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How to make Matcha Face Mask for a variety of Skin Types

The extraordinary healing power of matcha powdered green tea qualifies to be labelled as a “superfood” in our opinion. There is so much to say about Matcha and here at Camellia’s Tea House, we have endless ideas and recipes to share with you, one of which is making homemade Matcha Face Mask.

Documented studies claim high levels of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties are present in matcha when drunk and the same properties can also be beneficial when applied to the skin. Matcha contains an antioxidant known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is a helpful compound to reduce inflammation, rejuvenate dry skin cells and help improve skin elasticity.

Green tea extracts are found in many cosmetics and skincare products because it is scientifically proven to be the most natural way to improve skin health. Qualifying as an esthetician at a young age and progressing into the world of natural healing, our love for natural beauty has always been a top priority. At home we try to avoid unnecessary exposure to toxins by eating wholesome food, drinking lots of tea and tisanes and applying home made body products where ever possible. In this article, we are going to share tips on making face masks for all skin types.

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We highly recommend using Ceremonial Matcha for making Matcha face mask, which is the highest quality tea grade used for centuries in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. This matcha has a  slightly nutty taste with a harmonious balance of bitter-sweet.

Oily Skin

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (ordinary honey if you are allergic to pollen)
  • 1 teaspoon raw egg white
  • ½ teaspoon lemon juice

Combine all the ingredients to make a paste and apply to clean skin for approximately 20-30 minutes. Wash off with clean water and pat dry.

Dry Skin

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (ordinary honey if you are allergic to pollen)
  • 1 teaspoon raw egg yolk

Combine all the ingredients to make a paste and apply to clean skin for approximately 20-30 minutes. Wash off with clean water and pat dry.

Normal/combination skin

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (ordinary honey if you are allergic to pollen)
  • ¼ teaspoon turmeric powder
  • Little water to make into a paste

Combine all the ingredients to make a paste and apply to clean skin for approximately 20-30 minutes. Wash off with clean water and pat dry.

Any Skin conditions such as eczema, allergic rashes, acne

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder
  • 1 teaspoon raw honey (ordinary honey if you are allergic to pollen)
  • 1 teaspoon Beautiful Skin tea grinded into a powder
  • Little water to make into a paste

Combine all the ingredients to make a paste and apply to clean skin for approximately 20-30 minutes. Wash off with clean water and pat dry.

What is the best way to protect yourself from Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?

The Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is a legitimate concern for individuals worldwide. The question most people ask themselves “What is the best way to protect myself from Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)?”. Of course there are important steps to take to protect ourselves from exposure to the virus and this has been documented well in news coverage and by several health organisations. That said, it is very important to keep the immune system strong to protect ourselves from any virus. The foundation practices such as getting adequate rest, staying sufficiently hydrated, eating a nutritious, well-balanced diet, and proper stress management cannot be emphasised enough as they are perhaps the most important medicines for the body.

Moreover, there are also other ways to assist your body to build a strong immune system. Here are some recommendations from Lubna Madan – a qualified Homeopath and the font of Camellia Tea House’s herbal infusions knowledge.

Vitamin D is an important tool to achieve vibrant health.

In October of 2007, the journal “Epidemiology and Infection” presented some very important findings concerning the epidemic levels of vitamin D insufficiency in the United States.  The public health impact of this observation could be great, but more specifically:                                            

  • Over a 3-year period, taking 800 IU of vitamin D3 per day reduced the incidence of colds and flus by 70%.
  • Taking 2,000 IU of vitamin D3 per day reduced the incidence of colds and flus to nearly zero (only one person out of 104 had a cold or flu while taking 2,000 IUs of vitamin D. That one person only had ONE COLD all year out of all 104.)  The people in the control group, also numbering 104 members, suffered an average of 3 colds/flu per person per year.

Probiotics are live “friendly” bacteria found in the microflora working to keep a healthy intestinal balance, reducing the amount of harmful bacteria while replenishing and maintaining beneficial strains. Maintaining this balance is critical for overall good health and prevention of colds, flus, and other viral infections.

  • Aloe vera juice is a medicinal plant well known for its healing properties especially associated to the skin and digestive system.
  • The usual recommendation dosage is 1-2 oz daily
  • Natural probiotics are considered to be ginger, chamomile, lavender, cinnamon and cardamom.

Prebiotic is known as food for good bacteria colonies including probiotic bacteria. Together they help to increase the number of desirable bacteria in the digestive system which is good for health.

Green tea is a natural prebiotic and can be taken with ginger or lemon to create a pre/probiotic beverage.

