Mon 22 Sep 2014
“Anytime you’re ingesting something, you’re giving your body the building blocks it needs to manufacture tissues and hormones. If you drink tea every day, you can make all sorts of significant changes to your mood, your skin, your sense of well-being and energy.” ~ Marcia Dixon
One of my favorite skin care rituals to support healthy, luminous skin is to drink tea.
Green tea, black tea, white tea and oolong tea are technically the only “true teas” (as each one is made from the camellia sinensis plant).
Here are some of the beautiful things “true teas” do for your skin, and for your whole body, when you drink them:
- Because true teas are astonishingly rich in antioxidants (even richer than many fruits and vegetables) they provide us with a natural, anti-aging tonic for sun damage, stress, and all forms of free-radical damage.
- True teas support a healthy metabolism, can support healthy weight loss, and can help release water retention.
- Even though true teas contain some degree of caffeine, they still contribute toward hydrating your body.
- True teas even improve the health of your mouth by stopping the growth of cavity producing bacteria.
To maximize receiving the benefits of true teas, drink one to four cups in the morning or early afternoon each day.
Herbal and other teas, while they are not considered “true teas” also lavish your skin (and your whole body) in beautiful benefits. The French call these herbal infusions “tisanes”, which simply means dried flowers, fruits, herbs, or other plant material steeped in boiling water (with no actual tea leaves included). The benefits and variety of herbal infusions are nearly endless.
Dandelion~ liver-cleansing, helps to reduce fluid retention, and supports healthy digestion
Rosehip~ rich source of vitamin C, flavoinoids, and lycopene (essential antioxidants)
Rooibos~ helps to stabilize blood sugar levels, rich in vitamins and minerals, and an anti-oxidant powerhouse
Peppermint~ relieves bloating, clears congestion, and helps to induce a sense of calm
Ginger~ supports healthy digestion and boosts your immune system
Chamomile~ reduces anxiety, supports restful sleep and boosts your immune system
Hibiscus~ helps to lower blood pressure and supports weight management
Parsley ~ liver and kidney detoxifier and strong source of vitamins A and C
To reap the full benefits of tisanes, drink one to four (or more if you’d like) cups per day. Since they are caffeine free they can be enjoyed at almost any time, day or night, but since they so often encourage relaxation I love to drink them in the late afternoon and evening.
To receive the medicinal properties, as well as to create a delicious tea, you must prepare your tea well. (Improperly brewed tea tastes awful and likely has no medicinal benefits.) The brewing tips below are from Adgio Teas and the Rare Tea Company:
How to Brew a Great Cup of Tea~
1) Use water that tastes good. If your water tastes funny, so will your tea. (Tea know-it-alls report that extremely hard water will make an astringent, harsh cup of tea, and water that is too soft will make a weak, muddy cup of tea. Good water will have around 150 parts per million (PPM) of balanced mineral content. Putting tap water through a simple carbon filter water pitcher is one easy way to get good water for tea.)
2) Use fresh water for each pot or cup of tea- don’t reheat the same water. (Boiling water releases oxygen. Tea know-it-alls call reheated, previously boiled water “dead water” and believe that it won’t make the best tea.)
3) About one teaspoon of loose tea leaves per 8 ounces of water is a good ratio for a cup of tea.
4) Use just under boiling water when making black tea, dark oolong tea and most herbal teas (these teas need the heat to help release their medicinal properties).
5) When steeping green tea, green oolong tea and white tea, use slightly cooler water. About 180 degrees, or allow boiling water to sit for five minutes before steeping. (These teas are more delicate, and water that is too hot will damage them and make them bitter.)
6) Steep your tea for as long as is recommended on your tea package! Over-steeped tea tastes foul and bitter and will have deaden medicinal benefits, while under-steeped tea tastes weak and bland and will not allow the medicinal benefits to be amply released. (In general, green teas and light oolong teas steep for 1 to 3 minutes, black teas steep for 2 to 5 minutes, white teas and dark oolong teas steep for 30 seconds to 5 minutes, and herbal teas for 5 to 15 minutes.)
7) Fully cover your tea cup or tea pot while steeping. (This ensures the medicinal benefits of the tea remain intact, as well as enhances flavor.)
8) Tea-know-it-alls inform us that commercial tea bag are not recommended. Not only are they known for poor-quality tea, they don’t provide enough space for steeping tea leaves to expand. (Tea leaves unfurl as they steep, and can expand up to five times their size. Tea balls or infuser baskets that are spacious work great.)
9) Environmental-know-it-alls inform us that well-known commercial tea brands (like Lipton) have been found to be laced with toxic pesticides when independently tested. The best way to ensure that your tea is toxic pesticide free is to buy organic.
More Benefits of Drinking Tea:
- How Parsley Tea Cleared Up My Skin
- Health Benefits of Herbal Teas
- Skin Benefits of Drinking Tea
- Green Tea Could Be Good for Your Skin
- Drinking Tea Keeps Skin Healthy
- 13 Reasons to Love Tea
- Tea Muse
- Teas with Beauty Benefits
- Green Tea Benefits
- Health Boosting Herbal Teas
“I put hibiscus flower in every cup of tea I have. It’s sweet, sexy, and cleansing.”~ Mario Batali
“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ~ Henry James
“Tea to the English is really a picnic indoors.” ~ Alice Walker
“One day I decided to try to have a complete day without tea. I was quite shaken. I was quite disturbed.” ~ Morrisey
“Tea is drunk to forget the din of the world.” ~ T’ien Yiheng
Rich Earth Organic Skin Care Studio understands that we are all individuals- unique and singular. There may be a tip that does not fit with your individual needs. As always, you are your own best guide. The information provided in this blog is educational, and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice or treatment, nor can it substitute for in-person skin care consultation and treatment with a qualified skin care therapist. Please note that certain herbs or teas may not be suitable for some individuals.
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