Having to go through life with a face full of acne can make even the most rational person put their common sense aside and try some wacky things to cure their acne.
Trust me I’ve been there.
One of the more popular “unconventional” acne remedies is detoxing. Depending on which acne guru you find on the internet trying to sell you his overnight miracle cure this acne detoxing is accomplished by…
- Cleansing your colon with expensive colon cleansing kits
- Cleansing your other organs like liver, gall bladder, kidneys
- Giving yourself an enema – if you don’t know an enema is when you shove a tube up where the sun don’t shine and pump various liquids IN TO your body to shake loose the internal goop. It’s kinda like a power spray car wash for your colon.
- Not eating for a few days, also known as fasting
- Taking herbal supplements
- Drinking herbal detox teas
We’re going to focus on the last one because it’s cheap, easy, and you don’t have to shove anything up your butt.
First lets talk about what herbal teas are, then will get into whether or not they help acne.
In the strict sense of the word, herbal tea is any herbal infusion other than that derived from the leaves of the tea bush (Camellia sinensis). Herbal tea can be made The Lost Book of Herbal from fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots and they are generally prepared either by:
- Pouring boiling water over the desired plant part and allowing it to steep for a few minutes, or
- Plant parts (seeds, stem or roots) are soaked in cold water and brought to a boil and then strained
Regardless of their mode of preparation, herbal teas are consumed for a variety of medicinal properties which regular tea does not deliver.
Types of popular herbal teas
Since herbal tea can be made from almost any plant with one form of medicinal property or another, an enumeration of the types of herbal teas is endless but a few of the more popular herbal tea types and their uses are below:
- Aloe Vera — heals wounds, laxative
- Artemisia — is derived from wormwood. It has a bitter taste and has been used as a worm expeller, a muscle relaxant and as a treatment of rheumatismBelladonna — contains atropine and has been used to relive intestinal colic, relieve and treatment of peptic ulcers, an antispasmodic and sedative
- Chamomile tea — is used as a sedative. Essential oils derived from the plant had anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and anti-microbial activity. When externally applied, it is useful for sore skin and eczema.
- Eucalyptus — inhaling the vapors of the essential oils clears sinus and bronchial congestion. The essential oil also possesses antibiotic properties.
- Greek mountain tea — is made from the Sideritis syriaca plant and has been used for over 2000 years against colds
- Hibiscus tea — is popular in the Middle East and is taken hot or cold. It has been associated with longevity
The list is truly endless, but lets get back to acne, and if drinking tea can help get rid of it.
Herbal tea and acne
Herbal tea does taste good (in my opinion) but can it help acne? Fascinated by the ancient history of the effectiveness different herbs have on acne several studies have been conducted with the hope of understanding in detail, if and how these herbs work. Of course these studies were done as research to possibly make new prescription drugs that can be patented and sold for billions, but we can still benefit from the findings.
Below are some herbs that could be brewed to make tea for fighting acne:
1. Neem herbal tea
2. Basil herbal tea
3. Sandalwood bark herbal tea
4. Oleum melaleuca herbal tea
5. Calendula officinalis herbal tea
6. Oleum caryophyli herbal tea
7. Malaleuca alternifolia herbal tea
8. Oleum lavandula herbal tea
9. Green tea (not a herbal tea, but is a antioxidant power house. Everyone with acne should be guzzling this stuff down by the gallon!)
What do we know so far about these herbs?
- They have certain antimicrobial activity and are effective against Propionibacterium acnes, a bacteria implicated in the development of acne
- They have anti-inflammatory properties helpful in the relieve of symptoms of acne as well as the preventing the formation of new inflamed lesions