The Multiple Benefits of Herbs

Our last post discussed what foods to eat for healthier skin. (https://feelingmyself.net/2016/08/18/eat-colors-for-color/) This post is a follow up of sorts. We’ll discuss herbalism and the great benefits it has to your overall health including hair and skin.

Herbalism is the use of plants as medicine. It’s been around since the beginning of time. Traditionally, it hasn’t been embraced in Western society as much as it has been in other parts of the world. However, this has been changing recently. Many modern medical practitioners are starting to recognize the benefits of alternative treatments. In fact, there are now herbalism schools in the states to become a certified herbalist. Herbalists work with patients that seek them out for alternative medicine or side by side with a traditional doctor to work together on patients overall well-being. Society is starting to realize that we must go back to the natural state of things, aka plants. Now we see it more and more in our hair and beauty products as well as the benefits of eating a plant based diet.

Is it possible to utilize herbs for health AND look better than ever? Of course. Here are a few for everyday use.

Cinnamon. Full of antioxidants, fights sign of aging. Studies have suggested that cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar, lowers cholesterol, and helps with weight loss as well. So add the grounds to your smoothies, oatmeal or coffee. Tip: Make sure you’re buying pure cinnamon and not cassia. Keep cinnamon in a dark space like your cabinet. It’s most potent when used in the year of purchase.

Aloe. Most of us already know that aloe helps with burns. Aloe also has many nutrients and antioxidants that benefit your body with digestion, arthritis, inflammation and psoriasis. It’s a great moisturizer for hair and skin. Aloe promotes hair growth and helps tame frizziness and itchy scalps.

Rosemary. This herb is packed with iron, calcium and vitamin B6. Rosemary was traditionally used to help alleviate muscle pain, improve memory, boost the immune and circulatory system. Rosemary has also been used for centuries to prevent gray hair and to hair loss. It actually works by stimulating the circulation in the scalp thereby resulting to hair growth.

Basil. Restores nervous system to ease stress, anti-inflammatory properties help alleviate symptoms of arthritis, relieves constipation, fights disease and reduces pain. The anti-bacterial properties of basil help skin conditions like acne.

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These are just a few herbs that will have you feeling and looking better. So, don’t forget to eat your herbs and veggies as well as put them on your hair and face!

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