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Crunchy Kale & Red Cabbage Skin Sensation Salad

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

This is a hearty salad which is very easy to prepare and combines several liver-loving and skin-loving ingredients. I am not sure about you, but I love my salads with a bit of crunch which this salad is not short on! The texture of the salad with the kale, carrot and walnuts makes it a delight to eat.

 

Refer to our Inside Out Beauty E-Book for more delicious skin loving recipes and more information on our 30 Day Beauty Challenge.

Inside Out Beauty Benefits
  • Kale is an extraordinary vegetable and among the most nutrient dense of all foods. It is an abundant source of calcium, lutein, iron, and Vitamins A, C, and K. Kale has seven times the beta-carotene of broccoli and ten times more lutein.
  • Red Cabbage is rich in skin loving phytochemicals, fibre and beta carotene which gives it its red hue. Studies have shown that eating foods from the cruciferous family such as cabbage, and kale speeds the liver’s ability to detoxify ingested toxins.
  • Walnuts are one of the most beneficial nuts to eat for the skin as they have a high level of Omega 3s relative to Omega 6s. This means they provide more beauty benefits- strengthening the membranes of your skin cells, locking in moisture and nutrients that keep it plump and glowing.
This salad provides you with 3 serves of Detox Essentials, 2 serves of Collagen-Boosting Foods and 2 serves of Essential Fatty Acids if you are participating in our Edible Beauty Inside Out Challenge.

Makes 2 serves
Ingredients
  • 1/4 medium red cabbage or ½ small red cabbage -Detox Essential
  • 1 bunch kale, de-stemmed - Detox Essential
  • 1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
  • 1 carrot grated
  • 1/4 of a cup of chopped walnuts - Essential Fatty Acid
Dressing
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic -Collagen-Boosting Food
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of flaxseed oil - Essential Fatty Acid
  • 2 teaspoons turmeric powder - Detox Essential
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1 cup chickpeas, optional -  Collagen-Boosting Food
Method

 

  • Finely chop red cabbage. Chiffonade the kale into very thin ribbons. Sprinkle cabbage and kale with salt and one tablespoon of olive oil. Massage well for a few minutes, to soften. The mixture should take on a “cooked”, broken-down appearance. Add carrots and walnuts.
  • To make dressing combine all ingredients in blender until creamy. Pour on to salad. Let sit for an hour, stirring once or twice. Add chickpeas at the end if desired. This will keep for two days and should be enough for two meals.
Anna’s Tips
  • If you have difficulty finely chopping cabbage pop it into a blender very quickly!
  • De-stemming and massaging your kale with a bit of salt makes it more absorbable.
  • To boost your nutrient uptake from your nuts, try to soak them in a jar of filtered water with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar overnight. Discard the water in the morning, rinse the nuts and leave in a glass jar in your fridge.
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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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Liquid Gold - Winter Beauty Elixirs

Posted by Anna Mitsios on

When it comes to avoiding dry flaky winter skin and creating the dewy, lush and moisture-rich skin which we are all after, we have a tendency to think first to what we are putting on our skin and then in our bodies. I love providing the body with absolutely everything that it may need to give us a healthy glow and that includes the below liquid gems which are ultra-nourishing and hydrating in their own right.
So whilst it may be tempting to reach for a mug of hot chocolate or coffee, give these drinks a go and you will be glowing on the inside and out this winter.

 Image Credit: @wunderworkshop

  1. Saffron

 If you had thought you had exhausted most of the skin boosting herbs and foods there were out there, you may be surprising to know that there is a super exotic skin-loving spice that is relatively undiscovered when it comes to the skin. Saffron is an exotic spice obtained from the flower “saffron crocus”. It is found in Europe and Asia and literally worth its weight in gold due to the sheer volume of flowers required to obtain one gram.

Saffron is a wonderful agent for boosting skin hydration and brightening the skin. It is rich in skin-loving vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin C, zinc and B vitamins which are all essential for healthy skin repair and renewal. What makes the spice incredibly potent is its unique profile of actives, the most important of them is a-crocin, a carotenoid compound, which gives the threads their characteristic golden-yellow colour. It also contains other carotenoids, including zea-xanthin, lycopene, a- and ß-carotenes which are powerful anti-inflammatory compounds and antioxidants which protect the skin from oxidative damage and aid in accelerating skin cell renewal. 

On the Inside: Tea is one of the best ways to ingest saffron for its beauty benefits.  The active compounds in the saffron threads are water soluble, and absorb straight into your bloodstream through your digestive system. Just add 4 to 6 strands of saffron to one cup of boiling water. Add some grated ginger (about 1 teaspoon) or cinnamon along with a pinch of stevia. Steep for 15 minutes to allow the threads to infuse and release their active compounds into the hot water. 

On the Outside: Saffron will assist the skin in retaining moisture and also has skin lightening benefits which will help you achieve an ethereal glow. It is also antimicrobial so when applied topically will help to soothe acne-prone skin. To make a mask, add a few threads of saffron to a ¼ of a cup of milk. Add a teaspoon of olive oil and let the strands infuse overnight if possible. Apply this mixture to the skin with some cotton wool and leave it on for at least thirty minutes before rinsing off.

 

  1. Kefir

You are likely to know about the benefits of fermented foods or the gut however you may not know that they also work wonderfully to rejuvenate the skin, boost collagen production and reduce inflammation.

The skin and gut axis are intimately connected which means that the microbes in our gut communicate with the bacteria that are living within the skin barrier. This means that our gut microbes have a role to play in the control of

Kefir specifically is rich in probiotics which improve gut flora and aid in the digestion of food and absorption of skin-friendly nutrients and minerals, which your body requires to create glowing and beautiful skin.

Studies have shown that acne, eczema and even psoriasis benefit from the consumption of probiotics.

On the Inside: Boost your gut friendly bacteria with a dose of kefir daily. You will notice your digestive system improves (any tendencies towards constipation will be alleviated) and your body’s detoxification processes will also get a kick start. This will allow your skin to benefit from the removal of excess toxins which can make their way to the skin barrier and the removal of excess hormones which can create hormonal skin conditions. You don’t need much kefir to provide you with skin and belly benefits. Start with 30 mls daily and build to 50 mls over the course of 2 to 3 weeks.

On the Outside: When applied topically fermented foods or probiotic rich foods have been shown to increase hydration by strengthening the fatty ceramide layer of the skin which assists in retaining moisture. They also assist in protecting the skin barrier against unfriendly bacteria, environmental toxins and free radicals which cause skin ageing.

 

  1. Chamomile

Chamomile beats most herbs when it comes to its soothing properties. This liquid gold infusion has so many skin benefits from being anti-inflammatory, anti-ageing, anti-bacterial and skin healing. One of the reasons I love it is due to its ability to reduce skin redness and irritation including relieving eczema and to combat acne. 

Chamomile’s healing properties come from its daisy-like flowers, which contain volatile oils (including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin) as well as flavonoids (particularly a compound called apigenin) and other therapeutic substances.

On the Inside: Chamomile tea is so easy to drink, whether it is as a cold drink or a hot pre-bedtime relaxant. Edible Beauty No. 3 Sleeping Beauty Tea has a wonderful dose of the herb in there.

On the Outside: Edible Beauty Australia’s & Soothe Me Balm contains Chamomile Extract. Apply the balm to the skin before bedtime to reduce redness, irritation and provide ultra-hydration.

 

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