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22- May-2017

5 Amazing Chamomile Tea Benefits for the Skin*

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People have used chamomile tea for ages. This herbal tea from a daisy like plant’s flowers helps in treating problems such as chest cold, inflammation and other skin diseases like chickenpox or diaper rash. The tea benefits include relieving an upset stomach, aiding sleep and soothing stress or menstrual pain.

Nowadays, due to our hectic lifestyle, mechanical lives and stress, we often ignore our skin. Stress related changes often lead us to develop skin issues such as wrinkles, blemishes, acne and fine lines. Let us examine easy measures to fight stress and take care of our skin. An easy way is through including super foods as herbal teas. The many tea benefits include boosting immunity, helping to fight obesity, and providing antioxidants to our body. These numerous tea benefits are sometimes overlooked. One such wonder herbal tea is Chamomile tea, which has many health and skin benefits.

Among the many tea benefits of the chamomile herbal tea specifically for the skin, a few are listed below:

  1. Rejuvenate skin by promoting sleep-

Research shows that too much stress can affect skin health. In our fast moving lives, regular time for relaxation is something we often forego. A good sleep is vital to prevent the skin from looking older and tired. According to a review article cited as Mol Med Report. 2010 Nov 1; 3(6): 895–901, Chamomile in the form of tea is used as a mild sedative to calm nerves and reduce anxiety, insomnia and other sleep problems. This herb is widely regarded as a mild tonic and sleep-inducer. Its sedative effects may be due to the flavonoid and apigenin content, and both have shown anticonvulsant & CNS calming effects respectively. Therefore, a cup of chamomile tea can help you to maintain skin health by promoting sleep.

  1. Protects skin from free radical damage & soothes skin irritation-

Free radical damage is a big problem. Herbal teas such as chamomile are is rich in flavonoids, which protects the skin from free radical damage and also helps to protect skin from aging. Chamomile tea benefits includes reducing skin irritation, alleviating itching and skin rashes, while nourishing and adding glow to the skin.

  1. Natural skin bleach & prevention of acne-

The extract of Chamomile flowers acts as a natural bleaching agent, helping to lighten the complexion. It tightens the pores, softens the skin and heals inflammation. Here, it is notable that the anti-inflammatory characteristics of chamomile herb prevent histamine from being discharged by mast cells. By averting this step in the inflammatory chain, the antioxidants of chamomile tea prevent and reduce inflammatory lesions. After drinking the tea, the chamomile flowers can be used as a pack for the face to natural brighten skin and to reduce puffiness, swelling or redness.

  1. Helps reduce puffiness under eyes-

The skin surrounding the eyes is very gentle, thin and sensitive. Collagen fibers help in increasing the elasticity of skin. With the routine movement of eyes, the blood cells located around the eye may thicken under the layer of skin or there may be an accumulation of blood with insufficient oxygen. Both these factors can make the skin puffy, dull and dark. A study by Pharmazie 1994 Jul; 49 (7):509-11 has concluded that chamomile easily get absorbed and penetrates the skin by its flavones, luteolin and apigenin.

After drinking chamomile tea, use the flowers for external application. Cool them down and place the used teabags over your eyes for 15 minutes. This will help reduce the dark circles and puffiness.

  1. Acts as a natural facial scrub & skin moisturizer-

When blended with powdered milk, chamomile tea can be a great body and facial scrub. It helps remove dead and dry skin cells, adding glow to the skin while soothing the skin. As chamomile tea benefits include moisturizing and nourishing the skin from inside, try consuming it regularly. Drinking chamomile herbal tea every day can keep the skin glowing and moisturized.

Drinking chamomile tea regularly has many health benefits, right from relieving stress to healing skin scars. It is rich in antioxidants and helps to keep your skin glowing, removes acne and cures menstrual cramps. This wonder tea not only works internally but also externally. The multiple tea benefits this herbal tea offers makes it a safe and popular herbal tea that is great for health as well as the skin.

To avail the best chamomile tea benefits, I personally recommend the best brand available as the Chamomile Flowers by BestSource Nutrition. This mild product has a sweet, grassy, and slightly fruity aroma. It is the best tasting Chamomile tea in the form of natural dried Chamomile flowers.

Try to have a cup of chamomile tea at bedtime and observe the wonderful changes to your mood and skin, with reduced stress levels and a happier you.

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