Instagram follower shares exciting anti-aging techniques using: Butterfly Pea

Renee Lindstrom, GCFP

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This flower has anti-oxidants that are great for anti-aging.  After posting a picture of Butterfly Tea yesterday, an instagram follower shared the following anti-aging mask ingredients  with me.  I couldn’t find a recipe so I have been experimenting this morning.

This is the one that has worked the best for me.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons Agar Agar Powder (thickening agent)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoon or tea bag of  Dried or Fresh Butterfly Flowers
  • 3/4 Cup Hot Water

As you can see in this picture I used my favorite tea cup from the Empress Hotel here in Victoria.  It would hold 3/4 of a cup of water.

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Agar Agar, Butterfly Pea Flowers

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Butterfly Pea Flowers in Hot Water

I used hot water from tea kettle and infused whole dried butterfly flowers in a cup. After a number of minutes I strained and added Agar Agar powder slowly while stirring until the consistency felt right.  It was heavier to stir with the spoon.

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Too thin

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Thicker

I found that the mixture needed to be cool enough to apply thickly to your face.  If you apply it when it is too warm it isn’t thick enough to stick.  Wait a number of minutes and then apply.  Apply by letting it pour downwards from a brush or make up wedge over your face leaning over a sink. By letting it pour downwards you are getting a thicker mask and more coverage.

Leave on for 20 or more minutes.  It cools into a gelatin and should peel off easily!DSC_0862

On my face I noticed a difference after 3 or 4 minutes.  The first thing I felt was that my skin became incredibly alive with a cool and refreshing feeling.  It was like my skin on my face was waking up!  The second thing I noticed was a tightening!  The third is my skin began to feel like it was radiating!

After taking off the mask I noticed my skin was a lighter colour.  The age spot that is growing on my check that I have been experimenting with to either reduce it or diminish the colour was lighter.  Two moles have become lighter.  I wasn’t expecting this.  I also had dark bags under my eyes due to a current Tumeric/Black Pepper detox I am currently undertaking and I believe the deep yellow colour was diminished.  I added more mask under my eyes and on the age spot.   Removing it a second time, the spot it lighter and the yellow is missing under my eyes! I am now experimenting with the age spots on my hands that have begun appearing!  Will keep you updated.

I personally would repeat this and will explore a combination of plants to infuse with it.   I so look forward to germinating the seeds I was gifted, growing and harvesting these amazing flower vines myself! This is a plant for my Medicine Garden!

Love your skin, apply living ingredients,  If you can eat it or drink it, it’s healthy for your body!  

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Traditional uses and properties of herbs are for educational purposes only.  This information is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.  Every attempt has been made for accuracy, but none is guaranteed. Any serious health concerns or if you are pregnant, you should always check with your health care practitioner before self-administering herbs.

 

 

 

 

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