When it comes to our skin, we often invest time and money into exploring skincare and beauty treatments to ensure we’re left with a glowing & healthy complexion. However, we can forget it’s also what goes into your body that can have a powerful effect on the way you look and feel. Herbal Infusions are a natural way of ingesting herbs and tea leaves and have endless contributing benefits.
Herbal Infusions have been a part of both Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda for centuries with the belief that it cleanses the body from the inside out. The Herbal Infusions are created by placing specific herbs and tea leaves to sit overnight in an airtight container with hot water. Throughout the night the leaves mineralise, which allows for them to release antioxidants, polyphenols and bioflavonoids - all beneficial elements that can help aid system-wide health benefits and help to achieve that most-wanted glowing complexion!
Serena Poon, a nutritionist & celebrity chef, is an advocate for Herbal Infusions, telling The Zoe Report “One of the easiest ways to emanate health and beauty from the inside out, alongside nutritionally dense food choices, are teas,” says Poon. She also believes Herbal Infusions lead to two major benefits; hydration and targeting skincare concerns such as soothing, detoxing or protection - depending on what natural ingredient you’re adding. For example, there are herbs and flowers that are known to be internally ‘slippery’ or mucilaginous, which refers to gelatinous substances that secretes from plants, these include lotus root, okra, aloe, chia and flax seeds. When these ingredients are consumed they can cool, calm and repair the membrane tissues in our cells and nervous, which in turn strengthen water barriers and can increase hydration in the body. Whereas if you’re looking to balance your skin use rose, nettles, schisandra, reishi or lemon balm.
Below are some of our favourite recipes:
When you need to combat a powerhouse flu:
Brew this strongly to shift an active flu and support a compromised immune system. Take frequent sips to alleviate symptoms.
- 3 parts cleavers leaf/stem/flowers
- 2 parts calendula flowers
- 2 parts echinacea root/leaf/flowers
- 2 parts elderflowers
- 1 part cinnamon chips
- 1 part elderberries
- 1 part orange peel, fresh or dried
- ½ part lemon balm
When you’re needing a boost in Vitamins, Minerals & Nutrients:
This recipe is rich in all the good things our body needs to stay healthy this Winter.
- 3 teaspoons dried rose hips
- 2 teaspoons dried lemon balm leaf
- 2 teaspoons dried oatstraw
- 1 teaspoon dried nettle leaf
- 1 teaspoon dried raspberry leaf
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon chips
- 1/4 boiling hot water
When you have that cough that just won’t go:
This herbal infusion won’t stop your cough instantly but will help to relax it and minimise the tickly cough that we often get towards the end.
- 1 part dried marshmallow root
- 1 part dried wild cherry inner bark
- Dried Thyme
- 1 part dried red clover leaf and flower