This time I thought I’d share my clear skin ice cube recipe with you. Yup, clear skin ice cube!!
Years back I was feeling a little under the weather one afternoon. For some reason that day I decided to replace my usual cup of afternoon tea with wheat grass. I had first heard about wheat grass when my husband decided to use it after listening to a talk by Tony Robbins. He said it was some kind of a super food. Maybe, I was living under a rock, but till this time I had never heard of it before.
So I tipped the contents of one sachet of wheat grass into a glass and drank it. This was way back in 2009 when the quality of wheat grass available out here in India was not that great. To say it was vile is an understatement. I literally felt I was drinking grass cuttings which had been collected freshly that day from a farm where cows grazed and did other things. I will leave it to your imagination what these other things are.
However the next day I noticed my face was less red. Inspired I kept drinking wheat grass every day for about a month. My acne healed better and my face looked clearer. The redness was also less. I also noticed less hair fall and my hair got shiny and thick.
I then decided to try out the same thing with fresh leafy green vegetables. However, I had to manually blend the greens (generally spinach) every day which was tiresome. Being someone who does not have too much time at my disposal ( and being a little bit lazy 🙂 ) I looked for a way to reduce the time I spent making the drink and also cleaning up after. Also, the spinach was getting a bit too much for me to drink every day.
I tried making double the amount and drinking it over 2 days. However, this just meant I was doing the work every 2 days. So I did a little research, looked for herbs which would benefit my skin the most, and came up with 3 ingredients I could use to make my drink. They were mint, lemon, and ginger. This is what each does. Mint helps balance hormones, lemon is an antioxidant and ginger has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
All 3 things needed to keep your skin clear. So I took all 3, blended them into a thick paste and poured the mix into an ice cube tray. I put the tray into the freezer. Once frozen I removed the green cubes and put them into a Ziploc bag. Every day one ice cube (2 when the acne was particularly bad) went into a glass of green tea or just plain water which made an anti-acne green drink.
Since ginger is a little fibrous I had blended it first, sieved it and extracted the juice from the pulp, but if you don’t mind the fibre you can add the ginger as it is
1. 3 cups mint leaves ( pick the leaves only and throw out the stems)
2. Juice of 4 Lemons
3. 4 finger size pieces of ginger
Make sure the mint leaves have been thoroughly washed and are free of any lingering dirt or mud. Soaking the leaves in a bowl of water for 15 minutes helps loosen any lingering mud. Repeat 2-3 times.
Put all the ingredients into a blender and blend into a thick mixture adding water as required. The mixture should be concentrate enough. Remember you will be adding it to water. Pour the mix into an ice tray. Drop one ice cube into a glass of water, green tea, or coconut water and drink every day. If you want you can add green tea while blending the mixture itself.
Add a pinch of turmeric to the green drink and you have a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant drink that will go a long way into calming your skin down. If you do not want to drink anything cold, add the ice cube to hot or warm water depending on what temperature you want it.
Note that if you drink this and your diet consists of basically junk food you’re NOT going to see much of a result. Since we’re trying to not only clear acne but also get glowing, dewy skin you have to make a teeny bit of an effort to clear up your diet.