5.3.16

We never thought that something as timelessly well as water could go out of style. But our new obsession with herbal infusions might give good old H20 a run for its money.

We can’t stop sipping on this what’s-old-is-new recipe from TCM contributor, Lacy Phillips of Free + Native who’s taught us to glug down this supercharged brew daily for firmer skin, stronger hair and a more balanced complexion. This powerful tea-like potion is our new go-to. Read up below and try for yourself what’s bound to be our wellness community’s new drinkable obsession…

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. I find that the herbal infusion truly does suck out every last vitamin, mineral and antioxidant 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 and 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-glowing, hair-thickening, and nail-strengthening supplement I consume. My hair literally becomes superhair on this tea.

So how do I drink it? In place of water. A wise herbalist once said, “Drink infusions over water.” It’s like drinking superwater. If you really want to see the power 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.” I did. And it was shocking.

The Herbal Beauty Infusion

Ingredients:

2 part nettle leaf
2 part red raspberry leaf
1 part goji berry
1 part seaweed (optional)

Directions:

In an 8-ounce cup or jar, simply add 4 tablespoons of nettle leaf, 4 tablespoons of red raspberry leaf, 2 tablespoons of goji berry, 1 tablespoon of seaweed (optional).

Technically, you are supposed to decoct the gogi berries (boil for 10-20 minutes), but steeping gojis as tea dates back thousands of years in China.

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.

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  1. Please note:
    ‘Because raspberry leaf is thought to have a slight effect like the female hormone, estrogen, it should not be used by women who have endometriosis, uterine fibroids, or cancers of the breast, ovaries, or uterus. Men who have prostate cancer should also avoid using it. In extremely high doses, raspberry leaf may cause muscles in the uterus to contract or relax, therefore a miscarriage could occur. It is important to only take what is recommended.’

    Always do your research!

    Jan | 05.03.2016 | Reply
  2. While I appreciate the idea of drinking teas and infusions, I don’t think any article on any health website should ever start with “Stop Drinking Water”. We all know that thanks to technology, humans have an attention span shorter than a goldfish’s – do you really want the readers that usually only skim your pages to take nothing else away from that article? Do you really think we should stop drinking water?

  3. There are lots of types of seaweed out there. What kind are you suggesting we use?

  4. What does “bio-available” mean?

    Carolyn | 05.04.2016 | Reply
  5. Hibiscus flower is an option instead of raspberry?

    Cristina | 05.05.2016 | Reply
  6. Are these fresh or dried herbs? Can either be used?

    Sherri | 05.05.2016 | Reply
  7. Where does one find the ingredients?

    Sharon | 05.14.2016 | Reply
  8. I was wondering some of the same things mentioned above. I’d love to see the answers to fresh/dried, hibiscus and seaweed. This recipe looks awesome and I can’t wait to head to my local organic market once I’m sure what to get. Also can’t wait for super shiny hair…those silver devils need taming!

    Doreen | 06.14.2016 | Reply
  9. We’ve been using dried organic herbs and sticking to the recipe. There are all kinds of dried seaweeds available, find one that best suits your body’s needs – and use sparingly for flavor’s sake!

    The Chalkboard | 06.22.2016 | Reply


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