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How to Use An Eye Pillow for Stress Relief & Sleep

Lavender has long been used in aromatherapy rituals around the world. For over 2500 years this beautiful and fragrant flower has been linked to relaxation and stress relief. From ancient Egypt to the Victorian era to modern day, lavender has been used in everything from perfumes and sachets to antiseptics, cooking and tea.

 When used as a fill for a silk eye pillow, Lavender can relieve headaches, soothe tired muscles, aid in meditation and help improve sleep. According to Bo Forbes, an integrative yoga therapist, an “eye pillow is one of the most powerful tools for healing, health and happiness.”*

Here are three ways to use your eye pillow for medicinal and meditative purpose.

Quiet your mind

Let’s be honest, whether you’re going for total relaxation with the savasana pose or practicing meditation, sometimes it’s hard to block out all of the distractions and keep your anxious mind from wandering. A lavender and flaxseed eye pillow will not only help block out the light, but the antioxidants in lavender can help lower your stress hormones and create a calm and peaceful atmosphere to help you let go. This can also be used to prepare your mind and body for a long and restful night’s sleep.

lavender

 Reduce puffy eyes with a cold compress

Relieve tired and strained eyes caused by a long day staring at screens. Using the sealed zip pouch that came with your eye pillow simply put the pillow in the fridge or freezer for 20-30 minutes. Rest the soft and cool pillow on your eyes for 10-20 minutes and let the essence of lavender calm your mind.

Relieve achy muscles with heat therapy

Don’t let the word “eye” fool you into believing you can only use the pillow for your eyes. With the therapeutic properties of lavender and the flexible shape, it’s easy to adapt the pillow for use anywhere you need a little relief. Just warm the pillow in the microwave for 30-60 seconds and apply it to the painful area, such as your stiff neck or sore knee. Just make sure it’s not too hot before you place it on your skin.

Products featuring a lavender & flaxseed eye pillow:

 

 

*Source:

https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/happiness-toolkit-eye-pillow-stress-rx

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Lavender has long been used in aromatherapy rituals around the world. For over 2500 years this beautiful and fragrant flower has been linked to relaxation and stress relief. From ancient Egypt to the Victorian era to modern day, lavender has been used in everything from perfumes and sachets to antiseptics, cooking and tea.

 When used as a fill for a silk eye pillow, Lavender can relieve headaches, soothe tired muscles, aid in meditation and help improve sleep. According to Bo Forbes, an integrative yoga therapist, an “eye pillow is one of the most powerful tools for healing, health and happiness.”*

Here are three ways to use your eye pillow for medicinal and meditative purpose.

Quiet your mind

Let’s be honest, whether you’re going for total relaxation with the savasana pose or practicing meditation, sometimes it’s hard to block out all of the distractions and keep your anxious mind from wandering. A lavender and flaxseed eye pillow will not only help block out the light, but the antioxidants in lavender can help lower your stress hormones and create a calm and peaceful atmosphere to help you let go. This can also be used to prepare your mind and body for a long and restful night’s sleep.

lavender

 Reduce puffy eyes with a cold compress

Relieve tired and strained eyes caused by a long day staring at screens. Using the sealed zip pouch that came with your eye pillow simply put the pillow in the fridge or freezer for 20-30 minutes. Rest the soft and cool pillow on your eyes for 10-20 minutes and let the essence of lavender calm your mind.

Relieve achy muscles with heat therapy

Don’t let the word “eye” fool you into believing you can only use the pillow for your eyes. With the therapeutic properties of lavender and the flexible shape, it’s easy to adapt the pillow for use anywhere you need a little relief. Just warm the pillow in the microwave for 30-60 seconds and apply it to the painful area, such as your stiff neck or sore knee. Just make sure it’s not too hot before you place it on your skin.

Products featuring a lavender & flaxseed eye pillow:

 

 

*Source:

https://www.yogajournal.com/yoga-101/happiness-toolkit-eye-pillow-stress-rx

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Spa Lovers Gift Guide

Whether the woman on your list already knows how to relax, unwind and fit in some well deserved ‘me’ time, or she needs a little nudge and reminder; these curated gifts deliver a luxurious experience designed to refresh and renew.

