The perfect festive drink for Thanksgiving, homemade apple cider is a cinch to make and has tons of skin-soothing ingredients! The main ingredient – apples, of course! – contains high levels of various vitamins and minerals. Vitamin C builds collagen and fortifies skin, Vitamin A has anti-aging retinoids, and copper provides natural UV protection.
A freshly sliced orange adds additional Vitamin C to the tasty brew, tackling free radicals and calming inflammation. Stirring in a few cinnamon sticks plumps skin, stimulates circulation and soothes fine lines, while a dash of nutmeg is particularly curative. Its astringency makes it ideal for pimple-prone or hormonal skin, and its moisturizing attributes hydrate dry skin. Finally, a sprinkle of antimicrobial clove targets breakouts and lightens dark spots and scars.
The following slow-cooker recipe from Wellness Mama is simple, natural and delicious! Turn on the slow cooker before going to bed and wake up to a home filled with the comforting, spicy-sweet aroma of the holidays! No slow cooker? Simmer the recipe for 3-4 hours in a dutch oven instead.
Pair this skin-glowing beverage with a few of our Thanksgiving dishes for beauty and wellness and your complexion (and health) will have lots to be thankful for this year!
Beauty Food: Homemade Apple Cider Recipe
Makes: 1 Gallon
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 8 hours
10 fresh organic apples*
1 organic orange
2 cinnamon sticks
Dash of nutmeg (ground)
Dash of cloves (ground or 4 whole)
1 Gallon of filtered water
Wash apples. Cut into slices and place in slow cooker.
Slice orange into 8 slices and add to slow cooker.
Pour water into the slow cooker and turn on low for about 8 hours.
Strain out apples and spices using a cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer.
Sit back and enjoy as a winter treat!
*If you’re using tart instead of sweet apples, add a few tablespoons of granulated sugar to the recipe as needed.