For centuries spices have been used for natural medicines, healing the soul, traded for livelihood, but most recognizably for their abundant flavours and fragrances.
Perhaps what you didn’t know is that there are several spices that are good for your skin and are full of powerful antioxidants which can actually help you fight the signs of premature aging and prevent skin damage.
Give your daily beauty routine a boost by incorporating these 5 spices into your diet.
Fennel is a root that has a licorice-like flavour and is especially effective on sensitive skin. Its natural properties help reduce inflammation and redness, as well soothe sensitivity caused by sun exposure. It’s also great for natural breast enhancement. Who knew?
But, back to skincare.
If you have oilier skin, a simple fennel recipe will help purify and tone your skin.
Try crushing 2 tablespoons of fennel seeds and mixing it with buttermilk. Let it boil down for half an hour then strain out the liquid. Together they create a sensitive cleanser that is suitable for all skin types.
Do this in a double boiler to avoid burning the buttermilk. If you don’t have a double boiler you can always bring a few cups of water to a boil in one large pot, then place a smaller one inside. Using the heat from the boiling water will be just as effective.
Cloves are flower buds harvested from an evergreen tree that is primarily found in Indonesia, India, Madagascar, Zanzibar, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. They have traditionally been used by dentists to numb the mouth. but are great for your skin too.
Cloves have antimicrobial properties which makes them an effective deep cleaning cleanser that powerfully fights acne. It also has a very inviting, warm scent! Mmmmm mmmm mmmmm!
This is one of my personal favourites; especially cayenne pepper. Pepper increases blood flow and circulation especially when used in massage oils and scrubs. This increase in blood flow will keep you looking young and fresh-faced.
If you have sensitivities I would stick to Black Pepper though. Stronger peppers like cayenne may cause some irritation and we don’t want that!
Simply combine 1 part salt and black pepper to 3 parts olive oil (or yogurt) for a gentle exfoliating body scrub that is extra special for your elbows, knees and feet.
According to recent studies, the active ingredient in this spice curcumin, has cancer fighting properties. On top of that, the trending effects of turmeric include lightening dark spots, age spots and blemishes.
Anti-inflammatory agents present also help reduce puffiness and redness associated with acne breakouts.
For a simple face brightening skin mask mix together 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 2 tablespoons of gram flour (made from chickpeas so it’s also safe for Celiacs) and a few drops of unprocessed honey and lemon juice.
Apply to your face and neck for 20 minutes then rinse off and enjoy lighter, brighter skin.
This spice is particularly handy to have in your beauty arsenal. Regular use helps improve your skin’s renewal process.
Sage is rich in calcium and Vitamin A which increases blood flow to minimize the appearance and offset fine lines and wrinkles. It also works on unsightly varicose veins.
The resulting increase in blood flow also reduces cellulite by eliminating toxins in the body and relieve pesky skin conditions like acne, athlete’s foot and chapped, dry skin. Boil a few sage leaves in 1 cup of water and use the resulting liquid as an effective toner.
Who knew there were this many spices that are good for your skin and could be so beneficial to your beauty regime. I sure didn’t, so I decided I just had to share my new wealth of knowledge with you, my fellow skincare sistahs!
If you’ve ever made any spice-inspired DIY’s be sure to share in the comment section below.
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