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Three Thirst Quenching Iced Beauty Tea Recipes

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

With the weather warming up, Iced Beauty Tea is a wonderful way to refresh and absorb the beautifying nutrients in the tea. Three of our favourite summer Beauty Iced Tea Pitcher recipes are below. They can be sipped whilst soaking with the gorgeous Soak Society bath salts, or enjoyed at your next dinner party instead of wine. I love to travel with them in a flask for extra hydration as the weather warms.

Green Goddess Detox Mojito

This spritzer provides the beauty benefits of our No. 1 Green Goddess Detox blend. St Mary’s Thistle, Schizandra and Dandelion Root work to detoxify your liver, while citrus peel and lemongrass promote lightness and radiance. The addition of mint, lime and citrus to the iced edition of our Detox blend gives your standard mojito a run for its money.

Makes 8 glasses. 

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons of No. 1 Green Goddess Detox Tea
  • 2 litres of water
  • Handful of mint, shredded
  • 1 lime sliced

Method

  • Brew 3 tablespoons of No.1 Green Goddess Detox tea with about 3 cups of water. Brew for 10 minutes and then add the remaining water.
  • Add sliced lime, mint and orange slices (optional). Let the tea and fruit/herbs infuse for 30 minutes or even a few hours in the fridge. 
  • Pour into a glass and garnish with mint (ice is optional).

 

Fountain of Youth Sangria

This sangria contains the "flowers of youth", hibiscus and rosehip which are rich in antioxidants and Vitamin C to give your collagen production and immunity a boost.  The trio of beauty berries (cranberries, blueberries, goji berries) along with white tea and green tea provide a further antioxidant boost, reducing inflammation, promoting healthy skin ageing and enhancing weight loss. Kombucha tea is a probiotic rich black tea which is naturally fermented with a living colony of bacteria and yeast. It works to improve digestion and promotes healthy gut flora.

 Makes 8 glasses.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 tablespoons No. 2 Fountain of Youth Tea
  • 2 litres of water
  • 6 - 8 strawberries sliced
  • 1 pear sliced lengthways
  • 1 red apple sliced horizontally
  • One bottle of raspberry or hibiscus Kombucha

Method

  • Brew 3 tablespoons of No.2 Fountain of Youth tea with 750 mls of water. Brew for 10 minutes and then add the remaining water.
  • Add sliced fruit and kombucha. Let the tea and fruit/herbs infuse for 30 minutes or even a few hours in the fridge.
  • Pour into a glass and add ice (optional). Enjoy!

Butterfly Pea Flower Mocktail

The beauty of this iced tea blend lies in the exotic Butterfly Pea flowers, which give the tea an enchanting deep blue hue. They have a high content of anthocyanins and quercetin to assist in boosting vitality and circulation whilst also promoting collagen production and healthy hair so you will be in mocktail bliss whilst still working on your beauty. The addition of blueberries to this tea boosts the antioxidant content to a new level!

Makes 8 glasses.

Ingredients

  • 3-4 tablespoons No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Pea
  • 2 litres of water
  • 1 tablespoon coconut nectar
  • 1 cup of blueberries

Method

  • Brew 3 tablespoons of No.10 Balancing Butterfly Blue tea with 750 mls of water. Add sweetener. Brew for 10 minutes and then add the remaining water.
  • Add sliced blueberries. Let the tea and fruit/herbs infuse for 30 minutes or even a few hours in the fridge. Pour into a glass and add ice (optional).
  • Add a squeeze of lemon and watch your cocktail turn purple. Enjoy!

 

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Our Six Favourite Beauty Tea Fixes

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

One of the things that always amazes me about botanicals is how versatile they are in their therapeutic use. This also applies to herbal tea which can be used to brighten eyes, rejuvenate hair, relax as well as of course tantalising your taste buds.

 

Below our six favourite beauty “inside & out” applications of tea which you may not be aware of:

  1. Luscious Locks: EGG found in green tea has in studies been shown to stimulate hair production by promoting the health and boosting the activity of dermal papillae. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants which strengthens and protects the hair from UV damage. Rinse your hair with the cold brew after shampooing or leave the tea on without rinsing to further condition and nourish your hair. Choose Black tea as a rinse to thicken and strengthen hair or if you have dark hair and would like to restore its lustre. Choose Rooibos tea if you have red or light brown hair, either rinse you hair with the tea or use it as a leave in conditioner to promote a red tone. Chamomile tea is our favourite rinse for promoting shine and natural highlights. Our No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue tea is a beautiful tea taken internally to boost circulation to the hair helping to nourish and restore it.
  2. Bright Eyes: Both Chamomile and Black tea work wonders for relieving red irritate eyes. Brew the tea, cool, strain well and infuse a cotton cloth into the herbal tisane. Soak well, remove and apply onto the eye area as a compress for ten to twenty minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce itching and inflammation whilst the antimicrobial properties of chamomile assist in combating microbes that may be present in the eyes.
  3. Puff Away: Cucumbers are traditionally the go-to home remedy for puffy eyes. However Peppermint, Chamomile and Black tea bags work wonderfully to reduce puffy and swollen eyes. Soak the bags for about ten minutes in boiling water, remove, place in the fridge until cool and then place on closed eyelids for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce inflammation, depuff and revive tired eyes. If you wish to always have a natural remedy at your finger tips, brew green or black tea and place in ice cube trays. Place the ice cubes in a thin cloth and on the eyes for an immediate cure to swollen eyes.
  4. Acne Away: Acne is often associated with an imbalance in hormone production for which liver cleansing teas such as Dandelion Root & St Mary’s Thistle and androgen calming teas such as Licorice and Peony root work effectively to combat the internal turmoil often creating acne. We have the blends ready to go in our No. 1 Green Goddess Detox and No. 4 Golden Glow Tea.
  5. Sinus Clear: Ginger, Chilli and Yarrow are my favourite herbs for stimulating the sinuses, boosting circulation and combating the common cold. You cannot go past the combination of teas found in No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire for powerful sinus and fever fighting action.
  6. Circulation Boost: Poor circulation, cold hands and feet and a slow metabolism need not be something you need to put up with. Seep some grated ginger in hot water or reach for some ginkgo tea or better still our No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire to get that blood rushing.
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Butterfly Pea Beauty Smoothie

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

This beauty smoothie really does take your beauty food to the next level. The superstar ingredient of this smoothie is the latest tea in the Edible Beauty range. No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea. This tea blend is teeming with antioxidants and skinfood nutrients. High levels of quercetin and anthocyanins provide Butterfly Pea flowers with their spectacular blue hue, a feature of this tea blend.

The addition of avocado, providing fatty acids to nourish the hydrate the skin and a trio of antioxidants, including kiwis, blueberries and acai powder make this recipe a stand-out brightening, skin glowing and skin boosting recipe. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea - brewed and chilled
  • 1 kiwi
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tablespoon orange rind
  • 1 teaspoon acai powder or macqui berry powder

Method

  • Blend all ingredients in blender or vitamix.
  • Serve immediately. Reserve any extra smoothie in a glass jar in the refrigerator. it will last for approximately two days.
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