Wrinkles and other signs that the body is aging can be delayed naturally. There are two main causes of premature aging. One is cell and tissue damage caused by free radicals.The other is a reduced immunity that puts the body at risk for disease. Herbal remedies can help fight free radicals and help build immunity. For the best results, eat a healthy diet, exercise, and use herbal remedies on a daily basis.
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Herbs that fight free radical damage include pine bark, grape seed, ginkgo biloba, shiitake mushroom, raishi mushroom, astragalus, alfalfa, evening primrose, black currant, borage, Echinacea, Hawthorne , and licorice.
Herbs that strengthen the immune system include all of the above plus ginseng, guto-kola, burdock, bilberry, and cayenne.
Since we can't stop the clock, adding antioxidants (which fight free radicals) to the diet is the best remedy for aging. Fresh fruit and vegetables, organically grown if possible, should be consumed daily. Whole grains, nuts, seeds, beans, and sprouts insure free-flowing digestion free from constipation. Flax, sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds help rid the body of parasites. Cultured foods including yogurt, cheese, tofu, wine, and raw sauerkraut are also beneficial.
Sea-weeds provide needed enzymes and can easily be added to soups and sauces. There are many kind on the market today. Kelp and bladderwort have a salty taste. Yakama, kombu, and sea palm are sweeter. Nori and arame are slightly sour. Fish and seafood should be included in the diet to enhance metabolic balance. Plenty of water, herbal teas, and green drinks are recommended to keep the body's pH in balance. Poultry, meat, butter, eggs, and dairy should be eaten in moderation. Fried food, caffeine, red meat, and refined foods should be avoided. Instead of frying, sautee in cold-pressed vegetable oil to reap the benefits of omegas that quality vegetable and nuts oil have in abundance. Reducing unhealthy dietary fat and limiting exposure to air pollution, toxic substances, tobacco, and rancid foods can significantly reduce free radical damage and reduce the effects of aging.
Exercise is important for strengthening the immune system. Exercise also strengthens the muscles, nerves, blood, glands, lungs, heart, brain, and mind while lifting one's mood. Good metabolism is optimized by exercise. A little exercise makes a big difference when one wants to age gracefully.
Stretching only takes a few minutes but can help regenerate tissue and clear the body of waste. Stretching improves circulation, energy, strength, enzyme function, and reduces stress.
Skin problems like wrinkles, dryness, and age spots appear as we age. For removing prominent age spots and reducing wrinkles use lotion that contains natural alpha-hydroxy acids. One tablespoon of elder flowers or chopped parsley mixed with a teaspoon of lemon juice is an old recipe for banishing age spots. Add a little water if needed to form a paste. Apply the lotion three times a day, leave on for five minutes, then rinse with water. Repeat the process regularly for two or three months to see more beautiful skin.
Aging skin should be checked regularly for signs of cancer. Changes in moles and sores that will not heal can be symptoms of skin cancer. Visit The Skin Cancer Foundation for more information.
Some essential oils work on the skin to fight the effects of aging. Frankincense, ylang-ylang, lavender, and rose essential oils can restore a youthful look and feel to the skin. Look for quality ointments, lotions, toners, and moisturizers that contain real essential oils (instead of artificial fragrances) or make your own.
Lactic acid in milk, citric acid in fruit, glycolic acid in sugar cane, and malic acid in pears and apples are other examples of hydroxy acids and are used in many skin rejuvenation remedies. Milk baths, fruit masks, and honey lotions have been used in various cultures for thousands of years. These are easily made and are safe to use as home remedies.
Changes in lifestyle and consuming medicinal herbs on a daily basis can also help keep the brain healthy. Nut oils are especially beneficial to the brain as are herbs like ginkgo biloba.
* Some people may experience side effects such as burning, skin irritation, redness, and possible scarring from the use of alpha-hydroxy acids. Always test on a small area of the wrist before applying to the face. Do not apply to sensitive eye areas. Alpha-hydroxy products cause sun sensitivity. Always apply sunscreen before going outside when using any alpha-hydroxy acid.
"The only way to really learn about herbal medicine is to touch and smell herbs, taste them, use them daily, and grow them if possible. Herbal medicine is a way of life. It is not a quick fix." ... Janice Boling, herbalist, web designer, writer, photographer
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