At Edible Beauty we are firm believers in taking care of the body and skin from the inside out. If you’re looking to rejuvenate your body, the best way to start is by incorporating herbal teas into your everyday routine. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult to know which will benefit you the most. So if you’re having trouble deciding which tea to try, we might have the perfect all rounder.
Pu-erh tea (pronounced poo-air) has benefits that far outweigh the average supermarket tea. For more than 1700 years, pu-erh tea has been valued in Chinese herbalism for its incredible list of benefits. From cleansing and purifying to facilitating weight loss, this herbal tea is definitely one to look out for.
Cleansing and purifying
Before being dried out and consumed, pu-erh tea goes through a natural fermentation process allowing it to create zero astringency (that dry, fuzzy or rough feeling on the palate). Instead you’ll find a deep and richly flavoured body. During this fermentation process, microorganisms are produced which are incredible for gut health. Known for their purifying properties, these microorganisms work to attack toxins in the blood, removing them from the body. When you feel healthier from the inside, you’ll start to see these changes on the outside too!
Lose weight naturally
Another reason why we love pu-erh tea, is for its natural ability to aid in the weight loss process. Helping to suppress fatty acid synthesis, it essentially blocks the body from producing more fat. The result? Your body will be able to more effectively access these stored fatty acids and use them as fuel.
Filled with the antioxidant benefits of pu-erh, our No.7 Slim Me Tea has strong cleansing properties and a beautiful earthy flavour. Coupled with white tea, your skin will see the benefits too as the breakdown of elastin and collagen is slowed. To feel refreshed each day, add 1 teaspoon per cup of boiling water and infuse for 5-8 minutes. Delicious!
When it comes to ensuring your skincare routine is the most pure and therapeutic that it can be, the very first product to consider closely is your cleanser. Using the wrong cleanser can lead to skin dryness, irritation and accelerated ageing. Making a simple change to just this first step in your skincare regime can correct lingering skin problems and also improve the absorption of ingredients you are using after your cleanser.
Our “fearful four” ingredients when it comes to cleansers include:
- Sulfates. Sulfates are what make your cleanser foam and provide that “squeaky clean” feeling. Whilst they may create the illusion of cleaning your skin, sulfates are actually stripping it of its natural oils and are also known skin irritants. When stripped of its natural oils the skin can often over compensate by producing more oil which means that sulfates can contribute to both dry and oily skin issues. Look out for sulfates under the terms: Sodium Lauryl Sulfate, Ammonium Lauryl Sulfate, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Ammonium Laureth Sulfate.
- Fragrances. If you see the word “Fragrance” on your cleanser ingredient list, along with that fresh synthetic smell you may actually be absorbing over 300 chemicals which have been used to create the fragrance. Fragrances are stabilised with compounds known as phthalates which have been linked to fertility problems and birth defects. Fragrances can also irritate and dry the skin.
- Parabens. Parabens are commonly used to preserve skincare products and will often appear in cleansers given they contain a high water content which needs to be preserved. Parabens are known xenoestrogens which mean they mimic oestrogen in the body. They have been linked to hormone imbalance and reproductive issues and have even been identified in biopsy samples from breast tumours. Parabens will often appear as a suffix on ingredient listings so look out for terms such as: Methyl-Paraben, Ethyl-Paraben, Butyl-Paraben.
- Alcohol. Alcohol is often used in cleansers to allow other ingredients to penetrate. However it can strip the skin of its natural moisture balance and dry and irritate the skin. It can also alter the PH balance of the skin, which may lead to further dehydration, fine lines and skin cell death!
When looking for a natural and effective cleanser, search for a product which contains natural cleansing agents such as Coconut Oil, Citrus Oils and Soapwort. Look out for fruit extracts which are a natural source of AHAs. AHAs work to cleanse the skin gently whilst encouraging fresher, clearer, and smoother skin, reducing large pores. Oil-based cleansers naturally lift oil and grime whilst the skin’s sebum production. Edible Beauty Australia No.1 Belle Frais Cleansing Milk gently but effectively removes makeup, refines fine lines and brightens the skin. It contains Strawberry Fruit, Melon and Apple Extracts which naturally brighten the skin and has a refreshing uplifting fragrance from natural citrus.
