Today, I’m spilling the secret on my favourite anti-aging tea recipe. I drink a cup of this homemade brew daily to provide my body with the essential beautifying nutrients needed for glowing youthful skin. After working on the skin of hundreds of patients I’ve quickly learned that most of what shows up on the skin is a direct response to internal factors. Your skin’s main job is to act as a barrier between the internal and external environments. It’s the first line of defence against external pathogens and the last organ to receive nutrients from the bloodstream. This means that it’s important to nourish ourselves daily from the inside out in order to ensure that there are enough beautifying vitamins and nutrients reaching the skin. Herbal teas are also a really wonderful way to boost your body’s hydration since they’re more exciting than water and don’t contain any dehydrating caffeine.
Purchase the following organic herbs from a local dispensary or health food store and mix them together in equal portions in a large glass container. Steep 2 tsp for of 15 mins and a drink at least 1 cup daily. You tea will keep for up to 1 year:
- Hibiscus petals: Hibiscus tea has a high vitamin C content, which helps fight the signs of aging from the inside out. It also infuses a beautiful pink colour into your tea and provides a tangy and slightly sweet flavour. Hibiscus flowers are also a great source of chromium to keep blood sugar levels balanced throughout the day.
- Nettle leaf: I include nettle in my daily tea since it’s a lovely nutritive herb that has effects on both the hair and skin. Nettle leaves are rich in silica and sulfur – two essential nutrients that helps to support hair growth. Nettle also contains antioxidants, which protect your skin cells from external damage. Nettle tea has also been shown to clear acne and eczema, possibly due to it’s high vitamin and mineral content.
- Goji Berries: Goji berries get their beautiful red colour from beta-carotene – a vitamin that acts as an antioxidant for the skin. They also contain other vitamins (specifically carotenoids) including zeaxanthin, lutein, beta-cryptoxanthin, and lycopene. These little berries may even act as a natural ‘sun screen’ by providing an abundance antioxidants to protect skin from UV rays and free radicals that damage skin cells.