Calendula is a particular species of marigold flower replete with some surprising health benefits via both teas and topical treatments. It’s known to be especially effective when it comes to skincare, improving the quality and appearance of skin by lowering inflammation, protecting cells from free radical damage and healing dry or irritated skin. Ingested, calendula is just as beneficial, serving up healthful antioxidants and immune-boosting properties. Calendula petals are a star ingredient in our carefully-crafted Illuminate RoyalTea, blended with rose petals to impart a luminous glow from the inside out. “You want to be incorporating the same ingredients into your diet but also following up with them topically,” explains Michelle. “There are so many benefits to calendula—drinking it is just as important as using it on your skin.”
Manuka honey is just as delicious in our diets as it is as an ingredient in our skincare ritual. Eaten daily, Manuka honey is believed to boost vitality and improve skin tone and texture thanks to its nutrient-dense profile. Topical application can inhibit the growth of harmful bacteria due to its antibacterial nature and its anti-inflammatory properties help clear congested skin and decrease inflammation associated with acne. Our youth-enhancing Eternal Reign Detoxifying Masque and Kiss of Royal Tea Hydrating Masque both feature Manuka honey powder to help the skin retain its moisture while the other botanicals are hard at work.
SaffronMore expensive per ounce than gold, saffron is one of the most revered spices in history—and for good reason. Saffron is a powerful antioxidant that boasts a long list of health benefits including but not limited to boosting the immune system, aiding digestive health, and improving sleep quality. In addition to these benefits that indirectly enhance the health and appearance of skin, saffron keeps blemishes at bay and can even aid in brightening the complexion by encouraging cell repair and restoring damaged skin. Our Ayurvedic saffron-infused tincture Radiant Rani rewinds the clock to reveal healthy glowing skin.