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Nature’s Blueprint Organic Matcha Review

This is a review of Nature’s Blueprint organic matcha green tea powder.

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Nature’s Blueprint Organic Matcha

Overall Rating: 5-stars

About this Matcha:

“A wealth of the antioxidants you need! Let’s face it, we all need a diet high in antioxidants to maintain optimal health, so find them here in our matcha. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100X more EGCg than any other tea on the market.

Customers routinely report a massive boost of energy without feeling the late day crash of coffee. This Matcha contains a healthy form of caffeine, theophylline, not to be mistaken for the caffeine present in regular coffee. The slow release of this energy helps with the functionality of adrenal glands, and maintains optimum hormonal levels.

Marvel as the weight just sheds off! Matcha has been shown to increase metabolism, and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Unlike many diet aides currently on the market, customers have never reported any negative side-effects.

How amazing is the feeling after you’ve detoxed?! The Chlorophyll present is an excellent detoxifier which helps in cleansing the blood. It assists in maintaining the alkalinity of blood and tissues, and flushes toxins for the colon wall.

Our Organic Japanese Matcha is grown by well-established tea farms located in prestigious regions of Japan, who are celebrating over 200 years of carefully mastered and traditional techniques and are highly regarded with an esteemed reputation. Made from the tender young leaves of the plant, this Matcha is of superior quality.

-Vibrant Green Luminosity
-Light Powdery Consistency
-Mellow Fragrance
-Smooth, Clean Taste.”

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Culinary Grade

About:

“This Organic Japanese Culinary Grade Matcha Green Tea Powder is created from the mature leaves of the green tea plant, in Shizuoka, Japan resulting in a more pungent flavor profile. This sharpened taste radiates through sweeteners, and other ingredients making it the perfect ingredient for adding to all of your favorite recipes. Leave the barista at the coffee shop and make lushes Green tea Lattes at home, or add to your favorite daily smoothie for an extra kick. Try experimenting with making mouthwatering matcha pancakes for breakfast, and fruit & yogurt bowls. Also, tastes fantastic when incorporated into dips, soups and confectionary treats.”

Ceremonial Grade

About:

“There is something special about Superfoods. They are nutritionally dense, mostly plant-based foods consumed for the health and well-being of our bodies. These powerhouses are packed with substantial doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. So is it any surprise that by eating them we can live a prolonged life and reduce the risk of disease, not to mention becoming healthier and skinnier in the process?

With Nature’s Blueprint, Ltd. Organic Japanese Ceremonial Matcha Green Tea Powder you will consume the best tea that nature can provide. You will both look and feel great!!

In order to maximize the absorption of the wonderful nutrients our matcha has to offer, it should be consumed in the Traditional Japanese Tea Ceremony fashion.”

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My Thoughts:

Through the process of trying out both of these matcha powders, I’ve learned a few things about matcha! (my new green love)

The first thing I wondered was: what’s the difference between Ceremonial Grade & Culinary Grade? 

Short Answer, in my words: It seems as though the Ceremonial Grade matcha is the highest quality with a more subtle, enjoyable flavor. The Culinary Grade matcha packs a more pungent flavor and comes from the mature leaves of the plant.

Now for the BIGGEST dilemma that I had in regards to drinking matcha: hot or cold?

I’m a bonafide raw superfoods fanatic. I believe that merely all plant-based foods retain their nutrient content most effectively when kept away from heat. That said, you’ll see all kinds of information online about foods/drinks containing certain compounds that are only releases when they’re heated. I don’t have an overly scientific or study-based mindset–so I’m not equipped to sit and combat all of those claims. I do, however, operate from a place of “what works for me + what makes the most sense to me.”

I have been witness to the fact that consuming raw superfoods every day (turmeric, cacao, ginger, spirulina, wheatgrass, etc.) has impacted my healthy in BIG ways. And by big ways, I mean they are the solution to problems I’ve had for years (mainly acne + terribly painful menstrual cramps). So, I’ve been on board with raw superfoods in a major way since seeing what they’ve done for me.

That said, I’m not dismissing the fact that consuming matcha tea prepared the traditional way (hot water added to the matcha then wisked until dissolved) is obsolete. It’s similar to there being an abundance of cold-brew coffee brands now, after folks have realized that this method of brewing presents many health benefits over coffee being brewed the traditional way (cold brew coffee has a lower acid content).

Now onto this awesome matcha powder:

It’s organic. You know I dig that–goes without saying. If I’m going to drink something this dense and pungent, it’s extra important that the matcha tea leaves have been grown away from harmful pesticides or herbicides. I love this brand’s commitment to organic and selling a health-serving product.

The benefits are bountiful and I’ve seen them first hand:

-Pure, sustained energy boost

-Eliminates bloating

-Helps detox and purify your body (thus, your complexion!)

-Keeps you feeling light and lean

-Increases athletic performance

(these are not their claims, they are frankly + honestly from my own experience)

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Val from Nature’s Blueprint has been a dream to work with and is so passionate about what she does (it takes about 30 seconds on her website to witness this!) I’ll also say this–I am not a matcha PRO yet (whereas I am pretty confident discussing coffee!). So, if you have any in-depth questions about matcha, I’m confident that Val would be happy to share with her knowledge + experience so that you become just as gung-ho about matcha as I am!

the teensy summation version:

I have noticed what I like to call a clear, pure, clean energy boost from drinking this matcha. I also have found that it has helped keep my skin clear and glowy. It’s helped me detox; which also helps you lose weight + stay lean the natural way–no garbage, just the power of plants–pretty freaking awesome!)

