If you are one of my clients, you know that I am obsessed with drinking herbal teas and tonics. Apart from loading up on minerals, which allow your cells to absorb water and hydrate you on a cellular level – which equals GORGEOUS skin – sipping teas and tonics is a wonderful, inexpensive and simple way to load up on antioxidants and maintain a healthy immunity without having to always go the more expensive route of vitamins, supplements and fresh organic foods. If you’re budget is tight, herbal tonics cost pennies to make so whatever your paycheck looks like, you can still take care of your body.
A strong immunity and resilient body is essential for achieving a consistently healthy skin and especially if you have a chronic condition and “have tried everything”. The one thing you may not have done is give your immunity a super charge using specific foods and antioxidants because when you do, you will have a breakthrough. A body that can fight off viruses as fast as a Batman punch to The Joker means less breakouts, less blemishes and less surface inflammation. What you notice instead is a super duper hydrated, supple, plump and dewy skin. I have cured clients with cystic acne through a nutritional program where teas are a KEY element! Trust me on this!
So, don’t know what to do with those leftover herbs that are wilting on the counter? Instead of wasting food, which should rarely be an option in the home, make a tonic with them. The one pictured above is one of my favorites. Pour boiling water (in another blog we will discuss boiling vs. not) over an entire whole organic Meyer lemon with skin and pith that has been cut in half and juiced. The pith of a Meyer is sweet enough to eat and LOADED with essential oils, flavonoids and cancer fighting polyphenols so don’t be afraid. Add to this a bouquet garni of rosemary, thyme and sage. Finish with just a drip of honey (optional) and what you have is a delicious soothing drink that is anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, amazing for respiratory health and insanely rich with minerals, vitamins and antioxidants! And guess what else. It cost about $1.25 to make! BAM.
If you would like to learn to make your own teas and tonics, stay tuned on our What’s New page. A class is coming soon.