It’s the first thing people notice about us – our face and skin. It’s also the first area to look different if we are sleep-deprived, tired, or anxious. Most importantly, your skin performs many essential tasks for your body. It protects it from viruses and bacteria you are exposed to daily, as well as the sun's rays – and more.
Growing up, most of us had oily skin textures. As we get older, have busier lives, and are more exposed to various environments, we all notice a change in our skin. Perhaps it’s a little drier, or you start to have some lines pop up here and there.
Whether you're looking to reduce signs of anti-aging or just want that extra glow – here are six powerful herbs that help strengthen your skin – from the inside out. These herbs are 100 % natural, safe, free of side effects, and very easy to obtain.
Often called the “plant of immortality”, aloe vera has been used for centuries by Asians and Egyptians to treat blemishes on the skin, including cuts, scratches, acne, and wrinkles. High in anti-inflammatory properties, aloe vera helps rejuvenate the topical layer of the skin, moisturizes it, and assists with the healing process. Available in ointments, gels, powders, and juices, the best version of course is plucking it fresh in plant form and applying it onto the skin.
Tiger Milk Mushroom
For over 400 years, Tiger Milk Mushrooms have been used by Malay and Chinese medicine practitioners, as well as indigenous communities, to treat a variety of health conditions. Recent findings show that the mushroom contains biologically active substances such as 1-3, 1-6 beta-glucans, which have antioxidative and anti-inflammatory effects. This allows one to deal with the daily oxidative stress in the body – preventing premature aging. The anti-inflammatory properties can also help relieve and soothe the skin from eczema.
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Tumeric has been used throughout India for thousands of years and is truly their trusted confidante when it comes to beautiful skin. High in anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric is often used as an antioxidant. The beauty of turmeric is that it works quickly – whether consumed in powder form, as ointment or paste, or with milk Indian-style, the benefits don’t take long to materialize – you’ll find your skin clear, and your blemishes will look lighter. Today, the wellness world has really taken a liking for turmeric and offers it in extremely creative forms.
Pegaga (Gotu Kola)
Known as the herb of longevity, Pegaga is especially popular in traditional Chinese, Indonesian and Ayurvedic medicine. It has the ability to heal skin issues – especially helping with the appearance of stretch marks, promoting wound healing, and minimizing scarring. It is important to have the right quality and formulation of Pegaga, however – to ensure efficient results. In addition to skin health and anti-aging, Pegaga helps improve digestion and boost immunity.
Luckily, basil is popular with recipes all around the world – Italian, American, and Thai for instance. The leaves are antiseptic and can also be used topically to treat acne, insect bites, and also ringworm. The juice of the fresh plant can also be used to treat fungal infections. Basil is especially good for acneic skin or skin with bacterial issues – so go crazy* on that zoodles topping!
Often called “nature’s Botox”, this floral stunner is wonderful for clearing and helping to firm the skin. It’s certainly useful for fine lines and diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. Hibiscus is usually available as flower petals that can be boiled to make tea, or dried, and ground into powder format. Pretty and powerful – now that’s a wonderful combination.
Chamomile is great when it comes to cleansing the skin. Think of it as a natural scrubber. You can drink chamomile in tea – it’s the most popular format – or you can also mix it with natural clays and oatmeal to create a natural calming buff or topical scrub. If the all-natural products you buy contain chamomile, that is amazing too.
Popularized because of its smell and often used as scents, cinnamon has a ton of benefits and doesn't get the credit they deserve. Great for balancing sugar levels, cinnamon is wonderful for outbreaks on the skin, such as rashes and acne. Using cinnamon topically helps prevent the growth of acne-causing bacteria, making it the ideal face or body mask. Of course, the icing on the cake is that you get lovely smelling skin as a result.