You are what you eat. You may also know that the skin is the largest organ of the body and that what you put on your skin goes directly into your body. Wild Carrot Herbals is consumed with offering the most nourishing skin care for your being. All of our products contain plants that offer their protection and nourishment to the outside of the body; many of the plants that we use can also be drunk as herbal teas, offering deep nourishment for your organs and skin as well as providing basic hydration.
Here are a few of my skin care favorites that are also delicious as tea:
Now the "it" ingredient in the skincare world, green tea both externally and internally offers EGCG, a powerful anti-inflammatory. Rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, green tea helps to protect the skin from sun exposure and clears clogged pores. To use topically, infuse ground tea in oil and then apply the infused oil to your skin, grind it and use as a mild exfoliator, or add as a tea to a toner. Green tea has caffeine. If you are sensitive, avoid this ingredient for your tea.
One of my favorite plants, ginger root is excellent freshly grated and added to hot water with lemon for a grounding, spicy tea. Ginger stimulates circulation and is warming. This aids in detoxification of the skin and supports the elimination organs of the body. As part of a tea blend, ginger is not only delicious but also acts as a spicy fixative for the other ingredients in your tea blend.
High in minerals, dandelion is incredibly supportive to the liver and kidneys, thereby supporting clear, luminous skin. Dandelion root in your tea is both delicious and nutritious. Add it roasted for a darker, coffee flavored addition to your blend or drink it straight and skip coffee altogether.
Specific to dark, boggy places, nettles thrive in places that other plants don't. High in trace minerals, this earthy, verdant herb adds a touch of greenness to your blend and a bounty of nourishment. This plant is a powerful blood purifier and will aid in detoxification of your organs and pores. Nettles infused overnight and consumed the next day will yield potent plant medicine.
"Feeling your oats" is an expression that comes from this plant's ability to strengthen and nourish your being. High in calcium and silica, oats are a great choice in your tea to help strengthen thinning skin and hair.
One of my favorite plants, the hip of the rose is the poster child of feminine beauty and curvaceousness. Also high in vitamin C and flavonoids, this addition to your tea is not only delicious but strengthening.
I feel relaxed just writing about chamomile. As a tea, chamomile can be incredibly calming while for the skin, it can also calm inflammation and skin issues like rashes and eczema. Use chamomile in a tea blend or make a compress out of a wet tea bag and apply to the the skin topically.
This exuberant plant can be a powerful ally for acne and clogged pores. Steep spearmint in a blend or use full strength. I also like to brew a cup and use it as a facial steam, leaning over my cup, breathing deeply and letting my pores open to its magical goodness.
One of the biggest anti-viral remedies available, I toss in dried elderberries to most teas that I make at this time of year. Also high in vitamin C, elderberries impart a delicious fruitiness to your tea and add great color. Elderberries are balancing to the skin and help to strengthen and even skin tone.
I think of the energetics of orange as a great big hug. If you think about the skin of an orange, the rough outer protects a voluptuous and juicy inner core. Choose orange peel not only for added flavor but for its ability to protect over-exposed skin and the way it allows the 'juicy you' to unfold.