We would like to recommend the Green Lemon Tea – a combination of Japanese Sencha , lemon peel and lemongrass to produce a wonderfully zesty green tea which makes this a must for any green tea enthusiast.

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Matcha tea can be blended with natural yogurt to create a healthy gut snack. Matcha has recently classified as a superfood and one that is particularly high in anti-oxidants, which is linked to numerous health benefits, and since you actually drink and ingest the whole ground tea leaves, you capture more nutrients than regular brewed tea.

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Herbal Infusions (called Wellness Teas or Tisane) is an ancient healing beverage. Certain tea ingredients such as rosehip, lemon and orange peel contain bioflavonoids, which enhance the absorption of Vitamin C.  Some herbal teas are designed to help promote strong immunity and healthy digestive system.

Here are some our favourites:

Healthy Immunity Herbal Infusion is believed to be a great immune booster as it is packed with lots of vitamin C and anti-bacterial and anti-viral properties

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Happy Tummy Herbal Infusion is believed to be a great tummy tamer for all sorts of stomach related ailments. You should avoid this infusion if you suffer with high blood pressure or are pregnant.

Summer Garden Herbal Infusion (or called Pain Free Tea) is a delicious and soothing infusion which is believed to relieve tummy cramps during menses. The tea is also known to be soothing for other tummy troubles.

We have the above recommended teas in our online shop if needed. It is important to keep in mind that symptoms are a reflection of our internal environment and our body’s way of letting us know that it needs support. In addition to the above mentioned supplements and teas, certain health issues may require other nutrients or homeopathic remedies to address the underlying causes of symptoms. Please consult your doctor to ensure correct dosage of supplements.

We hope all the best to our tea friends, and please do not forget to protect yourself and your family from Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

A Guide To The Best Summer Iced Drinks

How have you been enjoying the weather? Here are some recipes for you to play around! Let’s make the best summer iced drinks and get over the heat of summer together.

At Camellia’s Tea House, we have experimented different flavour combinations and sampled new concoctions and have created a number of truly delicious summer drinks for you guys.

Generally, we cold brew the teas that we use for our ice drinks, as we have found that the brew has a sweeter, fuller flavour. Usually, iced drinks contain tonnes of added sugars, so cold brews are a great option for those of us trying to cut down. Cold brews also contain less caffeine and are much higher in anti-oxidants and vitamin C.

Cold brews need to steep for quite a while – we usually leave ours overnight – and as a result, new flavours develop, giving the teas extra depth. It is easy to combine different blends, and you can get creative and add other ingredients to the mix too. We have found that citrus fruits, berries and mint all make great additions.

Don’t forget to share with us your home-made iced tea by tagging @camellias_teahouse on social media!

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Very Berry Iced Tea
Having all your favorite berries in one cup!
Brewing Instruction:
1. Use 2 teaspoons of Very Berry Fruit Infusion per cup.
2. Brew with boiling water in 5 minutes.
3. Remove the infuser and fruit from the tea. Let the tea cool down in room temperature.
4. Stir in sugar/ honey.
5. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with fresh berries.

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Matcha Mango Smoothie
Energy Boost!
Blending Instruction:
Add all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth.
1. Use 1 teaspoon of Premium Matcha Powder per cup
2. 1/2 cup of milk
3. Half of the mango
4. Pinch of sea salt
5. Garnish with a slice of mango

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Sparkling Summer Punch
Festive Drink!
Brewing Instruction:
1. Use 1 teaspoon of Peach Green Tea and 1 teaspoon of White Orange Tea per 6 ounces of water.
2. Steep green tea for 6 to 8 hours in the fridge.
3. Add lemon-lime soda or any sparkling fruit juice to each cup as preference.
4. Fill with ice and frozen fruits.

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Green Tea Mojito
Brewing Instruction:
1. Muddle the lime juice, mint, and sugar syrup together in a tall glass until the leaves bruise lightly and the flavors release.
2. Add ice until glass is about 3/4 full and then pour in rum and green tea.
3. Pour in cold-brew China Gunpowder Green Tea
4. Stir well and garnish with mint and lime.

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Lemongrass-Lime & Mint Cooler
Summer Detox
Brewing Instruction:
1. Use 1 teaspoon of Zest Tea and 1 teaspoon of Peppermint Herbal Infusion per cup.
2. Brew with boiling water in 5 minutes.
3. Remove the infuser and herb from the tea. Let the tea cool down in room temperature.
4. Add in lime/lemon juice.
5. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish with fresh mint leaves, lemongrass, and lemon slices.

