Dr. Prashanth, our Ayurvedic expert, discusses the benefits of the herbs mentioned in ancient Ayurveda in treating marks on the face.
The health of the skin can be affected by various factors such as pollution, diseases, wounds, improper sleep, etc. This can lead to pigmentation, scars, wrinkles and discoloration of the skin. Ayurveda has listed many herbs which are useful in maintaining a beautiful skin.
Acharya Charaka, the great exponent of Ayurveda, about 3500 years ago had said-
चन्दनतुङ्गंपद्मक उशीरामधुकमञ्जिष्ट सारिवपयस्यसिता लता इति दषेमनानि वर्ण्यानि भवन्ति||
Chandana, Tunga, Padmaka, Usheera, Madhuka, Manjishta, Sariva, Paya, Sita, Lata are the 10 herbs which can be used to improve the complexion of the skin. Read on to find out about the 8 herbs which are excellent in treating facial marks.
कुङ्कुमं रुधिरं रक्तमसृगस्रं च पीतकम् |
काश्मीरं चारु बाह्लीकं सङ्कोचं पिशुनं वरम् ||
कुङ्कुमं वातहृद्वर्ण्यं सोष्णं त्वग्दोषमर्दनम् |
Kumkum, which is commonly known as Kesar, is an herb which has a number of benefits for the skin. Ayurveda explains that the snigdha (slimy) property of the plant helps in maintaining the complexion of the skin, while Kumkum balances all the three Doshas present in the body. It also improves the complexion of the skin by reducing the melanin content under the skin. Recent studies have shown that the anti-oxidant property present in the herb acts as anti-inflammatory and de-pigmentation agent. The dried stigma is used for improving the complexion of skin.
मञ्जिष्टा कुष्ठ वैस्वर्य शोथघ्नी मूत्रकृच्रजित् ||
Manjishta is a herb mentioned in Ayurveda for its blood-purifying quality. The root of the herb is used as an excellent medicine to detoxify the blood in various skin diseases by reducing the vitiated pitta dosha in the blood stream. Hence when it comes to treating conditions like blackish discoloration, black heads and pimples, Manjishtais the preferred choice.
चन्दनं दुर्गन्धहर दाह निर्वपण लेपनानां ||
Red variety of sandalwood is preferred for external usage. Due to pittahara and sheeta property, chandana is ideal in conditions where there is excess pitta dosha in the body. A paste of the heartwood of sandalwood helps in improving the complexion of the skin, treating black spots and reducing the burning sensation of the skin. It also helps in reliving the bad odor emitted from the body due to sweat.
The bark and the heartwood of the tree is the useful part. This plant is an excellent blood purifier and coagulant of the blood. The decoction of the bark and heartwood can be given to patients having fresh wounds, pimples and itching sensation of the skin with watery discharge. Since the plant pacifies all the doshas of the body, it reduces all the skin complaints.
This plant is an important ingredient in many of the formulations which are used to treat skin diseases. It has good anti-bacterial action and its bitter taste pacifies the vitiated pitta dosha. Hence the herb can be used to treat pimples, while removing the infection present in any wound, ulcer and pustules. Active ingredients present in this herb are Nimbin and Nimbidin which cleanses the wound and help in quick healing and restoring the normal texture of the skin. The bark and leaves are used for medicinal purpose.
Aloe Vera is very effective in treating skin diseases due to its Snigdha (slimy) nature. It is also useful in treating wrinkles, stretch marks and pigmentations. The pulp of the leaf of Aloe Vera helps in healing wounds faster by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around the wound. It is also an excellent skin moisturizer and is beneficial in hydrating dry skin.
हरिद्रा कटुका तिक्त रूक्षोष्ण कफपित्तनुतः |
वर्णया त्वक्दोष मेहस्र शोषपाण्डु व्रणापह ||
Haridra is a plant which will be beneficial in the treatment of skin diseases, swelling and wound due to the kapha and pitta dosha pacifying property. Curcumin present in this herb helps in reducing the melanin content under the skin, while improving the skin complexion. It also helps in improving the local circulation over the area where it is applied. The rhizome of the plant is collected and used fresh or in powdered form.
Indian gooseberry fruit is a good source of Vitamin C and acts as an anti-oxidant. It protects the skin from aging, prevents wrinkles and provides tightness of the skin. Amlaki reduces all the vitiated dosha in the body, prevents oxidation of the cells in the body and promotes circulation of the blood.
These are some of the amazing Ayurvedic based herbs which improve the health of the skin and give you a clear complexion. All the herbs may not be available at all the places and during all the seasons. To get the maximum benefit for the skin, commercially available product like Bajaj No marks cream which contain all these ingredients, can be used. Apply the cream regularly to get a healthy and glowing skin.