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Skin Cleansing and Beautifying Elixir

I have to admit that the skin on face has not been looking its best for the past several months. I’m not sure what is to blame, whether it’s hormones, stress, or too much sun exposure, but my skin looks like I’m reaching puberty – except that I’m almost menopausal 😉

So perhaps it is hormones after all – I’ve never, ever had any problems with acne in my life, so I’m quite shocked, LOL.

I truly believe that the health of someones skin is very telling of the foods they consume – I agree with the statement the appearance of flawless skin depends, more than anything else, how clean your body is on the inside – so, since I consider my diet to be quite healthy (although not perfect, for sure), this is quite unexpected. I consume lots of whole plant foods, don’t eat any animal foods (have been mostly vegan for the past year and a half), plus I drink lots of green smoothies and juices.

I’ve been researching it a bit, and it seems like I have Rosacea flare-ups going on, so I’m trying various skin creams and lotions.

And, of course, I’m also juicing.

Here is an interesting skin cleansing recipe I came across recently. I’m going to give it a try and let you know how it goes.

Skin Cleansing and Beautifying Elixir

green-juice-for clear skin

This elixir focuses on certain herbs and vegetables that help nourish the skin and get your organs working properly. Of course (as with anything), you need to work on removing processed foods from your diet and replacing them with fresh, whole foods instead.

Try this recipe for fresh cleansing burdock juice:

– 5 inches burdock root (increases circulation to the skin and helps detox epidermal tissue)
– 4 stalks celery (replenishes cell salts and hydrates)
– 1 cucumber (improves hydration and vitamin E)
– 2 leaves of collard, kale or chard, optional (greens are rich in all kinds in vitamins and minerals, so, add if you want a green juice)
– 2 apples
– half a fennel bulb (antiseptic and diuretic)
– 1/2 inch ginger (reduces inflammation)
– 1 inch turmeric, optional (reduces inflammation, evens out skin tone, maintains elasticity of the skin)
– 1 lemon with skin, if organic (vitamin C for antioxidants)

Juice the above fruits and vegetables and enjoy!

(recipe inspired by Raw Edibles)

Will it help for my Rosacea? Maybe… If it does, I’ll be sure to post some photos – before and after.

Of course (as with anything), I’ll need to work more on removing processed foods from my diet, especially coffee and sugar.

But even if not, it will surely be beneficial to my body in other ways 😉

About Burdock Root

The one ingredient that you may not recognize in this juice is burdock root.

The young root of the burdock plant has been prepared as a root vegetable in China and Japan for centuries. In Japan, burdock root is called gobo and is eaten as a vegetable.
The wild or store-bought root can be eaten cooked or raw: added to soups or sauteed with carrots and sesame seeds, or grated in salads and coleslaw. Burdock can also be juiced for a delicious and refreshing healing beverage.

Scoured, julienned and soaked or simmered until soft, it has a sweet, mild taste reminiscent of potatoes. More recently, the root has gained popularity due to its significance in macrobiotic diet plans. Burdock root is a good source of fiber, calcium, potassium and important amino acids. It is used in traditional medicine as a scalp and psoriasis tonic, as well as a diuretic. It is often employed in the treatment of skin problems such as eczema (dermatitis), psoriasis, skin dryness…etc. It may be tricky to find it fresh, but you may come across it in Asian stores, health food stores or farmer’s markets. It’s in season from September to November.

Burdock root can be used medicinally as well. The root can be sliced and dried, then simmered into tea. To make a tincture, steep the fresh root in alcohol. A standard dose is about 30 drops taken twice a day.

Burdock root is considered powerful medicine in both Eastern and Western herbal traditions. In the East burdock is considered bitter and cool. It drains dampness and clears excess heat (or toxins) from the body. In the West burdock is known to cleanse the blood, and is useful in situations such as exposure to environmental toxins such as cigarette smoke or air pollution, heavy metals such as mercury, lead or arsenic in the blood, chronic bacterial or viral infections, such as chronic fatigue or Lyme disease.

Burdock is a favorite among herbalists to treat acne. It supports the liver in cleansing the blood, and clears skin redness and blemishes.
Read more about its benefits and nutrition.

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