Herbal remedies are best when a part of our everyday diet. We can use delicious, nutritious teas to improve the condition of our skin just by replacing our sugary, caffeinated drinks with a beneficial blend of herbal tea. I use dried herbs to mix up a jar so it’s ready to use when I’m ready to sit and enjoy a warm cup of tea. This tea can also be steeped and served chill as a refreshing summer iced tea.
- 4 tbsp. calendula
It’s particularly good for sensitive skin and can be used to reduce the appearance of acne scars, you can also put a few drops in your bath water to soothe psoriasis.
- 4 tbsp. chickweed
Cools skin, relieves inflammation and helps treat acne breakouts.
- 4 tbsp. chamomile flowers
Well known for its relaxing effects, soothes, calms and heals skin.
- 4 tbsp. elder flowers
Known to lighten skin over time and achieve a more even skin tone. Also known to soften skin and improve the appearance of wrinkles and relieve breakouts.
- 2 tbsp. rose petal
Cooling and astringent to calm inflamed areas and tighten pores and skin.
- 2 tbsp. peppermint
Peppermint purifies and stimulates the mind, can increase mental alertness while aiding in digestion.
- 2 tsp. lavender
It is more commonly known for its relaxing effects but works on bruises, cuts, and skin irritation,” Dr. Oz says that the scent of lavender can reduce the levels of stress hormones in your blood.
- 2 tsp. licorice
A skin lightener and toner while providing moist, soothing effect.
Mix all the herbs together in a glass mason jar. Shake or roll around to mix well. To prepare the tea add 1-2 tsp. of mixture to tea ball or cup and steep in boiling water for 5-10 minutes. I add creamed honey, stevia, or maple syrup to sweeten.
For a stronger more medicinal drink. Add 1 ounce of mixture to a glass mason jar, fill the jar with boiling water, cover, and let steep for 4 hours up to overnight. Sweeten and sip the tea throughout the day. You can consume it over ice or gently re-warm, do not microwave or reheat at high temperatures (over 100 degrees) as this will break down the essential oils and medicinal components of the tea. Water your plants with any unused portion after 24 hours.
Caution: peppermint and licorice are not recommended for people with hypertension. You may choose to leave out the licorice or use deglycerized licorice (DGL) and try a spearmint or lemon balm instead of peppermint.
Remember my blog posts are for educational purposes and not meant to diagnose, treat, or cure. Only you know your health so seek proper medical attention from a licensed professional when necessary.
RESOURCES to Find more information on the herbs listed here and there uses:
- American Botanical Society Herbal monographs for individual plants http://abc.herbalgram.org/site/PageServer
- Annie’s Remedies information on various herbal remedies for the body including skin http://www.anniesremedy.com/chart_remedy.php
- Pubmed.gov For scientific information on the uses and benefits of the various herbs
- Henriette’s Herbal Homepage Recipes, research, and herbal usage
- A Modern Herbal by M. Grieve Plant science and usage for herbs, article on skin health