Herbal Teas for Glowing Skin

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In the pursuit of radiant, healthy skin, we often turn to an array of skincare products, moisturisers, and serums. However, true beauty starts from within, and one of the easiest ways to nourish your skin from within is by sipping herbal teas. These aromatic infusions not only offer a soothing and calming experience but are also brimming with natural compounds that can work wonders for your complexion.


Nettle: The Nutrient-Rich Infusion

Nettle tea is a nutrient powerhouse that can benefit your skin in numerous ways. Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, nettle tea supports overall skin health. Its natural anti-inflammatory properties may help reduce skin irritation and redness, while its detoxifying effects support clear and vibrant skin. Regular consumption of nettle tea can contribute to a healthy, youthful complexion.

Recipe: Nettle Nourish Tea


  • 30g of dried nettle (a rough handful)
  • 1 litre/4 cups of hot water
  • Optional: a slice of lemon


  1. Place the dried nettle in a jar.
  2. Pour boiling water over them.
  3. Cover, and allow it to steep for 5-15 minutes (or overnight for a full nutritive infusion).
  4. Add a slice of lemon for extra flavour and enjoy.

Burdock Root: The Alterative Tonic

Burdock root is an alterative herb, which means it helps purify the blood and supports the body's natural detoxification processes. Because the skin is our largest organ of elimination, by promoting a healthy internal environment burdock root tea contributes to healthier, clearer skin. It's particularly beneficial for individuals dealing with skin issues related to internal imbalances such as eczema.

Recipe: Burdock Beauty Tea


  • 1-2 tablespoons of dried burdock root
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Optional: a touch of raw honey


  1. Place the dried burdock root in a pot.
  2. Pour hot water over it.
  3. Simmer gently for 15-20 minutes
  4. Strain, add honey if desired, and savor this earthy elixir.

    Make up 1-2 days worth of tea at a time and keep in the fridge.  Drink 1-3 cups per day for best effect.

Dandelion: The Liver and Digestive Support

Dandelion tea is well-known for its liver-cleansing properties. A healthy liver is essential for clear and vibrant skin, as it helps eliminate toxins from the body. Dandelion tea can aid digestion, reduce bloating, and support liver function, indirectly contributing to a clearer complexion.

Recipe: Dandelion Detox Tea


  • 1-2 teaspoons of dried dandelion root
  • 1 cup of hot water


  1. Place the dried dandelion root or leaves in a pot.
  2. Pour hot water over them.
  3. Simmer gently for 20 minutes.
  4. Strain and enjoy this earthy and slightly bitter tonic.

    Dandelion & Burdock root go famously together.  Try combining the two for a super-charged digestive tonic.

Hibiscus sabdariffa: The Antioxidant Infusion

Hibiscus sabdariffa, or roselle flower tea, is a vibrant, ruby-red elixir loaded with antioxidants. These antioxidants help combat free radicals that can lead to premature aging of the skin. Regular consumption of hibiscus tea may promote a youthful, radiant complexion while offering a tart and tangy flavor experience.

With a wonderful tart flavour, it’s an excellent pre-digestive tonic, and can be enjoyed hot or over ice.  

Recipe: Hibiscus Glow Tea


  • 1-2 teaspoons of dried hibiscus petals
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Optional: a drizzle of agave nectar


  1. Place the dried hibiscus petals in a cup.
  2. Pour hot water over them.
  3. Allow it to steep for 5-7 minutes.
  4. Sweeten with agave nectar if desired and enjoy this refreshing brew.
  5. Refrigerate and serve over ice in hot weather.

Passionflower: The Sleep-Promoting Secret

Quality sleep is essential for beautiful skin, and passionflower tea can be your sleep-promoting ally. By helping to calm the mind and reduce anxiety, passionflower tea may contribute to restful nights, allowing your skin to rejuvenate naturally.

Recipe: Passionflower Slumber Tea


  • 1-2 teaspoons of dried passionflower leaves
  • 1 cup of hot water
  • Optional: a touch of lavender honey


  1. Place the dried passionflower leaves in a cup.
  2. Pour hot water over them.
  3. Allow it to steep for 7-10 minutes.
  4. If desired, add a touch of lavender honey for enhanced relaxation.
  5. Sip this soothing brew before bedtime to enjoy a peaceful night's sleep.

    Caution:  Passionflower is not recommended during pregnancy as it may stimulate uterine contractions.

Healthy, Beautiful Skin: Sip Your Way to Radiance

Incorporating these herbal teas into your daily routine not only supports your skin's health but also provides a mindful moment of self-care. As you sip on these aromatic elixirs, take the time to relax, breathe, and appreciate the beauty of holistic wellness. Your skin will thank you for the nourishment from within.

Remember that the key to healthy, beautiful skin is consistency. By making these herbal teas a part of your daily ritual, you're taking a proactive step towards a radiant complexion at any age.


  • Vaughn, A. R., Clark, A. K., Sivamani, R. K., & Shi, V. Y. (2018). Natural Oils for Skin-Barrier Repair: Ancient Compounds Now Backed by Modern Science. American Journal of Clinical Dermatology, 19(1), 103-117.
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