Tea and aging... Drinking teas and herbal tisanes can provide so much support for good physical and mental health as we age!
Naturally, our bodies change as they grow older. And - just as naturally - we may find some of these changes difficult to accept!
Whether it's the more visible signs of aging (like fine lines or a new wrinkle), changes in cognitive functioning (like not remembering things quite so easily), or struggling with other health worries (such as weaker bones or arthritis), growing older can bring about changes that concern and frustrate us.
Including teas and herbal tisanes in your diet is a healthy, effective way to protect your body and mind from some of the effects of aging. Keep reading to learn more about tea and aging...
It's often the noticeable signs of aging (such as loss of skin elasticity, fine line and wrinkles, and dull, dry skin) that cause us the most distress.
If you're looking for a simple, natural way to protect and nourish your skin, why not consider tea?
Tea provides many benefits for skin, not only when enjoyed as a beverage, but when used topically, too.
Sipping tea throughout the day is an easy way to nourish and hydrate your skin and keep it in good health.
Many teas and herbal tisanes provide additional benefits for our complexions, thanks to their high levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants slow the aging process (including the signs of aging on our skin), provide protection against disease, and boost the immune system by neutralizing harmful free radicals in our bodies.
Our bodies can't produce enough antioxidants to protect us fully from free radicals, so it's important that we include high and varied sources of antioxidants in our diets.
To boost your antioxidant intake and encourage healthier, more vibrant skin, try adding some green or white tea to your day. Or, if you're watching your caffeine intake, caffeine-free Rooibos, hibiscus, and chamomile herbal teas are excellent sources of antioxidants, too.
And, when the worries and pressures of everyday life show on our faces as frowns and worry lines, tea's stress-relieving properties can help to relax and lift those tense facial muscles! Black, green, chamomile, red clover, and lemon balm tea, for example, are some teas that are well known for effectively and quickly relieving stress.
Enjoying a few cups of tea during the day isn't the only way to nurture skin as we age... Topical use of tea (in a tea steam, tea bath, or tea skincare or beauty products, for example), can benefit skin's appearance, as well.
Regular facial steams hydrate skin and keep it soft and supple, and steaming with tea also provides skin with tea's additional health and beauty benefits.
For example, steaming with green tea can help to tighten, protect, and rejuvenate skin, thanks to green tea's antioxidants and vitamins C and E. A soothing chamomile tea steam provides antioxidant benefits, too, and will leave skin feeling amazingly soft. Rooibos tea is a natural exfoliant, and steaming with this herbal tea can brighten, smooth, and soften your complexion.
Adding tea to your bath time is a spa-like treat that will lift your spirits and provide tea's beauty and wellness benefits for your entire body! Relax and unwind in a green, Echinacea, or chamomile tea bath, and afterwards, your skin will feel as soft and hydrated as a baby's.
Another way to nurture your skin with tea is to use it as a facial toner. Why not steep some Rooibos tea and apply it as a toner (with a cotton ball or spray bottle) for softer, moister skin? Rooibos' exfoliant properties will smooth your complexion, too. (You can refrigerate the extra tea, but it's best to make fresh tea toner every two or three days.)
Echinacea herbal tea is another tea that can provide many benefits as a facial toner. In Victoria Zak's amazing book, '20,000 Secrets of Tea: The Most Effective Ways to Benefit from Nature's Healing Herbs,' she says that "topical echinacea can work wonders on your skin!", and can soften and lessen the effects of sun damage on skin, too. And, Zak provides a wonderful recipe for a healing, beneficial 'Topical Echinacea Toner' in her book.
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While many of us take the physical and mental changes that come with aging in stride, others of us may notice and feel concerned about the age-related changes our bodies and minds are going through.
If you're feeling anxious or a bit stressed about aging, adding healthful teas to your everyday wellness plan is a simple (and delicious) step you can take to slow or even reverse many of the common changes that come with aging.
Tea, along with regular exercise, plenty of rest, a nutritious diet, and time for fun and socializing, can help you fight many age-related changes and look and feel younger!
Do you have a great story about how tea has benefited you? If tea has been good for your health and wellbeing as you've aged, we'd love to hear about it! Join the conversation below and share your thoughts and opinions about the benefits of tea as we age...