May 23 2018 In Ask the Herbalist By Mai-Anh & Emily
Herbs for Skincare and Healing
Our skin is our body's largest organ, as well as the first line of defense in our immune system, so it's no surprise that many of our customers want to keep their skin in good condition. We hear questions about everything from sun exposure, to chemical sensitivities, to natural age-related wear and tear.
Wondering what all-natural herbs and teas can do for your skin? Read on for some of our favorite herbal skincare tips, or check our events calendar for our next Tea-I-Y Spa event, where we teach how to incorporate skin-healthy herbs into your favorite scrubs and other skincare routines!
If you're looking for a blend that's great for both acute conditions and all-around care, we recommend our DermaTea WellTeaing blend, formulated to help support and cleanse your skin through everything from acne breakouts to contact dermatitis to acute allergic reactions such as eczema. It does this with the pore-tightening, free-radical fighting, antioxidant power of oolong tea, the nourishing skin protection of vitamin A in dandelion, the soothing anti-inflammatory and restorative properties of calendula, and the cooling, calming goodness of Egyptian chamomile. Our DermaTea also contains milk thistle, often prescribed for skin ailments such as eczema, rosacea, and psioriasis due to its anti-inflammatory and detoxifying qualities.
The best part is, while it's delicious, you don't have to drink it to enjoy the benefits of DermaTea. You can enjoy soaking in a DermaTea bath, grind the dry leaves and mix with a touch of water before applying directly to the skin as a poultice, or use the steeped leaves as a compress.
This versatility doesn't just apply to DermaTea, though. You can use skin-healthy herbs in all aspects of your skincare routine! For example, if you've got a sunburn, add some calendula petals and lavender to witch hazel or steep and mix with aloe vera and apply directly to the burn. Calendula can aid in replenishing collagen in the skin and can help soothe insect bites as well, while lavender helps burns heal faster and is anti-microbial and anti-bacterial.
If oily skin is a concern, try infusing white, green, or oolong tea into water to make your own DIY skin toner. The gentle astringence of the tea can help balance oil levels without stripping them out of your skin too harshly.
Some skin problems go beyond these acute conditions, however. You probably know that chronic stress can cause acne and other skin flare-ups, but there are several conditions, such as lupus, thyroid disease, PCOS, and liver disease that can cause everything from adult acne to recurring inflammation to jaundice. If your skin problems result from conditions like these, we recommend supporting your doctor's recommended treatments with our Gentle Cleanse blend, which enhances the natural toxin-flushing capabilities of your liver and kidneys.