It’s the New Year and time for all those promises to yourself to get healthy, fit or try new things. Well, Matcha Green Tea is certainly a health boost (especially if you’re trying to cut down on your coffee intake) and it’s probably new for many people too! I was very kindly sent a tub of matcha green tea from the lovely people at Pure Chimp and I’m delighted to share my findings with you.
As you may remember, I tried out the Teapigs brand of Matcha Green Tea several months ago, and found it worked really well to increase my energy and (towards the latter stages of the 30 day challenge) improve my skin. You can read about some of the different ways I made up the tea by clicking here. I’ll be revisiting some of those when trying the Pure Chimp Super Tea, and also sharing some new things I tried!
Pure Chimp Super Tea is 100% natural, ceremonial grade matcha green tea from the Kyoto region in Japan. There are a huge number of benefits to drinking it. Here’s Pure Chimp’s summary:
– 137x antioxidants of regular green tea
– Equivalent to 10 cups of green tea in 1 serving
– Improve your skin from within
– Caffeine without the anxiety
– Anti-ageing properties
– Weight loss
A US study found that consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy.
Sounds good? Yes, sounds like a lot more benefits than drinking coffee, if you ask me!
Mixed with a little apple juice, it made a delicious energy shot – I felt the effects within an hour or so of drinking and found it useful if I needed a pick me up in the morning, or on the way out for a late night.
If you can’t handle the shots, it’s worth trying it as a latte. I found it needs a little agave syrup to sweeten it up, as I find the taste slightly bitter. Otherwise, if you don’t want it warm, I found it delicious added to a banana smoothie!
There are so many benefits to matcha, that I started to wonder if it would be just as good applied directly to the skin, as an antioxidant type face mask. A little searching online told me that it was indeed a good idea, and some sources suggested that mixed with coconut oil and water it would make a lovely soothing mask, which would help sooth inflammation, redness and acne. Well worth a try!
I mixed a 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder, with a little coconut oil and a tiny drop of water. You can use just water if you wish, or even try aloe vera gel. Mix it all together into a smooth, but not too runny paste – you don’t want it sliding off your face! It felt really soothing and it’s great to use products that are good enough to eat on your skin. Afterwards my face felt really clean and bright. My red areas were also reduced. I’m going to do it at least once a week and see if it makes any difference in the long term.
There’s a sale on the Pure Chimp website at the moment – you can grab yourself a pot of the Super Tea for just £9.95 (regular price £14.95). They also have lots of other natural skincare products, which I’m yet to try, and you can also take advantage of sale prices on these.
I’m really impressed with the quality and taste of the Pure Chimp Matcha Green Tea, and would highly recommend you snap it up at the bargain sale prices!
Thanks for reading. Have a happy and healthy week ahead!
Pure Chimp sent me this product for review purposes. All opinions are my own.