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Soothing Matcha Bath

Photo: Onsen Japan Matcha Bath One of the best experiences traveling in Japan is enjoying the incredible matcha and green tea baths. Taking a matcha bath at a Japanese Onsen is relaxing and healthful for the entire body, a perfect way to remove stress as the Japanese know very well. It provides nutrients to the skin, soothes aching muscles and calms the mind. Here is a recipe to bring a little bit of Japan home with you. Simple and inexpensive, this matcha bath costs only a few dollars and can be enjoyed in the tranquility of your own home. Recipe:  1 cup epsom salt 3 heaping tablespoons matcha powder 4 drops peppermint or your favorite essential oil*, lavender is also very pleasant to use Scoop a cup of epsom salts into a mixing bowl. Add the matcha powder and peppermint drops into the bowl and stir until evenly blended. The epsom salt absorbs the essential oil and is not directly applied to your skin. Add to a hot tub of water. Soak for 20 minutes or more in the …

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For All the Tea in China

It is known that the first origins of growing and drinking tea began in China some 4,500 years ago. The Yunnan Province of China is the actual birthplace of tea where people learned they could brew and enjoy tea.  Yunnan is the home of the world’s oldest cultivated tea tree found in the rain forest, known as the king of tea trees and about 3,200 years old. During the last 4,500 years, tea drinking has spread worldwide, with an amazing story of trade and  some very interesting clandestine operations in 1848 by Scottish tea botanist, Robert Fortune. The plan? to make tea accessible to the western world. Here is a brief progression of tea development leading up to the story of Robert Fortune’s journey to China: 2737BC  ~Legend claims that the discovery of tea by the Emperor of China. People drank tea for its medicinal qualities and flavor. 1046-256BC  ~During Zhou Dynasty tea is part of religious offerings. 202BC  ~During the Han Dynasty, tea plants were quite limited and primarily enjoyed by royalty and those who could afford the tea. 618-907AD  ~During …

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Travel Tea-scapes in Southern Japan

Tea traveling in Southern Japan, green tea fields are everywhere; on the sides of mountains, in valleys, and driving along the roads.  It’s amazing to see the large tea fields that cover vast areas throughout the region. The fields are magnificently green. Walking in a tea field creates a refreshing feeling of calm, peace and serenity; the very same effect as drinking the tea physically. Tea Plantation in Nansatsu Plateau, Kagoshima The southern tip of Japan in Kagoshima is the 2nd largest area in Japan for growing organic tea. The land is fertile everywhere thanks to Mt. Sakurajima (means Cherry Island). The volcano has spewed ash and minerals throughout the region for hundreds of years. The volcano is now connected to Okuma Peninsula after eruptions in the early 1900’s. Mt. Sakurajima is literally just across the bay and a part of the city of Kagoshima. Houses are built at the very bottom of the volcano. Smoking, steaming and spewing ash frequently darkens the sky. This is part of the daily life in Kagoshima. The volcano is rated a …

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Journey to a Green Tea Field

On the wall in a local coffee shop where I would buy my morning cup of tea, was a beautiful picture of a foggy hillside with workers hand-picking tea in a green tea field. I really enjoyed looking at that beautiful picture and one day I stated out loud, “I really want to visit a green tea field!” Sure enough a year later, that’s exactly where I ended up… Standing in a green tea field, you breathe in the air. The whole side of the mountain smells like tea and permeates your being. Drinking a cup of matcha, is just like standing in the field. The fresh smell of tea is the same and the gentle aroma of tea creates a sense of well-being with a nice little lift. Matcha had an extra benefit, it helped overcome jet lag and travel fatigue. That’s why I’m an advocate for matcha green tea. It helps restore energy when traveling, provides mental clarity and it has a natural lift with the right combination of l-theanine and light caffeine. …

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Get the ‘Skinny’ on Matcha

Most people who care about their weight and health want to incorporate things in their diet that improve their health and help keep weight off; and better yet, help burn fat calories. We all have an optimal weight where we feel good about ourselves, look good in our clothing, have more energy and feel more attractive. It’s often been said, “When we feel good, we look good!” This is where matcha comes in, because matcha it is all about staying healthy and feeling good. And it just happens that matcha is a delicious tea that boosts our metabolism. The matcha combination of the low-level caffeine amino acid, theophylline and the feel good amino acid l-theanine*, create a gentle pick-me up with a sense of calm well-being and mental clarity. This combination is a slower, sustainable release of the caffeine over a longer time without a big spike up. Tiffany Picard, rock climbing Crazy Horse in Chiang Mai, Thailand We burn fats with more active energy, making matcha drinking perfect to promote an active life and exercise …