Tea is not only a luxury food, the leaves can also have a positive effect on our health. There is even a strain that is an effective remedy for skin problems and promotes our beauty.
The selection of teas is huge and I’m sure you’ve tried many of them before. The spectrum ranges from real teas, such as black teas or green tea, through herbal teas to flavored varieties or fruit tea preparations. Many teas are not only a pleasure but also very healthy. The ingredients in real teas in particular can lower the risk of cancer or cardiovascular diseases, for example.
But there is one that can do even more. The Cistus tea is a true elixir of beauty. How does it work and how do you use it?
The healing properties of Cistus tea have been known for over 2000 years
The cistus tea is not real tea but is made from the flowers of the rock rose. This flower belongs to the mallow family and is particularly widespread in the Mediterranean region. There, especially in Greece and Turkey, the healing properties of the rock rose have been known for over 2000 years. The tea made from it can be found in many medicine stores. With us, it has so far tended to eke out a shadowy existence but is also available in drugstores, pharmacies, and health food stores. And there are a number of good reasons to give it a try – which doesn’t mean you have to drink it.
Cistus tea contains many valuable ingredients
The Cistus tea is packed with valuable ingredients such as phenol carboxylic acids and flavonoids. These are also found in conventional teas and their positive effect, for example on the cardiovascular system, has long been proven by studies. According to a study by Peking University from 2020, for example, consuming at least three cups of green tea per week reduces the risk of heart disease by around 20 percent. Cistus tea is also particularly rich in so-called polyphenols – it contains about three times as much as green tea, for example. And they are a real miracle cure for our skin.
The antioxidants in Cistus tea heal the skin
Polyphenols are highly effective antioxidants, they have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial effects. That is why they are also suitable for external use for skin problems such as redness, neurodermatitis or acne – the irritation and inflammation subside, and even fine lines are smoothed out. Even small wounds heal faster and itchiness is relieved. And even with healthy skin, Cistus tea ensures a radiant complexion and a more even, fresher complexion.
A facial toner is made from tea
Preparing a facial toner from Cistus tea is very easy – you make a tea. The recipe recommendation of the health experts is: Boil one tablespoon of the dried flowers in about 250 milliliters of water, let it steep for about five minutes, then drain, let it cool and you’re done. If you want to prepare more of it, increase the quantities accordingly, but the tea works best when it is freshly brewed. This infusion is now dabbed on the problematic areas of the skin or used as a cleansing facial toner – the soothing effect and a better complexion should be achieved after just a few applications.
And if you already have Cistus tea in the house, then you should try it as a hot drink. Its tart, bitter taste takes some getting used to, but the health benefits make up for it.