I've received quite a few emails requesting the recipe for my daily beauty tea infusion that I mentioned in my Mind Body Green article. In herbalism, tea infusions and decoctions are my absolute favorite preparations out of all the methods. More so than tinctures, syrups, capsules and so forth. For I find that the herbal infusion truly does suck out every last vitamin, mineral, and antioxidant that the leaves and flowers have to offer. And above all else, I find that drinking the infusion is incredibly bio-available. I can literally feel the mineralization within moments.
This particular infusion is my absolute favorite - especially for skin, nails and hair. From the Goji's beta-carotene, the the copious amounts of b vitamins in the nettles, to the abundance of minerals in red raspberry leaf, this is by far the most skin glowy, hair thickening, and nail strengthening supplement I consume. My hair literally becomes super hair on this tea.
So how do I drink it? In place of water. A wise herbalist once said, "drink infusions over water. They are like super water. If you really want to see the powers of infusions filled with such deep nourishment, begin watering a plant in the house with an herbal infusion rather than the water you've been using. Watch it completely transform into the most lively and healthy plant you've ever seen." So I did. And it was shocking.
BEAUTY HERBAL INFUSION
2 part Nettle leaf
2 part Red Raspberry Leaf
1 part Goji Berry
1 part Seaweed (optional)
PROCESS | in an 8 cup jar, simply add 4 tablespoons of nettle leaf, 4 tablespoons of red raspberry leaf, 2 tablespoons of goji berry, 1 tablespoon of seaweed (optional). Adjust these measurements if you find yourself with a bigger or smaller jar. Bring water to a boil. Pour boiling water over herbs in the jar. Cap the top and steep for four hours. Strain and enjoy 2-3 cups a day.