in this natural face mask in addition to the Matcha tea is a powerful combination! Matcha tea is known for its high antioxidant level and it’s a great source of chlorophyll, and, polyphenols. Even the base of this mask, coconut oil, is fantastic for your skin, so this had to be worth a try.
Matcha Tea Face Mask
You will need:
1. Loosen up your coconut oil in the microwave for 15-20 seconds if it is fairly solid. Then measure out the amount needed into your jar. If you prefer (especially if you’re making a big batch) you could mix the ingredients in a mixing bowl instead, then scrape everything into your jar at the end.
2. Next, add in the Matcha tea and whisk it and the coconut oil together really well, making sure to get the clumps out of both the tea and the oil. It will be slightly runny, but after a little time, the coconut oil will thicken back up and be perfect for the mask consistency.
3. Add in your essential oils and whisk again.
4. If you feel like the consistency is too thick, just add a little bit of water to thin it out. Let the mask sit a little while for the coconut oil to firm up a bit, then enjoy!
Rub your homemade face mask all over your face and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before rinsing it off. It will leave your skin feeling very soft and moisturised!
OK, it doesn’t look amazing but the smell is divine…you really do need just a couple of drops of the essential oils. Mine came up too stodgy so I did need a few drops of water too.
A word of warning however, and this may only be because of my extremely pale face; don’t leave it on for the full 20 minutes. It took several, and I mean several, rinses to rid my skin of the green tinge!
The mask did feel lovely and refreshing though and you can really feel all the ingredients working.
Definitely worth doing again (for just 10 minutes in my case!) as I do like natural ingredients 🙂
I hope you like these two new uses for Matcha tea, will you try either?
Dream Matcha ceremonial grade Matcha green tea powder is currently available from Focus Supplements at £11.99 for a 50g pouch. This equates to about 40p per serviving.
**I was provided with a pouch of Dream Matcha tea for the purpose of this review; all opinions are honest and my own.