Herbal Medicine has been a big part of my life and it’s a reason why I incorporate it in my skincare products and treatments.
Chinese herbal medicine has written documentation going back to 200 AD. Asian cultures have used this plant-based medicine or medicinal herbs for thousands of years and have an inherent understanding of their healing qualities. In fact, many Chinese dishes are made with herbs for medicinal value because food is also medicine.
Herbs are synergistic; they work with our immune systems. Some herbs, like ginseng are adaptogens, others are immune-stimulants, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic and high in anti-oxidant. Herbs used in combinations or in formulas can improve your total immune system and your overall skin health.
Here are some ways herbs can benefit your skin and they can be used both internally and externally.
removes heat (acne, redness, eczema, rosacea)
removes toxins (acne, skin congestions, whiteheads, liver spots)
removes swelling (puffiness, redness, inflammation)
invigorates/nourishes blood (better circulation and oxygenation)
lightens skin (pigmentation)
moisturizes skin/removes dryness
prevents scar formation (post pigmentation)
There are 2 herbs that I especially love and use them on a daily basis.
Burdock root has an ancient and respected reputation as a liver tonic that helps to clean and build the blood. Taken internally, this root promotes the elimination of uric acid via the kidneys thus reducing puffiness. In addition, this is used in conditions that can be traced back to liver disorders or an overload of toxins in the system including acne. This is rich in minerals and cleanses the body from the inside out. Burdock root can be taken in tinctures, extracts, used to make soups or sauteed on its own.
Luo Han Guo also known as monk fruit has been hailed as the immortal fruit. Some of the benefits include colon cleansing, cough relief, liver detoxing energy boosting and weight loss. It’s rich in vitamin C, which makes it a wonder herb with anti-aging, anti-cancer, and skin-care properties. Aside from making tea with boiling water, you can also use it in soups.
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