Sandalwood Rose Gift

Sandalwood Rose

Infused with intoxicating aromas of jasmine, rose geranium, bergamot and vanilla, this fragrant gift will provide a gentle reminder to stop and smell the roses.

art of relaxation

Art of Relaxation

Nothing says 'permission to relax' like the soothing aromas of chamomile and lavender. From the gently weighted aromatherapy eye pillow to the meditative color cards, this gift will inspire moments of downtime and rejuvenation.

Relaxing Getaway Gift Box

Relaxing Getaway

Designed to melt the tension away, this beautiful assortment of fragrant tea, candles and bath salts will transport your recipient to an oasis of tranquility.

Ayurvedic Gift Box

Pure Harmony Gift Box

An Ayurveda inspired experience featuring sandalwood and turmeric, known for their uplifting and balancing properties. This luxurious gift box is filled with all natural tastes, textures and scents designed to promote relaxation. 

Morning Ritual Gift

Morning Ritual

Rituals are activities to keep her grounded, calm and organized. With an exquisite cup of single estate tea, aromatherapy candle and a few minutes of list making, your giftee will be ready to start the day with a positive outlook.

Looking for more great gift ideas? Browse through our Holiday Gift Guides and discover something for everyone on your list (including you...we won't tell.)

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Whether the woman on your list already knows how to relax, unwind and fit in some well deserved ‘me’ time, or she needs a little nudge and reminder; these curated gifts deliver a luxurious experience designed to refresh and renew.

Sandalwood Rose Gift

Sandalwood Rose

Infused with intoxicating aromas of jasmine, rose geranium, bergamot and vanilla, this fragrant gift will provide a gentle reminder to stop and smell the roses.

art of relaxation

Art of Relaxation

Nothing says 'permission to relax' like the soothing aromas of chamomile and lavender. From the gently weighted aromatherapy eye pillow to the meditative color cards, this gift will inspire moments of downtime and rejuvenation.

Relaxing Getaway Gift Box

Relaxing Getaway

Designed to melt the tension away, this beautiful assortment of fragrant tea, candles and bath salts will transport your recipient to an oasis of tranquility.

Ayurvedic Gift Box

Pure Harmony Gift Box

An Ayurveda inspired experience featuring sandalwood and turmeric, known for their uplifting and balancing properties. This luxurious gift box is filled with all natural tastes, textures and scents designed to promote relaxation. 

Morning Ritual Gift

Morning Ritual

Rituals are activities to keep her grounded, calm and organized. With an exquisite cup of single estate tea, aromatherapy candle and a few minutes of list making, your giftee will be ready to start the day with a positive outlook.

Looking for more great gift ideas? Browse through our Holiday Gift Guides and discover something for everyone on your list (including you...we won't tell.)

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5 Ways to Relax on National Relaxation Day + Giveaway

Let's be honest. Most of us these days are far too connected. Even when we "take a break" we're posting photos to Instagram and sharing stories on Snapchat. We're bombarded with information and 2-dimensional screens. It's nice to have access to so much information at our fingertips, but too much of it can be a little overwhelming.

It's not good for the soul, or our health, to be so busy. We need some relaxation, some real downtime, away from the constant connection to the modern world. We need space for physical reality—three-dimensional life that we can touch and smell and taste, not only see and hear. 

True wellness requires times of quiet for refreshing the mind and the spirit, and not only when we're asleep.

To do this we have to unplug with intention. This National Relaxation Day (8/15) choose to set aside some time when there will be no television, no radio, no Internet via smartphone or tablet or laptop, and no interruptions either by phone or in person. 

Simply sit and enjoy the quietude for half an hour listening to the sounds around you. If you’re just too much of a multi-tasker to imagine that, at least do something to luxuriate and pamper yourself at the same time.

Here are 5 ways to relax in as little as 10-15 minutes that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed:

  1. Soothe your soles with a mint green tea foot soak
  2. Turn your teatime into a calming ritual
  3. Renew your skin with a matcha face mask
  4. Relieve stress and get into the creative flow with adult coloring books
  5. Create your own scent therapy using your favorite scented flower, candle or spice. Close your eyes and practice deep breathing for a few minutes, while you embrace the aromas.

