6 Spices & Herbs that Help Fight Acne and Eczema

6 Spices & Herbs that Help Fight Acne and Eczema

6 Spices & Herbs That Help Fight Acne & Eczema

Hey every­one! I hope you are all gear­ing up to have an amaz­ing week­end. I have been doing a lot more cook­ing lately and research­ing into the most ben­e­fi­cial spices and herbs for our health (which then trans­lates into clear, healthy skin). Below are 6 top “clear skin” spices that you can start incor­po­rat­ing into your daily life to help you fight acne:

{LICORICE}
Ben­e­fit: Anti-inflammatory. Has the abil­ity to increase the nat­ural steroid out­put by the adrenal glands, which is great for peo­ple with adrenal fatigue and inflam­ma­tion (i.e. eczema, pso­ri­a­sis, acne).
How to Use: Try 1–2 cups of licorice tea per day or a pre­pared tinc­ture (Cedar Bear Nat­u­rales makes great tinc­tures). As a safety pre­cau­tion, do not take licorice for more than 7 days at a time – give it a rest in cycles (7 days on, 7 days off) and try to avoid long-term usage unless you are super­vised by a natur­opath, inte­gra­tive doc­tor, or other physician.

{TURMERIC}
Ben­e­fit: Antiox­i­dant and anti-inflammatory. Turmeric is 5–8 times stronger than antiox­i­dant vit­a­mins C and E. Turmeric is also able to neu­tral­ize the hydroxyl rad­i­cal, which is con­sid­ered one of the most (if not the most) destruc­tive and reac­tive of all oxi­dants. Cur­cumin is respon­si­ble for turmeric’s anti-inflammatory prop­er­ties and it inhibits the activ­ity of enzymes that are respon­si­ble for inflam­ma­tion.
How to Use: Make turmeric tea, make a chicken or seafood curry with an Indian curry spice mix (which con­tains turmeric), or take turmeric cap­sules (I take 2 Par­adise Herbs turmeric cap­sules per day).

{BLACK PEPPER}
Ben­e­fit:
Increases the bioavail­abil­ity of just about all other foods and com­pounds, par­tic­u­larly cur­cumin (found in turmeric — see above).
How to Use: Put a pinch or two (or three) in your meals or to your deli­cious Indian curry (see above).

{CLOVES}
Ben­e­fit:
Anti-inflammatory, antibac­te­r­ial, antiox­i­dant. May help mus­cle pains and arthri­tis pain. Clove con­tains eugenol, a mild anes­thetic use­ful for tooth and gum pain, and sore throats. Clove also assists with asthma and bron­chi­tis. Per­haps most notably, clove elim­i­nates intesti­nal par­a­sites, fungi, and unfriendly bac­te­ria.
How to Use: Put 1–3 drops of clove oil in a tall glass of water or non-plastic water bot­tle, which is some­thing I do a lot. It adds a nice spicy taste and is sur­pris­ingly refresh­ing. You can cer­tainly put more than 3 drops in once you’ve got­ten used to it, but don’t over­load — too much and you could get stom­ach upset. Clove is often used in spice mixes and tea mixes as well, or you can get cloves (they are a small, dried flower that looks brown and sharp) and grind them fresh for use in your dishes.

{GINGER}
Ben­e­fit:
Anti-inflammatory. Elim­i­nates gas/bloating and soothes the intesti­nal tract. Also boosts the immune sys­tem. Gin­ger also low­ers cho­les­terol lev­els and pre­vents the oxi­da­tion of low den­sity lipopro­tein (LDL), effec­tively pre­vent­ing vas­cu­lar dis­ease.
How to Use: Get some fresh gin­ger and grate it into food as it’s cook­ing, juice a small knob of gin­ger into your veg­etable juice, or sprin­kle gin­ger pow­der in your meals. You can also use bot­tled gin­ger juice in cook­ing. Gin­ger ale (as long as it’s all nat­ural, preservative-free, etc.) and gin­ger tea are other options.

{CINNAMON}
Ben­e­fit:
Anti-inflammatory. May help pain and stiff­ness of mus­cles and joints. Helps to pre­vent uri­nary tract infec­tions and mouth issues (gum dis­ease, decay, etc.). Sev­eral stud­ies, includ­ing one done by the Human Nutri­tion Research Cen­ter (an off-shoot of the USDA), found that cin­na­mon con­tains a com­pound that low­ers your blood sugar, which in turn helps to sta­bi­lize weight and lower inflam­ma­tion (thereby help­ing skin issues like acne and eczema).
How to Use: Add 1/4 — 1 tea­spoon of cin­na­mon to your food or drinks.

I hope you enjoy these herbs/spices and the excel­lent rea­sons to use them. If you have any herbs/spices you like to use or any recipes to share, def­i­nitely leave a com­ment!
~Steph  x

8 Comments

  1. Hey Stephanie, do you have any advice on how to lighten dark lips? My lower lip is a nat­ural pink, but the upper lip is notice­ably a lot darker (kinda brown) so I’m pretty sure it’s not nat­u­rally like that. I have an olive com­plex­ion so it stands out a lot. None of my siblings/parents have a darker upper lip. Let me know! Thanks.

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  2. Hi Stephanie,

    I think it’s only been a week or ten days that I have started watch­ing your videos and read­ing your blogs on skin care and it seems that I have become a very big fan of yours. You are doing a great job Dear! Stuff that would have cost us heaps of money and lots of effort is now unrav­eled by you and it’s just a few clicks away. I really appre­ci­ate it. I have been try­ing to note down things that are help­ful for my skin (which is oily but not too much) and nat­ural prod­ucts that are sug­gested by you. Is it pos­si­ble for you to sug­gest me some Indian nat­ural prod­ucts that you may be aware of which will really help my skin. Or may be some of your Indian view­ers can help me with this as they see my com­ment. Thanks a lot again:) Sushi

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  3. Hi Steph, what’s wrong with tak­ing licorice tea for too long? Will it over-stimulate the adren­a­line glands?

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    • Hi Vivi,

      In a way, yes. Gly­cyrrhizin, the active com­pound in licorice, can cause over­sen­si­tiv­ity to hor­mones and result in other side effects like headaches, blood pres­sure reg­u­la­tion issues, and water reten­tion. It is a won­der­ful herb, but like all med­i­c­i­nal herbs, they need to be used care­fully and prefer­ably under super­vi­sion of a natur­opath or inte­gra­tive physician.

      ~Steph x

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  4. Hi Steph, thanks for the reply… I guess I bet­ter take it spar­ingly then. Natur­opath charge very expen­sive fees in Sin­ga­pore, so unfor­tu­nately, I might not get the chance to con­sult one any­time soon. Cheers! Lovely skin! ^^

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    • No prob­lem, Vivi. :) Yes, take it in mod­er­a­tion and you can either cycle it one week off, one week on, or take it for 4 weeks in a row and give it a break for at least 4 weeks. Either way, pay close atten­tion to your body.

      ~Steph x

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  5. Hi I love all your posts . I was won­der­ing if you ever heard or tried Nu Skin prod­ucts. Of not can you go and check them out online and see if there good to use( with­out harsh chem­i­cals ) thank you

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  6. Is it nor­mal that I can’t see you last arti­cle any­more (about your diet & fit­ness rou­tine)? What a pity!

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