The Skincare Benefits of Tea

There’s something very soothing and comforting about tea. Maybe it’s my English background, but I think a “spot” of tea can be the best medicine. I’ve witnessed homemade Moroccan Mint Tea with fresh herbs mend heartache and hangover alike.

Black, green, red, white, oolong, and herbal: they each posses certain benefits. Add in flowers, fruit, extra herbal concoctions and you are talking about one powerful cup of liquid. My acupuncturist especially likes to recommend tea as a supplementation method, saying that the herbal remedies can be inhaled and ingested slowly, making them even more powerful.

But, what about your skin? Can your skin benefit from Tea Treatment? You betcha!

Not only can you drink these lovely teas, you can use them as a facial steam or add them to your next bath, too!

Our favorite teas:
For soothing dry skin: Herbal Teas are wonderful for dry skin conditions. Marshmallow, dandelion, peppermint, calendula, borage, and chamomile are all great choices to look for. A weekly facial steam bath using the herbs chamomile, lavender, and peppermint is also a really great home remedy for dry skin. You can look for a tea blend containing all three of these ingredients, or use essential oils or bulk herbs from your local health food store.

For detox aid or for acneic skin: Yogi Tea makes a great ‘Detox Tea Blend’ which can be helpful for both detoxification and acneic skin conditions. Green tea is also a good choice for acneic skin. Look for these added herbs: Burdock, Dandelion, Echinacea, Fragrant valerian, Goldenseal, Marshmallow root, Watercress, Wild strawberry leaves, Yarrow root

For rejuvenation and healing: (These teas work really well for sunburned skin too.) Hibiscus teas contain powerful antioxidants that may help to protect against cell-damaging free radicals. Hibiscus can be found in red zinger tea as well as many other herbal blends. Look for it on the ingredient list. As a bonus, look for hibiscus blended with green or white tea, other known antioxidants.

*Covering the cup with a saucer while it is steeping will keep the medicinal properties of the herb from evaporating away.

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