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Apricot Cold-brew Tea
A Tropical Taste
Brewing Instruction:
1. Use 1 teaspoon of White Tea Apricot per 6 ounces of water.
2. Steep white tea for 6 to 8 hours in the fridge.
3. Serve the tea as is or with add-ins of your choice: fresh apricot/ peach.
4. The cold-brew tea will keep well, covered and refrigerated, for 3 to 5 days.

Iced Drinks

In was confirmed in the news this week that this May has been the hottest in the UK on record! It certainly makes a nice change from all that snow we were having a couple of months ago… How have you been coping with the heat? Here at the Tea House we have found the best way to manage is to drink copious quantities of ice tea! With so many infusions to choose from, we have enjoyed exploring different flavour combinations and sampling new concoctions and have created a number of truly delicious drinks for you guys.

Don’t worry, we still have the classics, such as iced coffee and iced matcha latte, but what we’re really excited about is the drinks we have developed through our teas, such as our blended ice chai latte, our green tea mojito, and our peach tea lemonade. We won’t be giving away the secret recipes here, but we can assure you they are absolutely delightful! Generally, we cold brew the teas that we use for our ice drinks, as we have found that the brew has a sweeter, fuller flavour. Usually, iced drinks contain tonnes of added sugars, so cold brews are a great option for those of us trying to cut down. Cold brews also contain a lot less caffeine, and are much higher in anti-oxidants and vitamin C.

Cold brews need to steep for quite a while – we usually leave ours overnight – and as a result, new flavours develop, giving the teas extra depth. Its easy to combine different blends, and you can get creative and add other ingredients to the mix too. We have found that citrus fruits, berries and mint all make great additions.

The other great thing about cold brews is that they make a great base for cocktails. We’re currently in the process of developing our cocktail menu, and you can be sure that cold brewed tea will make an appearance.

Drop in and cool off with us!

Can a Cup of Tea Fight Inflammation?

Inflammation is a process by which the body’s white blood cells and substances they produce protect us from infection with foreign organisms, such as bacteria and viruses.

However, in some diseases, like arthritis, the body’s defense system triggers an inflammatory response when there are no foreign invaders to fight off. This is known as autoimmune diseases.

There are two types of inflammation: acute and chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation arises after a cut or scrape in the skin, site of injury or sore throats. It is short-term and the effects subside after a few days.

Chronic (sometimes called systemic) inflammation is long-term and occurs in conditions such as lupus, inflammatory bowel disease, allergies and asthma. If left untreated, chronic inflammation can unfortunately lead to more serious health issues. Some key factors that contribute to autoimmune diseases can be due to lifestyle, genetic predisposition, lack of exercise, stress, poor diet, smoking, excessive alcohol and pollution in the environment.

Thankfully, by making simple changes to your diet and lifestyle choices may keep inflammation under control. By learning how specific foods influence the inflammatory response could be the best strategy for containing it, even though some establishments say that hard evidence is lacking.

Anti-inflammatory food diets are generally what health nutritionist advice you to eat such as fruit and veggies, whole grains, nuts which contain healthy fat to stop inflammation, fish, herbs and spices.

If you are looking to keep your inflammation levels under control through lifestyle changes and dietary means, then you may want to consider the following;

  • Eat a variety of colourful, whole, plant food in their natural state
  • Avoid or limit processed foods
  • Stay hydrated with water
  • Exercise often – ensure regular movement in your daily routine
  • Sleep – make sure you get good quality sleep and find breathing exercises and meditation to keep stress levels down

The best anti-inflammatory herbs and spices known are cloves, turmeric, black pepper, cayenne pepper, basil, sage, coriander, ginger, and peppermint.

 

Drink tea to fight inflammation

 The best teas to help fight inflammation are peppermint, fennel, cinnamon, ginger, nettle leaf, rose hips, matcha and most types of green teas. Black teas also help with keeping inflammation at bay because it is rich in quercetin, a bioflavanoid that has anti-inflammatory effects. Black tea can be high in caffeine depending on how it’s brewed so you may want to brew lighter infusions.

 Its best to try a variety of teas over the week so that your taste buds develop and learns to appreciate the healing effect of different flavours and subtle notes of sweet and woody herbs and floral and fruity characters of green teas.

 Here are some recommendations from the Camellia’s Tea Collection which we think will help the body to alkaline and reduce inflammation.

 Handmade wellness herbal infusions:

Can a Cup of Tea Help Fight Inflammation

For the healing effect try longer brews for herbal infusions to boost the tea’s potency.

Green teas:

  • Anji Bai Cha is a delicate spring green tea with a very pale green colour
  • Ceylon Green tea – this is rare and one of the finest organic green teas
  • China Gunpowder is one of the most widely drunk teas in China
  • Green Mint is invigorating which combines strength and quality
  • Lung Ching also known as “Dragonwell” renowned for its quality and flavour
  • Matcha Premium is of a ceremonial quality and classic for the traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony

Avoid steeping green in water that is too hot for longer than 3-4 minutes, as this will result in a bitter brew.

