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Sat Mar 20, 2004 5:54 am      Reply with quote
Has anybody ever tried drinking herbal teas that were marketed towards "clearing your complexion" or something along those lines?

I drink herbal teas a lot (mainly peppermint and chamomile) and I've just found this company (Tea Tonic) that sells something that they call "complexion tea". I haven't tried it and I'm not sure what's in it.

Does anybody have any experience with herbs and which ones would be good for the skin?

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Sat Mar 20, 2004 9:26 am      Reply with quote
In China, we got various kinds of herbal teas which have different functionalities. Some of them for complexion improvement, eg. chrysanthemum tea, medlar tea and some bitter leaves tea. Those teas will help clean out "dirty" inside your body and reduce the chance of getting acnes and smooth your skin.
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Sat Mar 20, 2004 9:53 am      Reply with quote
We had a tea from Crystal Star available in US called Beautiful Skin suitable for drinking or steaming your face with but I have to agree with huihui about the Chinese combinations.
I have more than a few recipes of combinations of Chinese herbs for skin health and anti-aging. I will post them here if anyone requests.
I have yet to try them though(The Chinese herbalist is out of the way for me.) I have used certain herbs individually such as Lycii berries for sparkling eyes. This works.
I've also taken Schizandra for glowing skin. This is wonderful too.Smile
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Sat Mar 20, 2004 10:37 am      Reply with quote
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Originally posted by Mabsy

Does anybody have any experience with herbs and which ones would be good for the skin?

Mabsy


I have my cup of tea everyday too , dear Mabsy. And my favorite one is Yamamoto Japanese Green Tea. It's not too strong to my taste and it smells wonderfully.

You know, another secret for beautiful and clear complexion is never get yourself into *whispering* a constipated situation. Constipation is the enemy of skin and also the start of varicose veins ( think about it:(SadSad).

So, if someone says green tea helps you digest better and clears your skin, I believe them.Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy
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Sat Mar 20, 2004 1:09 pm      Reply with quote
Oooh, I love Crystal Star Beautiful skin tea. I can't find it anymore in the health food stores around here now that I moved away from California Sad

A couple of years ago when my skin wasn't behaving, I had accupuncture and used herbs they concocted together for me, which you then make into tea. It was the color of soy sauce, and tasted as foul as a witch's brew. But very magical, as they really work. Wink
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Tue Mar 23, 2004 3:23 am      Reply with quote
I drink Genmaicha green tea every day (that's the one with rice and popped corn Wink) but I'm still looking for other stuff. The Crystal Star Beautiful Skin tea sounds lovely (and very promising! Smile). I have to go check out the shops and see if that's available here. I doubt it though. I might just track down that Tea Tonic Complexion tea and see what it's like.

Queenpedauque - Thanks for posting the recipes. I shall have to try and track down the ingredients. I know chinese herbal mixtures are very effective (from experience) and chinese Drs are quite scary - there's a lot they can tell just by checking out your pulse Surprised I didn't believe it but the guy was dead on! I did the whole 'check pulse' -> 'prescribe correct herbs' thing with a chinese Dr once and it worked so well. It tasted HORRID though and took 2 hours to make Sad

Thanks ladies,
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Tue Mar 23, 2004 5:19 pm      Reply with quote
Genmaicha green tea is yummy :P I love the brand Eden. They also have a Kukicha twig tea that I love even more. I love to drink tea with a splash of soy milk.
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Fri Nov 10, 2006 11:56 am      Reply with quote
Try lotus leaf tea. This is an ancient secret of keeping fit in China.
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I drink green tea, ginger tea, and rooibos tea. I like the way they taste and also believe that the antioxidants in the green and rooibos are good for me...although I don't know if improvements to my skin are due to the teas (and other supplements I take) or to the skincare products!

Besides the antioxidants, what other skin "actives" are known to be in tea?

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Sun Nov 12, 2006 1:28 pm      Reply with quote
Mabsy, drinking herbal teas sure wouldn't be bad for your health. If you REALLY are serious about tea for skin, go to Kripps Pharmacy.com and check out the HA + green tea serum. I have this. It feels very firming on the skin.
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Mon Nov 13, 2006 5:01 am      Reply with quote
I used to put cold camomile tea bags straight on my skin when I was younger to help with acne. It worked but it also lightened my eyebrows - lol

I also put regular tea in my hair once. It made it terrifically curly and gave it a great colour, but my hands were orange by the end of the night from putting my hands through my hair.

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Mon Nov 13, 2006 12:15 pm      Reply with quote
Priscilla wrote:
I drink green tea, ginger tea, and rooibos tea. I like the way they taste and also believe that the antioxidants in the green and rooibos are good for me...although I don't know if improvements to my skin are due to the teas (and other supplements I take) or to the skincare products!

Besides the antioxidants, what other skin "actives" are known to be in tea?


I also drink rooibos. It is full of antioxidants.
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I've found that two things really boost my skin when I remember to drink them regularly. One is powdered green tea-- fancl sells convenient little packets that you mix with water, and the other is hyakunencha which is a Japanese blend of 30 or so herbs, fruits, and mushrooms which is made specifically to improve the skin. You can get the hyakunencha at japanesegreenteaonline.com.

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Tue Nov 14, 2006 3:53 pm      Reply with quote
Mabsy wrote:


Does anybody have any experience with herbs and which ones would be good for the skin?

Mabsy


Mabsy, I found a lot of good tips in the book "20,000 Secrets of Tea."

One that I adopted is using echinacea tea externally as a toner. However, since I can never leave well enough alone, my toner now also contains lemon juice, lemon essential oil, and gotu kola extract Very Happy .
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Tue Nov 14, 2006 9:21 pm      Reply with quote
hi mabsy,

i have a book called natural skin care and it recommends a skin tonic tea from "jean's greens". I think it contains yarrow, chamomile, and several others that are supposed to be good for you (dandelion) for all of your skin.

I have been to the website, but was deterred from ordering because you have to fax it in...it was not set up to do it online. I know, pathetic, but it has to be pretty easy for me to do it. Very Happy
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Thu Sep 15, 2011 11:34 pm      Reply with quote
I drink herbal tea regularly in early morning because herbal tea haven't include caffeine that's why its totally safe and best for the healthy health.
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Fri Sep 16, 2011 12:24 pm      Reply with quote
Nettle tea - my daughter swears by it, says it helps with the libido too!
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