Most importantly, allow yourself time for relaxation and self-care without the guilt. If not for yourself, do it for those who rely on you to be well and healthy such as your family, co-workers and even your pets. 

Want to give your daily self-care routine an immediate boost? Follow us on instagram and participate in our Loop Giveaway. We’ve partnered with 3 inspiring wellness & lifestyle brands to create an amazing pampering bundle valued at more than $150. See the rules and details on our giveaway post.

Self care Giveaway

Want even more self-care ideas? Check out 20 Ways to Relax Without Spending a Dime!

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Let's be honest. Most of us these days are far too connected. Even when we "take a break" we're posting photos to Instagram and sharing stories on Snapchat. We're bombarded with information and 2-dimensional screens. It's nice to have access to so much information at our fingertips, but too much of it can be a little overwhelming.

It's not good for the soul, or our health, to be so busy. We need some relaxation, some real downtime, away from the constant connection to the modern world. We need space for physical reality—three-dimensional life that we can touch and smell and taste, not only see and hear. 

True wellness requires times of quiet for refreshing the mind and the spirit, and not only when we're asleep.

To do this we have to unplug with intention. This National Relaxation Day (8/15) choose to set aside some time when there will be no television, no radio, no Internet via smartphone or tablet or laptop, and no interruptions either by phone or in person. 

Simply sit and enjoy the quietude for half an hour listening to the sounds around you. If you’re just too much of a multi-tasker to imagine that, at least do something to luxuriate and pamper yourself at the same time.

Here are 5 ways to relax in as little as 10-15 minutes that will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed:

  1. Soothe your soles with a mint green tea foot soak
  2. Turn your teatime into a calming ritual
  3. Renew your skin with a matcha face mask
  4. Relieve stress and get into the creative flow with adult coloring books
  5. Create your own scent therapy using your favorite scented flower, candle or spice. Close your eyes and practice deep breathing for a few minutes, while you embrace the aromas.

Most importantly, allow yourself time for relaxation and self-care without the guilt. If not for yourself, do it for those who rely on you to be well and healthy such as your family, co-workers and even your pets. 

Want to give your daily self-care routine an immediate boost? Follow us on instagram and participate in our Loop Giveaway. We’ve partnered with 3 inspiring wellness & lifestyle brands to create an amazing pampering bundle valued at more than $150. See the rules and details on our giveaway post.

Self care Giveaway

Want even more self-care ideas? Check out 20 Ways to Relax Without Spending a Dime!

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Back to School Gift Guide: 13 Essentials to Promote Healthy Habits (for college kids & parents)

Let’s face it; going to college is a significant transition for students and parents alike that offers joy, excitement and opportunities for personal growth. And at the same time can evoke stress and separation anxiety.

One of the best ways to stay grounded during a barrage of change is to establish a daily self-care ritual—activities that keep you calm, organized and help you settle into a new normal. A ritual is a routine with intention that helps you focus on you and sets the tone for the day. Over time, this self-care routine can lead to healthy habits to boost your mood, happiness and your general outlook on life.

Creating a daily ritual is easy. The most important thing to remember is to keep it simple. Don’t try a whole new self-care routine all at once. Focus on just one new habit at a time to give yourself the best chance for success.

Ready? Here are 13 gift ideas to help create healthy habits and back to school routines for stress free living.

