4 Herbs for Healthy Skin

Since ancient times, the Chinese have formulated many secret recipes for beautifying the skin and nourishing the hair. (Image: Harry Thomas Photography via flickr/CC BY 2.0)
Since ancient times, the Chinese have formulated many secret recipes for beautifying the skin and nourishing the hair. (Image: Harry Thomas Photography via flickr/CC BY 2.0)

Since ancient times, the Chinese have formulated many secret recipes for beautifying the skin and nourishing the hair.

It is said that some of the imperial concubines were obsessed by beauty, and they regularly took recipes to remain young and beautiful even when they were in their 50s.

Atractylodes, China root, licorice root

Here is a prescription for nourishing qi and blood, and for abolishing freckles: “Take 5 grams of white peony root, 5 grams of large-head atractylodes, 5 grams of China root, and 2.5 grams of licorice root. Heat in water and drink it when it is warm.” This is suitable to use for rough skin, chloasma (brown spots), and pigmentation.

 Atractylodes lancea (Image: tak56 via wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0)

Atractylodes. (Image: tak56 via wikimedia CC BY-SA 3.0)

The Chinese believe that the skin is closely related to abdominal function. Therefore, the prescription that reconciles qi, the blood, and five internal organs can also be good for a fair and healthy skin.

The above herbs are used as traditional Chinese medicine to moisturize skin. Accompanied with licorice, they can also help to stay young.

In Chinese medicine theory, white peony root tastes sweet and sour, its nature is a bit cold, and it has the effect of nourishing the blood.

Licorice Root (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Licorice root. (Image: pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Large-head atractylodes tastes sweet and bitter, its nature is warm, and it has an anti-aging effect.

China root tastes sweet, its nature is calm, and it can make the skin fair.

Licorice tastes sweet, its nature is calm, and it has the effect of a deodorant.

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