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Have You "Herb" About "Spicing" Up Your Skin Care Routine & Diet?

Category: Health  

Before there was Big Pharma, there was Family Farm and the wilds of nature. Just about every pill, cream, ointment, syrup, or poultice was originally sourced from plants and other marvelous things that occur all by themselves, and occasionally with a little help from humans.

The business end of so many plants and trees have been used throughout history for medicinal purposes. Although today we should know better than to rely on random flora to cure major health problems, many of the items you might find in your spice cabinet can help with minor skin and health related issues. The D.I.Y. movement is popular for good reason. Spices and herbs are effective skin and health remedies that are for the most part plentiful and easily accessible. Here are few suggestions to “spice” up your skincare and diet!

Turmeric

Turmeric is having a moment, This powerful spice is native to southeast Asia and is one of several spices known as “the poor man’s saffron” for its flavor and color. Curcumin is the main active ingredient in turmeric, responsible for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Studies have shown that turmeric is such a powerful anti-inflammatory it may help prevent heart disease, arthritis, Alzheimer's, and, some say, even cancer. Applied topically, turmeric helps with wound healing, acne, psoriasis, and the antioxidants will leave your skin glowing. Prepare an easy D.I.Y. face mask from Greek yogurt, honey, and turmeric, then enjoy a turmeric latte. You’ll be glowing inside and out, and not from the distinctive yellow stain of turmeric (wear protective clothing while working with this spice!).

Rose water

Roses not only smell incredibly good, they possess medicinal and nutritional attributes that have been known since ancient times and used by the Greeks, Romans, and Persians. Rose water is a byproduct of the steam distillation of crushed rose petals in the perfume-making process, and is popular in Middle Eastern cooking and upscale skin care products. As a toner or a mist It soothes the skin, has anti-aging and antibacterial properties, and is used to improve mood, and relieve headaches and sore throats, all at a moderate price point. Add rose water to your next dessert or hibiscus tea and spray some on your face for a soothing and hydrating effect.

Fenugreek

Fenugreek is sold in most grocery stores in seed or powder form. It has a nutty smell and adds tons of flavor to any dish, but did you know it also has medicinal qualities? According to some studies, fenugreek can help with breast milk production, control blood sugar, and even minimize menstrual cramps. In those seeds or powder are mucilage, a gooey substance that soothes and moisturizes dry skin, antioxidants, and vitamin C which helps with skin brightening. Fenugreek can make an appearance in many culinary and face mask recipes to get the most benefits.

Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

Chamomille

Chamomile is not just another pretty flower-face--it contains mighty health and skin care powers. Used for centuries as a stress reliever and upset stomach soother, chamomile also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties that ease irritated skin, acne breakouts, and sunburn. Here’s a chamomile twofer: prepare a large pot of tea, pour yourself a cup to drink after steaming your face with it, sit back, and let chamomile work its magic.

Lavender

Lavender the color is lovely, and lavender the flower is so useful in so many calming ways: Used as a scent, its sedative qualities act as stress reliever, sleep aid, restlessness reducer, headache pain conqueror, and depression defeater. Its anti-inflammatory ability heals irritated skin, whether from wounds, acne, or eczema. Food grade lavender buds can be infused into desserts and drinks. That’s a lot of versatility for such a delicate plant!

Thyme

The puns just write themselves-you must make time for thyme! The science says it’s thyme for the immunity boost, for bone health, respiratory health, and digestion. And there’s always time for vitamins A and C that are part of what makes thyme so wonderful. Historically, thyme has been used to get rid of infections and increase circulation. Its antibacterial properties work to ease acne and oily skin. Fresh or dried thyme belong in your kitchen to flavor everything from chicken to potatoes, and thyme oil is an asset to your D.I.Y. skin care routine. Don’t waste thyme!

Turmeric has been used in Ayurvedic medicine, primarily in South Asia, for many conditions, including breathing problems, rheumatism, serious pain, and fatigue.


Healthy Weight Management

Codeage Forskolin Turmeric is a powerful fusion of forskolin with 20% standardized extract and turmeric root containing bioactive compounds for a fast acting* formula designed to support healthy weight loss, boost metabolism and reduce appetite.

Forskolin is found in the roots of the plant Plectranthus barbatus (Coleus forskohlii) and comes from the mint family that grows mainly in Southeast Asia and India. Forskolin is today seen as a revolutionary breakthrough for many of its unique nutritional properties. Forskolin is sought after for its weight loss properties by helping create enzymes called lipase and adenosine.

Turmeric is a renowned spice that is found in turmeric plant. Turmeric can be found in many Asian dishes and recipes (in curry dishes for example). It has a unique taste and is frequently used to add a special flavor or color to dishes. The medical community also uses its roots for many of its benefits (extracting the curcumin).

Turmeric is widely used for many conditions such as arthritis, joint pain, heartburn, liver problems, high cholesterol, inflammations or general fatigue.

Forskolin is a plant derived from the root of a member of the mint family known as the Indian coleus which grows in Thailand, Nepal and other parts of India. Forskolin has been used for centuries for asthma treatment and various other issues. Today it is mostly used as a weight loss supplement.

Traditionally, forskolin and the coleus plant were used to promote general health and wellness. People used to boil the root of the coleus to make tea to drink and to promote wellness. Today, it is most popular as a weight loss supplement.
 

The takeaway

Nature is the original ingredient cabinet. Scientists extracted the active parts and formulated them into mainstream treatments that have been tested for safety and effectiveness. However, you can’t go wrong with a well-curated and well-stocked spice cabinet for daily skin care maintenance, mood enhancers, and culinary adventurism. Remember to always patch test before doing a full-on skin treatment to be sure you have no sensitivities to any ingredient. These versatile and accessible gifts from nature are yours to explore and enjoy.