  1. Happiness Planner. Commit to fill each day with optimism by setting goals on paper. The Happiness Planner is designed to help you reflect on the positivity, joy, and passion in your life. By applying the practices of mindfulness, positive thinking and gratitude on a daily basis you’ll learn to stay focused on things that truly matter. The best part is the planner is undated so you can start it anytime.
  1. Portable, BPA-Free Tea Infuser. Whether you’re driving the kids between school and soccer practice or running around campus from class to class, staying hydrated helps boost your energy. An all-in-one tea capsule gets you quickly get on your way with a flavorful & calorie-free way to stay refreshed all day.
  1. Organic Matcha Set. Discover an oasis of calm with a daily tea ritual. The high concentration of L-theanine, a natural amino acid found in matcha green tea helps ease the mind and relax the body while enhancing alertness; one of the reasons it's been used for centuries by Buddhist monks as a meditative aid, and makes the perfect coffee replacement for afternoon studying.
  1. Bamboo Matcha Whisk. With a bamboo whisk, making matcha adds a bit of Zen to your day. You’ll feel comforted and connected knowing that the simple act of gently frothing a creamy cup of tea has been performed for thousands of years by millions of people and will continue to be done for centuries to come.
  1. Wabi-Sabi Matcha Bowl. Wabi-sabi is a philosophy that reminds us to embrace imperfection and find beauty in nature. This Japanese tea bowl is slightly irregular and will bring joy to your daily tea ritual. It’s also large enough to double as a bowl for noodles, so go ahead and pack some ramen with it… your student will thank you later.
  1. Gift that Gives Back. Let the soft touch journal featuring original watercolor inspire your inner artist while supporting scholarships for young women. For a new twist on the gratitude journal, take 5 minutes in the middle of the day to jot down a short list of beauty around you. Choosing to see beauty is a simple, creative act that can help add joy and positivity to your day.
  1. Digital Detox. Most of us these days are far too connected. Even when we "take a break", it's often to post a photo to Instagram or share a story on Snapchat. Give yourself or someone you love a reminder to unplug, unwind and stay connected to the physical world with analogue devices.
  1. Tea is always a good idea. So often when we’re busy and stressed we eat and drink without thinking, and no more so than in college during late night cramming sessions for that important test. Mindful eating helps us slow down and restore the body-mind connection and there’s no better way to do that than with a soothing cup of tea.
  1. Marrakesh Mint Rooibos. Mint contains an impressive amount of Vitamin A and is well recognized for it’s soothing properties. This hand blended herbal tea with notes of fine cut peppermint and African green rooibos will encourage you to practice deep breathing while you enjoy the refreshing aroma with each inhale.
  1. Royal Apothic Hand Creme. A luxurious hand cream with fragrant notes of orange, magnolia, geranium, and bay rose will transport you to a peaceful garden wherever you are.
  1. Gratitude Journal. Deadlines at school and in life can weigh on you, keeping you from falling asleep and leaving you irritable and sluggish the next day. Reduce stress and anxiety by taking a few minutes at the end of each day to unplug and write down your reflections, taking note of the people and things you are most grateful for.
  1. Home Spa Day. A soothing blend of essential oils is designed to relax and renew. Sit back, breathe deeply and allow the tension to melt away.
  1. Adult Coloring Book & Flowering Tea Set. Discover how adult coloring books can help you practice mindfulness meditation. By immersing yourself in a creative activity, you can unplug, unwind and let go of the day’s stress while being fully engaged and present in the current moment.

Self-care is an important part of living a healthy, happy life. As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” What are your favorite back to school routines? Share them below.

 

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Let’s face it; going to college is a significant transition for students and parents alike that offers joy, excitement and opportunities for personal growth. And at the same time can evoke stress and separation anxiety.

One of the best ways to stay grounded during a barrage of change is to establish a daily self-care ritual—activities that keep you calm, organized and help you settle into a new normal. A ritual is a routine with intention that helps you focus on you and sets the tone for the day. Over time, this self-care routine can lead to healthy habits to boost your mood, happiness and your general outlook on life.

Creating a daily ritual is easy. The most important thing to remember is to keep it simple. Don’t try a whole new self-care routine all at once. Focus on just one new habit at a time to give yourself the best chance for success.

Ready? Here are 13 gift ideas to help create healthy habits and back to school routines for stress free living.

