Tea is a wonderfully refreshing and calming drink, popular through the centuries for its aromatic and restorative qualities. But beyond the pleasing taste, tea provides a tremendous range of benefits for health and beauty. Whether you want to detoxify your body and mind or to give your skin a radiant glow, tea is a wonderful option for continued good health, in all its forms. We have collated some of the most popular types of tea and their holistic benefits here, so that you can enjoy not only a wonderful drink, but a healthy lifestyle as well.
Top of the list of teas that significantly promote health is green tea. Green teas are rich in antioxidants and the tea itself guards against free radicals and DNA damage to the skin. One of the really special things about green tea is that these benefits can be derived from drinking the tea but also from applying it to the skin. Green tea is high in polyphenols, and these are known to act as prebiotics, meaning that not only do you have a great tasting cup of tea, but one that works hard to support healthy gut bacteria and this in turn leads to clear and glowing skin. Another tea that works hard to support your gut bacteria is dandelion tea. This complex and bitter tea is very important for encouraging your body to heal as it helps your liver deal with a wide range of toxins. If you really want to focus on improving your skin, and especially if you are prone to spots or even acne, then regularly drinking spearmint tea is proven to have an anti-androgenic effect, especially on the female endocrine system. This can help alleviate a wide range of skin issues and leave you feeling refreshed and energised.
Chamomile tea is well known for its calming qualities, but it also has a wide range of anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. These make it an excellent choice for improving all kinds of skin conditions, including psoriasis, acne scars and changes of pigmentation. Not only that, but chamomile tea, with its soothing and delicate flavour, can aid tissue and cell regeneration, meaning that this is a valuable tea for treating rashes and other minor skin irritations. Similarly, liquorice root tea can aid in collagen production, as the amino acids within it can help hydrate and moisturise the skin.
Another incredibly popular and versatile tea for health and beauty is white tea. This type of tea is not rolled or oxidised, meaning that it has a much lighter flavour and aroma than green or black teas. As a result, many of the natural antioxidants are preserved, making this tea a wonderful choice for skincare and is especially effective when used on dry or flaky skin, as a limited amount of cooled tea can leave skin soft and supple.
As you can see, some of the most popular teas to drink and enjoy are also incredibly valuable in aiding our physical and emotional health, with their benefits stretching far beyond the intrinsic value of their taste and aroma. No wonder Lau Tzu called tea ‘the elixir of life’!
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