Beauty Secrets Of The East
Eastern beauty products and spa therapies draw from thousands of nature’s offerings, all believed to have a centuries-old healing effect.
The magical properties of ginseng have been treasured in Eastern healing for many centuries and are now used by alternative therapists all around the world. Renowned for its ability to restore qi, ginseng has numerous claimed health benefits, including boosting the immune system, speeding up recovery from illness, reducing stress and lifting vitality and wellbeing. Ginseng also boasts powerful antioxidant properties and its anti-ageing effects can help to improve wrinkles and revitalise the complexion.
The herb dang gui is said to be the second most highly prized ingredient in Chinese healing, after ginseng. Its medicinal properties are believed to have beneficial effects on women’s oestrogen levels as well as to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and internal inflammation. Also known as a hydrating skin booster, dang gui boosts blood circulation, giving skin a healthy glow.
Also known as ginkgo biloba, this plant is one of the oldest and most precious in China and has been one of the most researched in the Western world. While some claim bai guo can improve memory function and help to prevent Alzheimer’s disease, recent clinical research has failed to prove this conclusively. Other believed benefits of bai guo include boosting blood flow and preventing cardiovascular problems, while its flavonoid content, amino acids and collagen can maintain skin elasticity and help to keep skin looking young and fresh.
Originally found in China but now grown commonly around the world, pleasant-tasting green tea can be consumed as a hot drink or applied topically and is universally believed to be a powerful antioxidant. Some of the most coveted potential health benefits of green tea include anti-cancer action, lowering cholesterol, preventing heart disease, reducing blood sugar levels and blood pressure, calming the liver, aiding weight loss, boosting the immune system and supplying anti-ageing benefits to the skin.
This esteemed stone is believed by the Chinese to have numerous health functions and has been used for centuries in many beautifying and healing treatments. In the 1800s, Chinese Empress Dowager Cixi uses a cooled jade roller on her face each morning before dressing, while many high society Chinese slept on a pillow interwoven with the stone. Cold in temperature, jade has a firming and lifting effect on the skin, which cools and tightens tissues while restoring freshness and tone.
Powdered pearl has been used in Chinese medicine for more than 2000 years and was originally reserved for Chinese royalty. Taken either internally or applied on the surface of the skin, pearl is believed to have many health benefits, including maintaining smooth, soft skin, detoxifying the body, calming internal stress, reducing stomach upsets, aiding liver function and improving insomnia.
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