The world that we live in today is very different from our parent’s and grandparent’s. They used to enjoy the earth’s natural bounties in its purest form. The water they used to drink was obtained directly from crystal clear and clean rivers and streams, and the food, although limited in its variety was free from additives and full of nutrition. It is therefore no wonder that they could boast a healthy body, clear mind, and a free spirit. We never seem to be as energetic and lively as them. And our dull complexion, dry skin and limp hair are a far cry from their radiant and luminous looking skin and long, lustrous locks.
We live in times where every other person frequently complains about poor hair and skin health. This can be attributed to various reasons like the ever increasing stress levels at work and the unkind external environment filled with pollution. To top it off, companies claiming to help fix the problem with their elaborate hair and skin care lines not only fail to live up to the promises they make but also worsen the condition. Most of the products that we use on our hair and bodies in hope of reversing the damage are actually loaded with harsh chemicals and compounds that further strip them of moisture.
So what’s the solution?
The answer is quite simple, but it might take you by surprise. Ready?
Herbal tea! Yes, you read that right. The solution to all your skin and hair woes is herbal tea. Still confused? Read on to find out more.
So first things first, ‘What is herbal tea?’
‘Herbal tea’, less commonly known as tisane is made by infusing herbs, dried fruits, spices and other plant material in hot water, unlike regular tea that is prepared using leaves from a plant called Camellia sinensis, or more commonly as tea plant. Herbal tea usually does not contain caffeine and has many medicinal properties that help to promote good health.
The benefits of herbal tea consumption are many including its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antispasmodic, anti-ulcer and astringent healing properties. They are packed with flavonoids and bioactive components and help alleviate cold, constipation, depression and anxiety. They are known to boost the immune system and also help with diseases like cancer and diabetes. And what were most interested in, they are great for our overall skin and hair health!
Following is a list of herbal teas and explanations of how they are good for your hair and skin:
Given its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, chamomile tea has the ability to prevent and reduce acne. It can also help cure skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. Chamomile tea can be used directly on the skin as a toner and cleanser to reduce acne-causing bacteria, acne scars, pimples, swelling and redness. Steaming the face using tea bags of chamomile tea in boiling water helps to clean out pores and lighten the skin. Placing cooled tea bags of chamomile tea on eyes overnight also help get rid of dark circles. It also helps in slowing down the aging process.
According to Jean Valnet, author of “The Practice of Aromatherapy”, rinsing the hair with chamomile can also help reverse the balding process. Chamomile is gentle enough for this treatment to be repeated daily until the hair stops falling out and can also be used by those with sensitive skin. Not only that, chamomile tea can be used as a natural shampoo and conditioner, helping in the prevention of itchy scalp by eliminating dandruff, helping fortify hair strands and promote the overall health of hair making it shiny and silky.
It can also help to lighten the hair naturally. Just steep two chamomile bags in hot water, mix them with lemon juice and apply on to the hair directly for about 10 minutes, and go up to two shades lighter!
Lavender tea is known for its cooling and calming effects on the skin. It helps prevent the skin from becoming dry and irritated and also helps with skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema. It helps maintain the softness and youthfulness of the skin by reducing stress lines from the face.
Regular baths with tea infused water can improve overall hair health by slowing down the hair loss process as lavender is known to stimulate circulation in the scalp. It contains insect repellent properties, helping keep lice at bay. It can also act as a natural shampoo that helps reduce dandruff and leaves the hair smelling amazing.
The antioxidants present in sage help combat wrinkles, fine lines, and age spots, keeping the skin fresh and elastic. These antioxidants, along with the calcium and vitamin A present stop the premature ageing of the skin by protecting it against free radicals and stimulate cell regeneration which helps to minimize the appearance of wrinkles. It also helps regulate sebum production which is responsible for acne. Its antibacterial properties prevent various skin infections and its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, help cure acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Sage is also beneficial for hair in many ways. It has been used to combat age-related hair loss and balding for a long time. It is particularly effective in treating male pattern baldness. Sage tea can also be used to rinse the hair in order to bring back shine and luster and can also be used to get rid of dandruff. It can also be used to darken our natural hair color. Washing the hair with an infusion of fresh sage leaves after shampooing can darken grey hair as well as deepen naturally brown or black hair.
Hair loss often occurs due to poor blood circulation. Rosemary is particularly effective in stimulating and regulating the circulation. Therefore, drinking rosemary tea might just be what is needed to combat hair loss resulting from poor blood circulation. “The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Healing Remedies” also recommends a daily cup of rosemary tea to help grow hair after chemotherapy.
Sage and rosemary used together as a hair rinse can help restore the hair’s shine, making it thicker and stronger. The rinse will help improve blood circulation, resulting in new hair growth. It prevents clogged hair follicles and provides more nutrition to them, helping in eliminating hair thinning and dryness.
Summing up, various kinds of herbal teas are a safe and natural option to bring back life into your hair and skin, making you look younger and healthier. So next time, instead of reaching for a formula that promises great results despite being loaded with harsh chemical, give one of the above herbal teas a try. You will be pleasantly surprised!