Mother’s Day Celebrations

It goes without saying that being a mother is one of the toughest yet the most rewarding jobs out there.  Not a day should go by where we are not grateful for all the hard work and sacrifices mothers make for their families.  That’s why it’s important to use Mother’s Day to tell your mum you appreciate, respect and admire her.

In our opinion having one day to celebrate doesn’t seem like much time, given all the hard work which goes into being a mum.  Most families celebrate Mother’s Day with a lunch or dinner, but we thought of making it extra special by going the extra mile.  Simple creations can say and mean so much and that’s why we have come up with a couple of tea infused morning parfaits recipes for you to try.

For the Earl Grey parfait you will need to prepare your tea infused yogurt 4 days in advance but it will be well worth the effort!  For the recipes we have chosen peaches, oranges, banana and blackberries as our fruits (you can choose any seasonal fruit).  We love our Matcha tea powder and Extravagant Earl Grey tea and have chosen them for our tea parfait.

We hope you enjoy whisking up these wonderful recipes but more so seeing the delightful look on your mum’s face!

 
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Matcha Chia Parfait

Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon Camellia’s Matcha tea powder
  • 1 cup whole milk (you can choose dairy free)
  • 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt (you can choose dairy free)
  • 6 teaspoons maple syrup or honey
  • 3 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1 fresh ripe peach pureed or mashed
  • 1 banana mashed
  • 1 cup blackberries sliced in half

Method:

  1. Place the matcha in a medium glass bowl.
  2. Heat the milk in a small saucepan over low heat to 175F/80°C.
  3. Slowly pour in ¼ cup of the milk over the matcha powder whisking vigorously for 1 minute.
  4. When the matcha is completely dissolved, whisk in the remaining milk.  Let it cool 10-15 minutes.
  5. Whisk the yogurt into the matcha milk.  Stir in the maple syrup and chia seeds.
  6. Cover and refrigerate for 5 hours or overnight, until custardy.
  7. Mix the banana and peach mash.
  8. Layer bottom of each individual glass bowl or wine glass with the fruit mash, followed by the matcha yogurt.
  9. Top with sliced blackberries.

 

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Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain whole milk yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons Camellia’s Extravagant Earl Grey tea
  • Tea filter bag
  • 2 peaches thinly sliced
  • 1 large orange cut into segments, with pips removed

Method:

  1. Pour yogurt into a glass jar.
  2. Place the tea in a paper filter bag and submerge into the yogurt.  Leave end of the filter bag hanging outside the jar.
  3. Seal the jar and refrigerate for up to 4 days.  The longer the infusion, stronger the flavour.
  4. Take the jar out everyday and give it a good stir.  When ready to use give the bag a good squeeze over the jar to extract all the tea liquid and give it a good mix.
  5. In a glass bowl layer in order: 1 tablespoon yogurt, sliced peaches, 1 tablespoon yogurt, sliced oranges.
  6. Finally decorate with a mixed layer of oranges and peaches.

 

Matcha Has Taken The World By Storm

Matcha-01-CropIt looks like everybody is going Matcha crazy; it has taken the world by storm and the craze just continues to grow! Matcha is so versatile that you can’t help creating recipes outside the cup. There are many fun things you can do with Matcha, from creating delectable desserts and exotic drinks to cosmetic skincare and mouthwashes – the list just goes on!

So why is everyone sipping Matcha? Well, it is classified as a superfood and one that is particularly high in anti-oxidants, which is linked to numerous health benefits, and since you actually drink and ingest the whole ground tea leaves, you capture more nutrients than regular brewed tea.

Even coffee drinkers are switching to Matcha these days, as it yields energy which prolongs concentration, focus and is a perfect pick-me-up without the jitters or feeling over-caffeinated. It is believed that a cup of 2g of Matcha may contain about 80mg of caffeine. If you compare that to a shot of coffee (90-100mg) or a Red Bull (80mg per can), it’s definitely up there with the caffeine content. But what makes it so special? Caffeine in tea leaves bonds to larger plant molecules, which makes the breakdown in the blood stream slower, extending the release of caffeine without the sudden high and then a subsequent crash of a strong coffee.

There are various grading of Matcha tea, so first of all you have to decide if you are going to drink it or cook with it. For ‘Matcha in a cup’, you should only use ceremonial grade – it is the highest quality tea grade used for centuries in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. Culinary grade Matcha is by no means a low-quality tea, it’s just prepared differently. Because of its robust and bitter taste, culinary grade Matcha is meant to be blended with other ingredients.

