Herbal Tea Facial Tonic

If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you’ve probably already learned just how amazing herbal teas are for healing, strengthening, and empowering the body and mind. While we tend to focus on how sipping medicinal herbal tea blends can help the body heal, detox, and recover or help the mind calm, clarify, and sharpen – there’s a whole lot more that tea can do! One of my favorite ways to work with healing plants is by using them right on the surface of my skin. I rely on the healing properties of various herbs to help keep my skin clear, clean, and detoxified all year long so that I look as great as I feel! Since initially experimenting with various skin herbs, tonics, masques, and rinses I’ve found that my skin has change dramatically in how it looks, feels, functions, and heals itself. I have clear skin that feels soft to the touch and doesn’t require lots of extra maintenance since I believe my pH levels are very balanced and my skin is nourished in the best possible way.

Today, I’m going to share some of my favorite herbal tea facials with you. We’ll look at skin washes you can make anytime, clay masques you can prepare in your own kitchen, and tea tonics you can use as healing toners for your skin. Enjoy!

How Herbal Teas Help Heal The Skin

When we drink herbal teas we provide the tissues, cells, organic, muscles, blood, and other parts of our bodies with the various healing nutrients the teas carry. In the same way, we can apply herbal tea blends directly to the skin to provide on-the-spot nourishment that penetrates gently and leaves the skin cleansed, hydrated, and deeply empowered.

Here are just some of the creative ways you can use various herbal blends to treat your skin…

  • Washes and rinses. They make a great alternative to chemical-laden options you find in the stores.
  • Toners that help balance and even out skin texture and appearance.
  • Youth agents that help minimize the appearance of aging.
  • Cleansers that help remove dirt, oils, and debris from the surface of the skin while also pulling out toxins.
  • Makeup removers.
  • Sunburn treatments.
  • Whole-body bathtub soaks.
  • Antibiotic and Antiseptic spot treatments for pimples, blackheads, razor cuts, and irritation.
  • Anti-inflammatory spot treatments for blemishes, bags, and discolorations.
  • and much more!

Can you believe that list? If there were individual products on the market that did all of that people would buy them by the gallon. The great thing about using herbal tea for your skin is that they are 100% all-natural – always. You are in complete control of what ends up in your blends and if you choose organic herbs, you’ll be even better off. You’ll be nourishing your skin with the very essence of nature, and you’ll be cutting out all of the ingredients that I believe actually make skin more ‘addicted’ to the products we end up buying every week.

How To Use Herbal Tea For Your Skin

Here’s my fool-proof method for using any special herbal tea blend on your skin…

  1. Blend an 8 ounce serving of herbal tea like usual, but make it 3 times as strong. For example, if you’re making a calendula and oatstraw herbal tea for your skin (one of my favorite weekly skin rinses!), just soak 3 tablespoons of each herb in 8 ounces of boiled water for about 6 minutes.
  2. Once your tea is made, strain it like usual and place the tea in a glass jar with a lid. I really like using 8 ounce canning jars for this.
  3. Place the jar in the fridge until cool. I usually leave it in overnight and use it the next morning.
  4. As long as you keep your tea refrigerated after use, it should be safe for 72 hours which is 3 days in a row of use. You may want to make less if you just want to do a rinse one day. I like taking 3 days out of each month to do a deep cleanse with herbal tea, but I know some people who make it part of their daily beauty and health program.

Herbal Tea Skin Recipes

Try these simple recipes for your skin!

Simple Skin Tonic

  • 1 part Calendula
  • 1 part Oatstraw
  • 1 part Lavender
  • 1 part Rose Hips

Prepare with instructions given above.

Soak cool tea into a cotton cloth or ball and dab onto dry, clean skin. Allow the tea to absorb in naturally – don’t dry your skin. Do several applications over the course of about 10 minutes and let skin air dry.

Get all of these organic herbs.

Spot Treatment

When pimples, blackheads, razor cuts, or inflammation appear, try using this tea as a spot treatment…

  • 1 part Echinacea
  • 1 part Thyme
  • 1 part Calendula
  • 1 part Lavender
  • 1 part Green Tea

Blend per instructions above.

Dab on and around problem area every hour or so. Allow the tea to soak in and air dry.

Get the organic herbs I use for this recipe.

Bags Be Gone!

Watch the bags under your eyes and any other inflammation on the face disappear with this herbal tea facial!

  • 2 parts Green Tea
  • 1 part Ginkgo
  • 1 part Calendula

Prepare per instructions above.

Soak cold tea into cotton balls or cloth and hold against bags for 5 minutes each. Prepare to be amazed!

Herbal Tea Deep Detox Masque

Combine the healing power of clay and apple cider vinegar for a deep detox that your skin will celebrate!

  • 3 Tablespoons Green Clay for skin (I love This Stuff)
  • 1 Tablespoon organic Apple Cider Vinegar (I use Bragg’s)

Blend the following herbs…

  • 1 part Plantain
  • 1 part Dandelion Root
  • 1 part Calendula
  • 1 part Green Tea
  • 1 part Lavender
  • 1 part Echinacea

Prepare them using the instructions listed earlier.

To the clay and vinegar mixture add 2 Tablespoons of this tea.

Mix up and add more clay or tea as needed to get a thick, wet, masque-like texture.

Apply to clean, dry skin by following masque directions on clay package.

Follow up with the Simple Skin Tonic recipe above.

I hope you’ll try some of these amazing herbal tea skin tonics, treatments, and masques for yourself. I’m a big fan of them – and they’ve allowed me to completely cut chemical, store-bought skin products out of my life. My previously troubled skin is not happy, healthy, and handsome thanks to a simple program of herbal tea washes and coconut oil as a daily moisturizer. Simple!

Josh Williams Herbalist