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Triphala for healthy skin, detoxing, and more

Triphala is a highly revered, time-tested ayurvedic herb which is thought to be beneficial to every system and organ of the body.

It helps regulate & cleanse the digestive system. It’s so gentle that it’s considered safe enough to be taken everyday. It also helps cleanse the blood & liver, and doesn’t deplete the body because of its high nutritional content. These cleansing actions are extremely beneficial to the skin. It’s helpful for the eyes, respiratory, glandular, cardiovascular and immune systems.

It’s believed to be anti-aging, and is known in ayurveda to speed healing, and to rejuvenate every part of the body. It’s great for all three doshas, and considered safe for most people, from infants to the elderly* (although it’s normally not recommended if you’re pregnant or nursing / ** if in doubt make sure to check in with a qualified physician.)

Triphala is made up of 3 nourishing fruits, including vibhitaki/bibitaki, haritaki, and amla/amalaki. Amla is extremely high in heat stable vitamin C (which is normally very easy to destroy with temperature changes). It’s said to have 20 times more vitamin C than oranges.

Vitamin C can hydrate the skin and increase collagen production (preventing wrinkles & increasing elasticity). It can also help strengthen the blood vessels below the surface of your skin, which can help repair or prevent broken capillaries & spider veins.

How to take it: You can find triphala in capsules (from brands such as Organic India or Gaia Herbs) or buy it in loose powder form – I got mine at Mountain Rose Herbs. ( I’m not affiliated with any of these companies, just a fan of their high quality products & sustainable practices.)

I usually take 1/4 of a teaspoon of the powder in some warm spring water with about 1 tsp of honey. You can start with 1/8 of a tsp of the herb and slowly work your way up to 1 or 2 tsp depending on your own needs and tolerance for it. Check out this article to learn more about dosage. Feel free to take it plain or with the vegan sweetener of your choice (a little bit of coconut sugar?)

It is quite bitter, so for me the honey helps it go down more smoothly (the taste has actually grown on me).  I like taking it this way instead of in capsules since the bitter flavor helps get digestion going. It’s suggested that you take it first thing in the morning or right before bed.

You can also take it in a cup of tulsi tea, which tastes great, also has amazing health benefits and is said to amplify some of triphalas actions.

Ancient ayurvedic herb for glowing skin http://www.thelotusroot.com/triphala-for-healthy-skin-detoxing-and-more/

Triphala for healthy skin, gentle cleansing, digestive health, and more http://www.thelotusroot.com/triphala-for-healthy-skin-detoxing-and-more/

Do you ever take triphala? I’d love to hear how you’ve benefited from it. <3

Liz

*Disclaimer: The information on this website is for informational purposes only. The information shared is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. **Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health care provider with any questions you may have. Use your own discretion and do your research before trying any herb, essential oil or health regimen, especially if pregnant, nursing or have a health condition.

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Ayurvedic herbs for the skin

Today I wanted to share this video by Prashanti de Jager, one of my favorite herbalists, on the top ayurvedic herbs for clear & healthy skin.

(Spoiler alert: the herbs are triphala, turmeric, brahmi, and neem – more about triphala and how to use it HERE.)

To sum it up:  Any herb or food that is rich in antioxidants, bioflavanoids, or is cleansing to the liver and/or blood is great for your skin. Herbs / foods that support the immune system improve the health of your skin as well.
He also touches on why it’s a good idea to use herbs & herbal based products.

+ Learn more about the health + beauty benefits of turmeric {and a healthy hot cocoa recipe}:  here

+ Learn how to make a delicious turmeric / cocoa / peanut butter smoothie: here

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Hot cocoa with a healthy kick

 nourishing vegan hot cocoa with ayurvedic herbs + spices: thelotusroot.com/hot-cocoa-with-a-healthy-kick/

Golden milk is a hot ayurvedic drink traditionally made with milk, honey & turmeric (and a few other ingredients, depending on who you ask.)

I’ve put my own spin on this by adding some mineral rich cocao and a few more spices.

This is my absolute favorite way to get turmeric into my body, and it’s perfect for this time of year.

It gives my mood a boost, and the spices in this drink make it extremely nourishing & warming.

All of the ingredients have amazing health benefits (especially when taken together) – here are just a few:

  •  Raw cocao is rich in magnesium, antioxidants and those “bliss chemicals” we love so much (phenylethylamine & anandamide).
  • Curcumin is the compound in turmeric that makes it a powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant. It’s great for the joints, brain, heart, skin & immune system, and has been proven to alleviate the symptoms of depression. It’s also known to increase flexibility of the tendons (perfect for yogis & dancers).
  •  The pinch of pepper in this recipe actually boosts your bodies ability to absorb the curcumin in turmeric by up to 2000 percent! [Source]. It also gives the drink a great kick and makes it taste a bit like chai.
  •   The healthy fat in coconut oil also allows the curcumin + the magnesium in the cocoa to be absorbed better.
    “When eaten with fat, curcumin can be directly absorbed into the bloodstream through the lymphatic system, thereby in part bypassing the liver.” [Source]

I could probably go on all day about the health benefits of the rest of the ingredients, but on to the recipe…

 nourishing vegan hot cocoa with ayurvedic herbs + spices: thelotusroot.com/hot-cocoa-with-a-healthy-kick/

Chocolate golden milk

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of almond or coconut milk (or the milk of your choice)
  •  One 1/2 inch piece of ginger
  •  1/2 a teaspoon dried turmeric powder (or one 1/2 inch piece fresh turmeric)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons raw cocao powder
  •  Raw honey to taste – I used 1 1/2 tablespoons ( feel free to substitute coconut sugar or the sweetener of your choice if you’re vegan or want to use something low glycemic.)
  •  1/2 tsp unrefined / cold pressed Coconut oil (or ghee if you’re not making it a vegan drink.)
  •  a pinch each of cayenne, cinnamon & black pepper
  • optional but delicious: a few cardamom pods (cracked open)

 nourishing vegan hot cocoa with ayurvedic herbs + spices: thelotusroot.com/hot-cocoa-with-a-healthy-kick/Directions

  •  Add milk to your pot and start to simmer on medium heat..
  •  Add your piece of ginger.
  •  Stir in the other ingredients.
  •  Bring to a boil, turn down the heat and let it simmer for about 5 – 10 more minutes.
  •  Pull out your piece of ginger (and turmeric if you used the fresh root)
  •  Pour into a mug and enjoy. nourishing vegan hot cocoa with ayurvedic herbs + spices: thelotusroot.com/hot-cocoa-with-a-healthy-kick/

 

I hope you give this one a try – Share a pic of your chocolate golden milk with the hashtag #herbalmedicineeveryday on instagram and let me know what you think!

Liz

If this drink sounds good, you may also enjoy this raw cocao turmeric smoothie recipe.

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Disclaimer: Please note this article is for educational purposes only.  It is not intended to diagnose or suggest treatment. Please be sure to do your research and consult with a medical professional before consuming any new herbs or spices, especially if pregnant, nursing, or have any medical conditions.