On the southern coast of South Africa grows a bush with flowers that smell of honey, this is honeybush, scientific name Cyclopia of the Fabaceae family, and from its leaves a wonderful anti-wrinkle remedy is obtained. This remedy has been used for centuries by African women to take care of their skin! However, the use of honeybush against wrinkles does not only come from tradition but can also count on a solid scientific basis, let’s see better.
Honeybush, properties demonstrated by science
Several studies have shown that topical application of extracts and infusions obtained from this plant, whether fermented or not, helps to counteract inflammation and skin aging processes. This effect is due to the high content of antioxidant substances, such as mangiferin and hesperidin (Cavinato et al, Biogerontology, 2017 - Magcwebeba et al, Molecules, 2016). Not only that, honeybush extracts have proved to be useful to protect the skin from UV damage by reducing the erythema caused by the sun, although, it is always better to repeat it, the skin must always be adequately protected with creams and filters. In general, honeybush has a moisturizing action, reduces wrinkles, counteracts dry skin and improves the elasticity and softness of the tissues by giving a smoother appearance to the skin without undesired effects (Choi et al, J Cosmet Laser Ther, 2018 - Gezina et al, Pharmacogn May, 2015). And how do you use honeybush to fight the signs of aging on your face?
First you can drink honeybush tea, it can be found in herbalist's shop and online. In fact, not only topical applications but also the oral intake of honeybush tea has shown a clear anti-wrinkle effect (A-Rang et al, BMC Complement Altern Med, 2014). To prepare the herbal tea, bring a cup of water to a boil, then remove from the heat and add 1 teaspoon of tea, leave it to brew for 7-10 minutes, then filter and, once lukewarm, drink. Honeybush tea has the advantage that it doesn’t contain caffeine and therefore can be drunk in the evening or by those who are very stressed and nervous. For what concerns external applications, you can use honeybush tea both to prepare masks and tonics. In this case the tea must be stronger than the one you prepare for drinking. Bring a cup of water to a boil, remove from heat and add a bag or two teaspoons of dried plant. Leave to brew for 15 minutes, then filter and leave to cool down. You can use this tea as a tonic on your face before applying the cream or as the liquid part for clay masks, in this case simply mix two teaspoons of clay and as much honeybush tea as it is needed to obtain a paste.
Alternatively, you can prepare a decoction, boil a cup of water and a teaspoon of tea for 5 minutes, remove from heat, cover your head with a towel and use for face steam.