Why Matcha is good for your health? What is so magical about the weird smelly green powder? Let’s find out.
Matcha may not be a superfood but it definitely has super health benefits!
Matcha is a Japanese green tea which is ground into a fine powder. Matcha is known for over 900 years and it has a long tradition in Buddhism, but it gained popularity in the West just recently. Often compared to green tea which health benefits we are well aware of (cancer protection, cardiovascular health protection, weight loss, and so on), but for some reason, it’s picking up real traction. What’s the big deal? The study from University of Colorado at Colorado Springs determined that Matcha has higher catechin concentration than the usual green tea leaves. Matcha also has more caffeine than green tea. That may be interesting to those of you coffee junkies!
Hold on – what is a Catechin?
We all know the overused word antioxidant. Catechins are antioxidants from the group of polifenoles, they are the ones which are the strongest!
It’s good to include matcha in your diet, but as always, don’t overdose! It has a high content of caffeine, one cup a day is enough for you to be content the health benefits it has.
Note: Remember that the source you get your powder is very important, as matcha became extremely popular, companies started producing tons of it, but not every one of them is honest. Just be mindful and do your research before buying.
I have tested Matcha Tea from The Matcha Reserve and I can recommend it, but as mentioned, do not overdose! Also, this tea is quite good!
I always was against energy drinks. Being all about health I do prefer having a good sleep schedule to ingesting caffeine or anything else that boosts my energy levels. I was recently introduced to Flyte, and given that they only contain natural ingredients and are made of 100% organic ingredients (Green Coffee, Maca Root, Griffonia, Schizandra), I decided to give it a go. They come in three flavours: Green Mango, Citrus lemon and Red Berries. My favourite taste was Green Mango, strongly reminded me of Vibovit vitamin sachets, they were all the rage in the early 90’s in Poland – not sure if anywhere else?
When I first saw coconut bowls I absolutely loved them, love at the first sight for sure. I was also hyped by all those smoothie bowls everywhere!
Of course is nothing wrong with a smoothie bowl but I think I started following a Social Media trend completely forgetting what I really like and what my true style is. Don’t get me wrong, smoothie bowls are brilliant and I do enjoy a lot of them, especially the green one with spinach! It’s just, they’re everywhere!
I live vegan lifestyle 80% of the day I think. Sometimes I enjoy pastries (wheat free of course) or cheese and eggs. So why not to share with you my non-vegan recipes! All my ingredients are organic, eggs from farms I know chickens have a normal life, same with cheese, only from locals!
Coconut bowls are not for a sole use for smoothie bowls in my opinion. They’re amazing for everything you want. Sustainable tableware which looks great, and is out of ordinary.
I decided to take some pictures featuring coconut bowl in a bit different way, in a style which I love the most. Majority call it a mystery light food photography. Call it any way you want, I call it rustic 😊
People may wonder why everyone is so hyped about coconut bowls? Some are hyped because these bowls are just adorable, aren’t they? But behind the cute coconut shell bowl is a bigger mission, sustainability. Every year millions of coconut shells are burned as waste, Coconut Bowls reclaim them and turn them into the food safe environmentally friendly products you can eat from!
I used my coconut bowl to put the cherries which I later used for my pastries. I think it looks as cool as a smoothie bowl ☺️
Recipe for pastries:
– 3,5 glasses of white rye flour
-200ml milk (I used almond milk)
-14g instant yeast
-120g melted butter
-2/3 glass of sugar. I normally don’t use sugar but xylitol kills yeast so is not appropriate. Here I used Demerara and 65g of vanilla white sugar.
– cherries. I used preserved cherries, you can use fresh or frozen. Remember to unfreeze first, and get rid of the excess of water.
Previously I published a recipe for the Vegan Tomato Soup with Black Cumin, and I thought it would be useful for you guys if I also share the health benefits of black cumin overall!
Let’s introduce these little guys to you.
Black Cumin (Latin: Nigella sativa L.) has its roots in North-Eastern Europe and Western Asia where it was widely used as medicine. In Middle Ages, it was believed that black cumin can cure everything excepting death.
The scientific research has proven that Black Cumin has phenomenal health benefits.
Antibacterial Properties and Antifungal Properties. It has been proven that Nigella sativa is effective in fighting Staphylococcus Aureus and Candida Albicans.
A cure for Depression. The research has shown that Black Cumin has positive impact on central nervous system, adding it to your meals every day can help with improving your overall well-being
Antihistamine Properties. The research has demonstrated that black seeds have a miraculous effect on hay fever, and it is free from common antihistamine meds side effects, like drowsiness and fatigue.
Antihypertensive. It has been proved that black seeds have stronger activity than many antihypertensive drugs.
A cure for Asthma. 29 people took part in 3-months research. 14 were given a placebo, and 15 were given Black Cumin extract. Asthma symptoms started decreasing in the second group after 2 months.
A cure for Atopic Dermatitis. It has been proven that oil from black seeds has an enormous impact on this disease. I can relate to that, as my fiancee has that problem and black cumin oil really helped! We spent a lot of money on pharmaceuticals, but black cumin oil was the only thing that really helped.
