I try to have a cup of tea every morning, and then some more throughout my day. I mostly stick to green teas due to the high antioxidant content, but all teas especially black, white, and the red rooibos tea (or roibush as I have renamed it) contain heaps of antioxidant goodness for skin and general health.
During my last stay in London, I came across the cleanse tea from PUKKA. PUKKA is an organic UK based herb and tea brand that only use organically grown and ethically sourced ingredients.
The cleanse tea is composed of 40% nettle leaf, 25% peppermint, 25% fennel seed, dandelion root, liquorice root, and alovera leaf.
Nettle leaf is an anti-inflammatory, and as I’ve mentioned earlier in my diet and antioxidant post, inflammation is thought to be in the background of complaints such as, disease occurrence and progression, cancer development as well as skin aging. Taken orally, products made from nettle's aerial parts may interfere with the body's production of prostaglandins and other inflammation-causing chemicals. Externally it has been used to treat number of skin ailments, such as eczema. Whether in teas or in tinctures, traditional practitioners of herbal medicine have used nettles to make the eyes brighter, the hair shinier, and the blood clean and potent. Nettles are also used to increase the strength and length of hair in beauty regimes. In fact, some herbalists swear by organic nettles ability to actually stimulate hair growth in balding men! It's also known that drinking nettles can help improve the appearance of your skin, making it clearer and healthier.
Peppermint also has a lot of great benefits such as soothing irritated, itchy and dry skin. It has also been used to fight acne, dermatitis and ringworm. Peppermint also boosts blood circulation to stimulate skin.
Fennel seed contains many vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium and vitamin B3. The health benefits of drinking fennel tea include soothing indigestion, fighting bad breath and helping to soothe menstrual cramps. Fennel seeds are used traditionally in ayurvedic medicine as an acne treatment, and have also been suggested as a skin firmer.
Dandelion root have been said to regulate the hormones involved in acne occurrence, namely the androgens, or sex-hormones (testosterone being the main perpetrator here), thus decreasing breakout incidence. It is also a natural detoxifying agent, together with nettle leaf and fennel seeds.
Liquorice root has been used to treat problems relating to sensitive or irritated skin, it's natural to consider herbal remedies for gentle relief. Licorice root extract, a natural antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory herbal product with demulcent properties, may help some skin conditions like eczema, acne and cold sores. Huntington College of Health Sciences proposes licorice root's use in capsule form to treat acne. The herbal extract's antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory compounds make it a natural agent for fighting bacteria and swelling associated with pimples, according to HSHS.
Alovera extract has a number of beneficial effects on skin when used topically, including skin calming anti-inflammatory, and anti—aging properties. Taken internally it might have some of the same effects.
I have almost reached the end of my PUKKA tea box, and have been experiencing some good results on it, especially when I’ve been on my monthly hormonal roller coaster rides resulting in breakouts. I haven’t used it as regularly as I wanted to, so effects have maybe not been as 'out there' as they could have been, but I really feel like the breakouts calmed down a little after a day of 2-3 cups of this tea.
It’s a tea I will especially recommend for those of you suffering from acne or regular breakouts. It has detoxifying properties so it will make an excellent addition to a detox-diet program as well. Also, due to the effects of nettle and fennel in regards to menstrual cramps and anemia it can probably do us ladies some good when our “aunt Flow” (wink-wink) is visiting.
I bought my box from Sainsbury’s in London, but I’m sure you can find it in most grocery stores around the UK, and in health food stores in Norway.
If you can’t, you get 25% extra free at £2.25 from the PUKKA homepage here.
Happy tea- time!