Top 5 Herbs for Skin Health

Top 5 Herbs for Skin Health


– Today, I’m gonna be sharing with you guys
my top five favorite herbs for beautiful, healthy and radiant skin, that have been used
by ancient cultures around the world for thousands of years. So we’re gonna go to a variety of different
regions and pick out the best that they have to offer. For our first one, we’re gonna journey down
to South East Asia to Thailand, where they have something called the blue butterfly pea
flower. and this is known in Latin as clitoria ternatea. It’s a vibrant blue beautiful flower that
grows all over Thailand. And it can be used in a wide variety of food
and drink preparations, because its flavor is very mild. But it gives this amazing bright blue color. You may have seen a video previously, where
we used it to make a vibrant blue ice cream. You can go check that out afterwards. But we’re not here, of course, to talk about
what it taste like necessarily, we’re here to talk about what it’s gonna do for your
skin. It does a few things that are very interesting. The first of which, is that it supports synthesis
of collagen and elastin that help rejuvenate your skin. But it actually goes even further than that,
because there have been in vitro studies that have shown that the clitoria ternatea flower
extracted has the ability to inhibit glycation. What’s glycation? When you are burning sugar as fuel in your
body, When you are burning glucose to create energy, to create ATP to fuel all of your
cells, something that happens as kind of a side effect of this, it’s like you have cars
that have emissions when they are burning fossil fuels. When you are burning sugar as a part of your
metabolism, something happens called glycation and you produce what are called advance glycation
end products, AGEs. And it’s funny that that acronym is AGE because,
these actually cause aging. They cause cross linking of your DNA, as your
DNA replicates, they cause it to have little errors and mistakes and what’s called cross
linking happen each time so that each successive round of replication is less perfect then
the previous one. So glycation is really one of the main things
that cause aging and wrinkling of the skin and blue butterfly, it appears, has the ability
to inhibit glycation, which is amazing. And it has a whole wide variety of other benefits
that we can get to another time in terms of stress and brain health and blood sugar balance,
but we’re today gonna focus on skin health. So that’s blue butterfly. Now, we’re gonna leave the tropics of Thailand
and journey north, we’re gonna hop right over China and go up to the cold of Siberia. What do we find here growing on birch tress
in Siberia? There is a mushroom called chaga mushroom,
that’s becoming very well known these days. This is a powerful antimicrobial, it protects
against oxidative stress and it also, in Russian research, they’ve shown it to be very effective
against psoriasis. Psoriasis is a very common skin issue that
so many people deal with and have a hard time making progress on improving their condition
and it causes a lot of frustration and suffering and it’s fascinating to see that something
like chaga is able to really do something when it comes to psoriasis and creates a noticeable
benefit and these antimicrobial effects of chaga as well, are so nice because you know,
whether you’re dealing with acne or various different skin conditions, having a healthy
microbiome on your skin and not dealing with any difficult microbial issues, is gonna make
your skin a lot healthier. Next, we’re gonna drop back down into China
and here we deal with something that some people might say, wait a second, that’s not
an herb. And this is pearl powder. Now you have to understand, that in the Chinese
system herbs are not just plants. The Chinese herbal system incorporates plants,
it also incorporates minerals, which pearl could be in essence considered a mineral. Or you may look at what they call dragon bone,
you look at something called like shilajit, you look at mushrooms which aren’t plants,
they’re from an entirely different kingdom completely. And then you also have things coming from
the animal world. They get into things like polyrhachis ant,
which is big black Chinese mountain ant or you know deer antler tips being extracted
into alcohol for the growth factors, but here we’re looking at pearl which is grown inside
a shellfish and they remove it and they actually go for the smallest pearls, interestingly,
because the beneficial part of the pearl is the outer part. What’s on the inside is actually not beneficial
necessarily, its just kind of inert. And so the smaller ones are gonna, by having
more smaller pearls rather than just a couple of big ones, they get more of the outer material. Now, what is pearl doing? Pearl is a wonderful herb for supporting rejuvenation
of the skin. Creating smooth, fine elastic skin and preventing
wrinkles. It is of all the herbs we’re talking about
here, it has some of the greatest history of use in China and if you mention pearl as
an herb, as a supplement to somebody in China, they know that you are taking it for its beauty
enhancing effects, for its skin enhancing effects. That you know it was kind of their way of
saying it traditionally was that it would give one the complexion of a jade girl and
that was one of the highest compliments you could pay to the health of somebody’s skin
and their beauty. Now going on from there, we’re gonna stay
in China for the next herb and talk about tremella mushroom. This is a mushroom that grows on trees and
it is known as the jelly mushroom or the snow mushroom and it has the amazing ability to
improve hyaluronic acid production. So hyaluronic acid, many people take it itself
as a supplement to support moisture and elasticity in the skin and tremella contains it yes,
but it can also help regulate your own natural production of hyaluronic acid which is pretty
amazing and there is an ancient Chinese beauty her name was Yang Guifei, very famous for
how beautiful she was and it was widely said that her beauty was attributed to regular
consumption, daily consumption of tremella mushroom. Last, we are going to go to schizandra, this
is another incredible Chinese herb. It’s a berry called wu wei zi in Chinese,
in Mandarin, and this is called the five flavor fruit as it translates directly to English. It’s sweet, sour, salty, bitter and pungent
all at once. So you know that there’s a lot of interesting
stuff going on with this herb. And we’ll put a link in the description to
a whole ‘nother video that we did all about the various aspects of schizandra. But as it applies to the skin, schizandra
was traditionally said to help protect the skin from the harmful effects of the elements,
meaning from the heat from the sun, from the cold, from the wind. Cause all of these things over the years can
really take a toll on your skin and gonna give you that weathered and weather beaten
look that is not probably the look that you’re going for. So schizandra is helping you protect from
the elements and just generally famous for making the skin radiantly beautiful, it’s
also a liver tonic which is interesting to note because it’s not just a stage one liver
detoxifier as many things are, but it’s both stage one and stage two. Most herbs you’ll find that work on the liver
either support stage one detoxification or stage two and you can end up with an imbalance
there if you’re not taking the right herb to support the other stage properly, but schizandra,
being stage one and stage two is fantastic, especially when you consider that the health
of the liver is very often reflected in the health of your skin. So guys, these are our five favorite herbs
coming from all over the world, right? We’re going Thailand, Siberia and then all
through China for radiant and beautiful skin, making sure your skin stays clear, young,
elastic, soft, beautiful and you know of course, this is not just about surface beauty. These are all herbs that are working on many
other deeper levels of your health and a lot of what they’re doing to create this beautiful
skin is happening as a result of things they’re doing to your internal organs. So don’t be confused thinking this is just
about superficial beauty. This is about creating beauty on all levels
of your body, mind and spirit. Thank so much for joining us today guys. Be sure to give us a like and leave us a comment. I’m super curious to hear if you’ve tried
some of these herbs and what your experience has been or if you’re curious about one of
them in particular and gonna give it a try, let us know in the comments. I’d love to hear. Thanks again so much for joining us, hope
you guys have a beautiful day.

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