Friday, January 2, 2009

The benefits of teas for the skin

I always wanted to make something really herbal - not something that is with essential oils (I could though) and finally did it. I made a tea from chamomile, lavender and raspberry leaf and mixed it with jojoba oil, shea butter, mowrah butter and cocoa butter. I was really curious how its gonna turn out and how its gonna feel on the skin.

I decided to NOT put any beeswax and just go with the flow and see what happens. Well, what happened was a nice fluffy, whipped and light mixture of the butters and teas! The natural scent of the tea was still there - an amazing aroma of chamomile, lavender and raspberry leaf! If I added any essential or fragrance oil it just wouldnt be the same - it would have ruined it! So, I am sacrificing it having any sensual, enticing scent and going for the healing powers of our herbs and butters.

The cream is so light that its perfect for moisturizing the face. When you put any heavy cream, lotion or oil on your face and around the eyes - it makes those dark circles and bags under the eyes pop even more. So, aside from this light - it has the chamomile tea to help with that too. Chamomile is known to help with dark circles, do you remember you grandma ever telling you to place a teabag of chamomile on your eyes? Because its containing Mowrah Butter - it helps with the elasticity of skin and helps prevents wrinkles.

Chamomile tea is rich in an essential oil called azulene which has anti-inflammatory properties and can help to relieve skin irritation and itching. Together with Shea Butter, this works perfectly for skin conditions such as itchiness, rashes, psoriasis, eczema, very dry skin etc. My next project would be making an exfoliate paste of chamomile tea and powdered milk for sensitive skin.

Lavender tea tones the skin and we all know that lavender has a wide use for skin care - psoriasis, eczema, bug bites, acne, burns, chaffed and irritated skin etc.

Raspberry leaf tea acts as an astrigent on irritated skin, it tightens the top layer of the skin amd improves tissue firmness - thus is perfect for applications on face or hands. A raspberry leaf decoction is a home remedy for inflamed or oozing skin. The tannins in the leaves can shrink blood vessels and stimulate skin regeneration. Because the decoction is a mild disinfectant, it can help prevent bacterial infections.

So, all these together work in perfect harmony! When I apply it to my face it stays soft as never before the whole day! Not one commercial cream has done that for me!

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Do you have any ideas or suggestions of other tea combinations that can be made into a cream?


Kathleen said...

This looks lovely! I have sensitive skin and sometimes fragrance oils irritate it (essential oils are usually ok though.)

Calendula would be a good tea too, I think. :-)

Celestial1 said...

Love the idea of not using essential oils and going with the teas only...outstanding.

I am thinking of calendula also, maybe rose or jasmine flowers.

As something cooling maybe mint of some kind?

I would have to look some of the medicinal benefits of theplants up, but the possibilities....whoa...

Thank you again for sharing your discoveries with us!

Mea Culpa Bath and Body said...

Thank You girls :-)

Ohhh...calendula, yes! I got some calendula flowers! And jasmine and rose :-) Rue smells really good, but I have to look up the medicinal benefits of it :-)

Good brainstorming :-)

Celestite said...

sooooo, how do I get some of this magickal potion?

Vidia2Be said...

I must say meaculpa has the best bath & body ever! Every item is always well packaged and fabulous so I cant wait to get even more!!!

spearmint and white tea ginger are always my favs but the new Zen Garden is fabulous!

Tashai said...

ohhh, I want some. What's the shelf-life on a product like this?

Mea Culpa Bath and Body said...

Tashai, I have added a preservative, so I would say its safe for a year for sure.

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