Herbs and Spices that Can Save Your Skin August 26 2015

Want to make your skin glow? If so, incorporate more spices into your diet! It will give your skincare regimen a boost while making your food taste delicious. Talk about a win-win situation!  From antioxidants to anti-inflammatory agents, the herbs and spices below have everything your skin needs to be healthy:

Chamomile to calm razor burn: A natural anti-inflammatory, chamomile has the power to reduce redness, itchiness, and swelling that can come along with beard burn. Simply steep chamomile tea in boiling water for 2-3 minutes so the anti-inflammatory enzymes can release, then place the tea bag in the fridge to cool before applying it to irritated skin.

Cinnamon for a bright complexion: Cinnamon is packed with antioxidants that fight skin damage. Feel free to add half of teaspoon to your coffee grounds before brewing for an easy antioxidant boost!

Hot peppers to fight wrinkles: Cayenne, paprika, and chili pepper do more than just heat up your taste buds. Vitamins A and C help combat free radicals - plus as we learned in our previous blog, peppers contain capsaicin which has been shown to have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cancer-fighting properties. Try adding some cayenne to your guacamole, chili pepper in curry sauce, or make a rub for your meat with paprika.

Turmeric to reduce inflammation: This herb has powerful anti-inflammatory benefits due to its high concentration of curcumin. Studies have shown that curcumin may fight melanoma if applied topically. This substance inhibits angiogenesis - which is the growth of blood vessels. A lot of cancer research has been done showing curcumin to be a potent inhibitor of tumor activity. Sprinkle some into your pasta salads or soups!

Start spicing up your diet and reap the benefits the above herbs and spices have to offer. When taste is everything, La Flor is all you need to transform your everyday meal into an extraordinary culinary delight. Shop our selection of spices, herbs, and blends on the web - keep it spicy America!