Your skin goes through a lot in a day. Pollution, aging, and even your diet can affect the appearance and texture of your skin.
Together, your skin, sweat glands, hair, oil glands, and nails are the integumentary system, and your skin is the body’s largest organ. One of its primary functions is to provide protection for the body against external elements such as chemicals, bacteria, harmful sunlight, and extreme temperature. It produces vitamin D which aids in processing calcium for healthier bones and body.
Through sensory capabilities, it keeps the brain in touch with its outer environment, all the while staying flexible and pliable so the body can move freely. Truth is, your skin really is an amazing organ, so it makes sense to take great care of it.
And healthy skin starts from the inside.
How Can Herbs Help Your Skin?
Skin care really starts with what you put inside your body. While most people think about topical skin care products as the go to for healthy skin, the real work is done through your diet, good hydration, regular exercise, good quality sleep, and effective stress management. Start with the root of the problem for prevention, rather than masking with topical cosmetic products and beauty products. When you provide good support to the skin, just like any other organ it will function better and more efficiently.
Sometimes that isn’t enough though. In fact, it often isn’t enough. We live in a world that isn’t exactly conducive to optimal health and are bombarded daily with pollutants and other things that aren’t good for us.
That is where herbal skin care comes in. Herbs help the skin naturally by supporting its natural functions and strengthening it from the inside. They provide the skin with what it needs so it can do the jobs it was meant to do – and do them beautifully.
- Immune System Support – As the body’s first line of defense against the outside world, the skin is a major part of the immune system. It is home to several immune cells that provide protection from toxins as well as being a physical barrier against the environment outside the body. It is a complex system comprised of immune cells that are found in both the dermis (layer of skin just under the epidermis) and epidermis (outer layer of skin).
- Gut Health Support – Several studies have found links between skin problems and gut health. When a person has a healthy gut, which means healthier gut microbiota, they tend to have healthier skin. Their skin is better hydrated, more moisturized, and has greater protection thanks to their skin’s healthier fatty acid profile which is the direct result of a healthy gut. This means that your skin can act as an alert system for your gut. When you begin seeing skin problems, you might want to check your gut health.
What are the Benefits of Taking Herbs Orally?
There are many benefits to taking oral herbal tinctures. The natural ingredients mean fewer adverse effects and typically it is well tolerated by all skin types, even sensitive skin, oily skin, or dry skin.
Herbs usually have very limited ingredients, but they tend to get to the root of the problem, the core cause, instead of just treating symptoms like most medications do. When you treat the cause, you have a better chance of healing your issue for good.
Another benefit is when the active ingredient is natural, your entire body gets the healing properties because most herbal remedies treat more than just one issue or condition. So, taking an herb for your skin may benefit your organs, gut health, and more.
Taking herbs orally means that your body gets the healthful goodness much faster than it would if you had to wait for pills to dissolve and break down in your digestive tract where some of it would likely be expelled as waste. It’s also better than a tea because teas tend to be more diluted and weaker, so you must drink more – a lot more – just to get the bare minimum benefits.
An herbal tincture that you take orally delivers the right amount of the herb directly to your body, so it is processed quickly. This means it is able to do what it needs to do faster.
Top Herbs for Skin Care
When it comes to herbs for skin care, these are some of the best. Many of these are wild plants that can be made into an essential oil that forms the basis for a tincture.
We’ve listed some of our Cedar Bear products so that you can get the pure, natural goodness of herbs for your skin without all the junk you don’t need and don’t want. Try them for yourself and you will see the difference.
1.Ashwagandha – This herb has powerful antioxidant properties that help the body stay healthy, but it also supports reducing the signs of aging, lessening the appearance of dark spots and wrinkles, and protecting it from free radicals. It can also help to relieve stress which is another great benefit to the skin.
2.Turmeric -Turmeric is one of those great whole-body herbs that supports all the systems of the body. It stimulates the immune system and is also great for relief from mild muscle strain. It also helps to improve digestion which is beneficial for good gut health, and it supports healthy detoxification.
3.Dandelion – Dandelion is a great detoxifier and blood cleansing properties. It is great for supporting the organs, especially the kidneys and bladder and cleansing the liver. Dandelion also helps to strengthen and maintain digestive health which means it is beneficial for your gut while supporting your body’s proper fluid dynamics. Your four-legged family members can also benefit from this herb because it helps them have great skin health and a healthy coat.
4.Alfalfa – This is another great herb for both the immune system and the digestive system. It is known to contain vitamin A and enzymes that help keep the skin healthy and glowing. It is also a powerful detoxifier and helps the skin cleanse and get rid of toxins as well as helps rid the body of impurities. The antioxidant in alfalfa helps to protect the skin and body from free radicals.
5.Nettle Leaf – Nettle naturally firms and tightens the skin due to its natural astringent properties. It also helps to regulate the production of sebum which helps to support clear skin. This herb also helps to accelerate healing, including problems with skin.
6.Tulsi (Holy Basil Leaf) – This skin friendly herb provides a number of outstanding benefits including the reduction of pigmentation, helps sooth skin conditions. It also helps to support healthy aging of the skin and clear skin. What’s more, it has whole body benefits that help the body function at its very best.
Try: Holy Basil Leaf
7.Ginseng – Aging skin gets a beneficial boost from ginseng. It helps to reduce the appearance of fine lines while boosting hydration. It is great for all skin types, and it does its fantastic work from the inside out, so your body gets the great benefits too.
Other substances that can help your skin get that healthy glow include:
Cedar Bear offers high-quality, all natural tinctures for a healthy, strong body and great skin. Visit out online store today and browse our large inventory of 100% natural, non-GMO, organic, alcohol-free tinctures for every member of the family. Whether you are looking to target a specific area or condition or if you just want a healthier body and support a healthier lifestyle, we have the tinctures that you need.
When you are being good to your body, don’t forget to be good to your skin.