Herbs For Healthy Skin
The Skin Is The Carrier Of Our Inner Beauty
Solutions for Acne, Eczema, Aging and Oxidative Stress
Life touches us when we see beauty, it lights up our hearts with joy when radiance shines through people, animals and nature. Our external appearance is a reflection of what we carry within, mirroring who we are and how we take care of ourselves.
Although true beauty is far beyond the stereotypical, programmed idea that’s portrayed in the media, we all have a similar desires; healthy skin, lush hair, strong nails, and a happy heart.
The skin is the carrier of inner beauty, showing our internal state on the external. Facial mapping is a method used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and Ayurveda to gain a deeper understanding of what’s happening on a biological level. It is said that imperfections such as acne or eczema will show up in certain locations based on what organ is being affected.
This information is useful because different herbs and food work on different organs, so we can choose accordingly when healing skin conditions with diet and herbal medicine.
*Acne and Eczema are linked to an overburdened liver.
Some signs that someone is in need of liver support include acne, eczema, rosacea, slow digestion, hormone imbalances, trouble digesting fats, and chemical sensitivities. The liver is responsible for many things including hormone breakdown, toxin removal, digestion and so much more. When it becomes backed up in its natural detoxification process (due to an overload of toxins such as pesticides, chemicals, fats, etc.), toxins get cycled back into the blood stream and the body is forced to excrete it via the skin, resulting in acne or eczema.
Herbs For Supporting Liver Detox:
Oregon Grape Root: A bitter and detoxifying herb that helps move stagnation within the liver. It’s an excellent promoter of bile secretion which is necessary to toxin excretion. This herb is useful for those who are dealing with poor fat digestion, heaviness after eating or poor absorption.
Milk Thistle: Protects and restores the liver by helping it rid the body of heavy metals, prescription medications, environmental pollutants, and alcohol.
Turmeric Root: Incredibly useful for stimulating the livers Phase II detoxification pathway. Phase II is generally where people get stuck, forcing toxins to recycle into the body instead of leaving via urine or bile.
Dandelion Root: A gentle liver cleanser that lowers fat build up and lowers inflammation.
Burdock Root: An amazing herb to purify the blood by increasing blood circulation and directing it to the liver to get filtered. Helps restore the liver with fresh blood and nutrients to it can function optimally.
Nettle Leaf: A nutritive herb that provides the liver with a potent dose of minerals, antioxidants and vitamins needed for energy. The liver requires nutrients in order to engage with its natural function of detox.
Red Clover: Helps clear the body of mucus, improves blood circulation, helps the liver break down old hormones and medications.
Diet For A Healthy Liver
There are some simple dietary guidelines to follow to support your livers health. This includes:
Include lots of fibre: carrots, leafy greens, cabbage, radishes, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower
Include sour flavours: lemon water, grapefruit, oranges, lime
Eat more anti-oxidants: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries
Avoid mucus forming foods: dairy, eggs, cheese, bread, fatty meats
Stay hydrated with clean, filtered, mineralized water
Read more on Liver Support in our Liver Health blog!
Anti-Aging And Skin Renewal
Herbs To Increase Collagen Production
Collagen has become quite popular in the beauty world and for good reason. It’s what keeps our skin elastic and renews dead cells into new ones. Many opt for the animal based collagen supplement, but this leaves vegans out of luck - looking for an option other than animal collagen.
Luckily, there’s quite a few herbs available to use that boost our own natural collagen production. Astringent herbs rich in silica, calcium, zinc, magnesium and other minerals work by supporting our body in producing its own collagen.
- He Shou Wu: This root is well known among many for its ability to stimulate hair growth, tonify the kidneys and liver, build the blood, and energize the body. He Shou Wu is a famous Chinese Herb that gained popularity for reversing hair loss and bringing back color to grey hair. Modern science has confirmed that this ancient remedy does indeed support hair growth by making the hair follicle stronger and thicker.
- Horsetail: Horsetail benefits both the skin and hair by providing the body with a potent does of minerals that help with skin cell renewal and hair growth. It’s considered anti-inflammatory, anti-aging, and an anti-oxidant that minimizes the appearance of pores and firms the skin.
- Nettle: Nettle is an excellent blood mover, which is important for getting fresh nutrients up to the scalp to nourish both hair follicles and facial area. Not only that but its perhaps one of the most nutrient dense plants available to us, providing the body with iron, silica, and other essential nutrients for hair growth.
- Calendula: Calendula is very popular for its anti-inflammatory topical use, but taken internally can be very beneficial for the skin as well. It’s incredible for bringing down redness and killing any bacterial infections that could be bothering the skin.
Anti-Inflammatory Herbs Rich In Vitamin C
Herbs that bring down inflammation, reduce heat, and provide vitamin C are essential for healthy, even looking skin tones.
- Rose: Nutritive: Rose hips are loaded with Vitamin C, but also in Vitamins A and E, B-Complex vitamins, calcium, magnesium, and potassium. Reduces inflammation of the eyes and skin and has high anti-oxidants.
- Lotus Pollen: Lotus can help to restore the look of healthy, elastic skin by making connective tissue and cell walls stronger and more pliable. Aiding in circulation, applying lotus to the face can help even the look of dark marks, from acne, from age, and even freckles. It is especially potent when lightening the appearance of dark under-eye circles.
- Schisandra: Known is Chinese Medicine to purify the blood, nourish all organs, and help remove toxins from the body. It has all 5 flavours, meaning its a well balanced herb support the entire body. Its astringent properties help to tighten the skin and hold moisture in.
Healthy fats build the skins membrane, meaning they keep moister locked in, protect the skin from free radical damage, and keep the skin looking full and plump.
- Coconut: Said to help prevent age spots, hydrate the skin from the inside out, reduce inflammation and cool hot blood.
- Avocado: Known to soften the skin and reduce the appearance of fine lines. Rich in vitamin E and C.
- Fish: Good Source of Omegas to build the skins membranes.