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Honey Matcha Mask

I woke up this morning with a puffy face.  Partly from not drinking enough water yesterday and partly because I am on my cycle. I don't have any anti-inflammatory masks lying around so I thought I would make my own. This simple mask is anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial,  loaded with anti-aging properties and is super nourishing and moisturizing.

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Matcha Honey Mask:

  • 1 T honey 
  • 1/2 tsp culinary matcha (my favorite is Mizuba Tea Co)
  • 2 Drops Rose Essential oil (you could also use lavendar)
  • Tiny splash of apple cider vinegar (optional: I mostly used it to thin it out a bit)

In a small bowl combine the first three ingredients. I recommend using a local, unfiltered and unheated honey as it is in it's most organic state. Mix until combined and see if you feel it needs to be a bit thinner. If so add the tiniest splash of ACV. Spread a thin to medium layer over you clean, dry face and let sit for 15-20 minutes. This is a slightly drippy mask so I recommend draping a towel across your chest or wearing a shirt you don't care if it gets dirty. Rinse off and follow with your favorite serums, moisturizers and SPF (Currently using this one.)

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Why honey?

Honey is a pretty much a miracle. It never goes bad, it's a perfect food; you can survive off honey and water (if needed) for a long time and it is loaded with so many amazing benefits not only for our body but for your skin. Here are a few amazing skin benefits of honey:

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  • Antibacterial: removing bacteria and impurities from the skin. This is why it is especially beneficial to those who have acne-prone skin or who struggle with acne. 
  • Antioxidant: Honey is loaded with anti-oxidants which naturally help to slow the aging process
  • Moisturizing; Honey is a humectant which means that it draws moisture from its environment and help to retain it in your skin. 
  • Gentle Exfoliant: honey acts as a natural exfoliant by gently removing impurities from your pores. 
  • Scar Reducer/heals burns: Honey's anti-inflammatory properties help to reduce inflammation in the skin which helps the skin to heal more quickly. It also speeds up the regeneration of skins cells
  • Pulls extra heat out: In Ayurveda, when the eyes become overheated and have a burning sensation, they create a barrier or honey around the eyes to help pull out the extra heat. The same thing happens when you do a mask with honey. You will notice your skin warming up and continuing to release heat a few minutes after you mask.

Why Matcha?

Matcha has many of the same properties that honey has: anti-oxidants, protects the skin against sun damage (due to the polyphenols and catechins), anti-inflammatory and evens our skin-tone and scarring. Matcha and honey are a match-mate in heaven for a mask as they both amplify the benefits of the other. 

Why Rose?
 

Rose is very hydrating to the skin and also smells lovely, calms the spirit and connects you to your heart. If you do not have rose essential oil, you can use lavender. Just make sure you use a high quality essential oil that is not hot (burns the skin).

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below. Happy Masking!

 

Resources:

ttps://www.skincarebyalana.com/blog/amazing-skincare-benefits-green-tea-matcha/https://www.dabur.com/daburhoney/benefits-of-honey/honey-for-face-and-skin/using-honey-for-face-and-skin#Scars-new <3 https://www.dabur.com/daburhoney/benefits-of-honey/honey-for-face-and-skin/using-honey-for-face-and-skin#Scars-new <3 https://beautisecrets.com/does-honey-heal-scars

Blueberry Lemon Cookie Bars with Coconut Butter Matcha Drizzle

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A few Saturday's ago I went to my friend Lauren's (founder of Mizuba Tea Co.) house to play with matcha and coconut butter. From this was born a delicious, refined sugar free, gluten free blueberry lemon cookie bar with a matcha coconut butter drizzle. *Queue drooling*

These little bars go together quite quickly and are filled with antioxidants from the blueberries and matcha, all the good fats and whole grains. 

Cookie Layer:

  • 1 cup GF oat flour
  • 1 cup GF oats
  • 1/3 cup melted coconut oil
  • 1/4 cup melted coconut butter (I used Artisana)
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 T ground flax seeds
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda

Preheat your oven at 375.

To make oat flour put oats into a high speed blender or food processor and process until it resembles flour. Place all the ingredients in a bowl. I found the best way to melt the coconut butter was to fill a large bowl with boiling water and sit the jar in it for about 20 minutes. It will get delicious and melty. Line a 8x8 inch baking dish with parchment and grease. Press the cookie crust into the pan with clean hands. 

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Blueberry Lemon Filling:

  • 1 cup frozen of fresh blueberries
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar
  • 1 T chia seeds
  • zest and juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground cardamom (optional)

In a medium bowl combine all ingredients. Pour blueberry mixture onto crust and set aside. 

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Cookie Crumble:

  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 2 T coconut oil
  • 1 T coconut sugar
  • pinch of salt

Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl. With your fingers, mix the coconut oil into the flour until it resembles peas. Sprinkle the topping on top of the blueberries. Place in the oven and cook for 25 to 30 minutes until the topping is golden brown. Let cool while you make the matcha coconut butter drizzle.

Drizzle:

Combine 1/4 cup melted coconut butter and 2 tsp culinary matcha. With a spoon drizzle, generously, over the cookie bars. 

Remove the bars from the pan by pulling at the sides of the parchment. Slice into squares and serve with tea or coffee. 

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