Today’s herb for healthy skin, since ancient times
Skin is the body’s largest organ, one that is constantly shielding us from heat, light, infections, and other environmental elements. It also offers insulation, regulates body temperature, and allows sensations of heat, cold and touch. Ayurveda describes skin textures based on different body types and Ayurvedic herbal supplements for skin care should be used to enhance existing skin complexion and texture with no attempts to change them to a ‘universal normal’.
According to Ayurveda, a vata body type will have dry skin; a pitta body type will have soft, warm skin; and a kapha body type will have oily skin. Most people have a combination of dominant doshas and we recommend consulting a professional Ayurvedic practitioner before using any herbs for skin problems.
Though each of the 3 doshas of vata, pitta and kapha have their own influence on skin health, pitta dosha is mainly responsible for maintaining skin health and clear complexion. To maintain and support healthy skin, Ayurveda aptly follows the saying ‘Beauty comes from within’. It addresses skin health by suggesting Ayurvedic herbal supplements for skin care to be taken internally and for external application.
When looking for herbs for skin problems, Turmeric tops the list for its versatility as well as effectiveness in skin care. Turmeric has been used in skin care regimes for centuries in the form of paste, mixed with other substances such as honey, milk or lemon juice. It is known to support an even skin tone; help fight free radical damage and naturally lighten excess skin pigmentation caused by sun exposure or ageing.
Ayurveda views skin health to reflect the overall health of an individual. Skin health is inter-related to liver health, blood health (called Rakta dhatu in Ayurveda) and a balanced pitta dosha. When there is excess pitta dosha in the tissues due to intake of unwholesome, hot, and spicy food, strong alcoholic beverages, excessive salty, alkaline, acidic, and pungent foods, and indulgence in activities that cause overexposure to sun, it can lead to excess pitta dosha in the blood causing vitiation of blood. Ayurvedic herbal supplements for skin care work by detoxifying the blood and then soothe the pitta dosha to support a lustrous and glowing skin.
Turmeric is an excellent herb for skin problems and a natural blood purifier. Due to its tikta (bitter) – katu (pungent) rasa, and hot potency, turmeric can maintain normal liver function. A healthy liver allows free flow of nutrients to the cells and removal of toxins from the cells, thus allowing purification of blood. Due to its hot potency, it is recommended to use turmeric in moderation especially for people who are pitta dominant.
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