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Saeve's Homemade Detox Herbal Tea to fill up on antioxidants
Saeve's Homemade Detox Herbal Tea to fill up on antioxidants

What if, this year, we decided to practice a gentle detox thanks to a magical herbal tea associated with our antioxidant Officinal Detox range?

Eliminate toxins at the end of winter thanks to a routine with beautiful botanical virtues for a magnified skin.

Do you know the "Garden Next Door" credo of Saeve? This beautiful idea asserts that the French countryside is full of magnificent natural treasures to help us. It's like opening the door of a house to forests of birch or maritime pine, gardens of peas or pink grapefruit, beds of mallows and fields of dandelions.

Saeve is driven by this principle. Why look elsewhere when we have so many botanical wonders at our fingertips? Our Immunox® patent is the proof. It is the result of a natural synergy of fresh organic Birch sap and organic Chaga, our "mushroom of immortality." These two active ingredients come from our beautiful French nature. Beyond its patent, Saeve is inspired by the super plants that we can find everywhere in France to formulate its care.

Heather birch, Saeve

The idea of a "Garden Next Door" Detox Tea

We have decided to offer you a simple and effective detox solution: a recipe for a "Garden Next Door" detox tea. It was imagined by a naturopath, passionate about plants and their botanical virtues.

We asked her to respect Saeve's specifications: to activate the elimination of toxins from the body and the skin with active antioxidant principles from French plants. And the bet is won. Discover below its extraordinary recipe.

The recipe of the detox "Garden Next Door" tea by Saeve

It is advisable to go to an herbalist's shop to have it prepared according to the quantities indicated. However, you can also order the plants online and make it yourself. It should then be kept in a kraft paper bag, protected from light and humidity.


For 100g of mixture, that is to say 40 cups of 25 cl approximately, it will be necessary:


• 30g of Birch leaves - Betula SPP

• 30g of Heather - Calluna Vulgaris

• 20g of wild pansy - Viola tricolor

• 10g of Rosehip berries or Cynorrodhon - Rosa Canin

• 10g of dried blueberry fruit - Vaccinium Myrtillus

Warning, this tea is not suitable for people who are sensitive or allergic to salicylates.


How to prepare this herbal Detox " Garden Next Door " tea?

It is advised to make a cure of one tablespoon of herbal tea for 50 cl of water over 20 days. You can consume 2 cups of 25 cl or drink your fresh tea throughout the day, before 5pm. To preserve the virtues of the plants, heat the water in a pan and remove it from the fire at the first simmering. Remove from the heat, pour the plants into the hot water and cover. Leave to infuse for about 10 minutes, before filtering and tasting. And above all, throw away the used plants.

« Garden Next Door » Herbal tea

The interest of this Herbal Detox "Garden Next Door” Tea

This herbal tea has a delicious taste of red berries and summer countryside.

All the plants used contain antioxidants: flavonoids contained in birch leaves, wild pansy or blueberry and carotenoids from the rosehip. Did you know that antioxidants are a formidable weapon to help the liver in its natural elimination principle ?

And to perfect this action, the birch, the heather and the wild pansy will act directly on this phenomenon of internal elimination of toxins. Birch and Heather both have a natural diuretic action. In Naturopathy, it is considered that the kidney is of major use to help the liver to do its detoxification work. Heather also has a so-called diaphoretic virtue. It gently activates sweating, which induces an additional natural elimination through the skin.

The wild pansy is known in herbal medicine to help oily skin, but also eczema and itching problems. This tea has been designed to activate the elimination of toxins throughout the body, supporting the functions of the liver, skin and kidneys, with a maximum of antioxidants from the "Garden Next Door".

Tisane Detox « Garden Next Door »

Detox Officinale range

Detox Herbal Tea and Officinal Detox Range, same fight for the skin

At Saeve, we offer you our Officinal Detox range with titrated Dandelion extract. It couldn't be more "Garden Next Door", could it?

Combined with our Immunox® patent formulated with fresh organic Birch sap and organic Chaga, Dandelion fights oxidative stress resulting from urban pollution and all the external agents that cause free radicals. Thanks to Détox Officinale, Saeve, helps the skin to regenerate with a vegetable protein extract, then protects it from external aggressions thanks to Apple Phloretin.

