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3 Spices You can use to Clear your Acne

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3 Spices You can use to Clear your Acne

As anyone who suffers from adult acne knows, it can be frustrating when nothing works to clear your skin. You try so called “miracle” remedy after remedy and you get nothing. I myself did the rounds of antibiotics, benzoyl peroxide and OTC remedies for years. They made a big dent in my bank account but did nothing for my acne.

Finally after 20 years, when I was far past the age at which I should have officially outgrown acne, I decided I was going to cure my acne on my own and was going to do it using diet and natural methods.

So I spent time doing my own research into why some people suffer from acne way past their teenage years. I got to know that acne is a sign that the inflammation levels in the body are high. Antibiotics and ointments may provide a respite for a while but they are not a long term cure. During my experiments in the next few years I discovered that the very spices I had in my kitchen could help me in my quest for clear skin. Here are 3 powerful spices that can do much more than color and spice up your foods.

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1. Turmeric

    Turmeric is widely used in Indian cooking. In addition to that it is also used as a medicine for anything from cuts to colds. If any older Indian woman hears you sniffling she will tell you to have haldi (turmeric) with milk. She might just make it herself and make sure you drink it under her watchful gaze.

    Not surprising as turmeric has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, both of which are incredibly useful in the treatment of acne. It is also anti-bacterial, that means it kills the bacteria that cause acne. It also has elements that help in wound healing and help reduce the appearance of scars. Turmeric applied topically helps reduce the inflammation, swelling and redness caused by acne.

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    However, be warned that turmeric applied directly stains anything it comes in contact with, including your skin. So mix it with a base like honey or avocado and use it as a face mask. Use 2 teaspoons of honey or half an avocado (mashed) and mix it with 1/2 teaspoon of organic turmeric. Apply to your face and wash off with warm water after half an hour.

    You can add 1/4 teaspoon of turmeric to a glass of warm water and drink it. Taken internally it will bring down the inflammation in your body and help fight acne from the inside. Turmeric can also be added to soups, stir fries and scrambled eggs.

    2. Cinnamon

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      Like turmeric, cinnamon also has antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties making it another powerful spice to fight acne with. However cinnamon is a strong spice and should not be applied to your skin directly. Make sure you mix it with a creamy base like honey or milk. It is best when mixed with honey as the honey will gently moisturize your skin while healing it.

      You can also add a pinch of cinnamon powder to your coffee or tea. This helps bring down your blood sugar and will decrease the inflammation in your body which will also mean less acne.

      3. Nutmeg

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        Nutmeg is an antioxidant. When applied topically it boosts the appearance of the skin and helps keep it healthy. Like the spices above, nutmeg helps reduce inflammation, irritation, redness caused by acne and leaves your skin looking smooth and even. It also promotes skin healing so it works well to reduce scarring. It helps acne heal without leaving a scar. As with most spices it is best to mix freshly grated nutmeg powder with honey and use it.

        You can make a powerful face mask with all the above 3 spices. Applied regularly this mask will not only heal your acne but also help reduce scarring left by acne and fade old acne scars. In addition it will moisturize your skin and even out your skin tone.

        As with anything else do a patch test before you use it. Take 2 teaspoons of raw, organic honey in a small container. Add 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1/2 teaspoon each of nutmeg and cinnamon powder to it. Mix well and apply it on your face. Leftovers can be saved for later use.

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        Last Updated on January 27, 2022

        5 Reasons Why Food is the Best Way to Understand a Culture

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        Food plays an integral role in our lives and rightfully so: the food we eat is intricately intertwined with our culture. You can learn a lot about a particular culture by exploring their food. In fact, it may be difficult to fully define a culture without a nod to their cuisine.

        “Tell me what you eat, and I’ll tell you who you are.” – Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1825).

        Don’t believe me? Here’s why food is the best way to understand a culture:

        Food is a universal necessity.

        It doesn’t matter where in the world you’re from – you have to eat. And your societal culture most likely evolved from that very need, the need to eat. Once they ventured beyond hunting and gathering, many early civilizations organized themselves in ways that facilitated food distribution and production. That also meant that the animals, land and resources you were near dictated not only what you’d consume, but how you’d prepare and cook it. The establishment of the spice trade and the merchant silk road are two example of the great lengths many took to obtain desirable ingredients.

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        Food preservation techniques are unique to climates and lifestyle.

        Ever wonder why the process to preserve meat is so different around the world? It has to do with local resources, needs, and climates. In Morocco, Khlea is a dish composed of dried beef preserved in spices and then packed in animal fat. When preserved correctly, it’s still good for two years when stored at room temperature. That makes a lot of sense in Morocco, where the country historically has had a strong nomadic population, desert landscape, and extremely warm, dry temperatures.

        Staples of a local cuisines illustrate historical eating patterns.

        Some societies have cuisines that are entirely based on meat, and others are almost entirely plant-based. Some have seasonal variety and their cuisines change accordingly during different parts of the year. India’s cuisine is extremely varied from region to region, with meat and wheat heavy dishes in the far north, to spectacular fish delicacies in the east, to rice-based vegetarian diets in the south, and many more variations in between.

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        The western part of India is home to a group of strict vegetarians: they not only avoid flesh and eggs, but even certain strong aromatics like garlic, or root vegetables like carrots and potatoes. Dishes like Papri Chat, featuring vegetable based chutneys mixed with yoghurt, herbs and spices are popular.

        Components of popular dishes can reveal cultural secrets.

        This is probably the most intriguing part of studying a specific cuisine. Certain regions of the world have certain ingredients easily available to them. Most people know that common foods such as corn, tomatoes, chili peppers, and chocolate are native to the Americas, or “New World”. Many of today’s chefs consider themselves to be extremely modern when fusing cuisines, but cultural lines blended long ago when it comes to purity of ingredients.

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        Black pepper originated in Asia but became, and still remains, a critical part of European cuisine. The Belgians are some of the finest chocolatiers, despite it not being native to the old world. And perhaps one of the most interesting result from the blending of two cuisines is Chicken Tikka Masala; it resembles an Indian Mughali dish, but was actually invented by the British!

        Food tourism – it’s a whole new way to travel.

        Some people have taken the intergation of food and culture to a new level. No trip they take is complete with out a well-researched meal plan, that dictates not only the time of year for their visit, but also how they will experience a new culture.

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        So, a food tourist won’t just focus on having a pint at Oktoberfest, but will be interested in learning the German beer making process, and possibly how they can make their own fresh brew. Food tourists visit many of the popular mainstays for traditional tourism, like New York City, San Francisco, London, or Paris, but many locations that they frequent, such as Armenia or Laos, may be off the beaten path for most travelers. And since their interest in food is more than meal deep, they have the chance to learn local preparation techniques that can shed insight into a whole other aspect of a particular region’s culture.

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