I have recently gone on a quest to live a more natural and healthy lifestyle. I have been pouring over research on ways to improve the skin’s health using natural means and have become fascinated by the amazing benefits that different herbal teas offer. Herbal tea provides an all-natural and noninvasive way to improve skin’s health and appearance. Below I will review different types of teas, what effects they can have on the health of skin and the different ways that they may be used.
Green tea contains a high amount of antioxidants, namely polyphenols, which is a wonderful thing for skin. Antioxidants help to absorb the free radicals that our bodies collect through food and exposure to unhealthy environmental agents. The high concentration of antioxidants in green tea packs a very powerful punch when ingested in either tea form or when steeped green tea leaves are placed on the skin. Green tea helps to reduce skin redness, roughness and helps to increase moisture content of the skin. Researchers are also finding that drinking green tea helps reduce stress which in turn will reduce acne due to the release of cortisol. Another amazing benefit to green tea is its anti-inflammatory properties, drinking it has been known to help relieve the symptoms of eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.
Chamomile is another leading tea that aids in healing and rejuvenating skin as it is not only loaded with antioxidants, but it also assists in healing your skin from the inside out. It does this by aiding in digestive health which is actually very important to skin’s health. Chamomile tea helps release and expels impurities that live in your gut – healthy insides lead to a healthy outside. One other very important property of chamomile tea is its antiseptic capabilities. It is great to apply to infected areas of the skin to aid in faster healing without having to apply unnatural chemicals topically.
Dandelion tea is an excellent tea for acne sufferers as it is an herbal tea that is incredibly rich in potassium and serves as a great, natural and safe diuretic. Dandelion tea is often blended with echinacea, goldenseal and valerian to increase its natural antibiotic abilities. This is a great tea for detox and purification purposes.
Floral herbal teas, mainly from rosehips and hibiscus petals are wonderful for healing and rejuvenating the skin and provide some of the best sources of vitamin C possible. They are also loaded with antioxidants that are vital for healthy skin and aid in immune system health as well. Rosehip tea is amazing for its antibacterial, anti-aging and anti-viral properties. Hibiscus tea is one of the best teas you can consume to rid your body cell damaging and cancer causing free radicals. Many people see a huge difference in skin’s texture, appearance and color when drinking rosehip and hibiscus leaf tea.
Ginger tea serves a similar purpose to dandelion tea as it is excellent for improving digestive health and releasing toxins that the body tends to store due to poor diet or other health issues. It is often blended with other herbs and used for digestive distress as well which again will help with the appearance of skin.
All of these teas may be used in loose leaf form in hot or cold teas as well as topically. As with anything herbal please be aware of possible allergic reactions that may occur when they are ingested or applied to the skin. It is also important to verify the purity of the teas you use as many commercial teas have filler teas added to lower costs. Commercial brand teas will still work, but you will not receive the maximum effects that you would with all natural, organic herbal teas.