Let’s talk about teas. I thought we would start with cosmetic teas since I’m an esthetician.
Herbs help to detoxify the body. Your skin is your largest eliminating organ therefore the effects of herbs and herbal teas on clearing the complexion can be achieved if you drink them frequently. Cleavers tea is said to be good for clearing acne, as is chickweed tea, chicory and Hyssop (1). Green tea has been a known anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor fighter but it also protects us from the sun’s aging rays taken internally and applied externally (2). Green tea has also been prove effective in calming inflammation in acne (3).
There are several teas that help in pain relief. Feverfew can help to cure a migraine, as can dandelion tea, or blackberry leaf tea. Pain relief teas used topically are St.JohnsWort, Nettle, Marigold, and Arnica. I use all of these in either my skin salve or muscle rub for those wonderful pain relieving, wound healing properties.(4).
Teas that help promote restful sleep are Chamomile(5), this herb has a wealth of uses! Valerian tea is said to calm the mind and nerves and aid in sleep (6). Valerian tea works even better when combined with Hops (7).
There are numerous benefits to herbs and herbal teas, whole books have been written on the topic of medicinal teas.Several studies conducted at the NIH and elsewhere around the world show the benefits of consuming herbal teas for health. Drinking tea can be a relaxing and healthy ritual that aids in your overall well being!
Hopefully any of this information was helpful.Please return in two weeks to learn more about herbs and health. I have a great book by a physician that discusses using food, herbs, and vitamins to aid in healthy hormones that I want to share with you.
1) Ceres, Esplan. (1984) Herbal Teas, For Health and Healing. NewYork, New York: Thorsons Publishers Inc.
4) Ceres,Esplan. (1984) Herbal Teas, For Health and Healing. NewYork, New York: Thorsons Publishers Inc.