SENSUOUS SKIN + HEALTHY HAIR, Naturally! (A Recipe for My Delicious, Nutritious Herbal Tea Blend)
Note: This article is a recipe for a nutritious and effective herbal tea blend that will support your skin health and hair growth. This tea recipe is a blend of mineral and vitamin rich herbs. You might be drinking this tea for your skin, but it tastes so good, you’ll love it.
Oh, how the skin on my face BURNED! Red bumps speckled my nose, upper lip, cheeks, and sometimes little pustules formed. Nothing I did helped! For over 20 years, starting in my late teens, I suffered from painful and disfiguring Rosacea. Every dermatologist I went to put me on antibiotics.
After seven years of constant antibiotic use, one (finally) wise doctor clued me in to the effects antibiotics can have on your liver, kidneys and more. He told me I had to get off them, THEN put me on Accutane, which is about the worst thing you can take for your liver. In fact, I had to get liver tests done once a month while on that stuff.
That painful, itchy Rosacea went away....for awhile. Then it came raging back! After another few stints on antibiotics and one more Accutane round, I'd had it. I turned to a holistic-based dermatologist who thought getting blue-light treatments might help.
In desperation, I paid the $1,500 out of pocket (because my insurance said it was for cosmetic reasons---even though they had NO problem paying for liver-damaging medications), and I dutifully went in for weekly treatments. The painful and embarrassing rosacea I had been diagnosed with finally went away!
These days, I do still get flare ups, occasionally. That Rosacea is hereditary, and it will never, ever be completely gone. But I have learned in my studies of herbalism in the past ten years or so, that your skin is the main barometer of your overall body health, especially your liver and kidneys.
Now I know those antibiotics were making my Rosacea worse by adversely affecting my liver! Now, I use herbs. I use my herbs every. Single. Day. And I'll never stop.
I created this tea blend to specifically support my healthy skin and hair.
Back when I first began learning about herbs, then experimenting with using them, I began by creating my own tea formulations. I had such great results from my Happiness Tea, my Lung Tonic Tea, and Mr. V. just loved my Manly Man Tea, that I started making teas for all the seasons and reasons!
Like our other organs, our skin and hair health rely on the nutrition in the foods we eat and drink. Using herbs and drinking herbal tea daily is a GREAT way to get these nutrients and minerals!
Some herbs pack so much nutrition, they are nearly as good as a multi-vitamin. Actually, I consider them better, because they come to our body systems in the exact way God intended---in whole form. You can now drink your multi-vitamin!
I think you'll love this particular herbal tea blend! It's full of nutritional value, and it also tastes GREAT! It's absolutely perfect for spring, summer, or really any season.
Plus, if you love making Kombucha, you can use it to make an herbal Kombucha that is out of this world! One last thing about this tea:
It's GORGEOUS! If you wanted to blend some up, package it in a pretty container, you immediately have a beautiful gift to give a friend.
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Sensuous Skin & Healthy Hair Nutritious Vitamin & Mineral Tea Recipe
A Note About Using Organic:
I personally believe that if you don't grow or forage for your own herbs (and truly, although it's ideal, most people just don't have the time to do this), you should always buy organic or wildcrafted, if the plant is not endangered. This ensures your safety.
Also, beware of herbs imported from China, as there have been proven instances of adulteration or cutting the plant matter with other herbs.
A Note About the Parts Method of Blending:
This is traditional herbalism---we use "parts." This is so that we can make smaller or greater batches as we choose. Our parts are whatever we want them to be! So...if you want to make a small batch, you would use a small part, like a teaspoon.
However, if you want some to save for later, you might use a larger part, like a scoop of some sort, or a measuring cup! You can find out more about Water Infusions in this section in my 12 part series on How to Start Using Herbs.
Ingredients for Sensuous Skin & Healthy Hair Herbal Tea
5 parts Horsetail
5 parts Spearmint Leaf
4 parts Raspberry Leaf
3 parts Rose petals (be SURE these are organic!
2 parts Nettle leaf
2 parts Oatstraw or Oat Tops
1 part Cinnamon Chips
Just blend all the herbs together, and you have a healthy and gorgeous tea that tastes delicious too! Enjoy!
NOTE: The links above are for Amazon for your convenience. But I usually purchase any herbs I don't grow or forage from Starwest Botanicals! I highly recommend their quality as well as the amazing array of other health products they have.
How to Prepare Herbal Teas
The general rule is for one 6 ounce cup, use 2 teaspoons per boiled water. Let steep for about 15 to 30 minutes. For making just a cup of tea, my favorite thing to use is an INFUSER CUP. It's a beautiful cup, usually glass, with a large removable stainless steel infuser. My favorite is this Asobu Infuser Cup because it is lovely, sturdy, and the infuser is perfect for this cup. My tea turns out perfectly every time!
For a quart size Mason jar, I use about 4 tablespoons of tea. You can adjust accordingly.
For a simple cup of tea for pleasure, you don't need to steep as long, and you therefore won't get the bitter tannins that are released in a longer steep. However, if you are looking for the full nutritional benefits from this tea, then you should plan on steeping for up to an hour.
It's fine to prepare this tea ahead of time, and keep it in the refrigerator for a delicious iced tea later on as well.
For full benefits, you should try to drink about two to four cups of this tea a day, every day for about a month.