Our Detox Officinale facial care line offers an antioxidant routine for revitalized skin and a sober complexion. Our range is composed of:

  • Detox Micellar Water: in addition to perfectly removing makeup from the face and eyes, it refines the skin texture and effectively eliminates impurities and the veil of pollution that accumulate during the day on our skin.
  • Botanical Serum Detox Shield Antioxidant: this is the care product in the range with the highest concentration of active ingredients to revitalize the skin, smooth it and give it a fresher, more radiant complexion. Goodbye to gray complexion! Bye-bye tiredness!
  • Multi-Defense Detox Cream SPF 30: protects the skin from free radicals and UV rays that accelerate skin aging.
  • Regenerating Detox Night Cream: at night, skin cells naturally renew themselves. This night cream takes advantage of this to repair the damage caused during the day by free radicals and other external aggressions.
  • Intense Detox Mask: to complete the anti-pollution routine, this mask frees the skin from pollutants, refines its texture and eliminates signs of tiredness. The skin is softer, more supple and more radiant.


With all this, you can only glow from the inside out, like a beautiful Plant.

Happy Detoxing.

The T[æ]m

5 winter foods for a beautiful skin
5 winter foods for a beautiful skin

Winter is often the season of rich and hearty dishes. We need warmth and comfort, and our cravings inevitably turn to good gratins and dishes with sauce.

There are also many traditional holidays that lead us to indulgence. The wonderful cookies of Christmas, the joyful “Galette des Rois”, the good pancakes and “crêpes” of Chandeleur and Easter and its little chocolates.

Women are never more beautiful than when they take care of themselves. However, we regularly alert on the fact that too much sugar can alter the skin's collagen and its natural renewal process.

Excesses of sugar are not just the preserve of snacks and desserts. Complex carbohydrates are also found in pasta, bread and pizza. Isn't lasagna Bolognese one of the most popular winter dishes?

Like everything else, we need to be balanced. Eating too many carbohydrates can have an impact on the skin, especially on the appearance of blackheads. Some people may also have difficulties tolerating lactose and milk protein from dairy products. Just like excesses of starchy foods, cheese and dairy desserts can lead to pimples and blemishes, even to the point of severe skin redness. 

And while balance is important, so is variety. All food families, including fiber, need to have a place in your diet for a beautiful skin.

So, before you tell us that the fresh winter supermarket shelves are lacking in suggestions, we'd like to give you 5 ideas for wellness foods that are good for your morale, your body, your skin and nice in your plate.

1 – Mushrooms

Frankly, we couldn't pass by. Our Immunox® complex contains organic Chaga extracts. This mushroom is the protector of the Birch tree, from which we get the sap. It grows on the wounds of the tree to help it like a natural bandage, which stimulates its immunity. It is also a storehouse of good nutrients.

All mushrooms contain beta-glucans. These molecules are soluble fibers. They nourish the intestinal barrier, support the microbiota and regulate transit. This acts directly on the condition of our skin, stimulating the natural elimination of our body.

They are extremely rich in minerals and trace elements, especially zinc, which protects the skin. As for the Chaga, winter mushrooms contain natural antioxidants, whose virtues are known against cellular oxidation, which induces spots and gray complexion.

Finally, they contain the whole family of B vitamins, including the famous biotin or vitamin B8, which plays an essential role in the beauty of the skin, but also nails and hair.

At this time of the year, oyster mushrooms and button mushrooms are available, especially the Portobello variety, whose size makes it possible to garnish good vegetable burgers. They can be stuffed with garlic parsley, which is excellent for protecting the cardiovascular system. Raw, mushrooms are perfect for winter salads with citrus fruits and a nice sauce made of cider vinegar and hazelnut oil. 

2 – Beetroot

Beet is often shunned because of its strong taste. It is a root vegetable, which has a particular taste. It is most commonly eaten cooked, for practical reasons, because they take a long time to cook.

You can choose to consume beet as fresh juice with an extractor. But the easiest way is to cook them in the oven. In this case, peel your beet, cut it into 1 cm cubes. Cook it for 20 to 30 minutes at 240° in a baking dish, coated with olive oil.

The beet contains betaine, known as cryoprotector. It protects the plant against the effects of cold. Perfect for our skin, which needs help in winter to fight against the cold. Betaine also acts on liver’s elimination functions and in particular on toxic products such as alcohol.

