Herbal Teas for Beautiful Skin

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While we love slathering on various skincare products for our blemishes, wrinkles, and other skin issues, we often forget that nourishing the skin from within plays a far larger role to how our skin looks like. Often we go about it the wrong way and apply harmful chemical laden synthetic beauty products that end up causing more harm than good.

What if I tell you we can all now drink our way to gorgeous glowing skin? And I’m not talking about the latest beauty pill or quick fix method but it can be simply made in the comforts of your own kitchen. Sounds tea-riffic right?

So I met with the clinical herbalist, Alina Uchida (founder of Abundant Earth) to learn more about herbal teas. We discussed on the common concerns of her clients who want to opt for natural alternatives when making real and lasting change for their skin.

So, if you have any of these skin conditions, perhaps you can grab one of these herbal teas, which has heap of benefits for healthy skin. (Note: Please be advised to consult your doctor or make an appointment with Alina for a consult)

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Really? Herbal teas and teas are not the same?

Black/green/white teas, all come from the leaves of the tea bush (Camellia sinensis). The level of fermentation determines the colour – green tea being the least fermented, and highest in antioxidants. As the above all come from the same plant, they have more or less a similar chemical makeup. They all contain caffeine, tannins, and antioxidants.

Herbal teas, on the other hand, don’t come from the tea bush, but from their respective herbs. For example, Chamomile flowers, Echinacea root, Nettle leaf, all come from different plants, which have very different chemical profiles. Each possesses a wide range of active, healing phytochemicals and unique medicinal properties. Some are anti-inflammatory, some restorative, or stimulating, or relaxing.

Herbal teas are the gentlest form of Herbal Medicine, and do not contain caffeine, which makes them ideal for those of us who are caffeine sensitive, insomniacs or generally want to avoid stimulants. Herbal teas are a great ally for health and beauty, as the root to these problems more often than not originates internally, and should be treated from within.

Acne

Burdock root is an important herb for acne, as it supports your liver’s detox functions. What has the liver got to do with acne, you may ask. In short, one of the most common factors in acne is hormonal imbalance. The liver breaks down circulating hormones and toxins in our body, and prepares them for elimination. If it isn’t functioning well, you will have an excess of hormones circulating through your body.

Now that excess hormones and toxins have been processed, you must ensure that you are eliminating them efficiently. Enter Dandelion Root and Licorice Root, wonderful anti-inflammatory herbs that help move sluggish bowels. I usually like to combine these three herbs with the Red Clover (a blood purifier), in my herbal blends for acne.

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Eczema 

Liver supportive herbs such as Burdock and Yellow Dock help elimination of irritating toxins from your body. Combine these with Nettle Leaf (a natural antihistamine, which is rich in skin healing minerals), Red Clover (a blood purifier), and Licorice Root, for it’s anti-inflammatory properties.

Applying a strong infusion of Calendula flowers to affected skin may also help soothe the itch, reduce inflammation and dryness, and help skin healing.

Do remember that your food choices have a huge impact on your skin. Eating less processed, sugar heavy foods (acne is sometimes referred to as ‘skin diabetes’), and dairy, and more plant-based foods, will start you on the right path.

Acne & eczema are two very different conditions with different triggers/causes. And if you are thinking why I didn’t add for dry skin/ stretch marks, that’s because dry skin would probably be better off treated with oils (as dry skin is a lack of oil/digestive issue, and stretch marks is treated more topically than internally).

Healthy Hair (our scalp is our skin too!)

Healthy, strong, glossy hair feeds on an abundance of minerals, namely iron and zinc. Dandelion leaf, Burdock root are especially rich in iron, while Nettle leaf is a rich source of both minerals.

My hair and nails grow like crazy when I am on a course of Nettle concentrated infusion. To make a concentrated infusion, place around 30g of nettle leaf in a glass jar, cover with 3 cups of boiled water, screw on the lid, and leave to infuse at room temperature overnight. Next morning, strain and drink throughout the day. You can drink it as is, chilled or gently heat it up. You can try nettle concentrated infusion for hair loss!

Rosemary is another great herb for healthy hair & scalp. You can use your left over infusion for a nourishing herbal hair rinse. 



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Wrinkles

Gotu kola, also known as Centella, is my favourite anti-aging, rejuvenative herb. It is known as the ‘fountain of youth’, and is said to preserve the mind, as well as the body. How does it slow our ageing skin & bodies? By stimulating collagen production (our bodies produce less collagen as we age). More collagen means, skin with more elasticity, bounciness, and firmness, ie. less wrinkles. And it does this on the inside too. You will find Gotu Kola is a major ingredient in rejuvenating skin care & cellulite treatment products. On top of that, it is a fabulous tonic for frazzled, stressed out nerves.

Puffy Eyes

Puffy eyes are usually a symptom of sluggish lymphatics, or allergies, rather than late nights. As such, you may find that eye creams, gels, serums and other miracles in a bottle only help temporarily.

Calendula is a superb lymphatic herb, and may be combined with a herbal diuretic, such as dandelion leaf, to eliminate excess fluid. I would also add some Gotu Kola as it stimulates microcirculation, and improves skin tone.

For temporary relief make a strong infusion of green or black tea, and place over your eyes for 5-10 mins. The astringent effect of the tannins will help reduce puffiness.

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“We are what we repeatedly do. It is said that success is the sum of small habits, repeated day in and day out. This is also true of health. The foundation for good health is cultivated day by day, cup by cup.” – Abundant Earth

written by Ferina Natasya of Musings off the Mat for Little Green Dot

photography by Little Green Dot

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Comments (11)

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  • Maria Reply

    I have been using rosehip oil for my face, wonderful stuff. It’s my favorite green cleaning product so far.

    Awesome Maria. I use jojoba for now to balance my oily/combo skin. But rosehip is a gem!

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    Uskon, että tämä voi olla riittävä saamaan ketään alkoi .

  • Hi! I would like to know if I can use dried rosemary instead of the fresh ones for hair and scalp . And can you please tell me the correct measurement to make the infusion? Im really interested . Dried rosemary is the most accessible for me. Thanks.

    Hi Liza, please have a look at the comment above on the instructions. I’m not sure on the dried rosemary though. I’d suggest dropping Abundant Earth an email for your hair and skin concerns in greater detail. Hope this helps!

  • Hi Shehnaaz, I’d suggest for you to seek professional help on the problems too. Do have a consult with clinical herbalist, Alina, (link is in the post).

    Ferina
    http://www.musingsoffthemat.com

  • Shehnaaz Reply

    Can u plz guide me how to make these herbal teas and also can I use all the 6 herbs together u hv mentioned in ur article and what should be the quantity plz reply at the earliest
    Thanx

    Hi Shehnaaz,

    For leaves, infuse 1 heaped teaspoon for 3-5 mins

    For roots, 1 flat teaspoon for up to 10 mins.

    Infuse longer if you want a stronger brew. Best not to combine all the herbs but just use the ones you need for your skin condition.

    Hope this helps! Have a lovely weekend.

    Ferina

    Shehnaaz

    Thanx for the reply also can tell me how many days do I have to do the course as I want to use for certain problems( I want thick and long hair and hv grey hair due to reaction so can u tell me which infusions I can use for that and for glowing flawless fair skin

  • To many more knowledge sharing to come! x

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