Sencha is one of the most popular traditional green tea originated from Japan. It holds a more refined flavor compared to other types of green tea since leaves for this tea is picked when they are young.

Unlike other green teas, Sencha is picked in early spring is steamed on the same day as soon as it is picked to stop oxidation. The leaves are then rolled and dried to get rid of dampness and are given needle shape.

Sencha green tea popular as the ‘emperor of green teas’ are picked, deep steamed, and cautiously dried after harvesting. This organic sencha tea has rather sweet, herbaceous smell coming from the long, naturally dark, and flat tea leaves.

How is Sencha different from other teas?

Black tea is prepared after fermentation process while oolong tea leaves are partly fermented. Sencha tea undergoes nominal processing and is not fermented.

How To Prepare Sencha Green tea?

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • A boiling pot
  • 200-300 ml water
  • 2 cups
  • 2 tablespoon sencha tea leaves or a sencha tea bag

Steps to make Sencha Green Tea

  1. Boil 200-300ml water in a pot
  2. Let the water cool down to get real flavor of sencha otherwise it may taste bitter.
  3. Then, pour the water into two cups.
  4. Put sencha leaves or dip a sencha tea bag in the cups.
  5. Enjoy your cup of sencha!

Benefits of Sencha Green Tea

​Sencha green tea provides all the benefits that other green teas offers.

Good For Your Heart

The preparation of sencha allows it to maintain a high concentration of catechins which have powerful antioxidant properties. By drinking sencha, you are helping yourself to these antioxidants that can minimize the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Weight Loss and Maintenance

Sencha green tea boosts thermogenic activity in the body. Regular sencha intake followed by light exercise can help you lose more weight.

It contains high concentration of Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG), the most important catechin found in green teas. EGCG helps you shed abdominal fat by speeding up fat oxidation and increasing energy expenditure. [1]

Minimizes the Threat Of Cancer

EGCG and other polyphenolic antioxidants found in sencha green tea might have the potential to prevent cancers of mouth and lungs. Green tea has even been linked to prevention of prostate cancer in men and breast cancer in women. [2, 3, 4, 5]

Boosts Immune System

Sencha green tea is loaded with antioxidant properties and consists of anti-viral as well as anti-inflammatory effects. Vitamins E and C found in sencha green tea are essential antioxidants, which help in boosting immune system.

Promotes Dental Health

Antioxidants found in sencha such as catechins, vitamin E and vitamin C help in reducing inflammation and preventing growth of bacteria that cause gum diseases and bad breadth. [6]

What it does for your skin

You can drink sencha or apply it topically for different skin benefits such as reducing dark circles and skin inflammation and relief from sun damage. Green tea lotions and creams can significantly reduce acne. [7]

DIY Sencha Facial Steam

What You’ll Need

  • 1oz organic sencha green tea
  • 2oz dried lemon balm
  • 1-2 tbsp dried or fresh peppermint
  • A large bowl

Instructions

  1. Put all the ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Pour boiling water over the ingredients and place a towel over it.
  3. Wait for a few minutes.
  4. Comfortably hold your head over the bowl and cover with towel so that the steam cannot escape.
  5. Inhale deeply while closing your eyes.
  6. 10 minutes should be enough to get a rejuvenated and cleansed skin.

A few possible side effects of Sencha

Like every other green tea, sencha contains caffeine and when you consume too much caffeine you can experience nausea, hypertension, heart burn, and headaches.

You should limit your sencha intake to six cups a day and even less if you are pregnant.

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