Here’s the thing… summer days can be harsh on your skin.
Hotter temperatures and increased exposure to sunlight mean our skin is more likely to experience dehydration, irritation, and sun damage.
If you were already struggling with issues like acne, eczema, and itching, summer’s heat and humidity can make your symptoms even worse.
That’s why we’re dedicating our summer newsletter to all things skin. Read on to learn how you can use Chinese medicine to discover herbs for beautiful skin!
Are you frustrated with stubborn acne?
Can’t seem to get relief for itchy eczema?
Want a more holistic way to prevent the early signs of aging?
Then our latest blog is for you.
Chinese medicine and herbal remedies have helped people overcome dermatological issues for thousands of years. Today, these same holistic principles can help you restore your inner balance and reveal beautiful, glowing skin.
Summer is a smart time to rethink your holistic skincare routine – inside and out. Head to the blog to discover how Chinese medicine can help you overcome your biggest skin problems.Read the Blog
Along with Chinese herbal medicine, acupuncture is also a well-known treatment option for troubled skin. These acupressure points make it easy to enhance your skin’s health in just a few minutes each day.
Large Intestine 11
LI-11 is a heat-clearing point that is great to use for inflamed skin conditions. Find this point at the crook of the elbow. Trace the depression between your ulna and radius (on the outside of your arm) up from the wrist until you reach the tender depression at the elbow. Press here for 10 seconds, release, then repeat 3-10 times on each elbow.
LV-3 is a great point for relieving stress and circulating blood and qi. It also helps support a healthy hormone balance, which makes it great for reducing hormone-related skin troubles. Find it on the top of the foot, just above the junction of the first and second metatarsals (long foot bones). Press for 5-10 seconds, release, then repeat 3-10 times on each foot.
This point helps you stimulate blood flow to the entire face while preventing wrinkle formation in between the eyebrows (those “number 11 lines”). Yintang is located right between the eyebrows and is also known for alleviating stress and anxiety. Press here for 10 seconds. Release, then repeat 3-10 times.
Roses are beautiful. But did you know that they can also help you feel more beautiful, too?
Rosebuds, or mei gui hua, is a Chinese herb for beautiful skin. They are commonly used in Chinese medicine to help regulate menstruation (and PMS pimples), soothe the Liver, and ease stress.
It also helps nourish the blood and keep the skin beautiful, youthful, and glowing.
A simple way to enjoy the benefits of mei gui hua is to make a quick cup of tea that doubles as a hydrating skin toner. Here’s how to make it.
Add 1-2 tablespoons of rosebuds to a mug. Boil a pot of water and pour a little more than one cup of hot water over the rosebuds. Let steep for 4-5 minutes.
Drink the rose tea, reserving ¼ of the liquid. Allow the remaining liquid to cool to room temperature.
Soak your cloth or cotton ball in the rose tea and dab along your cheeks, forehead, chin, and nose.
Alternatively, apply the wet cloth over your entire face and rest for 10 minutes while the rose tea sinks in and hydrates your skin.Order Mei Gui Hua
What says summer better than sangria? We’re changing up the traditional recipe and making a fruit-infused alcohol-free summer tea for clear skin. Each ingredient in this tea has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce skin irritation and promote healthy skin renewal. Let’s make it!
Start by preparing the herbal tea. In a large pot, boil 3-4 cups of water. Add hibiscus, goji berries, and chrysanthemum and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and strain, reserving the liquid. Add the honey if using. Chill in the refrigerator until cool. Alternatively, you can add all ingredients with cool water to a pitcher and place it in the summer sun for 4-6 hours, then chill until cool.
In a large bowl or pitcher, combine the herbal tea, pomegranate juice, and sparkling water. Stir to combine. Adjust with water, juice, or honey to taste. Add in the fruit, mint, and extra goji berries. Ladle into glasses chilled or over ice. Enjoy!Shop These Herbs and Other Teas
Kate Downes is a Chinese medicine practitioner (MSAOM, NCCAOM, Dipl.OM) and wellness writer. Through her educational content for Plum Dragon Herbs, Kate hopes to help others gain a better understanding of the wonders of Chinese herbal medicine so they can be empowered in their own quest for natural, vibrant health.
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