Relief for Super Chapped Lips

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Summer sun or cool weather winds can leave lips feeling tender and chapped. Before you reach for the chap-stick, try this all-natural remedy that will condition & heal hurting lips, leaving the skin soft and healthy. The tannin in Green Tea

soothes burned skin while anti-oxidants & poly-phenols combat inflammation and heal irritated lips. Applying tea to chapped lips can actually be more effective than traditional chap-sticks, as chap-sticks often contain harmful or irritating

ingredients like petro-chemicals and substances that can act as allergens. Dampen a soft cloth in a strong brew of green tea (1-2 TBS of loose leaf tea per 6 oz of hot water), allow cloth to cool to a luke-warm or cool temperature before

applying to lips. Hold cloth to lips for 5-10 minutes.  If no loose-leaf tea is available, tea bags may be used instead.

For more information on green teas/ to purchase: http://shop.soakology.com/category.sc;jsessionid=2111C6E930A18280614CB208CE716C02.m1plqscsfapp06?categoryId=19

Matcha Tiramisu

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Ingredients:

6 TBS powdered matcha green tea
2 packages (48) lady fingers
16 oz marscapone
1 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla
6 egg yolks
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Whisk together 2 TBS matcha powder & 1 cup of hot water
Whisk together 2 TBS matcha powder & 1 cup of hot water.
Beat egg yolks over a double-boiler for 6 minutes, add sugar, vanilla & 1 TBS matcha mixture.  Continue to beat over heat for 5 minutes or untill well blended, then remove from heat.  Beat in marscapone.
Beat egg yolks over a double-boiler for 6 minutes, add sugar, vanilla & 1 TBS powdered matcha. Continue to beat over heat for 5 minutes or untill well blended, then remove from heat. Beat in marscapone.
In a separate bowl, beat heavy whipping cream & 2 TBS matcha until stiff peaks are formed, and mixture is the consistency of whipped cream (electric mixer works best).
In a separate bowl, beat heavy whipping cream & 2 TBS matcha until stiff peaks are formed, and mixture is the consistency of whipped cream (electric mixer works best).
Fold whipped cream mixture into the marscapone egg mixture. Don't over stir, or you'll loose the fluffy consistency.
Fold whipped cream mixture into the marscapone egg mixture. Don’t over stir, or you’ll loose the fluffy consistency.
Dip lady fingers into the matcha tea mix that was made at the start, allowing each lady finger to become fully saturated.
Dip lady fingers into the matcha tea mix that was made at the start, allowing each lady finger to become fully saturated.
Place 1 layer of lady fingers on bottom of pan or dish. pour 1/2 the marscapone mixture over the lady fingers, spread evenly.
Place 1 layer of lady fingers on bottom of pan or dish. pour 1/2 the marscapone mixture over the lady fingers, spread evenly.
Place second layer of lady fingers perpendicular to the first (see layer construction in photo), then top with remaining marscapone mixture.
Place second layer of lady fingers perpendicular to the first (see layer construction in photo), then top with remaining marscapone mixture.
Dust top of cake evenly with remaining tablespoon of matcha. This step really helps make the green tea flavor stand out. Cover the cake and put in fridge overnight before serving.
Dust top of cake evenly with remaining tablespoon of matcha. This step really helps make the green tea flavor stand out. Cover the cake and put in fridge overnight before serving.
For more information or to purchase: http://shop.soakology.com/product.sc?productId=153&categoryId=19

Tea Tip

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Have Puffiness & Dark Circles Around The Eyes?

Here is a fix for tired eyes: Place used tea bags in refrigerator to chill- Black, Green, Oolong, and White teas will all work. Squeeze out the chilled bags, lie down, and place over the eyes for about 10 minutes. Caffeine helps to eliminate dark circles and puffiness by shrinking the blood vessels in the skin.

For more info/ to purchase:
Tea filter bags: http://shop.soakology.com/product.sc?productId=138&categoryId=6

Black Loose-leaf Tea: http://shop.soakology.com/category.sc?categoryId=24

 

 

Skin Perfecting Matcha Face Mask

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Not just a beverage…Matcha Green Tea has many, many uses! Here is one of our favorites:

1 teaspoon matcha
1 teaspoon honey
A few drops of warm water

Benefits: anti-aging; reduces redness; moisturizing; anti-inflammatory.

To Make: Mix powdered Matcha and honey in a bowl. Add a few drops of water if the consistency is too sticky for your liking. Apply to face evenly, avoiding the eye area – wait 10-15 minutes and rinse with warm water.

FOR MORE INFO/PURCHASE: http://shop.soakology.com/product.sc?productId=153&categoryId=19

Who Is This Guy???

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We love Earl Grey tea – in fact, our current tea of the day is Lavender Earl Grey. But who was Earl Grey and why is one of the world’s most beloved teas named after this man? Earl Grey tea, it turns out, was named after the 2nd Earl Grey who was British Prime Minister from 1830-1834. He is celebrated for the abolition of slavery through the Reform Bill of 1832 which was passed during his term. Why does the bergamot-infused black tea carry his namesake? Legend has it that one of Grey’s men rescued the son of a Chinese mandarin from drowning in 1803, and the man then presented the tea blend to the Earl as a symbol of his gratitude. Whether or not this story is true, we’re grateful for the existence of Earl Grey tea. We love it so much that we serve traditional Black Earl Grey, as well as Lavender Earl Grey, Green Earl Grey, and White Earl Grey!

Matcha-do About Tea

Matcha is a Japanese ceremonial powdered green tea.  Matcha has special significance in Japan and is traditionally sipped from a traditional bowl and prepared in a Tea Ceremony called Chanoyu.  This  tea has a unique, creamy, sweet and rich oceanic taste.  Matcha is also one of the only types of teas where you ingest the leaf, thus providing larger health benefits than most other teas, like additional vitamin C and protein. Scroll below to find out how to prepare.

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The bright-green matcha powder in the bowl before water is added.
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The powder is vigorously whisked together with hot water until the surface is light-green and frothy.
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A perfect bowl of matcha!
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The lovely LP enjoying her tea.
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There are many ways to enjoy matcha. Here, LP has added soy milk and natural vanilla flavoring to make a iced matcha latte!