About the Herbs in Sensuous Skin, Healthy Hair Tea Blend:
Horsetail (Equisetum arvense):
Horsetail is extremely nutritious, and as the name implies, it is an excellent herb to strengthen your hair and fingernails. Horsetail is extremely high in silica, which is especially helpful for your bones, fingernails, and hair.
This plant has been around since paleolithic times, and although it’s much smaller in this day and age, it is a wonderful herb to support your health.
Spearmint (Mentha spicata) :
Spearmint is delicious and nutritious! It provides a safe way to add nutrition and flavor to this tea. In fact, some studies suggest spearmint tea may be even better for you than the highly touted green tea!
Spearmint is rich in potassium, Vitamin C, iron, and manganese. The tea is thought to be helpful for helping clear up teenage acne issues, because it may help balance hormones to an extent.
Raspberry Leaf (Rubus idaeus):
Raspberry Leaf is also a powerhouse of nutritional benefits, and many people drink it by itself in lieu of a multi-vitamin! It's touted as "The Woman's Herb" because it also helps strengthen female body systems, including being excellent for pregnancy.
According to Rosemary Gladstar, raspberry leaf can help with connective tissue repair, as well as with lowered energy caused by anemia. Especially when combined with Nettle leaf, the minerals in raspberry are quite bioavailable in a water infusion.
Paul Bergner states that raspberry leaf contains high amounts of minerals, including potassium, magnesium, calcium, among others.
Rose Petals (Rosa spp.):
Rose Petals---These MUST be organic, because of the pesticides sprayed on them, typically! Roses are calming and soothing. They are also helpful to the skin and help with inflammation. Besides that, they are beautiful and add a lovely color to the blend.
The roses act as a harmonizing herb in this tea, which helps balance the very active herbs, such as nettle and horsetail.
Nettles (Urtica dioica):
Nettle leaves are extremely high in calcium. In fact, Susun Weed states that you can get around 500 mg of calcium from a strong super infusion of nettle leaf. Now, that’s a LOT of calcium! The leaves have a general kidney tonic effect and help detoxify the body due to the helpful flushing of the urinary system when nettle is taken daily.
Nettles can also provide up to 20 percent of our daily magnesium! (Groves) Nettle has a somewhat salty taste, and in fact, Rosalee de la Foret places it in the salty taste category. Nettles are wonderful to eat, drink in a tea, use liberally in your food, and even in tincture form.
You can find out how to make and use nettle powder here if you like.
Oat Straw or Oat Tops (Avena sativa):
We all know how healthy a bowl of oatmeal is for us, but the it’s the milky tops that are best to use in teas. Oat straw (the stalk) is also just fine as well. Oats improve nervous system function, are calming, and soothing; and as such are often used to help young children who are very active.
Oats are high in silica, calcium, B vitamins, and flavonoids. They make a wonderful harmonizing addition to this tea!
Cinnamon Chips (Cinnamomum spp.):
Great for regulating blood sugar levels, it provides a touch of spice to this blend! Cinnamon is a stimulating herb, which means it helps activate the benefits of the active herbs in this formula. I’ve also added it for the taste. It’s just delicious.
If you’re not a fan of cinnamon, feel free to substitute with ginger or clove buds—- or just leave it out, if you like.
Being Creative with Your Teas
You can change up the ingredients a bit if you want to adjust for the taste. For example, perhaps add some orange peel in addition to or as a substitute for the spicy herbs. If you want additional nutrition, Nettle Leaves are another real winner, as they contain a ton of calcium.
You can either add some in or make substitutions with the harmonizing herbs (oats, rose petals)! Have fun with your tea blending, but be sure you know how the herbs interact with each other and any medications you may be taking.
NOTE: Some people just are not into making their own tea blends. That's ok. You can find pre-blended teas at Starwest Botanicals. OR----being sure to take a daily multi-vitamin of good quality like Nutrigold's Organic & Non-GMO (very important) Women's Multi Gold vitamins is SO helpful to your system. I actually take these daily along with my herbal teas.
Final Thoughts On Sensuous Skin, Healthy Hair Herbal Tea
This is a lovely tea! It tastes incredible, and it's so very good for your skin, hair, and entire body! I hope you'll give it a try! And if you are interested in learning more about blending your own delicious herbal teas, check out my eBook, Create Your Own Herbal Tea . I know you'll find it useful and a great beginning in your herbal journey!
By the way, if you are interested in beginning to learn more about herbalism and using herbs for you and your family's health, I love the Herbal Academy of New England. They have courses for all levels, and there is something there for you!
Other tea articles you may be interested in are:
And here is an article on making herbal kombucha, in case you'd like to learn how!
Do you create your own teas? Have you had any difficulties deciding what herbs to use? I know when I first started, the most difficult issue I had was taste.
You can make some really great teas for your health, but the taste factor is hard to ignore! What do you think? There are lots of ways to make tasty tea that ALSO healthy! I'd love to hear from you, so leave a comment in the comments section!
Hugs, Health, & Self-Reliance,
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Bergner, Paul. (2001). Folk remedies database. Boulder, CO: Bergner Communications.
Gladstar, Rosemary. (2001). Rosemary Gladstar’s family herbal. North Adams, MA: Storey Books
de la Foret, Rosalee. (2017) Alchemy of Herbs. Hay House.
Study Materials: Maria Noel Groves, Wintergreen Botanicals
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