 

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Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils Review: Fire & Ice, Vertigo, Dragon’s Breath

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Nature’s Fusions Essential Oils

This is a review of Nature’ Fusions essential oils.

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Nature’s Fusions:

The Highest Quality in the World, Guaranteed.

We have worked for years with the best international suppliers, chemists, and laboratories around the world to get the highest quality certified therapeutic grade essential oils in the world. All of our oils are certified to be 100% pure and free of pesticides or other chemical residues. They have undergone rigorous testing to insure they meet or exceed all international standards on Purity and Safety. All of our oils have been cross tested using mass spectrometry, and gas chromatography to ensure both extract purity and composition potency of each batch. Would you like to see the data charts from the tests?  Just ask! We understand that these graphs and charts may be difficult to read or understand and would be happy to discuss the scientific details with you if you’re so inclined.

Ultimately, unless you can read somewhat complicated data charts, are familiar with current medical research, and can determine the impact of hundreds of individual components in essential oils, knowing which oils are not only ‘pure’ but also good enough to be ‘therapeutic’ is a question of trust.

Here at Nature’s Fusions, we value your trust more than anything else – we have put in the time, effort and money to bring you the best essential oils in the world, just as you would expect a doctor would do with a prescribed medication – and this is shown by our 100% satisfaction guarantee and our commitment to honesty in communication. Essential oils are awesome for the uses in which they work. But there are plenty of times they don’t – and while there are plenty of articles that claim essential oils will cure every malady known to man, here we try to cut through the misinformation and pseudo-science that surrounds the essential oil field.  For that reason, we are an ‘open book’ – ask us anything and we’ll be happy to answer.

So give it a try. Try us out, and we guarantee that you will be impressed – not only with the quality and utility of our products, but with our prices, our honesty, and our dedication to you as a person.

If you are currently using an essential company that tries to hide information or won’t divulge their secrets and ‘proprietary’ items, then I wouldn’t trust them.  This is your health – what is there to hide?  Would you trust a doctor that wouldn’t tell you what was in the medicine he/she prescribed?”

Dragon's Breath

Dragon’s Breath Blend

Nature’s Fusions’ Description:

“Protective Blend

Cinnamon, lemon, clove, eucalyptus – the ancient code for powerful strength.

Diffuse, use to clean surfaces, or apply very sparingly – it’s strong.”

Fire & Ice

Fire & Ice Blend

Nature’s Fusions’ Description:

“Muscles and Massage

Peppermint, wintergreen, lavender, marjoram, clary sage, basil, roman chamomile, and helichrysum combine in this fusion for muscles and massage.

Dilute 5-10 drops of Fire & Ice in 5ml (1 tsp) carrier oil for massage.”

Vertigo

Vertigo Blend

Nature’s Fusions’ Description:

“Grounding

Peppermint, coriander, and ginger blend in Vertigo to promote grounding and mental health.

Apply 1-3 drops to the hands and breathe deeply.”

My Thoughts and Description

In recent years I have been intrigued by essential oils. They smell incredibly fragrant, are known for their healing ability and are convenient for making homemade concoctions.

These three blends are neat in that they target specific things. They can be used three ways: ingested, applied topically, or used in a diffuser.

I got married in September and in the week prior to the wedding, I started feeling sick (sore throat, lost voice, runny nose). Right after feeling these symptoms, I put several drops of each blend into my humidifier to try and kick the symptoms from the get-go. I didn’t feel better instantly, but over several hours, I felt considerably better after using the humidifier.

Many brands and essential oil specialists will recommend that if these oils are ingested, they should be used with caution, as they are very potent. I understand the caution to an extent, but I can’t help but shake my head when thinking that so many prescription medications are not offered up with such a dramatic caution. Here we have plant based healers and we are being told to pump the breaks–in my opinion, the measures of precaution aren’t focused in the right place. But, that’s a whole other issue for whole other post. 🙂

Simply put, I like to use the Dragon’s Breath blend for cold symptoms, the Fire & Ice blend for making my Homemade “Icy-Hot”, and the Vertigo blend for times when I am feeling overworked, stressed, and/or dizzy. They all work very well for their suggested uses. I’d recommend these for anyone interested in the healing powers of essential oils, as Nature’s Fusions has a lot of blends that seem to be unique to this brand.

In regards to these essential oils and the word “organic,” I’ll share this that I learned from the very helpful Co-Founder of Nature’s Fusions, David:

“We don’t intend to seek organic certification. We do testing on our oils to ensure that they have no harmful ingredients and to ensure that they have all the proper chemical constituents to be effective. Organic is usually a proxy for wanting to ensure quality, along with a desire to improve growing conditions. Some of our oils are organic, some are wildcrafted, but in every case testing shows that they don’t have any residuals.”

*These complimentary products have been generously provided to me for the purpose of trying them in order to write a review on my experience.