One of the things that always amazes me about botanicals is how versatile they are in their therapeutic use. This also applies to herbal tea which can be used to brighten eyes, rejuvenate hair, relax as well as of course tantalising your taste buds.
Below our six favourite beauty “inside & out” applications of tea which you may not be aware of:
- Luscious Locks: EGG found in green tea has in studies been shown to stimulate hair production by promoting the health and boosting the activity of dermal papillae. Green tea is also rich in antioxidants which strengthens and protects the hair from UV damage. Rinse your hair with the cold brew after shampooing or leave the tea on without rinsing to further condition and nourish your hair. Choose Black tea as a rinse to thicken and strengthen hair or if you have dark hair and would like to restore its lustre. Choose Rooibos tea if you have red or light brown hair, either rinse you hair with the tea or use it as a leave in conditioner to promote a red tone. Chamomile tea is our favourite rinse for promoting shine and natural highlights. Our No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue tea is a beautiful tea taken internally to boost circulation to the hair helping to nourish and restore it.
- Bright Eyes: Both Chamomile and Black tea work wonders for relieving red irritate eyes. Brew the tea, cool, strain well and infuse a cotton cloth into the herbal tisane. Soak well, remove and apply onto the eye area as a compress for ten to twenty minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce itching and inflammation whilst the antimicrobial properties of chamomile assist in combating microbes that may be present in the eyes.
- Puff Away: Cucumbers are traditionally the go-to home remedy for puffy eyes. However Peppermint, Chamomile and Black tea bags work wonderfully to reduce puffy and swollen eyes. Soak the bags for about ten minutes in boiling water, remove, place in the fridge until cool and then place on closed eyelids for 20 minutes. The tannins in the tea work to reduce inflammation, depuff and revive tired eyes. If you wish to always have a natural remedy at your finger tips, brew green or black tea and place in ice cube trays. Place the ice cubes in a thin cloth and on the eyes for an immediate cure to swollen eyes.
- Acne Away: Acne is often associated with an imbalance in hormone production for which liver cleansing teas such as Dandelion Root & St Mary’s Thistle and androgen calming teas such as Licorice and Peony root work effectively to combat the internal turmoil often creating acne. We have the blends ready to go in our No. 1 Green Goddess Detox and No. 4 Golden Glow Tea.
- Sinus Clear: Ginger, Chilli and Yarrow are my favourite herbs for stimulating the sinuses, boosting circulation and combating the common cold. You cannot go past the combination of teas found in No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire for powerful sinus and fever fighting action.
- Circulation Boost: Poor circulation, cold hands and feet and a slow metabolism need not be something you need to put up with. Seep some grated ginger in hot water or reach for some ginkgo tea or better still our No. 9 Tulsi Immune Fire to get that blood rushing.
This beauty smoothie really does take your beauty food to the next level. The superstar ingredient of this smoothie is the latest tea in the Edible Beauty range. No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea. This tea blend is teeming with antioxidants and skinfood nutrients. High levels of quercetin and anthocyanins provide Butterfly Pea flowers with their spectacular blue hue, a feature of this tea blend.
The addition of avocado, providing fatty acids to nourish the hydrate the skin and a trio of antioxidants, including kiwis, blueberries and acai powder make this recipe a stand-out brightening, skin glowing and skin boosting recipe.
- 1 cup No. 10 Balancing Butterfly Blue Tea - brewed and chilled
- 1 kiwi
- 1/2 avocado
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 tablespoon orange rind
- 1 teaspoon acai powder or macqui berry powder
- Blend all ingredients in blender or vitamix.
- Serve immediately. Reserve any extra smoothie in a glass jar in the refrigerator. it will last for approximately two days.