Spices are staples in the kitchen as they do add plenty of flavor to our meals. But aside from adding that oomph to our culinary experiments, these kitchen spices have something else in store for us, and that they are useful when it comes to busting our acne problems. If you are wondering what these spices are, here are a few that you should know of.
Clove has been found to contain antiseptic as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can help treat acne breakouts. One way to use this is to combine half a teaspoon of clove powder with a tablespoon of tea tree oil in a small jar and let it infuse for 24 hours. Get a Q-tip and dip it in the solution before dabbing it on the acne spots before you go to bed.
Wasabi is always a good combination with Maki, but aside from giving it a nice kick, it can also be good for your skin because it is high in vitamin C, potassium, as well as other types of phytochemicals that can fight off free radicals. Another plus to wasabi is that it contains sulfinyl which can help reverse the effects of aging.
Another kitchen spice that can help treat your acne problem is star anise because it has the ability to reduce scarring, treat wounds, and even fight off the effects of aging. You can use star anise as a skin toner to help cleanse your skin. For this recipe, you will need 5 star anise and a cup of filtered water. Heat the water until it boils then add the star anise. Reduce the heat to medium and let it simmer for 10 minutes before removing it from the heat. Let the solution cool down completely before transferring into a spray bottle. Keep it in your fridge and use as toner as needed. You can remake this solution every week.
Turmeric has often been used in Ayurveda as well as Chinese herbal remedies to treat different kinds of illnesses because of the curcumin that it has. Curcumin is known for its anti-cancer, antioxidant, and antiviral properties including pain reliever just to name a few. If you have frequent bouts with acne, adding turmeric can be of good use. Turmeric has been found to reduce skin irritation, redness, inflammation, as well as swelling. Fortunately, you can add turmeric to your stews, eggs, tea, milk, or even roasted vegetables just to name a few.
Another spice that can be added to your skin care regimen is garlic. Garlic has been found to be effective in treating various skin problems like rashes and ringworms too. And because it has antibacterial properties, your skin will be able to heal faster too. You can add this to your meals if you like or, if you can bear the smell and taste, chew on it as is to absorb its nutrients.
You can also add pesto sauce to your list of kitchen spices to enjoy for your skin because the basil in it helps cleanse the blood which can actually contribute to lessening the breakouts on your skin. This is due to the fact that basil has antibiotic, antiseptic, as well as antifungal properties that are effective in clearing up our skin naturally.
You don’t really have to use commercial skin care products just to fight acne because you can actually find what you need in your kitchen. For sure, once you have determined how to use them, you’ll find it enjoyable to use all the time.