  1. Happiness Planner. Commit to fill each day with optimism by setting goals on paper. The Happiness Planner is designed to help you reflect on the positivity, joy, and passion in your life. By applying the practices of mindfulness, positive thinking and gratitude on a daily basis you’ll learn to stay focused on things that truly matter. The best part is the planner is undated so you can start it anytime.
  1. Portable, BPA-Free Tea Infuser. Whether you’re driving the kids between school and soccer practice or running around campus from class to class, staying hydrated helps boost your energy. An all-in-one tea capsule gets you quickly get on your way with a flavorful & calorie-free way to stay refreshed all day.
  1. Organic Matcha Set. Discover an oasis of calm with a daily tea ritual. The high concentration of L-theanine, a natural amino acid found in matcha green tea helps ease the mind and relax the body while enhancing alertness; one of the reasons it's been used for centuries by Buddhist monks as a meditative aid, and makes the perfect coffee replacement for afternoon studying.
  1. Bamboo Matcha Whisk. With a bamboo whisk, making matcha adds a bit of Zen to your day. You’ll feel comforted and connected knowing that the simple act of gently frothing a creamy cup of tea has been performed for thousands of years by millions of people and will continue to be done for centuries to come.
  1. Wabi-Sabi Matcha Bowl. Wabi-sabi is a philosophy that reminds us to embrace imperfection and find beauty in nature. This Japanese tea bowl is slightly irregular and will bring joy to your daily tea ritual. It’s also large enough to double as a bowl for noodles, so go ahead and pack some ramen with it… your student will thank you later.
  1. Gift that Gives Back. Let the soft touch journal featuring original watercolor inspire your inner artist while supporting scholarships for young women. For a new twist on the gratitude journal, take 5 minutes in the middle of the day to jot down a short list of beauty around you. Choosing to see beauty is a simple, creative act that can help add joy and positivity to your day.
  1. Digital Detox. Most of us these days are far too connected. Even when we "take a break", it's often to post a photo to Instagram or share a story on Snapchat. Give yourself or someone you love a reminder to unplug, unwind and stay connected to the physical world with analogue devices.
  1. Tea is always a good idea. So often when we’re busy and stressed we eat and drink without thinking, and no more so than in college during late night cramming sessions for that important test. Mindful eating helps us slow down and restore the body-mind connection and there’s no better way to do that than with a soothing cup of tea.
  1. Marrakesh Mint Rooibos. Mint contains an impressive amount of Vitamin A and is well recognized for it’s soothing properties. This hand blended herbal tea with notes of fine cut peppermint and African green rooibos will encourage you to practice deep breathing while you enjoy the refreshing aroma with each inhale.
  1. Royal Apothic Hand Creme. A luxurious hand cream with fragrant notes of orange, magnolia, geranium, and bay rose will transport you to a peaceful garden wherever you are.
  1. Gratitude Journal. Deadlines at school and in life can weigh on you, keeping you from falling asleep and leaving you irritable and sluggish the next day. Reduce stress and anxiety by taking a few minutes at the end of each day to unplug and write down your reflections, taking note of the people and things you are most grateful for.
  1. Home Spa Day. A soothing blend of essential oils is designed to relax and renew. Sit back, breathe deeply and allow the tension to melt away.
  1. Adult Coloring Book & Flowering Tea Set. Discover how adult coloring books can help you practice mindfulness meditation. By immersing yourself in a creative activity, you can unplug, unwind and let go of the day’s stress while being fully engaged and present in the current moment.

Self-care is an important part of living a healthy, happy life. As Audre Lorde said, “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation.” What are your favorite back to school routines? Share them below.

 

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Truly Awesome Matcha Green Tea Benefits

Are you only steeping your green tea in teabags? If so, you might be throwing away valuable nutrition. Green tea leaves are packed with nutrients that offer all kinds of health benefits, and to impart those benefits, they need to be consumed. In order to get the most out of your green tea, you should seriously consider trying matcha, as you consume the entire leaf. People adore matcha for its vibrant green color, herbaceous flavor, and energy boosting qualities. What’s more, matcha green tea also happens to be incredibly good for you.

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a finely milled green tea powder made from tench (green tea leaves) with a smooth finish and wonderful umami (rich and savory taste). It is traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony and prepared using a sifter, bamboo whisk, hot water and a tea bowl, as we wrote about in a recent article, How to Make Matcha.

Among its many unique health benefits are matcha’s ability to spark weight loss and detoxify the body. In fact, matcha, with zero calories per 2 oz serving, fits right into the category of superfoods, with its high level of antioxidants, nutrient density, and ability to relieve stress naturally.

