Get SENSUOUS SKIN & HEALTHY HAIR! (A Recipe for My Delicious, Nutritious Herbal Tea Blend)
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 went in for weekly treatments. It once again 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, including your liver and kidneys. Those antibiotics were making my Rosacea worse! Now, I use herbs. I use my herbs every. Single. Day. And I'll never stop.
I created this tea blend specifically for healthy skin and hair.
Herbal teas can do some incredible things for our bodies! Herbs contain nutrients and minerals in their whole form, and therefore have a great deal of bioavailability to our systems. Like our other organs, our skin and hair health rely on what we eat and drink! Using herbs 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.
I think you'll love this particular herbal tea blend I'm about to share with you! It's full of nutritional value, and it also tastes GREAT! It's absolutely perfect for summer! 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 Tea
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. This ensures safety.
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! Simple
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 St. John's Wort (optional--leave it out if you are taking medications that may interact)
2 parts Oatstraw
1 part Cinnamon Chips
1 part Clove Buds
Just blend all the herbs together, and you have a healthy and gorgeous tea that tastes delicious too! Enjoy!
By the way, I 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 4 cups of this tea a day, every day for about a month. If you are using the St. John's Wort, take a break after four weeks, for about a week or two, then you can resume use. If you are not including the St. John's Wort, you really don't need to worry about taking a break from the tea---it's good every day!
About the Herbs
Horsetail is extremely nutritious, and as the name implies, it is an excellent herb to strengthen your hair and fingernails.
Spearmint is delicious and nutritious! It provides a safe way to add nutrition and flavor to this tea.
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.
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.
St. Johns' Wort:
St. John's Wort is a healing herb, and is very helpful for uplifting the mood. It also serves to strengthen the nervous system, helping with anxiety.
Contraindications for St. John's Wort: Do not use in your tea if you take antidepressants or any other medication that may have negative interactions with St. John's Wort. It also may cause photosensitivity if overused (you would really have to use an extreme amount).
Oat Straw is another nerve-soothing tonic tea, filled with nutrients. It's great for helping with anxiety. The nutritional value of this herb is why it's included!
Great for regulating blood sugar levels, it provides a touch of spice to this blend!
It's also included for the spicy taste and to balance the Spearmint!
Being Creative with Your Teas!
You can change up the ingredients a bit if you want! Also, if you like different tastes, then 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! You can either add some in or make substitutions! 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!
Do you create your own teas? Have you had any difficulties? 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!
Hugs & Self-Reliance,
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