Sencha

Benefits about Sencha.

One Fourth Rule

This teapot is from a cute little store in Kumamoto (in the Kyushu Prefecture)
This teapot is from a cute little store in Kumamoto (in the Kyushu Prefecture)

Watching my tea leaves relax 🍃😌 in room temperature water for a minute or so before I surprise💃🏻 them with hot water. (For more details about why I do this visit the My Green Tea blog)

I call this my “1/4 rule”. I fill 1/4 of whatever I’m using as an infuser, teapot, kyusu, with room temp water let is sit for a minute or so to give thanks, and observe the leaves relax, simply add my hot water to get an optimal temp of 160-170 degrees F (70-77 degrees C).

In the event that you don’t have a hot water temperature reader/device accessible the “1/4 rule” comes in handy. You may certainly switch up those sensitive variables by adding/decreasing tea/water quantity, tinkering with water temperature, or increasing/decreasing the steep time.

Many people actually miss-brew Japanese green tea, especially Sencha because people forget how raw green tea is, relative to oolongs and black teas. Steeping Sencha, in scorching hot water will incinerate your leaves as well as most the health benefits 👎😱that make it worth while to drink. And though it still offers cancer fighting proteins known as Catechin, we miss out on the vitamins, minerals, polyphenols and antioxidants that make green tea so healthful.

You may re-brew a good quality Sencha up to 5 times (though my parents might kill me for suggesting that, I find that our Sencha is exceptionally good, full bodied, -especially this year’s crop!)

The variables to making a wonderful cup of green tea are so sensitive (as mentioned above: quantity of tea/water, temperature, etc) but we promise the trick is just to simply be attentive and aware of your process. Took me at least 10 mistake brews to enjoy my “perfect” cup. But don’t forget to not let your precious tea go to waste, as there is still loads of Catechin 👊🏼 in your uber bitter Sencha. So the My Green Tea family encourages you to take time. Make time. For tea time🍵💚. Make it a ritual to figure your own balance and sustain it. 💗

Be Free with T-Free

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Nothing like enjoying a cup of emerald green tea while taking in this glittering emerald city view. Feeling free with the T-Free.

How important it is to respect and enjoy freedom. Did you know that you can brew a wholesome cup of My Green Tea’s Sencha tea without access to hot water💚🍃?

There are a lot of infusers out there in the world, trust us we probably own 50+ variations of different shapes and sizes, but this handy dandy apparatus, known as the T-Free by MacMa is our favorite outdoor infuser because of its usability.

MacMa's Double lid T-Free makes it easy to adventure.
MacMa’s Double lid T-Free makes it easy to adventure.

This adventure-ready twin-lid brewing bottle is completely BPS and BPA free, dishwasher safe and even comes with a stainless steal strainer. Thanks to its super light-weight design, T-Free makes it easy to enjoy your tea hot or cold, in rain or shine, and on-the-go. Off the grid? No worries needed with this symbiotic combo. My Green Tea’s Sencha + MacMa’s T-Free = Zenful Adventure time. ^_^

Here is the stainless steel strainer. When you pour water into the T-free you have to be careful not to overflow your container because the strainer is so fine, it takes a little extra time for all the water to come through.
Here is the stainless steel strainer. When you pour water into the T-free you have to be careful not to overflow your container because the strainer is so fine, it takes a little extra time for all the water to come through.

Simply put the same amount of tea as you would a hot brew and gently bob your tea to an angelic rhythm (trust us it makes a difference😊), take the strainer out to save for another brew, and/or discard. This year My Green Tea’s Sencha tea is devine, so we’ve brewed it up to 7 times, no joke, simply because it taste good.

All of our loose tea leaves are biodegradable so you may dispose anywhere you wish with no guilt in harming the planet🌍. We hope you enjoy your moments, practices, adventures, experiences with great presence and quality. o(^_-)O (We find the tea taste better in nature anyways).

T-Free makes for a great gift for the tea lover that has it all, stop by our online shop to make your order today!  (💁🏻 My Green Tea)
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EASY DIY Green Tea Toner

A little bit of My Green Tea's Sencha 2gm (and/or 3gm) teabags go a long way. So take advantage of this miracle bevy ^_<
A little bit of My Green Tea’s Sencha tea go a long way. So take advantage of this miracle bevy ^_<

If you don’t know already, Sencha consists of the top buds and leaves of the Camillia Sinesis (AKA: The tea plant). My Green Tea’s Sencha teas pack a considerable amount of vitamin C, A, and E, as well as those cancer fighting ninjas known as antioxidants.

I always have a 2gm Sencha handy in my purse for emergency “liquid-Zen needing experiences.” ^_^ Though My Green Tea’s 2gm teas are awesome on the go, I usually feel a little guilty because much of the packaging goes to waste. Literally each 2gm Sencha tea bag is individually packaged and meant for single time use.