It might even be at the top of the list. Matcha green tea is packed with more antioxidants than any other superfood. It is notable that almost 60 percent of the catechins found in matcha are EGCg, which affects free radicals encased by everyday stress, such a pollution and UV rays.

Why Drink Matcha

Here is a list of the top 10 reasons you need to add matcha to your diet and make it part of your daily ritual. As usual, check with your doctor before you embark on a new diet regimen.

  1. Matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than ordinary green tea and more antioxidants per gram than goji berries and dark chocolate
  2. One cup of matcha tea contains 10 times the total amount of nutrition contained in regular green tea. This means you receive 100 percent of the total nutritional benefits
  3. Matcha green tea helps to boost your metabolism and increase energy without the jittery crash associated with coffee
  4. It helps to calm your mind and relax the body
  5. It’s rich in chlorophyll, vitamins and fiber
  6. Matcha detoxifies the body naturally and effectively
  7. It aids in concentration and enhances your mood (there’s a reason Zen monks have used it as a meditative aid for thousands of years)
  8. It supplies the body with vitamins and minerals including zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C for overall well being
  9. Matcha may lower blood sugar and cholesterol level
  10. Several studies have shown that matcha can increase thermogenesis, the body’s ability to burn fat from daily average of just 8–10 percent to a high of 35–40 percent. A tea that helps you burn fat? Yes, really!

It’s clear from the many health benefits of matcha green tea that this superfood is one worth trying as a tea, in matcha smoothies and even in your all natural skincare routine. Get a matcha starter set and make it part of your daily life today!

 

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration

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Are you only steeping your green tea in teabags? If so, you might be throwing away valuable nutrition. Green tea leaves are packed with nutrients that offer all kinds of health benefits, and to impart those benefits, they need to be consumed. In order to get the most out of your green tea, you should seriously consider trying matcha, as you consume the entire leaf. People adore matcha for its vibrant green color, herbaceous flavor, and energy boosting qualities. What’s more, matcha green tea also happens to be incredibly good for you.

What is Matcha?

Matcha is a finely milled green tea powder made from tench (green tea leaves) with a smooth finish and wonderful umami (rich and savory taste). It is traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony and prepared using a sifter, bamboo whisk, hot water and a tea bowl, as we wrote about in a recent article, How to Make Matcha.

Among its many unique health benefits are matcha’s ability to spark weight loss and detoxify the body. In fact, matcha, with zero calories per 2 oz serving, fits right into the category of superfoods, with its high level of antioxidants, nutrient density, and ability to relieve stress naturally.

It might even be at the top of the list. Matcha green tea is packed with more antioxidants than any other superfood. It is notable that almost 60 percent of the catechins found in matcha are EGCg, which affects free radicals encased by everyday stress, such a pollution and UV rays.

Why Drink Matcha

Here is a list of the top 10 reasons you need to add matcha to your diet and make it part of your daily ritual. As usual, check with your doctor before you embark on a new diet regimen.

  1. Matcha contains 137 times more antioxidants than ordinary green tea and more antioxidants per gram than goji berries and dark chocolate
  2. One cup of matcha tea contains 10 times the total amount of nutrition contained in regular green tea. This means you receive 100 percent of the total nutritional benefits
  3. Matcha green tea helps to boost your metabolism and increase energy without the jittery crash associated with coffee
  4. It helps to calm your mind and relax the body
  5. It’s rich in chlorophyll, vitamins and fiber
  6. Matcha detoxifies the body naturally and effectively
  7. It aids in concentration and enhances your mood (there’s a reason Zen monks have used it as a meditative aid for thousands of years)
  8. It supplies the body with vitamins and minerals including zinc, magnesium, and vitamin C for overall well being
  9. Matcha may lower blood sugar and cholesterol level
  10. Several studies have shown that matcha can increase thermogenesis, the body’s ability to burn fat from daily average of just 8–10 percent to a high of 35–40 percent. A tea that helps you burn fat? Yes, really!

It’s clear from the many health benefits of matcha green tea that this superfood is one worth trying as a tea, in matcha smoothies and even in your all natural skincare routine. Get a matcha starter set and make it part of your daily life today!

 

Note: These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration

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