When it comes to dealing with different skin issues, whether this may be acne, sensitive skin or wrinkles, topical treatments are usually the go-to method.
However, treating your skin from within can sometimes make an even bigger impact…
Herbal teas are a great way to do this, as they not only stimulate the skin’s natural detoxification process, but each tea will also bring with it unique skin-boosting benefits.
From hibiscus to spearmint, here are ten of the best herbal teas for your skin.
Hibiscus is a flower, and the tea is usually made from dried petals. While this tea has several different benefits, what your skin will appreciate most of all is the incredible array of vitamins within each cup of hibiscus tea.
Hibiscus is particularly high in:
Not only that, but it also contains alpha hydroxy acids, which are usually used in a chemical form to exfoliate the skin. By providing this to your skin from a natural source, your skin will be able to make use of all of its benefits, from reducing oil production to unclogging pores, but without any of the usual drawbacks.
Chamomile, and chamomile tea in particular, has been used for centuries to treat a wide variety of different medical issues.
Today, this tea is best known for the way in which it encourages a restful sleep, and this in itself can do so much for your skin, as the time during which you are asleep is when your skin cells work to heal and regenerate themselves.
When it comes to specific skin issues, chamomile tea is able to really help with inflammation, meaning that it can calm acne and sensitive skin symptoms.
Did you know that in addition to drinking chamomile tea to help your skin, this herb can also be used topically?
By both drinking it as well as applying it directly to your skin, its anti-inflammatory effects will be doubled, and your skin will be able to receive even more of its antioxidants and other nutrients.
Many think of nettles as being nothing more than a pesky weed, but this plant actually possesses some powerful healing properties.
You’re probably thinking…
Nettles sting when you touch them, and often cause a rash to form on the skin! How can this possibly be a good thing?
This only happens with fresh nettles, but once the nettles have been dried, which is the form of nettles you would use to make a tea, they do not sting at all.
Nettles are actually one of the most nutrient-dense foods in the world, containing ten times more vitamin C than an apple, and five times more beta-carotene than a carrot.
As you likely already know, both of these nutrients are fantastic for the skin, as are the B vitamins, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, calcium and amino acids, all of which can be found in nettles.
Not only that, but nettles are a diuretic, meaning that they encourage the body to flush out any toxins. Since toxins can be the cause of a number of different skin issues, this can really help to clear up the skin.
Wondering what specific skin issues nettles can help to treat?
Did you know that nettles can be used on the hair too?
Use nettle tea as a hair rinse on a regular basis, and you will soon notice an increase in hair growth and thickness, as well as a boost in shine.
When it comes to making nettle tea…
You have a couple of options available. Either purchase ready-made nettle tea bags, or buy dried nettle leaves, brewing about a tablespoon of these per cup of water for 20 minutes or so.
Do you suffer from overly oily skin, or even acne?
If so, spearmint tea could really help you with this.
Thanks to its menthol content. Menthol is able to decrease the amount of sebum, or oil, that your skin produces, helping to rebalance out your skin’s natural oils, and therefore prevent acne breakouts from occurring.
Spearmint is also able to prevent the sebum on your skin from “going off”, which is something that begins to happen as soon as the sebum comes into contact with oxygen. As it oxidises, it hardens, forming a plug that clogs up pores and leads to breakouts.
Spearmint tea also has an anti-androgenic effect.
Wondering what this means?
It means that it is able to reduce the amount of excess androgens in the body. Androgens are hormones that increase inflammation and oil production, once again encouraging the formation of acne.
Spearmint is actually one of the most potent anti-androgenic foods, making spearmint tea a great beverage to try if you have been looking for natural ways to treat your acne.
Just the scent of jasmine alone has been proven to cause the brain to immediately release feel-good chemicals, resulting in everything from decreased stress and anxiety to increased energy.
As you can imagine, actually drinking the tea that is made from these fragrant flowers can have an even greater effect…
One of the greatest benefits of jasmine tea when it comes to the skin is anti-inflammatory, as so many skin issues are caused by inflammation.
Jasmine tea is also high in various antioxidants, many of which can directly target the visible signs of aging.
When it comes to purchasing jasmine tea, you will usually find that it features another tea as a base, whether this may be green, black, white or oolong. The base would then be infused with jasmine flowers, creating the tea.
Reishi Mushroom Tea
You are probably thinking…
A mushroom tea does not sound very appetizing!
In a way, you are right, as reishi mushroom tea does have quite a bitter flavor.
But this is only due to the huge number of triterpenes within the mushroom, which are compounds that contain both anti-cancer and antioxidant properties. In fact, it is believed that the more bitter the taste, the better the tea is for you.