On our skin, it acts directly against oxidation on the one hand, but also participates in limiting the grayish or yellow complexion. It also contains polyphenols. In addition to supporting the proper functioning of your cardiovascular systems, it also brings pink to your cheeks.

Beet is one of the richest vegetables in glutamine. This amino acid is the most present in our human body, largely present in the muscles. However, glutamine also acts on skin aging by directly affecting the quality of the tissue.

3 - Lamb's lettuce

The star of winter salads, it is appreciated for its sweetness. It arrives on our shelves in January for the delight of our little bellies.

It is cultivated in the Nantes region for its controlled appellation.

Lamb's lettuce is an excellent source of vitamin C, if it is fresh and eaten quickly, obviously raw. Vitamin C is a major antioxidant of the skin, which helps fight against free radicals. It is a real anti-aging shield. Moreover, vitamin C acts directly on the production of collagen. Imagine a fresh salad with grated carrots, grapefruit, lamb's lettuce and a bit of fresh lemon juice. Distressed skins will thank you.

Lamb's lettuce also contains chlorophyll, the green blood. Indeed, this natural pigment has a cellular structure capable of transporting oxygen. This will play a role in energy production and cellular integrity. For the skin, this is of major interest to bring back luminosity and a beautiful color. In addition, fresh and oxygenated blood promotes healing and cell regeneration. Perfect for skin damaged by acne.


4 – Pomegranate

Pomegranate, winter food for skin 

Apples, pears, citrus fruits... We sometimes feel a bit limited in our winter fruits. What if we ate the fruit that symbolizes abundance and fertility: the pomegranate.

It is the fruit that will help fight against cellular aging, and therefore the appearance of spots, wrinkles and dark circles. It contains many antioxidants: anthocyanins, tannins, phenolic acids, flavonoids. It is so rich in these molecules that it is included in the field of scientific studies showing an impact on the proper functioning of the cardiovascular system and certain cancers.

Equipped with so many protective agents, our skin can only appreciate this ancestral fruit.

In oriental dishes, it completes the roasted vegetables in the oven with yoghurt sauce. For dessert, its tangy taste makes it irresistible in your homemade granola or in a fresh fruit salad.

If you're lucky enough to have a juicer, take some cures of this healthy beverage.

Don't know how to remove the seeds? Cut off the top of the pomegranate as you would do for a stuffed tomato. Remove the white flesh in the center. The fruit is arranged in wedges like a grapefruit. With the tip of a knife, cut into the skin to separate the quarters. Gently pull on each one to detach it. Remove the white film from the seeds and enjoy.

5 - Nuts and nut oil 

Nuts, winter food for skin

Omega 3s play an important role in the structural integrity of our tissues. They will act as protectors of the skin, particularly at the level of sebum and hydrolipidic protection, and will help to maintain flexibility. They will play an important role on the cutaneous dryness and the rednesses.

Omega 3s are not heat resistant, so keep nuts and oils in the refrigerator. Add a dash of walnut oil to your vinaigrettes and homemade soups. Sprinkle your vanilla creams and your mueslis....

Where can I find antioxidants that are good for my skin in winter?
Where can I find antioxidants that are good for my skin in winter?

Vitamins, trace elements, minerals, amino acids...

We are lost in the jungle of micronutrition and its small molecules so beneficial ... Among these, some are antioxidants, they will act on the harm of free radicals and the effects of aging cells.

Excellent for the vitality and youthfulness of the skin, we have put a lot of them in our skin care products and especially in our Immunox® patent!

So, what kind of foods have the ability to make us look younger in the winter?

What is the purpose of antioxidant foods?

The body has a natural biological ability to detoxify itself. This is part of its main functions.

The liver is the organ of cleansing. It cleans toxins and toxics from the body. It proceeds in two phases:

  • First, it captures the toxins, then it transforms them into free radicals by enzymatic process and does it in particular thanks to the Holy Vitamin C!
  • Secondly, the free radicals are inactivated thanks to many essential nutrients and antioxidants.

So, you understand their importance on the body and necessarily on the skin. What we have just described is called detoxification. It will be coupled with elimination by organs such as the kidneys, intestines, lungs and skin.