There is so much to say about Matcha and here at Camellia’s Tea House we have endless ideas and recipes to share with you. We are launching some new exciting Matcha blends using ceremonial grade tea combined with wellness ingredients to create a heavenly and healthy Matcha experience for you. The first in our Matcha series is the pairing of Matcha and Turmeric.

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With all the media fever surrounding turmeric curcumin, we have decided to look into it deeper. To tell the truth, turmeric has been around for over 5,000 years and to this day it plays an important role in traditional cultures throughout the Eastern world. Its benefits have been known for centuries and widely used in Ayurvedic Medicine. Apparently, from just 2 tablespoons of ground turmeric you can get 20% of your recommended daily intake of manganese, 10% of iron, 5% of vitamin B and 3% of potassium, copper and fiber.

Here is why we have decided to combine Matcha and turmeric to create a super healthy and tasty drink for you.

Weight loss and fat reduction – Curcumin is the active ingredient found in turmeric that offers most of the health benefits. Studies have shown that it helps suppress the growth of fat tissues in the body. Combine this with Matcha tea powder, a healthy diet and exercise, and  you will be able to meet your weight loss goals in no time!

Alzheimer’s Disease – Some research has reported that turmeric has positive effects on the prevention of Alzheimer’s Disease, though research is still on-going.

Inflammation – This can present itself in many disorders such as arthritis, digestive disorders and autoimmune conditions. There has been a lot of media coverage based on turmeric and the anti-inflammatory nature of curcumin. Studies have shown that curcumin could be just as effective as over the counter drugs designed to reduce joint and muscle ache and help reduce inflammation. Those with sever conditions should always speak to their doctor first. Green tea is also known to have strong anti-inflammatory properties and we believe that the combination of the two could be very beneficial for fighting inflammation in the body.

Anti-Oxidant – Both turmeric and green tea are specifically known for their anti-oxidant properties which helps reduce cellular and DNA damage that causes some cancers. By increasing turmeric and green tea in your diet you may help to prevent some cancers from forming.

Cholesterol and High Blood Pressure – Both curcumin and green tea are known to help reduce cholesterol which protects the blood vessels and the build-up of plaque which causes high blood pressure. Oxidised cholesterol can cause blood clots and make it difficult to reduce high blood pressure, so by increasing turmeric and green tea with cardio exercise you should find this helpful to your condition.

We will keep you updated with our launch date for Matcha Turmeric Tea, but in the meantime keep an eye out for the next blog in our Matcha Tea series and don’t forget to drink more green tea and add more turmeric to your diet!

The rise of Matcha in the West

Hard to imagine how a finely ground green tea powder when whisked properly results in a jady lush green drink called matcha. Beyond the etiquette surrounding the Japanese tea Ceremony tradition that dates back to the twelve century and very important in Zen monasteries in Japan, matcha is now main stream in many parts of the world with various gastronomic applications. Matcha lovers appreciate its freshness and energizing properties.

Authentic matcha is made of shade grown tea leaves, preventing direct sunlight. This helps the tea leaves develop more chlorophyll with super nutritional and potent antioxidants properties.

Another interesting matcha property is to boost mental alertness. We all need some in our busy lifestyles. And yes, matcha is supposed to be a wonderful hangover cure.

With all this being said, matcha quality is crucial when it comes to taste.

Other than hoping to get Matcha produced from the early spring young shouts and buds, harsh grinding could also affect the softness and the amazing fresh taste one should expect when enjoying a good bowl of matcha.

Many grades of Matcha exist and their applications vary. Picking a less expensive matcha grade for culinary applications is fine, keeping the more expensive higher ceremonial grades for the purist enjoyment.

Matcha dissolves completely in hot water and therefore the tea leaf is consumed entirely and packed with nutrients. This is usually a good reason to opt for certified organic matcha to avoid the pesticides.

When preparing a traditional matcha for yourself, make sure you have a minimum of the matcha essentials such as the matcha bowl, the matcha bamboo whisk and the matcha bamboo spoon. It’s a great feeling when you succeed making that frothy fresh jady green beverage. It is tricky but like all things, practice is key.

If you’re on the go and you still want to benefit from the matcha powers, adding 2g in your smoothies is an excellent idea.

From time to time, go for a Matcha latte for a new twist making it yourself at home and controlling the sweetness with your own sweet ingredients.

Matcha ice creams, matcha chocolate, matcha scones, these are only few of the unlimited culinary delights that can get the matcha touch for optimum enjoyment and health benefits.

Matcha Cheers!

Sylvana. P. Levesque