Natural Skin Care: Improve Your Body and Skin Health with Spices
If you love to cook, you could be improving your health and your skin’s appearance daily without even knowing it. Beyond adding flavour to your food, many spices have significant health benefits, from aiding weight loss to regulating blood sugar, detoxifying, and even fighting cellulite. If you don’t already use spices, consider adding them to both your daily diet and your skin care routine. Here’s a look at some of the most beneficial spices out there.
Commonly used in Indian cuisine, turmeric is one of the highest-antioxidant spices in existence. It’s a natural antiseptic and anti-inflammatory, and it also detoxifies the liver. When consumed, it can assist with problems like arthritis and joint pain, and may even inhibit cancer cell growth. When applied topically to the skin, turmeric is great for reducing swelling and redness, so try it out the next time you have a pesky, persistent blemish.
(Hint: if you’re trying to incorporate more turmeric into your diet for its amazing health benefits, make sure you also eat more black pepper—it’s been proven to help the body absorb turmeric.)
You may not think of cinnamon as being a wonder-spice, but it packs a strong health punch. It’s used in such a variety of ways that it’s probably already a part of your daily diet, whether you know it or not. Cinnamon is a natural antibacterial, and can therefore disinfect and prevent infection, both internally and externally. Beyond killing bacteria, cinnamon can also calm an upset stomach, and when taken regularly, it lowers both blood sugar and cholesterol.
Fragrant and flavourful, with a hint of spiciness not unlike celery and a light liquorice taste, fennel is excellent for the digestive tract. It relieves problems like bloating and abdominal pain, and is even said to suppress the appetite. It also helps to increase liver and kidney function, as well as balancing out the body’s hormones. When applied to the skin, fennel is excellent for detoxifying and exfoliating the skin, and can even reduce the appearance of cellulite. (And because of its hormone-balancing effect, it could prevent your skin from breaking out every month!)
Ginger is a fantastic spice for the whole body. It stops nausea and assists digestive function; suppresses coughs and colds; improves circulation, reducing swelling, redness, and soreness; and boosts the immune system. Add some ginger to your first meal after a workout to prevent sore muscles, or steep some along with your favourite tea when you’re feeling under the weather. When it comes to natural skin care, ginger is being used in just about everything for its incredible anti-aging, antioxidant properties. It also makes for a great addition to any massage oil, as it has a soothing, warming effect on the skin.
These are only a few of the spices that can benefit your overall health and the health of your skin, so start experimenting with ways to make spices a part of your everyday life!