Reishi mushrooms are often referred to as the mushroom of immortality, because they have so many anti-aging benefits.
One way in which the mushrooms are able to drastically reduce the signs of aging is by boosting the immune system to such an extent that free radical activity decreases, reducing wrinkles, fine lines and inflammation.
Reishi mushroom tea also helps to boost blood circulation, which helps to improve skin elasticity, once again minimizing wrinkles and fine lines while giving your skin an all-round healthy glow.
There have been quite a few studies carried out on reishi mushrooms, and these have found that the mushrooms are able to cure a number of different skin issues…
- Insect bites
Thanks to its anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-histaminic and anti-allergenic properties, which all work together to form an unbeatable combination.
Are you now convinced that the earthy taste of reishi mushroom tea is worth it for its skin benefits?
All you need to make the tea is some dried reishi mushrooms. A standard amount to use per cup of tea would be a gram of dried mushrooms, as it boils down quite a bit, but experiment with different amounts until you find a strength that appeals to you.
Finding the taste too bitter to bear?
Try adding some natural flavorings, such as raw honey, green tea or ginger.
Burdock Root Tea
Burdock root tea has an earthy but slightly sweet flavor to it, which is why burdock itself is such a popular ingredient in beverages.
Wondering what it does for your skin?
Well, one of burdock’s greatest benefits is the way in which it can purify the blood, thanks to its flavonoids and antioxidants. By clearing your blood of toxins and impurities, your skin will definitely benefit, as many of these toxins end up manifesting as skin issues. Eczema and acne in particular would benefit from this blood purification.
Burdock also has matrix-stimulating properties, thanks to active compounds such as lignans and arctiin.
What does this mean?
It means that burdock is able to help strengthen the skin, keeping it looking and feeling much more supple.
Raspberry Leaf Tea
Made from the leaves of the raspberry plant, raspberry leaf tea is most commonly used for treating menstrual cramps and irregular periods, and can even increase fertility, which is why it is nicknamed the pregnancy herb.
The way in which it is able to have such an impact on the body, at hormonal levels, is due to the way in which it increases progesterone levels, while speeding up the production of progesterone in the body.
Low progesterone levels are actually quite a common cause of hormonal imbalances.
Wondering how this is related to your skin?
Because one of the symptoms of a hormonal imbalance is acne.
By rebalancing this, you may be able to prevent your hormonal acne from flaring up in the first place.
Raspberry leaf tea is also high in vitamins C and E, as well as several antioxidants, all of which boost your skin’s health in numerous ways. If you would like to double the effects that raspberry leaf tea has, try using it topically as well as internally.
Expecting raspberry leaf tea to taste like raspberries?
It doesn’t. Instead, it is more reminiscent of a floral black tea, but is still extremely palatable.
Also known as Holy Basil, tulsi has been used for over 3000 years, to promote good health throughout the body.
Tulsi tea has many benefits, but one of the most interesting is the way in which it is able to protect the body’s organs, including the skin, from both chemical and physical stress.
Wondering what the difference is?
Chemical stress refers to damage caused by heavy metals or industrial pollutants, while physical stress is triggered by everything from exposure to cold to physical exertion.
All of these forms of stress cause so many problems for the skin, with one of the main effects being an acceleration in the skin’s aging process.
Tulsi also contains high levels of eugenol, which is often used as a natural acne treatment, meaning that a cup of tulsi tea could help to treat your acne from within.
While some of the herbal teas on this list may seem a little exotic, ginger is an ingredient that just about everyone is familiar with.
Did you know that, in addition to containing a distinct, spicy flavor, ginger also possesses several properties that can boost the health?
One of these properties is an antioxidant called gingerol, which reduces inflammation, as well as the damage caused by free radicals. A compoudn called shaogal also helps with inflammation, and can have a huge effect when it comes to inflammatory skin conditions, such as psoriasis and acne.
An improved circulation is another one of the benefits that ginger tea will bring to your skin, as it causes your blood vessels to expand, meaning that blood can flow through much more easily. This increase in blood flow to your skin gives your skin a healthy glow, while also providing it with more nutrients and oxygen.
Wondering how to make ginger tea?
You can either buy ginger tea bags, or buy some fresh ginger root. Steep about two teaspoons of the root in a cup of water for best effects, but make sure that you do not drink more than two or three cups a day, as this can cause heartburn and diarrhoea.
Both herbal teas, as well as regular teas, are fantastic for the skin, doing everything from preventing aging to treating acne. No matter what skin issues you may currently be struggling with, there is likely to be a herbal tea out there that can help you to treat your skin from within.