Herbs for clear skin – 5 spices for acne healing

herbs for clear skinHere in Heal Your Face With Food-Land, I like to focus on healing acne from the inside out – so naturally, I love sharing my favorite herbs for clear skin with you, along with food, workouts, etc.

Eating really healthfully can sometimes be REALLY boring. Yes, I know.

SO, I wanted to give you a list of 5 herbs/spices that I use all of the time to jazz up my healthy foods – so that you can have fun with your food AND heal your acne naturally.

Here’s is a list of 5 magical herbs that support clear skin AND make your “healthy meal plans” much more lip-smacking:

Ginger

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Ginger belongs to the “zingiberofficinale” plant family, (same plant family as turmeric and cardamom).

Here’s how this herb helps support clear skin:

The high antioxidant content in ginger is responsible for enhancing the blood circulation in the body. This cuts down on toxins and gets rid of the free radicals; helping to prevent signs of aging.

Ginger also acts as a deep cleanser as it helps unclog pores and clears them of any accumulated dirt or grime.

Ginger has a warming effect on the body and initiates healthy sweating. This helps detoxify the body and supports germ-fighting agents.

“Gingerols” are the highly potent anti-inflammatory components present in ginger.

Regularly spicing up your meals with ginger can naturally fight acne and also helps reduce pain or swelling caused by arthritis.

I love, love, LOVE adding ginger to my teas when I’m feeling like a cold is coming on for an extra immune boost!

Pesto Sauce

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Pesto sauce comes straight from Italy, which is a country that definitely owns a large portion of my heart, that’s for sure. Not a surprise that I’m also a huge fan of the foundational element of this sauce; basil.

Here’s how this herb helps support clear skin:

Basil helps to “clean” the blood and is also a great remedy for skin infections due to its antiseptic, antibiotic and antifungal properties.

Another ingredient in pesto, pine nuts, has an abundance of protein and essential fatty acids that help support muscles and skin.

Cinnamon

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Cinnamon adds a great kick to health drinks and, interestingly enough, it has more antioxidant value than a cup full of blueberries!

Here’s how this herb helps support clear skin:

The dried bark of cinnamomumloureirii is the “source” of this excellent spice.

Cinnamon is a potent antioxidant, so using it regularly can reverse signs of UV damage by the sun. (Um, say what? Sign me up please.)

It increases blood flow and improves circulation, helping speed up cell regeneration, resulting in faster skin repair.

This spice is popularly known to lighten and improve overall skin complexion and it’s also been shown in certain studies to help balance blood sugar in type 2 diabetics.

Wasabi

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A member of the brassicacae family, wasabi is a condiment found in Japanese cuisine.

Here’s how this herb helps support clear skin:

It’s extremely rich in potassium, vitamin C and other phytochemicals that help the skin in ward off free radicals.

Sulfinyl is another powerful antioxidant component found in Wasabi, and is known to reverse the aging of the skin.

It has also been shown to prevent platelet aggregation and reduce the risk of life-threatening heart attacks and strokes.

Turmeric

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Belonging to the ginger family, turmeric is popularly titled as the ’queen of spices’ as it has a distinctive earthy flavor and golden color.

Here’s how this herb helps support clear skin:

It’s predominately been used in the Chinese and Ayurvedic medicines to treat a plethora of illnesses. (For more on ayurveda for your acne, head here).

Curcumin is the primary ingredient in turmeric and is responsible for its golden color and magical healing properties.

Curcumin is anti-viral, anti-oxidant, anti-cancer and possesses pain relieving properties as well.

If you’re struggling with your skin, adding curcimin into your daily/weekly routine can help to cut down on inflammation and prevent skin damage due to acne because it prevents oxidative stress caused by free radicals.

Turmeric can also successfully treat skin eczema by reducing skin irritation, inflammation, redness and swelling associated with this condition. It keeps the skin hydrated and gets rid of undesirable dryness and flakiness.

Turmeric can be added to your tea, stews, roasted veggies, eggs or milk.

What do you think? Which of the above herbs for clear skin is your favorite? Mine is pesto, leave your fav in the comments below!

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