3 min|Dr. Maya Kuczma
5 Botanicals That Help Heal Your SkinBeauty
Beauty, as the saying goes, is more than skin deep.
However, our skin is the border between our consciousness and our environment and is therefore the first impression we present to the world, and the means through which we communicate emotion and expression. For this reason, our relationship to our skin is complex. Similarly, our internal relationship to our skin is also complex, with the function (or dysfunction) of many organ systems reflecting onto the skin. Due to this intricate relationship, it is best to approach skin health from the inside out, with natural remedies that support overall well-being and health.
Many herbs achieve this goal, broadly providing support to the entire body while also targeting specific skin concerns:
high in antioxidants, this herb helps to reduce signs of aging by neutralizing free radicals; additionally, it is rich in zinc which helps to promote wound healing, decrease the effects of harmful effects of UV light, and is anti-inflammatory. Studies have shown rooibos to improve cases of eczema and acne.
Japanese Sencha Green Tea
A particular antioxidant found in green tea, known as EGCG, helps to decrease free radicals and for this reason helps to neutralize the effects of UV light. It is anti-inflammatory and rich in vitamin C, an important nutrient for the formation and retention of collagen. Higher intakes of vitamin C have been correlated with lower occurrences of dry skin.
Due to this herbs potent anti-inflammatory quality, it is often used both internally and externally for skin inflammation and wounds. It also promotes healthy digestion, and has antibacterial and antiviral effects.
Also known as Centella asiatica, this herb is rich in fatty acids and amino acids. Extracts such as asiaticoside have been found to calm inflammation, promote collagen growth, speed wound healing, stimulate the growth of new cells, and cause vasodilation of blood vessels.
This herbs potent effect on circulation increases blood flow to peripheral blood vessels, improving blood flow to the skin. When blood flow is increased, wound healing and overall health of the skin is improved. Additionally, this herb is trophorestorative to the nervous system, meaning that it promotes healing of the nervous system, through gentle nourishment rather than excessive stimulation. This can be incredibly helpful as stress, and the associated nervous system stimulation, can play a large role in skin dysfunction.
These herbs and many more are found in ‘Clear Glow Tea’, formulated by our very own Dr. Katie Leah. Dr. Leah has created an array of teas and tinctures that harness the gentle power of botanical medicine – visit our Dispensary to check out ‘Clear Glow Tea’ and many others!