Inspired by a quiet afternoon of meditation – think a bright - clear day in Tokyo accompanied by a hot cup of Japanese matcha tea – the Replica Matcha Meditation eau de toilette from Maison Margiela is a serene moment of relaxation for all your senses.
Matcha has long been used by Buddhist monks to help them stay alert and calm during their seated meditation practice. It’s rich in L-theanine, a compound that helps improve focus and concentration without the jitters.
It’s also been found to help alleviate stress and reduce depression. Moreover, it’s been shown to increase the readiness of people to perform cognitive tasks in situations that require quick decision making.
The calming and stress-reducing properties of matcha are so beneficial, that it’s been shown to enhance the effectiveness of yoga and exercise practices. It’s also a great supplement to use during meditation to help improve focus and concentration, which can be a great way to help improve your overall mood.
To prepare your matcha, you’ll need a small cup or bowl, a whisk, a bamboochasen, and some matcha powder. You can even add a little frothed milk or sweetener for extra depth.
Using the whisk, gently pour enough water to form a thin paste. Alternatively, you can use a bamboochasen to mix it by hand.
Once the paste is ready, take your time preparing the tea with mindfulness. Practicing this method can lead to a stronger connection with your drink and the people who made it for you.