Pinterest Roundup: Tea Recipes to Boost Your Skin
Cynthia Bailey, MD|September 14, 2015
You don't have to be an Anglophile to love tea. Tea is a ubiquitous term that can refer to a hot or a cold beverage, to a non-caffeinated herbal or a highly caffeinated drink, or a brew made from full, ground, or blooming leaves that is ready anywhere from 30 seconds to 20 minutes. No matter how you like your tea, some of the biggest advantages of it are the health benefits you can get from the herbal version of this drink. We all know that green tea is rich in health-promoting antioxidants, but what other tea ideas can support your health and vitality? Here are just a few to whet your appetite: Ginger
- Studies, such as this one from the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, have proven that curcumin (in turmeric) exhibits “antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antibacterial, antifungal and anticancer activities.” Medical scientific studies are hot on the trail of curcumin benefits.
- At the Ehime University in Japan, a study found that turmeric may help prevent some of the UVB damage in skin. (However, the yellow color in skin care products is, well, problematic and, of course, you need to wear broad spectrum sunscreen daily while sipping your tea!)
- This popular tea idea contains Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps, among other things, protect from free-radical damage.
- Rose hip is also high in other antioxidants that help protect from free-radical damage.
- Chamomile is most commonly known for being calming, which always helps your body and soul (and complexion) when you are stressed.
- It also contains, according to this study in the US National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health, anti-inflammatory properties.
- Proponents of herbal remedies claim that dandelion supports the liver and helps it to "detox." Your liver is your body's main powerhouse to rid you of chemicals (both natural and otherwise) that are harmful if they build up. It's a busy organ, so why not give it a little dandelion tea TLC?
- Dandelion is also rich in antioxidants, which help fight the free radicals that cause signs of aging.
Whether you drink tea in the morning or in the evening, on the go or while enjoying a relaxing afternoon sip, the benefits of this delicious beverage are undeniable. We've compiled several recipes below from our Pinterest board that will help boost your health and your skin. (For more recipes and ideas, you can visit our Time For Tea Pinterest board.)
Ginger Turmeric Tea
by Linda Wagner Photo from Linda Wagner on lindawagner.com Ingredients:
- 2 inch knob of ginger
- 2-3 inch piece of turmeric root or substitute 2 teaspoons of turmeric powder
- 1-2 dashes of cayenne (or you could juice 1/2 a habanero or jalapeño pepper)
- 4 lemons (3 for juicing and 1 for slicing as a garnish)
- 3 droppers vanilla stevia
- 2 quarts water
Directions: In a juicer, juice your ginger root, turmeric, and 3 lemons. I recommend using Breville brand juicers. I love Breville because they are easy to use, easy to clean, and great quality! In a large pitcher, add your juice to about 2 quarts of water, a couple droppers of vanilla stevia to taste, a couple dashes of cayenne and your thinly cut lemon slices. Mix well with a wooden spoon and adjust flavors to taste. Let sit for about 10 mins before serving to let the flavors blend. Will last about 5 days in the fridge.
By Photo from Sylvia Fountaine on feastingathome.com Ingredients: 1 Quart boiling water 1-2 Tablespoons thinly sliced ginger 1 Tablespoon thinly sliced fresh turmeric ( or ½ -1 tsp ground) 1-2 Teaspoons coriander seeds 1-2 Teaspoons cumin seeds 1-2 Teaspoons fennel seeds 1-2 bags (or Tablespoon) green tea, mint tea, ginger tea, yerba squeeze of lemon Directions: Place all ingredients in a French press, let stand 5 minutes before plunging. Refill press one more time with boiling water. Try to drink a total of two quarts in a day. Alternatively, simmer all ingredients together for 5 minutes in a pot. Strain, before drinking.
Photo from Ashley on designsponge.com This tea is portioned out in relative parts to accommodate batches in a wide range of sizes. In other words, you can make a little — for just one pot at a time — following the proportions below, or you can make more to have on hand and at the ready (or for gifting to multiple recipients). The Goods
- 1 part damiana
- 1 part rose petals
- 1/2 part cinnamon chips
- 1/2 part dried strawberries
- 1/4 part jasmine flowers
1. Blend the herbs together in a small bowl in an amount that suits your needs. 2. When ready to make a pot of tea, place 1/4 cup of loose tea in a tea infuser or muslin tea bag. Pour boiling water over the tea and steep for several minutes. 3. Sweeten to taste with honey.
Dandelion Root Tea
- 1 tbsp. roasted dandelion root
- ½ tsp. minced, fresh ginger
- 1 cardamom seed
- 12 oz. water
- Honey or sugar
- Combine all the ingredients
- Bring to a boil
- Boil for 5-10 minutes
- Add honey or sugar
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