Wellness Ritual: Nightly Herbal Tea to De-Stress

Published on February 24, 2017

 

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Stress has a large impact on our skin’s health. When we are stressed, our body increases the production of cortisol and other hormones, which activate the skin’s oil production and result in acne and breakouts on the face and body. In addition, if stress is keeping us awake at night, we are unlikely to get the rest that our skin needs to heal, since our body regenerates our cells during the REM (rapid eye movement) state of sleep. Developing a ritual before bedtime signals to the body that it is time to let the stresses of the day go in preparation for sleep.  

The ritual of drinking herbal tea has many health and wellness benefits. For one, our body relaxes as we sip the warm herbal tea, priming the body for restorative sleep. Secondly, sipping warm herbal tea also dilates the lymphatic channels ensuring the flow of toxins and waste. Thirdly, many herbal teas have healing properties and are often chock full of anti-inflammatory ingredients.

Herbal Tea Wellness Ritual

To begin your wellness ritual, simply boil water and steep a pot of your favourite herbal tea to share.

When your kettle is on the stove, prepare for sleep. Slip on comfortable pyjamas and wash your face. Turn off the electronics and put away the devices for the night. (Many electronics emit a blue light that tricks the brain into waking up, rather than relaxing.)

Pour yourself and your loved ones each a cup and allow 30 minutes to an hour of relaxation before bedtime. Enjoy the time by reading a novel or listening to an audio book while drinking your herbal tea. Or, spend some quality time connecting with your family before going to bed.

 6 herbals teas that benefit the skin

Tea Cups

  1. Chamomile Tea: Chamomile tea has rich in quercetin, a flavonoid antioxidant, which helps to protect the skin against the free-radical damage caused by sun exposure. Chamomile tea can also be used topically to heal skin inflammation or reduce swelling of the eyes.
  2. Ginger Tea: Ginger tea aids in the absorption of nutrients, improves circulation, and relieves stress—all beneficial to the skin.
  3. Rooibos Tea: The enzyme superoxide dismutase in rooibos tea promotes the creation of new skin cells. The flavonoids in rooibos tea also help heal flare-ups of eczema and acne.
  4. Lavender Tea: Lavender tea induces relaxation and sleep, essential to stress management. Topically, cooled lavender tea can be used to calm dry, irritated skin.
  5. Peppermint Tea: In some tea drinkers, peppermint tea has been linked with a boost in estrogen, helping to heal hormonal skin changes like acne and inflammation.
  6. Nettle Tea: Like many other herbal teas, nettle tea reduces inflammation. Nettle tea also stimulates the lymphatic system, supports the adrenal glands, and minimizes skin problems.

 

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