One of the main causes of acne is *drumroll please* your not-so-favorite buddy, stress. We may or may not avoid it but the sure thing is that we can manage it. One way to alleviate stress is by drinking herbal "teas" and they are as follows:
John’s Wort. This herb is specially used to treat mild to moderate depression but can also be used for OCD, PMS, and as a stress relief. However, this herb should be taken with caution. If you're taking any pharmaceutical antidepressants, inform your doctor first before taking this herb. From your local health store, it comes in the form of tea or supplement.
Historical Use: to treat menstrual cramping, gastrointestinal distress, ulcers, depression or melancholy, superficial wounds (Rome and Greece)
Tea Brands: Yogi, Good Nature, Alvita, Traditional Medicinals, The Republic of Tea (with Lemon Balm), Starwest Botanicals, Raizana Tea Company - Happy Tea (with Hibiscus and Yerba Mate), Buddha Teas
Passionflower. A less risky yet still a very effective tea for anxiety is the passionflower. Like John's wort, it is available dried (for tea) and as a supplement (capsules, tablets, liquid extract). It can be taken to reduce anxiety and stress, and to promote shut-eye. The only known side effect it may cause is dizziness and confusion.
Historical Use: to promote calmness and relaxation (Peru)
Tea Brands: Alvita, Pasiflora, Celebration Herbals, Yogi, Raizana Tea Company, Tudor House Tea & Spice, Nature's Tea Leaf, Republic of Tea (blend only), Traditional Medicinals Nighty Night (blend only), Tea Haven
Lemon Balm. This super herb can be used to treat a long list of illnesses from coughs and fever to menstrual problems, vertigo and hypertension. Additionally, it can be used to calm your senses and to uplift your tired soul. Despite its great reputation, it should still be used with caution as it has been reported to cause palpitations, nausea, diarrhea, and headache in some cases.
Historical Use: to promote menstruation (Greece) to treat depression/melancholy (Rome, Persia)
Tea Brands: Alvita, Traditional Medicinals, Celebration Herbals, The Tao of Tea
Chamomile. From the bunch, the flowers of chamomile is the most popular, the most accessible and the most trusted herb for stress and anxiety. This soothing herb is also used to treat sleep-related problems.
Historical Use: to treat fever and female disorders; used in cosmetics (Egypt, Greece),
Tea Brands: Traditional Medicinals (also blended in TM Nighty Night; with Lavender), The Republic of Tea, Starwest Botanicals, Teakanne
Valerian Root Tea. The roots of Valerian is proven to calm the mind and the body, making it a good tea for people struggling with nervousness and dealing with extreme stress. Valerian is also effective in suppressing pain (menstrual cramps, headaches, arthritis). Without known side effects, it is generally safe to be used, excluding pregnant women and those engaging in activities where alertness is a must.
Historical Use: general health (Egyptians), to cure pain, to promote sleep , and for general health (Spain, Africa, Middle East)
Tea Brands: Alvita, Traditional Medicinals, Frontier, Buddha Tea