Vitamine C, Pur Paradisi, Saeve

Vitamin C and its antioxidant super power

We tell you. We repeat it to you. You are constantly told this. Eat raw vegetables and fruits every day if your intestines and stomach can handle them.

As explained above, Vitamin C plays a crucial role in the whole process of eliminating toxins and toxic substances. It is also known for the regeneration and healing of the skin, since it participates in the synthesis of collagen!

In winter, it is obviously found in all the good citrus fruits that are available until March and that will allow you to fill up on antioxidants. Lemon, tangerine, grapefruit, clementine... We, at Saeve, have a big weakness for the energizing blood oranges found in our botanical body care Tonus Citrus, the pink grapefruits present in the care of our purifying range Pur Paradisi.

Antioxidants are also found in cabbage: broccoli, cauliflower, Brussels sprouts. However, since vitamin C cannot be heated, eat them raw or steamed. This way, you will keep all the benefits.

You should know that we have included soft Vitamin C that can be assimilated by the skin in our Perfect Pisum anti-spot botanical range.


What about other antioxidants?

Don't panic, it's very simple. You just have to choose the color in the plate. Natural color, though, right? Tomato sauce in a tube doesn't count. Instead, choose the color of beautiful vegetables and fruit.

Antioxydants vegetables Saeve

Beta-carotene is a precursor of Vitamin A, called retinol in its active form. This molecule is an essential antioxidant that should be included in your diet. It is present in yellow-orange and dark green vegetables. This is the waltz of carrots, squash and spinach, which begins for you.

And then there is the large family of polyphenols. Known as flavonoids, isoflavones, anthocyanins, phenolic acids, resveratrol or curcurmin, these competent micronutrients are all derived from plants, from turnips to pink radishes, cocoa or spices. In winter, they can be found in beets that you can cook yourself. A real delight!

In addition to their sulphurized compounds which are also involved in the liver support process, leeks, onions, garlic or black radishes are rich in flavonoids.

Legumes anti-oxydants Saeve

Mushroom - antioxydants

What about our little mushrooms?

You know we love organic Chaga, that magical medicinal mushroom whose extracts can be found in our cosmetics, especially when combined with fresh organic Birch sap.

Well, all mushrooms also contain antioxidant polyphenols. Recently, researchers have discovered ergothioneine(1), another powerful antioxidant. So even if the morel season doesn't start until March, you can start eating dehydrated mushrooms and winter oyster mushrooms in the meantime.


Natural skincare products, Saeve

Aware of the importance of antioxidants in preserving the skin's youthfulness by fighting against blemishes, natural oxidative stress, pollution, the appearance of wrinkles and loss of elasticity, we have decided to include them in all our cosmetic care formulas. Because yes, supplementing a diet rich in antioxidants with cosmetic products that contain them intensifies the benefits of the active ingredients, for more visible results!

In our real botanical nuggets, our Immunox Patent combines the action of organic Chaga and organic Birch sap. It acts on the skin's three stages: it repairs mitochondrial DNA by more than 48% (its past), it blocks 90% of free radicals to protect the skin (its present) and, finally, it stimulates the skin's immune defenses (its future). Each range completes our patent with one or more active ingredients to adapt to a specific skin benefit. Our Pur Paradisi purifying and anti-imperfection range is formulated with Grapefruit and Mandarin nobiletin. For our Detox Officinale range, we have used Dandelion phytosterols and Apple phloretin, the magic recipe for an anti-pollution routine. The Perfect Pisum radiance and anti-spot range is rich in gentle Vitamin C, but also in Oxyresveratrol and lutein, two active ingredients extracted from Peas. Our anti-aging skin care routine is formulated around a Maritime Pine extract titrated in polyphenols, which are associated with other flavonoids to fight against sebum oxidation. Finally, the flagship ingredient of our Hydra Malva range is Mallow, because it is full of flavonoids with multiple benefits.

Your body's good health depends on your diet and what you give your body. The same goes for your skin.

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You can be sure that Saeve will take care of your skin's nutrition.

The T[æ]m

(1) Michael D.Kalarasa, John P.Richie, Ana Calcagnotto, Robert B.Beelmana - Mushrooms: A rich source of the antioxidants ergothioneine and glutathione – Apr 2017.

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