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.
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.