Nettle, schisandra and calendula for beautiful skin + a recipe for a radiant skin tea
Nettle leaf, schisandra, and calendula are my top three herbs for radiant and healthy skin. They’re powerful plants that help control inflammation, reduce redness, and nourish the body.
Nettle leaf (Urtica dioica) is a common weed and a powerhouse for the skin when used internally and also when applied to the skin. It has been used since ancient times and its Latin name Urtica means “to burn,” which refers to its stinging hairs that deliver histamine into the skin that create the well-known stinging sensation.
Nettle leaves are high in minerals like iron, calcium, potassium, magnesium, silica, zinc, and others. Due to its rich mineral content, it’s used to support healthy skin, hair, and nails. The plant is often recommended for anemia and itchy, inflammatory skin conditions. The tea also improves the symptoms of seasonal allergies. In skincare, nettle is used for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Schisandra (Schisandra chinensis) is an adaptogenic berry used in Traditional Chinese Medicine. In TCM, schisandra contains all five ‘flavours’ —salty, sweet, sour, spicy and bitter and is considered to benefit all the major yin organs, including the liver, lungs, heart, kidneys and spleen.
When used internally, schisandra helps to strengthen the body’s resilience to stress and enhances both physical and mental energy. Schisandra contains lignans which are anti-inflammatory and help smooth and even out skin tone. The berry is also a potent antioxidant helping to protect the skin and body from environmental stress. Schisandra is one of the key ingredients in the Botanical Vitamin C Serum.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is an important plant for many skin issues. It’s recognized by both the World Health Organization and the European Medicines Agency as a plant for wound healing, skin damage, and inflammatory skin conditions.
Calendula can be used by all skin types and it’s particularly helpful for those with red, irritable, sensitive, and acne-prone skin. Due to its high antioxidant content, it helps to project the skin from free radical damage and can help decrease fine lines and dull-looking skin. Calendula is high in natural fatty acids and is an excellent plant for moisturizing the skin.
Radiant skin tea
Nettle leaves 30gr
Schisandra berries 15gr
Gotu kola 15gr
Makes 100gr. Add 1 teaspoon to a cup of boiling water and let steep for 10 minutes. Add honey to sweeten. Alternatively, you can make a liter of this tea and keep it in the fridge for up to two days. Drink one to two cups a day.