Refresh Your Skin with Folk Medicine Ingredients

Folk Medicine is touted with the benefits of health from the inside out.

In regards to skin care, incorporating Folk Medicine into a daily regimen may also work wonders for beautification.

Turmeric:

Turmeric is native to parts of Central America and India. Turmeric can provide a host of benefits, especially for the skin by staving off acne breakouts. It may also work to lighten scars left from previous acne breakouts!

What makes turmeric so powerful? It is the compound found in the root of the turmeric plant known as curcumin which provides anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits.

Honey:

Manuka honey is native to New Zealand. It works well as moisturizer and due to it’s high content of hydrogen peroxide it can be used as an antibacterial, skin detoxifier.

**Manuka honey also has the ability to aid in the healing of wounds via manuka honey’s ability to decrease certain forms of bacteria**.

Aloe Vera Gel:

Aloe vera is known in the Egyptian culture as the “plant of immortality” due to its positive effects inside and outside of the body.

Aloe vera gel is high in Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which are essential for skin health. It also contains over five enzymes that can improves skin’s appearance.

Spring Feng Shui

Feng Shui is a type of folk work that originates in China. I feel most cultures have their own type of “feng shui” — however, I will focus on this particular type of geomancy (a form of deviation used by almost all cultures for positive impact upon one’s life).

Feng Shui attempts to harmonize and reorganize the energy in a person or persons’ environment to bring about positive energy.

Now, spring is a few weeks away and what spring represents for some is renewed change. Renewed change is necessary regardless of which facets of life the change occurs in – you just have to make the decision on which changes are best for you (but that is a more in-depth blog for another post).

So… what is spring feng shui?

When I “spring feng shui” I do a cleansing of my home with palo santo and white sage: I also spring feng shui by renewing my herb and seasoning rations in my kitchen.

That being said, refurbishing your herbs and seasonings stash is important for anyone using that uses them to flavor their food and for those who use natural herbs to create folk remedies.

Why is it important?

Renewing your bounty of folk medicine ingredients brings the action of “old with the old and in with the new”, which can bring in good energy – especially concerning things that will be used on and inside the body.

Below are a few examples of how to Spring Feng Shui your kitchen:

  1. Clean out your cupboards and pantries – we all have old items/products that may have expired or we are not using anymore.

2. Make an inventory, either in your mind or on paper, of what newer

items you want to introduce into your kitchen vs which staple herbs

you will be keeping or throwing out.

3. Choose herbs that are beneficial for your folk medicine needs (ex: chamomile,

ginger, milk thristle, etc).

This is only a brief rundown on how to spring feng shui your kitchen space, however you will find that it can be the little things that can make a difference in so much of the bigger picture.

3 Natural Ingredients I Have Never Heard Of – Until Now.

Learning about folk medicine is never-ending. There is and will always be something out there, some natural remedy or plant, that has yet to be discovered.

Now, I am knowledgeable in most natural ingredients used in folk medicine, however, I just “discovered” a few new ingredients that I have never heard of – until now: mace, lavendin, and superoxide dismutase.

Mace: I found mace in one of the seasonings that I use to flavor coffee. Now, THIS type of mace is not to be confused with the anti-stranger danger spray: this type of mace originates from the nutmeg tree.

Although it is similar to nutmeg in correlation with folk medicinal uses, (ex: cold and flu prevention, reducing instances of anxiousness, topical pain reliever, etc) it is different.

Mace is a bright red-orange color while nutmeg is brown and the taste of mace is more on the peppery side than nutmeg (which has a sweeter flavor).

Lavendin: Lavendin was listed as one of the ingredients for a soap I purchased. While reading it I thought it was supposed to read lavender and was misspelled – which had me jump to conclusions about the quality of the soap; until I started to investigate.

Lavendin is not misspelled, it is actually a cross between two different types of lavender plants: lavender as we know it (which is called True Lavender) and another type of lavender known as Spike Lavender.

Lavendin is used in a similar manner as Lavender: it helps with coughs, can establish a calming mood, prevent skin infections and can be used to beautify the skin.

Superoxide Dismutase: I found this in a multivitamin I am currently taking. Superoxide Dismutase is an enzyme that every human has in their cells.

Not only is the enzyme internally produced by humans, but most fruits and vegetables also have this enzyme (ex: apples, avocados, Brussel sprouts, cabbage, tomatoes, etc).

The purpose of this enzyme is to speed up chemical actions and to destroy free radicals within the body.

Are you familiar with the above ingredients? Also, what other herbs or naturally occurring ingredients have you just discovered and are now using?