Rebeca Plantier, CEO and co-founder of Fit to Inspire, an online and offline community dedicated to providing women of all ages, sizes and abilities with fitness and well-being inspiration, admits that she once wasn’t entirely on her game.(1)
One would think that the French woman, so wrapped up in a world of health that includes everything from paddleboarding to eating healthy foods, would never have had less-than-amazing skin, right? Well, she does now. But a while ago, not so much.
There was a time when her face was, as she says, “…covered in blemishes.”(1) She explains that there was an unusual butterfly-shaped mark on her forehead (and no, she jokes that although it looked like what can happen to skin when pregnant, she was not pregnant) and that mostly, her cheekbones, chin and upper lip were resting in a sea of blemishes.
Turning to a Holistic Practitioner Changed Everything
Like most people who try to remedy problematic skin, they try a host of approaches. Costly creams. Prescriptions. Plantier too, says she “…tried every possible treatment and remedy” including whitening products, scrubs and even rubbing onion on her face, which her grandmother said might be beneficial.(1) Her efforts were for naught; her skin remained the same.
It wasn’t until she visited a holistic practitioner who explained that skin conditions similar to hers can be a sign of liver issues and that parsley is extremely helpful in detoxing the liver.(1)
Indeed, parsley is excellent for health. Not only does it contain antioxidants like beta-carotene, but it also has skin-nourishing vitamins such as vitamin C.(1,2) It’s been thought to be beneficial in boosting heart health and has even been shown to be effective in providing protection against inflammatory conditions such as polyarthritis.(2)
And yes, it works wonders when it comes to helping the skin, reducing blemishes and scars and facilitating cell repair.(1)
With its overall health and skin benefits in mind, Plantier got to it.
Just one month after consuming fresh-brewed parsley tea, she says her face was “spotless” and even now, some 12 years later, it still is (she enjoys the tea, just less often).(1)
How to Make Skin-Clearing Parsley Tea
Here’s her exact routine for making fresh-brewed skin-clearing parsley tea:
1. Soak parsley in water with a splash of vinegar.
2. Wrap in a towel and store in the fridge.
3. Bring a small saucepan of filtered water to a boil.
4. Put 1/4 cup of parsley in a cup or teapot.
5. Pour the boiling water on top, let steep for 5-6 minutes.
6. Splash of fresh lemon (optional).
Watch this video below for even more information. While slightly different from Plantier’s recommendation, it’s still just as easy to make and sure to produce the same great results she experienced.
Here’s to healthier skin…and a healthier you!
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