Spices that Keep You Beautiful
Common kitchen spices work wonders for your recipes, but there are other benefits besides tasty food that these spices bring along. Many common spices are a great source of antioxidants, anti-inflammatory agents and nutrients, which are essential for your body. This makes spices really useful, easy to get and economic beauty products as well. Let’s quickly have a look at some of our favourite spices and what great beauty benefits they bring us!
Apart from being a popular topping in drinks, cookies and stewed fruit, cinnamon is also packed with antioxidants which counter skin damage. Adding half a teaspoon of cinnamon in your coffee every day helps to keep the skin fresh and glowing. It is best to store the cinnamon in a dark cupboard, to prevent the sun from decreasing its potency.
Although garlic leaves a very bad (and to some revolting) taste in your mouth, it does wonders for thin and weak hair. As hair needs nutrients to stay thick, strong, and long, not consuming the right food leaves your hair dull, thin, and weak. Garlic is rich in amino acids, which help in strengthening the hair follicles.
#3 Green Tea
Green tea is rich in anti-inflammatory agents, anti-ageing agents and antioxidants, making it the perfect makeover for your skin. Studies have shown that drinking green tea before work can leave you reinvigorated. It also reduces the chances of DNA damage or even sunburn.
#4 Hot Peppers
Chilli peppers, such as green chillies, paprika and jalapenos do not just make one feel hot inside, they are also great for your skin. Being the abundant source of vitamin A and C, they help fight the free radicals that make skin dull and wrinkly, thereby leaving it fresh and soft for longer – leaving you looking pretty hot on the outside too!
#5 Red Clover
Apart from being a vital ingredient in spicy gourmet food, the red clover also has a very useful effect on the skin – it helps break down the red itchy patches caused by eczema. Red clover helps remove the toxins that cause itching and inflammation, making it a useful treatment.
It is best to always keep a handful of spices in your kitchen, no matter where you are, and use them generously in your favourite recipes, as they not only enhance the taste but also play their part in accentuating your beauty, one way or another. Now keep those spice jars full and bring your culinary expertise to a whole new level of achievement!
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