Scientific name: Camellia sinensis
Parts: whole leaf
GOOD FOR ALL SKIN TYPES
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before + after suncare
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Function in Products
*amino acids (theanines+)
Powdered tea was originally brought from China to Japan in 1911 by the monk Eisai alongside Zen Buddhism. Both have become quintessentially Japanese. Matcha, the crème-de-la-crème of powdered teas is the oldest variety of shade grown green tea in Japan, has been part of Zen Buddhist culture for over 800 years and is the official tealeaf used in traditional Japanese tea ceremony. It is highly regarded for its health benefits, which have only recently begun to be documented by science. Matcha tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant just as all other varieties of green tea. Yet the cultivation, processing, and the fact that the whole leaf is used make it quite distinct. The preparation of matcha starts weeks before its harvest, when the tea bushes are covered to prevent exposure to direct sunlight. Shading slows down growth and turns the leaves a darker shade of green resulting in a higher amount of chlorophyll and certain amino acids. Only the finest buds are hand picked for their younger, suppler leaves. The leaves are then lightly steamed to prevent oxidation, minimally processed to remove the stems and veins, then stone ground leaving a jewel-green fine powder of only the most nutrient-rich parts of the plant.
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