Teas, some are sweet, some are tasteless, some are sour and some are bitter, but regardless of how it tastes, most of us have probably had a cup at least once in our life time, and depending on the flavor and how it was prepared we either hated it or loved it. I am here to tell you that teas are our friends; they contain minerals, vitamins, and healings oils that can be used to treat ailments. If you think teas are not for you, odds are you probably haven’t found the right one, as there are hundreds, if not thousands of varieties of teas worldwide.
Here at Midorifamily, we believe in the natural and organic way of life, hence we strive to bring you products and information that would improve your mental and physical wellbeing. Throughout history, the soothing and medicinal properties of teas have been used to cure diseases (with some having the ability to fight cancer cells), impotency, and as sleeping aids.
They have also been used to treat anxiety, as anti-aging elixirs, and hair growth stimulant. However, today we are going to focus on five amazing teas that nourish and improve the health of your skin and hair.
Horsetail Plant Tea
As its name goes, Horsetail plant actually looks like the tail of a green horse and is sometimes called shavegrass. It is known to help in the strengthening of the teeth, fingernail, bones, hair and skin. It has also been shown to help stop bleeding and is used for ulcer treatments. Horsetail is actually well known for its hair strengthening qualities and has been shown to help repair damaged hair and help hair growth.
Another fun fact for camp/ hike lovers is that the horsetail plant contains a creamy section which can be topically applied to relieve rashes. Whether it is ingested or applied externally, horsetail plant is beneficial to both the improved and continued health of our hair and skin.The nettle plant is always found close to the horsetail plant . You might also want to pick those pesky nettle plants as Nettle tea has also been shown to stimulate hair growth.
Marigold Petal Tea (Calendula)
There are a number of varieties of the marigold plant, but the one we shall be focusing on for the medicinal and healing properties it possesses, is called the Pot marigold or Calendula. Calendula helps in the treatment of skin disorders such as shingles, boils, and softening of varicose vein. It can also be used as a treatment measure for people suffering from adult acne and eczema. 
Calendula contains powerful antioxidants that fight the signs of aging (appearance of wrinkles) and helps heal wounds and soothes the digestive tract. So for those of us who are fond of buying anti-aging products, why not try this tea instead and work towards your goals from the inside out.
Green Leaf Tea
Green leaf tea is probably the most well-known tea out there, even people who don’t drink teas have tried it at some point and occasional purchase it at the vending machine at lunchtime on days they are feeling the health bug.
We have all heard at some point or another that Green tea is good for our health;
- It helps lower blood pressure
- Prevent blood clots
- Fights bacteria causing cavities in our mouths, the common cold,and influenza
- Prevents the growth of tumors
- Prevents premature aging
Yes, exactly what I said, it helps prevent premature aging; Green tea has been shown to contain high levels of polyphenols. Polyphenols are powerful antioxidants that fight against free radicals and thus prevent premature aging (premature wrinkles included) as free radicals cause diseases (tumors included) and premature aging in adults.
Inflammation and oxidative stress is said to play an important role in the aging process. This is why natural plants with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant attributes are highly beneficial for skin and even hair. The core active ingredient in green tea is EGCG known as epigallocatechin-3-gallate. This ingredient provides both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. Additionally, even when green tea is applied to skin, it provides “photoreceptive” benefits reducing the impact of sunburn. Green tea also supports wound healing and will inhibit bacteria formation. 
So the next time you purchase a Green tea, you should be proud in the knowledge that you are helping your body fight against tumors and maintain that young youthful glow everyone keeps talking about.
For those of us who have horses or care for horses, have you ever noticed that the horses that are fed oats have shinier coats, great stamina and beautiful silky manes. Well, our four-legged lucky buddies can thank those yummy oats their caretakers are so fond of feeding them for those beautiful manes and shiny coats. There is no need to worry, our four-legged friends aren’t the only ones that can enjoy these lovely side effects.
Oatstraw tea strengthens and nourishes the skin, fingernails, hair, bones, and connective tissues in humans. In fact, it also helps people dealing with skin problems (such as eczema and acne) and hair loss.
As if the benefits stated above were not enough, it also strengthens our brains and our nervous systems. So, the next time you go tea shopping and you come across a box of Oatstraw tea, be sure to pick one up.
Red Clover Tea
Red clover tea, more popularly known for its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It is not only great at fighting tumors, cancer, infections, and strengthening of the immune system.
Red Clover tea has exceptional addition by providing restorative care on certain skin conditions such as acne, eczema, and psoriasis. It helps tremendously in the healing process.
Additionally, it provides benefits such as a natural weight loss. It does this by acting as an appetite suppressant, so there is no need to purchase those excessively advertised weight loss pills with the multiple harmful side effects, when you can buy a box of Red clover tea and reap the many benefits it offers.
Visit Midorifamily online store (www.midorifamily.com) today for natural products that are made with organic ingredients for the improved and continued health of your hair and skin.
- Compiled by Amy Post ,”Natural healing wisdom and know-how”, Page 360-363. Blackdog and Leventhal publisher,NY, 2009
Alison F. Stallings, MD, and B Mary P. LUPO, MD, FAAD “Practical Uses of Botanicals in Skin Care” Advanced Dermatology of Westchester, Tarrytown, New York; Clinical Professor of Dermatology, Tulane Medical School, New Orleans, Louisiana, Jan 2009