Anti Acne. As I mentioned before, it has antibacterial properties, and it is an excellent acne cure. It fights the bacteria but it doesn’t dry the skin.
Help in Psoriasis. The research has shown that black cumin oil and black cumin seeds extract has a beneficial impact on psoriasis, however, following the research and my own observation it looks like it is impossible to cure psoriasis completely.
Anti Dandruff. I really don’t need a research paper to completely agree with that. I had a horrible greasy dandruff, I tried everything, nothing helped. My mum suggested black cumin oil, it was gone after two weeks. I was using it every third day.
I could go on and on about all the benefits, and I think that it goes without saying that black cumin oil and seeds have a never ending list of them. I have chosen ones I feel are the most sought when it comes to ‘superfoods’. Oh, forgot to add weight loss…
I have listed my resources down below, and I encourage you to have a look at them, as you can find more details about that miraculous plant.
City life can be stressful, especially when you don’t really like that city life but you don’t have a choice at the moment. But there is always something that can help you to relax and completely forget about the overcrowded tube and lack of nature around yourself. And that’s…
It helps me a lot. Because of fresh lavender smell, I can manage to forget that I am not in the forest near Camelot but in my own bedroom, or bathroom. I normally use my secret heavy weapon: lavender essential oil in my lovely diffuser, a lavender scented 100% vegancandle, dry lavender hanging from the curtain rods, and lavender Fresh Skin essential oil on my duvet. Yes, a lot of lavender. And this is not the end.. I have a lavender bubble bath and a lavender bath oil from NYR (ok, this one ‘just’ contains lavender). Wait, I also have a lavender tea (Pukka Night). Ok, I’m turning purple already.
Of course, you don’t need to use lavender only, and the fact I’m obsessed with it, it doesn’t mean everyone has to be. Another great soothing oil is eucalyptus oil, that helps to purify your interior and helps you with early spring nasal infections.
But what aromatherapy actually is?
To save you googling, I found some facts about it for you to read:
‘Essential oils have been used for therapeutic purposes for nearly 6,000 years. The ancient Chinese, Indians, Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans used them in cosmetics, perfumes, and drugs. Essential oils were also commonly used for spiritual, therapeutic, hygienic, and ritualistic purposes.
More recently, René-Maurice Gattefossé, a French chemist, discovered the healing properties of lavender oil when he applied it to a burn on his hand caused by an explosion in his laboratory. He then started to analyse the chemical properties of essential oils and how they were used to treat burns, skin infections, gangrene, and wounds in soldiers during World War I. In 1928, Gattefossé founded the science of aromatherapy. By the 1950s massage therapists, beauticians, nurses, physiotherapists, doctors, and other health care providers began using aromatherapy.
Aromatherapy did not become popular in the United States until the 1980s. Today, many lotions, candles, and beauty products are sold as “aromatherapy.” However, many of these products contain synthetic fragrances that do not have the same properties as essential oils.’
Why lavender is good for? As everyone probably knows, lavender helps with sleeping, but healing insomnia is not its only benefit. Lavender bath can relax your muscles after a hard cardio or heavy gym session, it can also be a relief after a stressful day at work or school. What else? Caught a cold? Feeling tired? Try lavender essential oil in a diffuser or vaporiser, I’m telling you, you’ll feel better!
If you’re interested in some more info click here.
Time for eucalyptus. It is known for centuries for its wound healing qualities. It is highly antiseptic oil and helps wounds to heal quicker and prevent microbial infections to develop. As I mentioned before is also excellent in respiratory system problems like asthma, blocked nose, etc.
Peppermint is antiseptic and antimicrobial, but also very calming. I think it’s great to blend lavender (lol) with the peppermint, such a great smell!
I gave you examples of these three because I use them, but there are so many essential oils and all of them have unique benefits and smells. Click here to explore.
I know, I changed the name again. It’s a bit silly but I think I finally found the best one! The previous one – gone and forgotten.
But this post isn’t about my thoughts regarding blog names. I want to share my Farmdrop experience.
What’s Farmdrop? It’s an online organic food shop. I decided to try them because I am really unsatisfied with the food quality in all the big markets like Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, etc. If I buy tomatoes, they can stay two weeks in the fridge and even mould is not interested in eating them… Not even to mention me. Don’t count my boyfriend in, he eats everything. Friday morning, a lovely van arrived. Perfect time (I was texted the day before what time the driver may arrive, look at the screenshot below), an absolutely lovely deliverer unpacked my shopping, and the van… it was gorgeous! So, first impression? Great. Christmas came early this year, in August, so to speak.
What is more, everything smells extremely fantastic, like from my mum’s garden. And if it says a bunch of beetroots, it means it’s a very big one. Artichoke? Massive, my friend. The quality is brilliant, I couldn’t ask for more. Will order every week.
Have a look:
I just want you to know, this post isn’t sponsored. I chose to do it because I think healthy habits are extremely important and I am really disappointed with food quality in supermarkets.