If the stress of Covid-19 is getting you down, Oh Cha Matcha has a proposal on the table. Cool down and find your calm in the two new additions to its Wellness Elixir Series, a range of matcha-led beverages infused with adaptogens for the improved health of mind and body.
Adaptogens are natural substances that have been used for decades to increase resilience and response to stress, and can be found in everyday ingredients such as herbs and mushrooms. It made perfect sense that the matcha specialist would summon their healing and resilience-boosting properties. Its premium matcha, sourced from the holy land that is Uji in Kyoto, Japan, is a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that also lowers blood sugar levels and boosts mood and metabolism.
The original flavours in the Wellness Elixir Series comprise the Bentong Ginger Turmeric Matcha with Chaga, the Strawberry Matcha with Lion’s Mane, the Rose Matcha with Shiitake and the Matcha Latte with Cordyceps. Among the benefits of the collective of adaptogens used here are anti-inflammatory and cancer-fighting properties, stamina and memory improvement, and greater concentration and clarity.
Joining this line-up of powerful yet flavourful beverages are the Cocoa Matcha with Reishi and the Lavender Matcha with Ashwagandha. Reishi, also known as lingzhi or the mushroom of immortality, enhances the immune system and promotes sleep.
Meanwhile, ashwagandha, sometimes called the king of Ayurvedic herbs, lowers cortisol levels to decrease anxiety and depression symptoms, improves heart health, and raises fertility and testosterone levels in men. Throw in the notes of cocoa and matcha and you have chocolatey or floral notes respectively to boot on top of this bouquet of benefits.
Reduced stress and fatigue allow the body optimal performance and the mind increased peace and clarity, which can greatly improve the quality of day-to-day life in these uncertain and chaotic times. The Wellness Elixir Series is basically zen in a cup.
Innovative, artisanal and playful matcha-based beverages — all of them sugar, dairy and guilt-free — are the founding pillars of Oh Cha Matcha, and the brand does not disappoint in this extended range. Drinks in the Wellness Elixir Series are priced between RM23 and RM28 per cup and are only available at their store in Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur.
This article first appeared on Oct 4, 2021 in The Edge Malaysia.