Saturday, March 25, 2017
It's no secret that I love tea. I've never been a coffee drinker (can hardly stand the stuff the majority of the time) and there is nothing more soothing than a hot cup of tea in a favourite mug. Aside from regular black tea, I also have a few blends and flavours that I drink for skin, beauty & health. Whilst good skincare can do a world of good for the complexion, beauty really does start from within. The skin is our largest organ, and often referred to as the window to the gut, because what we put inside our bodies, shows on our skin.
I drink nettle tea daily - sometimes twice or more.
Stinging nettles are high in silica - which is vital for good hair, skin and nails - protein, magnesium and calcium. It also contains iron, potassium, phosphorous, vitamins A, C, K & B.
I find the flavour pretty subtle, but I don't really like very herbal teas, so I always brew mine with an organic chai tea. The chai I brew it with is a pretty intense chai, so it softens the chai flavour and cuts the nettle completely. I find a notice quite a difference in how my skin looks when I'm not drinking nettle tea - my eyes are clearer and brighter, complexion is clearer and more radiant, and my nails are stronger and healthier. I also find I feel generally better when drinking nettle tea.
You can brew it for several hours if you want a very nutrient-dense tea, but I just give mine 5-6mins.
Dried stinging nettles are available from health food shops, or as a Nettle Tea from health food stores and some supermarkets.
Edible Beauty Teas
Energise Me Tea: I find this tea perfect for if I'm having a foggy day, feeling under the weather or experiencing PMS-related exhaustion or brain fuzziness. It really helps my mental clarity and energy levels. I mentioned above I'm not really into herbal teas, but I have found all of the Edible Beauty teas to be very pleasantly flavoured and quite yum!
Slim Me Tea: This is another tea I like to drink if I'm suffering from any PMS-related bloating or discomfort. It helps reduce bloating and my tummy always feels much more comfortable! It contains Puerrh Tea - which has been used for more than 1,700 years by the Chinese as a digsetif after a heavy meal. In recent years, studies investigating the health benefits of Puerrh tea have shown that it has antioxidant effects and may assist in reducing weight loss.
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Fresh grated ginger root steeped in hot water for 10mins or so makes an excellent tea for a number of complaints. I can't tolerate any heat in foods, so I drink this cold, and with a little water added, and it cuts the spice. Ginger tea is excellent for helping with nausea, cramps, colds & flu, period pain and nausea. You can also add turmeric powder if you wish for added anti-inflammatory benefits and to help fight off colds and flu.
Fresh ginger root is available in the fresh produce section of the supermarket.
Whilst not technically a tea, I find lemon juice, with a teaspoon of raw honey in a glass of hot water very soothing if I have a sore throat, cold or flu (especially the type that affect your sinuses and give you that stuffy head feeling). Drinking lemon juice in hot or warm water first thing in the morning can also help kick-start your body for the morning, help your body flush out toxins and increase absorption of nutrients.
I use about a quarter to half a lemon's juice in a large glass at a time - but this will obviously depend on your lemon size. I use lemons from our own tree and they are about the size of a large orange - not the tiny sort you get in the supermarket!
Do you have any favourite teas or recipes for skin, health or beauty? Share them with me in the comments below or over on Instagram!
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