Not only are herbal teas, in particular certified organic and caffeine-free ones, brilliant for your inner health and wellbeing, but have some beauty benefits too! Our skin is the mirror to our internal health and we all desire that healthy glow. Drinking herbal tea can help us to cleanse from the inside; reducing internal impurities to promote clearer, more radiant skin. Here are our top 5 beautifying teas and why:
While all teas contain antioxidants, green tea has to be the richest, with high levels of the powerful antioxidants polyphenols. Polyphenols help reverse and protect against free radical damage. In turn, this leads to improved skin elasticity, density and texture. Drinking green tea has also been shown to reduce stress by the releasing the hormone cortisol; this can help alleviate and prevent stress related and hormonal skin conditions such as mild acne. With its amazing anti-inflammation properties to boot, green tea may also benefit those with eczema, psoriasis and rosacea.
Peppermint tea has antibacterial, antimicrobial and antiseptic properties, so can be used as a cleansing agent on the skin and to help fight bacterial infections. It works to help clear skin from the inside out.
Chamomile is not only calming for mind and body, as well as good for digestive health, but has anti-inflammatory properties, particularly beneficial to those with rosacea, dry skin or eczema.
Rich in anti-ageing antioxidants, in particular vitamin C, rosehip tea is as skin loving as the oil. Vitamin C helps to brighten the skin. Rosehips also have antibacterial properties to leave your skin healthy and clear.
Look for the ingredient dandelion, burdock root or yellow dock in your tea. Dandelion can help alleviate a variety of skin conditions including acne, eczema and psoriasis. It's also a fabulous inner cleanser and helps rid the body of toxins that can show up on the skin's surface. Burdock has also been known to help with dry skin issues such as psoriasis.
Some of our favourite organic tea brands include the following:
Yogi do a wide range of herbal tea blends including green and peppermint. They also have a Skin Detox blend containing Fragrant Rose Petal and Hibiscus, used in Ayurveda to cool and soothe the skin, Organic Green Tea, antioxidant rich to promote a sense of rejuvenation, and Burdock and Yellow Dock -traditionally used to support the liver - combined with Red Clover, to promote cleansing. Visit www.yogiproducts.com for further information.
Planet Organic are Australian Certified Organic and have some of the most delicious and purest herbal tea blends available. They have all of the gorgeous skin boosting teas recommended above, including Organic Dandelion Leaf, Rosehip Hibiscus Herbal Tea, Chamomile Herbal Tea, Peppermint Herbal Tea and a variety of Green Tea blends. Visit www.planetorganic.com.au to find out more.
By Nina Weston
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