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The Best Brightening Ayurvedic Herbs

In Ayurveda, some of the natural ingredients or brightening herbs are known as Varnya herbs or Radiance Enhancing Herbs. These varnya herbs work on balancing Pitta dosha(Read more), which is responsible for the manifestation of color in our upper layer of the skin (known as Avabhasini in Ayurveda). These herbs contain phytochemicals, which influence the functions of skin and provide nutrients necessary for healthy skin.

Also, the herbs from this category are largely Madhura, Tikt, Kashaya Rasa (sweet, bitter, astringent taste) and Shita Virya (Cooling potency), which makes them apt for balancing Pitta Dosha and detoxifying the blood, hence they act as skin toners and complexion enhancers.

Here are the top 5 Ayurvedic Skin Brighteners:

Madhuyashthi– It is also known as Madhuka or Licorice. Consistent use of Licorice helps to fade blemishes and dark spots. Integrating Licorice tea in the diet can protect the skin from the harmful UV rays. A Licorice root decoration can be used as a sunscreen lotion to protect the skin from sunburns and tan. You may apply a pack prepared by mixing the crushed cucumber, fresh turmeric in Licorice tea to treat the sun damage.

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In ancient world, Manjistha is reputed as an efficient blood purifier, a Varnya herb and a Rasayan (rejuvenator) and hence it is extensively used in skin care from centuries.

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Padmaka – The powder of the plant Padmaka is applied as a paste to improve the complexion. Presence of six elements, including iron, zinc, and copper, in varying concentrations in the extract of Padmaka makes it a very effective herb for the skin. It retains moisture in the skin whilst helping to keep acne at bay.

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Nagkesar – Nagkesar or Tung is known for its anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant properties in Ayurveda. It enhances the complexion and its regular application leads to a soft glowing skin. The oil is obtained from flowers stamen with excellent antibacterial properties making it a favorite for skincare rituals.

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Vetiver also known as Usheer or Khus,is a well-known complexion enhancer. Khus oil is immensely nourishing and replenishes dry skin. Amongst most interesting benefits of this plant is its ability to reduce the appearance of blemishes, and pigmentation on the skin, helping to create a neven skin tone.

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February 25, 2019 669 Views No comments