By Lisa Guy, naturopath and founder of Bodhi Organic tea.

BODHI ORGANIC LONGEVITEA:

This is Bodhi’s super award winning antioxidant tea, made with herbs abundant in powerful antioxidants and vitamin C, which promote healthy skin, and reduce the risk of premature ageing and chronic diseases like cancer, and heart disease. A perfect antioxidant tea blend of sweet and tartness to delight and enliven the senses. This ruby red tea is refreshing with subtle fruity undertones. Perfect served hot or as an iced tea with fresh lime or citrus fruits. This tea received a gold medal at the International Tea Expo for being the best Australian iced tea for 2017. Made with 100% certified organic hibiscus, rosehip, apple, white tea and goji berries.

5 Top Tips for Beautiful Healthy Skin

Green and white tea

Drinking green or white tea regularly is an excellent way to promote beautiful healthy, glowing skin. Green and white tea is rich in polyphenols, namely catechins and epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which are powerful antioxidants that fight oxidative damage that leads to premature skin ageing. EGCG slows down collagen and elastin breakdown and can help regenerate aging surface skin cells. These are two important proteins in the skin that gives the skin strength, tone and elasticity. Drinking green or white tea can also help enhance blood flow to your skin to promote a healthy supply of oxygen and nutrients to skin cells. Aim to drink 3 cups of organic green or white tea daily to reap its complexion-boosting properties. Try Bodhi Organic ViridiTEA or LongeviTEA.

Pomegranate

Pomegranates contain many wonderful skin nourishing nutrients. Including pomegranates in the diet regularly can help regenerate skin cells and boost collagen production to help keep skin smooth and well toned. This beautiful red fruit is abundant in the polyphenols, anthyocycanins and ellagic acid, which are powerful antioxidants that help protect skin cells from oxidative damage caused from sun exposure, which is a major skin age-accelerators. Pomegranates also boast high levels of vitamin C and A, which help rejuvenate the skin. Pomegranates also contain punicalagins, a super antioxidant nutrient that helps preserve collagen in the skin, giving your skin a smoother firmer appearance. Toss pomegranate through salads or muesli, or mix through yoghurt.

Turmeric

Antioxidants are our best line of defense against damaging free radicals, which are one of the main culprits when it comes to ageing. The super spice turmeric contains an active compound called curcumin, which has been studied extensively for its powerful antioxidant properties and potent anti-inflammatory effect. Turmeric has many wonderful health benefits for the skin including alleviating skin inflammation, preventing acne and reducing premature skin ageing. Some delicious ways to enjoy turmeric is added to a mango smoothie, or drank as a tea with some ginger and lemon.  Try Bodhi Organic ZesTEA.

Avocado

Avocadoes are the perfect skin loving food. They are jam-packed with nutrients that work wonders for keeping skin soft, supple and healthy. Avocadoes are rich in beneficial fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants that enhance skin health from the inside out. The carotenoids in avocado have an antioxidant effect which protects the skin from the damaging effects of the sun and other environmental stressors that lead to wrinkles and other visible signs of ageing. Avocadoes are particularly rich in vitamin E too. This important skin nutrient can reduce the damaging effects of pollution and UV radiation from sun exposure. It’s the oleic acid content of avocadoes however that benefits skin the most. This beneficial monounsaturated fatty acid has a moisturizing effect on the skin, helping the skin retain moisture to keep it soft, supple and well hydrated. Add avocadoes to salads, grainy toast, guacamole, healthy raw cacao mouse or green smoothies.

Rose hip

Rosehips, which are the fruit of the rose, are a very rich source of vitamin C. This important nutrient is vital for collagen production and for restoring the skin. Vitamin C also helps improve skin healing and prevents infections such as acne, and reduces any inflammation. Rosehips are also abundant in vitamin A, which has strong antioxidant activity to help protect the skin from premature ageing. Vitamin A promotes healthy skin cell turnover and is essential for repair and maintenance of the skin. Rose hip tea, or as an iced tea with a squeeze of fresh lime, is a great way to enjoy this skin-loving food. Try Bodhi Organic LongeviTEA.

Pomegranate & Hibiscus Iced Tea Recipe

This gorgeous Pomegranate & Hibiscus Iced Tea is made with herbs and fruits that are rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, which are important for boosting skin and immune health, and help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer and premature ageing. This iced tea is a delicious way to drink tea during the warmer months. Perfect to take to BBQ and dinner parties to share with family and friends.

Ingredients:

2 heap Tbsp Bodhi Organic LongeviTEA
5 cups filtered water
Juice 2 limes + 1 extra for garnish
3/4 cup pomegranate juice
Plenty of ice

Method:

  1. In a large jug add LongeviTEA and boiling water, then leave to brew for 20 minutes.
  2. Strain and then place tea in the fridge for 3 hours or overnight.
  3. When chilled add lime and pomegranate juice, then stir. Fill your jug with ice and slices of lime. Serves 5.