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Herbal Teas for a Healthy Complexion

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HERBAL TEAS FOR A HEALTHY COMPLEXION

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Herbal teas for healthy skin | Concordia Blog

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Herbal teas are a tea-rific way to boost skin hydration whilst also packing a punch with their individual therapeutic qualities.

Provided you keep it clean and avoid adding, sugar, artificial sweeteners or milk – herbal teas can qualify as part of your daily water intake. Boo- ya! With a huge variety to choose from and a range of flavours including sweet, earthy, minty, spicy,  bitter – you can get really creative and design your own custom blends. Here are a few that I love which are also great for skin health and easy to get your paws on at your local health food store.

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Spearmint (Mentha spicata)

Properties: Has shown to reduce free androgens which are often an issue in hormonal acne, particularly in cases where polycystic ovarian syndrome is involved.

Flavour: Refreshing and delicious.

Precautions: Caution in kidney or liver disease.

 

Liquorice Root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)

Properties: Liquorice is a very restorative herb that is excellent for adrenal exhaustion. Adrenal exhaustion can wreak havoc on the skin by causing disruptions of the endocrine system, particularly the thyroid and reproductive hormones.

Flavour: Sweet, earthy.

Precautions: Seek medical advice if taking any prescription medications. Can elevate blood pressure in high doses over prolong period.

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Ginger (Zingiber officinalis)

Properties: A superstar anti-inflammatory, ginger is great for inflammatory skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and acne and helps support a healthy gut and reduce systemic inflammation.

Flavour: Warm, pungent.

Precautions: Caution with blood thinning medications.

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Dandelion Root (Taraxacum officinalis)

Properties: Some health conscious folk swear by dandelion root being a great coffee alternative, but as a coffee devotee (addict) I say they are just not truly committed to their coffee. I do however love dandelion root for its properties of liver detoxification for which is especially good at expelling excess hormones for the liver, making it great for those suffering with PMS or hormonal acne.

Flavour:

Precautions: Avoid if you have sensitivity to plants in Asteracea (Daisy) plant family.

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Chamomile (Matricaria recutita)

Properties: If you have read our blog series The Probiotic Glow, you will know how important gut health is for healthy skin. Chamomile is an excellent gut soother. In addition chamomile is an excellent nervous system relaxant which is great for those with skin conditions where stress can be an aggravator.

Flavour: Weird and confusing to the senses.

Precautions: Avoid if you have sensitivity to plants in Asteracea (Daisy) plant family.

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Passionflower (Passiflora incarnata)

Properties: Skin health truly is a holistic process, this means stress and lack of sleep are major enemies when it comes to skin health. Passionflower is my best mate when it comes to tackling both of these issues. It helps alleviate anxiety caused by stress and aids with sleep regulation – especially good for sleep maintenance insomnia ( i.e. you can fall asleep ok but have trouble staying asleep), jetlag, and anxiety related sleep disturbances.

Flavour: Mildly green tasting, slightly bitter.

Precautions: Avoid use with sedative drugs.

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Nettle (Urticaria dioica)

Properties: Traditionally used for the treatment of eczema, particularly nervous eczema, which is affiliated with its anti-inflammatory properties. Nettle is also incredibly nutrient rich.

Flavour: Earthy

Precautions: Due to its diuretic nature caution is advised if taking prescription medication.

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Red Clover (Trifolium pratense)

Properties: Traditional used for childhood eczema and psoriasis, it is also used to regulate hot flushes associated with menopause.

Flavour: Sweet, earthy.

Precautions: Caution with use with anti-coagulant drugs.

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Burdock Root (Arcticum lappa)

Properties: This herb is used in herbal medicine for dry scaly skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, for which it is thought to help eliminate

Flavour: Sweet, earthy.

Precautions: Caution with kidney or heart medications.

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My favourite go-to tea combo is: Spearmint, Liqourice, Ginger and Dandelion Root. If you can buy your teas loose leaf you can get creative and design your own flavour combos to suit your taste or therapeutic intention. 

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    *Disclaimer if you suffer from any diagnosed medical conditions or are pregnant / breastfeeding, it is best to consult a health practitioner before commencing any herbal regimes.

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    Natasha Xx

    (Naturopath & Skincare Geek)

     

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