A few years ago I had the most amazing drink at this little tea house in the Appalachias. I've never forgotten it and since have made up my own version. I'm quite sure my rendition doesn't carry quite the same magic but it does have a magic all its own.
The end result is a mocktail with coloring reminiscent of green jade (green teas other name). This mocktail leaves me feeling super vital & refreshed. Almost akin to a cool plunge in your favorite watering hole on a hot summer afternoon. The beverage has caffeine but somehow the combination never leaves me with that over caffeinated wirey kind of buzz, just pure green, light, refreshment.
The tea leaves can be re used for quick and easy eye treatment that can help the appearance of dark circles and leave your eyes feeling super refreshed. Aside from the plethora of antioxidants contained in green tea there's also vitamin K a nutrient that's beneficial for under eye circulation.
- 2 cups brewed Jasmine Green Tea, chilled.
- 6-8 mint leaves
- 1 teaspoon matcha
- 1/4 teaspoon cardamom
- 1.5 cups rice milk
- Ice cubes
- a few drops of stevia to sweeten
- Cocktail Shaker
Brew the Jasmine tea according to directions. Once the tea has steeped remove tea bags or leaves. Chill both the tea and the tea leaves separately.
Tear mint leaves and place in the cocktail shaker. Add cardamom and matcha and 3-4 ice cubes. Pour in the rice milk and let that marinate while you prepare your glasses. Fill glasses with ice, pour an equal amount of jasmine tea into each glass. Cap the cocktail shaker and shake really well. The longer you shake the more mint flavors will be released. Strain rice milk/green tea mixture into prepared glasses, an equal amount into each glass. Garnish with mint leaves. Enjoy!
Eye Zone Mini Ritual
It's really great if you can follow the whole ritual, but don't let that stop you from just throwing the chilled tea leaves on your eyes as you sip your mocktail, you'll still receive great benefit :-)
- Cleanse & Tone your face
- Apply a thin layer of aloe arount the orbital bones of the eye area. Use the fingers of both hands, (one around each eye) to circle the orbital area at least 3 times. I have an aloe plant at home, if you don't have one consider growing one they are awesome to have around for various purposes. Apply a thin layer of your favorite eye creme or serum I recommend luminous beauty's new vision eye creme and/ or the intensive repair serum*.
Place chilled tea bags or leaves over the eyes and relax for 5 -10 minutes. If you like you can also place a cool cloth over the eyes as you relax.
Remove tea bags and massage any excess serum creme into the eye area using light pressure.
*Be sure the application of the aloe and serum is along the bone area - it will penetrate into the softer tissues that are closer the eyes but you want the green tea to be the primary contact there.
Green Teas high anti oxidant content helps to prevent fine lines and wrinkles around the eyes. The caffeine helps to constrict the blood vessels at the surface of the skin , this stimulation to the circulation helps relieve puffiness and even helps with dark circles. It also contains vitamin K which aides the circulation as well also helping with the appearance of dark circles.
A note on matcha: Matcha is a full leaf tea that has been dried and powdered, versus a leaf that is steeped in water. That makes sourcing it a bit more important. Look for matcha that is bright green and vibrant, it will be sweeter and much more palatable. Not to mention it will contain more of the phyto nutrients matcha is known for, and one of the main reasons you'd want to consume it in the first place. Read the label—if the ingredients say "ground sencha," it's not matcha. In general culinary grade is acceptable but ceremonial grade or better is preferred (personally).
Matcha has at least 10 times the antioxidants of green tea. Antioxidants being the powerhouse that helps increase our body's capacity to metabolize free radicals, toxins, and pollutants that damage cellular integrity. In addition to it's powerful antioxidant properties matcha also:
contains high amounts of L-THeanine and amino acid that promotes relaxation and well being. This particular amino acid has also been found to enhance memory and learning and improve our ability to focus. L-THenaine is special in that it also inhibits the usual negative side effects of caffeine.
is a natural source of chlorophyll which helps to stimulate the boys natural ability to detoxify.
Is rich in vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium