The following fabulous herbs and formulas are commonly used to strengthen the very systems that usually underlie irritated skin.
Turmeric is said to enhance the complexion and foster beautiful skin.5, 3 When the skin is inflamed, turmeric is a powerful ally because of its clarifying and detoxifying effect and its strong affinity for the digestive system, the liver, the blood, and the skin. Turmeric can be cooked into food, taken alone, or if you prefer, Turmeric tablets and Turmeric liquid extract are also available.
Neem is one of Ayurveda’s most celebrated herbs for the skin. Its bitter flavor makes it very cooling, and it pacifies both pitta and kapha. Neem purifies the blood, supports proper digestion, promotes healing, removes excess heat, and destroys toxins.5 It has a strong affinity for the lymph, the blood, and the skin. Because it is so cold and bitter, too much neem can aggravate vata; it is often combined with other herbs to offset this potential. In fact, Neem is an essential ingredient in both the Blood Cleanse and Healthy Skin formulas mentioned below.
We have already seen that Brahmi Oil can be applied externally to the skin, but brahmi’s tridoshicnature and its affinity for the skin make it a worthwhile internal ally as well. This herb bolsters the skin’s natural capacity to heal, pacifies pitta in the skin, and strengthens the skin’s natural protective qualities—all while cleansing and softening the skin.
Manjistha and Neem
This combination of herbs provides another very effective means of cleansing and purifying the blood. In fact, these herbs are key ingredients in both the Blood Cleanse and Healthy Skin formulas. Manjistha and neem are cooling, they have a strong affinity for the blood, and both support healthy skin.