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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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How to make chaga tea

How to make Chaga Tea {great for vibrant health + skin} http://thelotusroot.com/how-to-make-chaga-tea/

What is Chaga?

As I mentioned in this post, Chaga is a wild, medicinal mushroom that grows on birch trees. It’s one of the best sources of antioxidants around, and has an extremely long list of health benefits (check out this list). It has a nice mild flavor, it’s a nice alternative to caffeinated drinks, and tastes great hot or cold.

How do you make it?

  • A crock pot is the easiest and safest way to prepare it – since you can pretty much set it and forget it ( I also like that crock pots are ceramic on the inside, so (hopefully) you’re not making your tea in a pot that’s leaching metals)
How to make Chaga Tea {great for vibrant health + skin} http://thelotusroot.com/how-to-make-chaga-tea/

trust me – it tastes better than it looks!

  • Put a couple of small pieces (or one large piece) in the pot, fill it up with spring water (with a little bit of room at the top) and set it on low for about 8 hours (or longer).
  • You’ll know its ready when it’s dark like coffee. You can do it before you go to bed so it will be ready in the morning.
  • You can continue to add water until it doesn’t get dark anymore – then start over with new pieces.
  • It tastes great on its own (hot or iced) or with a little bit of almond milk (or organic cream..etc..)  + the sweetener of your choice

I get my chaga from Keystone Herbs – but if you’re lucky you can find it growing where you live. How to make Chaga Tea {great for vibrant health + skin} http://thelotusroot.com/how-to-make-chaga-tea/

Let me know if you try it!

Liz