To feel like I’ve used each 2gm Sencha tea bag to the fullest I realized that if I simply just rebrew the same bag twice there would surely be enough vitamin C, E, A, and antioxidants still left over. So why not make myself a little DIY green tea toner? Now my little emergency “liquid-Zen” can also serve as my emergency toner. 😉 If you didn’t already know, green tea helps reduce inflammation, increases the skin’s elasticity, and provides a measure of sun protection. Green tea toner can cleanse and reduce the appearance of pores to help give your skin a youthful glow. Making green tea toner at home is a super inexpensive way to enhance your skin care routine.

After much experimenting, I found a perfectly simple DIY green tea toner recipe that works perfectly well with My Green Tea’s Sencha 2gm teabags. All you need is 3 ingredients that include:

  • One Sencha 2gm teabag  (could be an already steeped bag* note that it should not have been brewed more than once)
  • 1/4 cup of distilled water
  • 1 tablespoon of organic witch hazel.
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All you need are these 3 simple ingredients and you can enjoy a fresh home-made green tea toner in 15 minutes!

(1) Bing your distilled water to 175 degrees F (or boil your water and let it sit for roughly 3-5 minutes).

Bring your water to 175 degrees Fahrenheit or 80 degrees Celsius
Bring your water to 175 degrees Fahrenheit or 80 degrees Celsius

(2) Steep your tea as if you would normally drink it, for roughly 1-2 minutes.

Just let the tea bag do the work for you
Just let the tea bag do the work for you

(3) Remove the tea bag and let it cool down till its at room temperature.

Notice the difference in color.
Notice the difference in color.

(4) Once its at room temperature add your 1 tablespoon of organic which hazel and Vuala! You have your own little Sencha green tea toner! You may put it in a spray bottle or airtight container and apply with cotton balls.

You can also play with your own ratios, some people prefer a stronger witch hazel smell/sensation, but I found this ratio to be just right for my skin.
You can also play with your own ratios, some people prefer a stronger witch hazel smell/sensation, but I found this ratio to be just right for my skin.
A little bit of My Green Tea's Sencha 2gm (and/or 3gm) teabags go a long way. So take advantage of Vitamins A, C, E, and minerals that make Sencha so good for you inside and out.
Let Sencha heal you from the inside out or the outside in.

As for applying onto the skin, I just use my hands, but feel free to use cotton swabs to gently dab your face. It should give you a very refreshed and clean sensation.  ^__^

For sensitive skin and/or to experience optimal results, we advise always using a fresh bag of My Green Tea’s Sencha 2gm.

Please note that green tea, like any other food item, is a perishable food product. We recommend using this DIY green tea toner for no more then 5 days and to store it in a cool dry area.

Hope if you choose to DIY this toner you use a tea that is of high quality to ensure the best results ^.< This recipe is super simple, so we encourage you to play around with the ratios to concoct a toner that is perfect for your skin!

Don’t have 2 gram My Green Tea teabag😐? That’s okay👍, email 💌 me (*mygreentea.com@gmail.com*) your name and address and I’ll personally send you a complimentary Sencha 2 gm for your drinking/beauty pleasure. #naturalskincare #Sencha #poweroftea #MyGreenTea

The benefits of drinking Sencha

A simply elegant emerald green leaf tea. Considered to be the most popular Japanese green tea.

Consisting of only young large and small cuttings of green tea leaves, its deep, pure green tea flavor is the paragon of traditional Japanese green tea. Sencha offers a rich vegetal flavor, with a slightly sweet finish.

Abundant in Vitamins C and E, and Catechin, Sencha is laden with health benefits. Tea leaves (Camillia sinensis) contain a unique amino acid that produces a tranquilizing effects in the brain. This chemical is known as  L-Theanine.

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N-ethyl-L-glutamine; (2S)-2-ammonio-5-(ethylamino)-5-oxopentanoate.

Its found almost exclusively in green tea and plays a preventative role in cancer and supports the cardiovascular system. It is known to promote relaxation without sedation, as well as naturally helps reduce stress at standard dosages. An EEG on the effects of L-Theanine on  the brain can actually be visualized! (view chart bellow)

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Extensive research has shown L-Theanine’s main characteristics include (but not limited to):

  • Promoting relaxation without causing drowsiness
  • Support healthy sleep patterns
  • Improving learning and concentration
  • Heightening mental acuity
  • Supporting the Immune System
  • Reducing stress and anxiety
  • Weight control
  • Reducing cardiovascular risks
  • Long-term neuroprotection

NOTE: 3-4 cups of Sencha are expected to contain 100-200mg of Theamine. So it is recommended to drink at least 3 cups or more per day to truly enjoy the health properties of L-Theanine in Sencha tea.

BREWING NOTE: Click here for MY GREEN TEA’s brewing recommendations. The last thing you need is to over-brew your tea, which will prevent you from enjoying the full benefit and flavor of Sencha green tea.

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