Many people tackle chronic skin issues such as acne, eczema and psoriasis from the outside -- using special moisturizers, cleansers and skin-care products. Herbal teas, however, have the ability to get to the root of the problem, facilitating the body's removal of toxins and helping skin to clear naturally on its own. Herbs that support liver function, clear lymph and detox the body -- all easily purchased at your local health food store -- are excellent additions to the daily diet if you suffer from chronic breakouts or other skin conditions.
Burdock Flushes Your System
Burdock -- known by the scientific name Arctium lappa -- is considered the premier skin herb. Burdock root tea acts on the liver, kidneys, gall bladder and lymph system, promoting waste removal from the cells. When the body becomes overloaded with toxins, the skin becomes an important detoxification organ through the act of perspiration, which can lead to a number of toxic skin conditions. According to master herbalist and naturopathic doctor Sharol Tilgner, burdock is specific for clearing acne, psoriasis, eczema, boils, sties and carbuncles.
Helpful Effects of Calendula
Pot marigold or calendula is another excellent herbal tea for clearing the skin from the inside out. Calendula is considered a wound-healing herb and also acts on the lymphatic system and promotes digestion. Digestive stagnancy can often result in an overloaded liver and toxic skin conditions, which makes calendula a helpful herb for maintaining healthy detoxification in the body. According to the “Herbal Vade Mecum,” calendula is rich in carotenoids and other antioxidants, which may explain its anti-inflammatory and healing effects on the skin.
Oregon Grape Works on Digestive Tract
Oregon grape -- known also as Mahonia aquifolium -- is a useful tonic herb for the digestive tract, which has a particular affinity for clearing toxic skin conditions. Oregon grape root tea helps to clear liver congestion and boost digestive function, according to Tilgner. Because it supports detoxification through the liver and kidneys, oregon grape root tea is useful for treating the root cause of skin conditions such as dry eczema, psoriasis and acne. In an article published in the “Journal of the German Society of Dermatology” in 2010, it was revealed that Oregon grape root tea is a useful treatment for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis.
Don't Fear the Nettle
Stinging nettle is a nourishing herbal tea that can support healthy skin, scalp and hair, according to master herbalist Susan Weed. It is considered an anti-inflammatory for the digestive tract and its rich vitamin and mineral content -- including most B vitamins, vitamin K, selenium, zinc, chromium and boron -- firms and clears the skin, as well as providing dense nutrition to many other body systems. Nettle leaf tea is also considered a blood purifier, meaning it helps to cleanse the cells of toxins, clearing the skin in the process. Although fresh nettles have a chemical that causes a nettle rash when it touches the skin, don't fear the dried variety you can find in your health food store -- it won't bite, but it packs quite a medicinal punch!
- Herbal Medicine From the Heart of the Earth; Sharol Tilgner, N.D.
- Herbal Vade Mecum; Gazmend Skenderi
- Journal of the German Society of Dermatology: Which Plant for Which Skin Disease? Part 1: Atopic Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Acne, Condyloma and Herpes Simplex
- Wise Woman Herbal Ezine with Susan Weed: Energize and Enjoy with Nettle