Tea, For the Skin and the Soul
BY: Emily Weitz
March 12, 2022
Thich Nhat Hanh, the late great Zen Buddhist Master, once said that it should take one hour to drink a cup of tea. By this, he didn’t mean an hour spent driving the kids to practice, finishing up a spreadsheet, or scrolling through Instagram. No – it should take an hour to enjoy the whole ritual of making a cup of tea. To boil the water, scoop the tea leaves and let them steep. To breathe in the aroma of rose petals, peppermint, ginger or lavender, and to wait for the temperature to cool down enough for that first sip. An hour to drink, and sit, and perhaps speak, and listen. That’s why tea is good for the soul. It takes time, and time is that most precious of commodities. When we give ourselves time, we can process our emotions, our thoughts and stresses, without letting them settle into our body.
What Thich Nhat Hanh may never have considered, however, was that by taking the time to enjoy a cup of tea each day, you can rejuvenate more than your soul – you can rejuvenate your skin. The very ingredients that are infused into some of the most delectable skin products, like our Rose Hip eye serum or our Goji Essence, are also used in delightful tea blends to heal from the inside out. Rose hip tea is said to have a variety of healing benefits, like boosting the immune system, improving heart health, and reducing premature skin aging. When steeped, the antioxidant-packed goji berry is believed to have myriad benefits, including lowering inflammation, which helps to improve the appearance of the skin. Rose petals, which are used in Ayurveda to soothe the skin, also lend your largest organ a healthy glow, and chamomile is one of the most common teas used topically to calm rashes, and other skin breakouts.
A tea sachet, or a tea infuser add a layer of ritual to the experience. There’s something to be said for the beauty of tea leaves and dried herbs and flowers, and the joy of combining them to fit your mood. If you’re going to use dried tea leaves, be sure to store them in airtight containers in a cool, dark place.
There are also some excellent pre-blended teas specifically formulated to help with skin health, like the Yogi Soothing Rose Hibiscus Skin Detox. With an antioxidant-packed green tea as the base, rose petals and hibiscus flowers combine to create a nutrient dense beverage that heals from the inside out.
Quite simply, it is the ritual, the quiet, and the time that makes a cup of tea healing for body and soul. Coffee may be the fuel that lights up our productive minds, but tea is its calmer cousin. Sometimes, the most productive thing you can do is nothing at all. So carve out an hour to sit and truly enjoy a cup of tea. Feel the creases on the forehead relax, and the tightness in the jaw surrender. Your skin, and your soul, will thank you.
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