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The Tea Series: Spearmint Tea = Zit-Free Skin

Hello, Lovelies,

In my last instalment of the tea series, I will be singing the praises of my ride or die tea; spearmint tea. If you deal with acne and troubled skin, this is the tea for you.

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Spearmint tea is one of the most effective remedies for troubled skin because of all the mint varieties, it is the most potent in killing bacteria (the stuff that causes skin ailments). So while peppermint is wonderful, spearmint is especially good if you’re drinking it as a way to alleviate skin troubles. It is incredibly anti-inflammatory, making it great for individuals who also suffer from red skin or rosacea. It is a very cooling herb, making it comfortable for everyone to drink. I say that because I went through a phase where I had really bad allergies and reactions to everything; I had just went vegan and my system was so out of balance. I would eat healthy foods like sweet potatoes, zucchini, tomatoes and avocado and my face would feel inflamed after and it was driving me absolutely insane. It was the craziest thing. Most teas were so hot and warming that they made me feel like I was on fire, and the only tea I could drink was mint tea. It not only helped to alleviate my symptoms, it would literally always soothe and cool my entire body down. (I started eating meat after three years of veganism and my body is far happier and more balanced. I don’t eat dairy or gluten though).

So with all that being said, mint tea has a very special place in my heart, and spearmint is easily my favourite kind of mint. If you find peppermint sharp, I definitely still recommend trying spearmint; it’s way more mellow. Plus those skin benefits make it worth it. If you have persistent acne, I suggest drinking two cups a day. An editor from Byrdie (an awesome beauty blog if you haven’t already seen it) drank two cups a day and claimed that her skin GLOWED. Check out her post here.

This is the one I always buy.

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BTW it’s also amazing cooled down with some added stevia. Tastes like a mint ice tea. πŸ™‚

If you missed them, be sure to check out my other post in the tea series on turmeric tea and green tea.

Love,

Tabitha

 

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The Tea Series: Turmeric Tea = Calm Skin

Hello Lovelies,

When it comes to hot beverages, they say that you’re either a coffee drinker or a tea drinker. Well guys, let me tell you; as much as I love treating myself to a coffee once or twice a week, I am firmly on team tea. I drink approximately four cups of tea a day, no joke. I adore tea, and I am constantly trying new kinds. So many people believe tea is boring because they never deviate from the standard orange pekoe or green tea. I used to have that same mindset until I started broadening my tea collection.

For instance…

I discovered how tasty mint tea was.

When I was introduced to tulsi chai tea, my world was never the same.

Ginger tea also turned out to be fab.

So if you’re one of those people that think tea is boring, I highly urge you to try different varieties and flavours. Some have different plant and fruit extracts that can make all the difference. Certain tea blends are seriously genius.

I truly do love all kinds of tea, but the one I’ve been reaching for the most lately?

Turmeric Cinnamon tea.

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Not only is it delicious (when I make it with my usual stevia and almond milk), it’s also an absolute powerhouse when it comes to skin health.

Turmeric has been used for centuries as a medicinal spice due to its strong anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is very high in curcumin, which has been proven to delay aging. In fact, its anti-inflammatory powers are as strong as some drugs. When your body is in a state of inflammation, it exacerbates common skin ailments like acne, eczema and rosacea. I’ve really noticed huge difference with my increased consumption of this spice. I even bought the actual spice to add the quinoa or brown rice which is super tasty.

One quick note though; in order for turmeric to be most effective, it should be consumed with black pepper; the pepper makes it easier for your body to absorb the curcumin.Β The tea I buy has turmeric, cinnamon as well as black pepper, making it perfect. When I cook with turmeric I just make sure to add a dash of pepper.

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This is the kind I buy – It’s DELICIOUS

I believe that turmeric is truly a power spice that everyone can benefit from. It’s so good fro your health as well as your skin! If tea isn’t up your ally, definitely try cooking with this golden spice; and if you hate the flavour, there are always supplements.

Is there a particular food or tea that you guys feel works wonders on your skin internally?

Love,

Tabitha

 

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My Favorite Glowing Skin Smoothie

Hello Lovelies,

Today I wanted to share with you all my favorite green smoothie recipe that I rely on to keep my body and skin both healthy and happy. I’ve been riding the green smoothie wagon for a couple years now, but lately smoothies have been getting a lot of love, on blogs, in recipe books, youtube videos, etc. There are so many different recipes out there, and through trial and error, I’ve finally found a go-to that I absolutely love.

My struggle with a lot of smoothies recipes is that although they make me feeling great right after I drink one, I’m always hungry a few hours later. And when I’m hungry, I’m not at my best. In fact, I basically become the scariest person you will ever encounter. When I first started drinking smoothies, I was doing mostly veggies with some fruits and just plain water. I know that it was super healthy, but the lack of bulk made it unsatisfying as a meal. These days I prefer to do smoothies like that for snacks only.

So, I began using unsweetened almond milk, and that made a huge difference. It made my smoothies creamier and tastier. I also started adding superfoods and boosters to my smoothies, and that made them WAY more filling. So that’s probably my biggest tip if you want to start drinking smoothies regularly; add boosters like protein and superfoods.

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Nothing but green goodness

So without further ado, here’s my signature recipe πŸ˜‰

  • two handfuls of kale (or any other mixed greens)
  • frozen mango
  • frozen pineapple
  • 1 tbsp of vegan protein powder (I like genuine health vegan protein)
  • 1 tbsp of flax seeds
  • 1 packet of stevia (to help sweeten it up)
  • half a tsp of spirulina powder
  • unsweetened almond milk

This combination is absolutely delicious and tastes so creamy and tropical! You’re getting lots of leafy greens, vitamins A and C from the mango and pineapple, omega 3 from the flax seeds, as well as some easily digested plant protein from the vegan protein powder and the spirulina. It’s amazing for your health and for your skin as well. Since drinking this combination, my complexion has started to take on this constant glow and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Who needs highlighter when you have green smoothies to give you that coveted glow? I think that good skin comes from within, and if you’re experiencing skin troubles, your diet is the first place to take a good look at. Certain foods can hydrate your skin and keep it clear, while others (fried foods, sugar, refined carbs) can contribute to nothing but acne, dark circles and dullness.

I like to drink this as a light breakfast around 3 times a week at least. This recipe is also great as a mid-afternoon pick me up, and rocks after a workout as well, thanks to the protein.

If you guys have any smoothies recipes that you love, be sure to share them below! I’m always looking to shake things up with new smoothies recipes! πŸ™‚ I hope you enjoy this recipe!

Love,

Tabitha

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