Remember when I said I wanted to talk more about diet and how it affects your skin this year?
Well, I thought we’d start with tea.
I mean, can I start with anything else when I live in London? Even if you’ve never been that into tea before, after two months in the city, your cupboard will be full of tea in all kinds of different flavours. There’s no escape, ladies.
Half of the teas in my collection come from Pukka. It’s a brand I discovered last year at a blog event and have been hooked every since. They make tea in every flavour you can think of and they’re all full of healthy herbs that help you with digestion, make your skin glow and just keep you healthy.
They’ve just launched a new Clean Me Green Organic 14 Day Wellbeing Kit to help you cleanse your body and, of course, I had to get my mitts on it. What’s inside?
- 14 sachets of Clean Greens Superblend powder
- 14 sachets of Detox herbal tea
- 14 sachets of Clean Matcha Green tea
So, how well do they work (and, most importantly, taste?).
Why I Usually Don’t Recommend Detox Tea
Detox teas are all the rage now. But, I usually stay well clear of them.
That’s because they usually contain a generous dose of senna leaves, a powerful laxative used to treat constipation. Not exactly the kind of thing I’d want to take every day.
Pukka doesn’t use that. Some of the herbs in their teas, like spirulina, may have a laxative effect, but it’s not as strong. Besides, most of the foods that are good for you, such as prunes and kale, help keep your body regular. I wouldn’t suggest staying away from those.
I’m just saying that a healthy diet full of herbs and veggies helps improve digestion and constipation the way nature intended. Taking heavy laxatives daily, or even more than once a day, is a huge no-no.
So, how do the Pukka teas work instead?
Ok, this isn’t a tea. It’s a green powder for smoothies, but it’s in the set so here goes.
This is a mix of 11 powdered herbs, including:
- Chlorella: one of the original life-forms on Earth, it’s packed with antioxidants, amino acids, proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins and minerals
- Spirulina: aids digestion
- Kale seed sprouts: rich in fibers, antioxidants and vitamins with anti-aging and anti-inflammatory properties
- Wheatgrass: a rich source of antioxidants, especially the powerful superoxide dismutase
The easiest way to drink this is with water. Just pour the green powder in a glass, stir and drink. I tried that and it wasn’t the best. I mean, this stuff doesn’t taste bitter or nauseating, but I wouldn’t either call it delicious. Let’s go with neutral. Slightly bitter neutral.
I prefer to drink it with fruit juice or in a smoothie first thing in the morning. There’s a smoothie recipe in the kit, in case you need some ideas for that.
And if you really can’t stomach it, this superblend comes in pill form, too. So you have no excuses.
Clean Matcha Green
I have a love/hate relationship with green tea.
I know it’s good for me, but it tastes horrible. I have to pour 4 teaspoons of sugar in there to make it remotely drinkable, which kinda defeats the whole purpose, doesn’t it?
It’s probably because Pukka has loaded its green tea with lots of other herbs, but this stuff actually tastes good. Without sugar. Yay! Finally, a green tea I can drink!
Green tea is one of the best things you can drink: it soothes inflammation, destroys the free radicals that cause premature wrinkles and treats sun damage, too. And these are just the things it does for your skin!
But, yeah, the taste is not the best. Luckily, this one has helpers. Fennel seeds, which make ANYTHING taste better, aids digestion. Dandelion and lemon are full of antioxidants, which help keep wrinkles away from your face and nasty diseases from your body.
I have my daily fix late in the morning when my stomach starts to grumble a tiny bit. I make the water boil, but wait until it’s cooled down a bit before putting in the tea bag.
Green tea and antioxidants are fragile. Heat destroys them so never infuse them in boiling water. You’ll lose most of their benefits that way.
Detox Herbal Tea
This is something I already had in my pantry at home. I was slowly browsing the supermarket aisles one day looking for nuts, when my nose started to smell the delicious aroma of fennel seeds.
If you know me, you know I can’t resist fennel seeds. I’m absolutely obsessed with them. I don’t cook much, but when I do, I usually find a way to work them in. Yummy.
So, yeah, I had to bring it home with me.
Fennel seeds aren’t just tasty. They also soothe your digestive tract. So do aniseeds. Plus, there’s a splash of cardamom to give it a spicy vibe.
I have a cuppa every afternoon. I infuse the tea bag in freshly-boiled water for at least 6 or 7 minutes. The taste isn’t too bitter nor too sweet and the smell absolutely amazing.
More Than Tea
Tea sachets aside, there’s something else you’ll find inside the cute box. That’s a small leaflet full of lifestyle tips to keep you fit and healthy.
Because, drinking your tea and eating your greens helps, but alone, that’s not enough. Pukka also recommends meditation and self-massages. I’m definitely up for those!
Let’s Put It To The Test: Personal Use & Opinion
It’s always difficult to figure out how well something like this works outside of a lab. But, I’ve noticed two things have started happening since I’ve been drinking my three daily Pukka cups:
- I’m using the toilet more often than before
- My skin has cleared up
I’ve never suffered from acne or frequent blemishes, but, like everyone else, I’m plagued by the odd pimple every now and then.
Well, lately, those nasty buggers haven’t been raising their ugly heads. Not even during that time of the month. Mmmm…
Plus, my skin looks amazing. It’s soft. It’s clear. I can’t say it’s ALL down to this kit because I have a pretty good skincare routine and have started improving my diet in other areas. But, it definitely helps.
I’m not sure I’ll buy the Clean Greens Superblend again, but the other two teas have definitely become staples in my tea collection. And I’d never thought I’d have a tea collection. That’s what London does to you, I guess.
By the way, are you interested in this type of review? Do you want to know what foods and drinks you should consume for healthy skin? I can you bring more of this stuff if you want. Let me know.