Our Immune Tonic is a shot of pure power. It contains a potent blend of anti-inflammatory botanicals, and immune-boosting plants. All these ingredients have the potential to work both internally and externally, so I reimagined this shot as something topical, a rejuvenating eye mask. The only ingredient in our Immune Tonic that is missing from this recipe is cayenne. I think it’s self-explanatory why I left that one out from an eye mask recipe. Learn a little bit about how these ingredients work, or skip to the bottom for the recipe.
Pineapple contains an enzyme called “Bromelain”. Bromelain breaks down protein, and has an anti-inflammatory effect on the body. Most of the bromelain in a pineapple is actually found in the core. Unfortunately, this part of the pineapple often gets tossed. I always make sure to juice or blend the core of pineapple for it’s bromelain content. You can take the juice as a digestive tonic, and use the fibre in this recipe. When bromelain is applied topically it can work to help lift dead skin cells, revealing fresher, softer skin.
Honey has been used for centuries to help heal wounds. This is mainly due to its antioxidant, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Although we can benefit from these properties by taking honey internally, there is one aspect of honey that makes it the perfect addition to any skin-care routine. Honey is a natural humectant, meaning it helps retain moisture. Humectants, like hyaluronic acid, help to draw moisture from the skin without replacing it. This is great for people with oily skin, as honey can help keep your skin moist without creating any extra oil.
Turmeric is mainly known for its anti-inflammatory benefits. These benefits are due to the main active compound in turmeric, curcumin. When used topically, curcumin can reduce excess production of melanin, a natural pigment found in our skin. This can help to lighten scars, and support an even skin tone. Turmeric is also great for increasing circulation. When used under the eyes this can help to reduce puffiness.
Lemons are known for being a rich source of vitamin C, an essential nutrient for skin health. They also contain citric acid, a type of alpha hydroxy acid (AHA) that can assist in breaking down dead skin cells. This acidic nature also gives lemons an astringent quality, which can help to decrease inflammation, regulate oil production, and improve dark spots.
Cat’s claw is a herb you might not be too familiar with. It is a tropical vine that is mainly found in hot tropical climates, such as the Amazon rainforest. The bark and root of this plant have been used as a traditional medicine for centuries in South America. Typically this plant is used for it’s anti-inflammatory and immune-boosting benefits. Topical use of cat’s claw is commonly used to reduce inflammation in joints for individuals suffering from arthritis. In this recipe it can help to reduce puffy or swollen eyes.
- ¼ cup pineapple pulp
- 1 tbsp honey
- 2 tsp turmeric powder
- ½ tsp lemon zest
- Optional: ¼ tsp cat’s claw powder or 2 drops cat’s claw tincture
- Juice your pineapple and get that pulp ready. If you don’t have a juicer, pulse diced pineapple in a blender or food processor. Press out juice using either a fine mesh strainer, a cheesecloth, or a nut milk bag. Add pulp to a mixing bowl.
- Mix in honey, turmeric, and lemon zest. Mash together mixture with a fork until a paste forms.
- Clean under eyes and apply a thick paste. Let sit for 15 minutes. Remove the mask and apply eye cream or a light oil. This is an essential step to help remove any excess color from the turmeric.
- Keep the mask in the fridge up to 5 days, and up to a month in the freezer. Use fresh for best results.
NOTE: This eye mask is best used at night. Turmeric can stain the skin slightly, while lemon and honey can cause skin damage when used topically and exposed to the sun.