Many of us know that by eating the right foods, we can keep our hair and skin healthy, but there are a few herbs and spices that give much needed benefits, as well. If you're interested in learning how you can give your skin that glowing look, fight wrinkles and other signs of aging and strengthen your hair and make it grow faster, then read on.
Garlic is not just good for your heart, it can also work wonders for your hair. Cysteine is an amino acid that garlic is rich with and it's just the nutrient that healthy hair needs to thrive and grow. If you're not a fan of cooking with garlic, garlic supplements can work just as well.
Cinnamon is a spice that is full of antioxidants, which are great for your skin because they fight skin damage. Cinnamon is a stronger antioxidant than a half cup of blueberries. To get your daily dose of cinnamon, add it to baked goods or a hot beverage, like coffee or tea.
Hot peppers may make your taste buds feel like they are on fire, but they are also a great defense for the skin and help fight signs of aging (wrinkles). Pure paprika, cayenne and chili can be added to cooked foods very easily to give them a spicier flavor, as well as act like a sunscreen for your skin, blocking out harmful UV rays.
Green tea is popular for many reasons - it is a natural healing herb, an antioxidant, it fights cancer and it works as an anti-inflammatory agent. Green tea can also provide your skin with extra sun protection by thickening the skin's epidermis, speeding a wound's healing and balancing out enzymes that could cause skin pigmentation changes (sun spots).