There’s nothing better than a warm beverage on a cold winter’s day. Herbal tea is soothing and refreshing without the caffeine that comes with coffee and black teas. Now don’t get me wrong. Caffeine is an essential part of our morning ritual. Without it, we’d still be in bed. But if we drank a caffeinated beverage every time we got chilled during the winter months, we’d be so wired that we wouldn’t be able to sleep until summer rolled around. Herbal tea is a fantastic alternative to those coffees. But there’s a great benefit of drinking herbal teas is using herbal teas for healthy skin. Herbal teas can also be a great way to get a healthy dose of all sorts of vitamins and minerals.
Herbal teas aren’t really made from tea. The French have a word that describes what it is a little better. The word is tisane, which is an infusion of leaves, seeds, roots or bark steeped in hot water. When you drink a tisane, you get the nutritional benefits of the plants used in the blend. And consuming a tisane is certainly more fun that taking a vitamin. The aroma of the blend, the calming nature of tisane and the fact that you can share this experience with friends makes using herbal teas for healthy skin a great idea to work in to any daily skin maintenance program.
Many people treat their skin from the outside by using moisturizers, cleansers and other various skincare products. Drinking herbal teas for healthy skin are actually a great way to treat your skin from the inside. The antioxidants and nutrients contained in herbal teas can actually address the root of many skin issues by aiding the body’s process of removing toxins. This allows the skin to heal itself and clear itself naturally.
It’s best to steep your tisane for much longer than you would a regular tea. You can leave your tisane to steep for 10 to 15 minutes to get all of the nutritional benefits from the blend. And, it is highly recommended to steep your tisane in a covered pot. This keeps the essential oils contained in the tisane. Otherwise, the oils can evaporate. Your room will smell nice, but you’ll lose some of the benefits of your herbal tea for healthy skin.
Another added benefit of consuming herbal teas for healthy skin is that you’re actually hydrating your body. In the winter months, we tend to exercise less and sometimes we are less mindful of our water consumption. Drinking plenty of liquids keeps your skin healthy and supple. Water moisturizes your skin from the inside out. And a tisane is a great way to beef up your water intake any time of the year. And, you’ll get a healthy dose of antioxidants served up with your water intake. What could be better than that?
So what are some of the best herbs to try if you want to set up a regimen of drinking herbal teas for healthy skin? Here are five of our favorite herbs:
Rooibos, otherwise known as “Red Tea”, is a bush native to the Cederberg Mountains of South Africa. Rooibos is loaded with antioxidants and minerals. These antioxidants have anti-inflammatory properties and studies have indicated that these antioxidants may also neutralize free radicals that can cause fine lines and wrinkles.
Chamomile, a small white flower that is related to the daisy, also has natural anti-inflammatory properties. Chamomile can help to improve digestive health, which is often times a culprit of many skin irritations. Chamomile also has anti-bacterial properties and can also nourish and moisturize your skin from deep within.
Hibiscus is a natural source of alpha-hydroxy acids (AHA), which have been known to exfoliate the skin and encourage new skin cell growth, increase skin moisture and improve the flexibility and elasticity of the skin. Hibiscus petals are also loaded with antioxidants, which can protect the skin from free radical damage, and anti-inflammatories that can help sooth inflamed skin.
Blueberry, along with Acai, has one of the highest levels of antioxidants of any food. Blueberries are also loaded with amino acids, essential fatty acids and vitamins. Blueberry has been used to help in the healing of the skin since ancient times, and modern clinics are using blueberries blended with other extracts to reduce the healing time after invasive skin procedures, reducing scarring and burn treatment.
Loaded with antioxidants and vitamins, cranberry has been used in treating oral maladies. Cranberry can also aid the body’s natural detox process, which flushes many of the toxins that can mar the skins appearance.
Asbury Apothecary has a range of herbal teas that contain blends of our favorite herbs. Drinking herbal teas for healthy skin has never been easier! Our blends come in both loose leaf and in sachets.
Our Blueberry Acai Antioxidant Herbal Tea is blends the superfoods blueberry and acai with rooibos.
Our Cranberry Hibiscus Antioxidant Herbal Tea combines cranberries and hibiscus petals with rooibos, elderberries and black currants.
Our lushious Organic Camomile and Lemongrass Tea Of Tranquility is a lovely blend of camomile, lemongrass, hibiscus petals, orange peel, fennel and cardamom.