Matcha green tea is an odyssey of the mind – and it all started with a monk and some tiny round seeds.
In the late 12th century, a Buddhist monk made an epic journey home to Japan. For four years, Zen master Eisai had pursued spiritual studies in China’s Anhui Province – and it was time to return to his native land. He journeyed with a head full of eclectic ideas – and a pouch of green tea seeds, taken from plants native to China’s Huanshan Mountains. As he expanded the traditional teachings of Buddhism, Eisai also expanded the properties of green tea, by grinding its leaves into a fine powder. He wove the abundant properties of green tea into his teachings by establishing the tea ritual, a practice that is still an integral part of the Zen lifestyle today.
The Japanese tea ceremony, also called the Way of Tea, is a Japanese cultural activity involving the ceremonial preparation and presentation of matcha (抹茶), powdered green tea.
Why Matcha Tea is Good for Your Body?
Matcha is high in a catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to have cancer-fighting effects on the body. Studies have linked green tea to a variety of health benefits, like helping to prevent heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer, and even encouraging weight loss.