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Beauty Wellness

5 of the Best Herbs For Enhancing Beauty From the Inside, Out

As an esthetician, the greatest results I’ve ever seen have come from adopting a relationship with herbal medicine and beginning a daily practice of consuming radiance inducing plants. 

Everyone is looking for the quick fix, the magic bullet, the cure-all serum, their own fountain of youth in a bottle. And I understand why, we’ve built a society based not only on a capitalist economy but a mindset – we want convenience and we want it now! 

But too many products can confuse the skin, especially when a skin issue’s root cause is somewhere deeper within the body, expressing itself outwardly. An issue of that level won’t necessarily be solved with an expensive serum. 

Dehydration, compromised detox pathways, and blood sugar imbalances all show on the skin! Remember, this spacesuit of ours is an organ, working in synergy with all the other parts in the machine keeping us alive and well. 

“Our skin is a mirror of our general well-being. It is in the nature of the skin to bring to the surface problems which would otherwise do damage at a deeper level.” – Richard Mabey, 1984, The New Age Herbalist

I’ve rounded up my five favorite herbs to drink up for a radiant glow from the inside out. When introducing a new herb into your diet, start slow! See how you react after one cup, and then commit to working with it daily and watch the changes. The increase in hydration and micronutrients your body will experience will show!

SOURCE: Mary Lyn Taylor’s Instagram

5 of the Best Herbs to Take For Enhancing Beauty From the Inside, Out

Hibiscus

Hibiscus rosa-sinensis

  • Super high in Vitamin C making this the “Natural Botox” of the plant world due to its ability to increase collagen synthesis by 60%
  • Stimulates certain biomarkers in the body promoting skin regeneration and hydration
  • Cooling plant to drink on hot summer days, this cooling action also helps with any “heat” related skin issue like heat rash or inflamed acne
  • Traditionally used as a heart tonic to treat high blood pressure and high cholesterol

Nettles

Urtica dioica 

  • Blood sugar balance: The systemic inflammation that your body experienced when it is flooded with sugar deeply affects your skin. Sugar can attach to Collagen (the protein in our skin we all know and love!) and begin a process known as Glycation, this is the beginning of a process that leads to collagen breakdown causing wrinkles and loss of firmness. Glycation can increase acne in those prone, as well as lead to dark spots on the skin. Unstable blood sugar can even stimulate oil production in acne-prone skin. 
  • Boost of micronutrients: iron, folic acid, b vitamins, vitamins a + c, calcium, magnesium, potassium
  • Helps prevent glycation, collagen breakdown, and oil clogging in the skin (think of it as a natural extractor, preventing oil clogging from occurring in the first place)
  • Often used as a natural antihistamine for spring allergies

Dandelion

Taraxacum

  • Stimulates glutathione, a master antioxidant produced in our liver
  • Liver protectant + diuretic
  • Can induce melanoma cell death while protecting healthy cells
  • Absorbs UVB radiation from sun exposure

Calendula

Calendula officinalis

  • Traditionally used for wound healing
  • Antipyretic, anti-fungal, anti-tumor, loaded with antioxidants
  • Shows liver-protective qualities specifically against Aflatoxins present in food from crops like corn and peanuts
  • Antioxidants present help scavenge free radicals that would cause damage to our skin + organ function
  • By strengthening our liver it increases our bodies ability to process toxins as quickly as possible

Red Clover

Trifolium pratense

  • A favorite for hormone balancing!
  • The phytoestrogens present to ease the vasomotor symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, etc.
  • This also helps with the aging that comes from a decline in the body’s naturally produced estrogen
  • Acne in women can sometimes mean an imbalance of androgens and estrogens and red clover may help if this is the case

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