A popular ingredient for gargling in Japan, green tea has a gentle, herbal flavour. Green tea powder also has antibacterial properties, as it is not fermented it retains a lot of its benefical properties.
Green tea is made from the freshly plucked leaves, which are first blasted with steam and roasted, then dried or ground to a powder.
Green tea contains polyphenols and the enzyme superoxide dismutase. These have powerful antioxidant properties and, as such, they can combat the dangerous impact of free radicals.
Powdered green tea has a beautifully soft texture, which is perfect for use in a face mask.