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Skin Refining and Firming Plants: Foods for Firmer more Supple Skin

Updated on June 21, 2014

Garlic and Onions

Garlic onions are powerful lance that are both rich in sulphur compounds. They have natural antibiotic properties, they help to boost the immune system, and they help to cleanse the lymph and the blood. Use them often in cooking, you can also make a onion and garlic tea infusion. Just take 2 cloves of garlic and 1/4 onion, peel and cut into chunks. Boil in water for about 15 minutes and drink the infusion throughout the day. You can actually add honey or agave to make it sweet and much easier to consume.

Shiitake Mushrooms

Shiitake Mushrooms are well known for their powerful immune boosting properties. In order to have firm, soft, supple skin you need to take care of your insides. Keeping your immune system strong and cleansing the lymph, and the blood can help to keep the skin looking fresher and younger over a period of time. Use shiitake mushrooms in stews and soups whenever you can.

Skin Firming Plant Foods

Wheatgrass Juice

Wheatgrass juice can be used on the skin topically as well as consumed. Wheatgrass is a powerful lymph cleanser, drink 25 ml of pure wheatgrass juice daily. Apply to the skin diluted as a toner once a day to give the skin that extra boost.


Echinacea is also known as the purple cone flower. It is well known its ability to fight infections. It is an effective lymph cleanser and is excellent at refining the skin and reducing blemishes. Do not attempt to take echinacea long term, it is best to take 15-20 drops in water for up to 10 days and then give it break for a couple of weeks.


Horsetail is a weed-like herb that is a powerful source of silica. It is one of the most popular herbs used for firming and toning the skin. Make an infusion by gently boiling 30g of herb in 570ml of water and sip from time to time throughout the day. This herb is quite bitter though so if you find it difficult to drink, you could add some honey or agave. If you still you cannot bare the taste, you can place some of the herb in muslin and leave to soak in the bath for about 15 minutes before getting in it.

Some other excellent skin refining herbs are butcher's broom, meadowsweet, horse chestnut and ginseng. Add a few drops of their herbal tinctures to favourite moisturising cream. You can also add a few drops to your bath at night, or any time of the day.

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Lemon Refining Lotion Recipe

1 tbsp aloe vera gel

2 tbsp horsetail infusion

20 drops horse chestnut tincture

4 drops lemon essential oil

4 drops peppermint essential oil


Place the aloe vera gel in a bowl and then stir in the horsetail infusion. Once it is well combined, add the horse-chestnut tincture and essential oils. Smooth on to the skin in the direction of the lymph flow. For best results, brush the skin first, have a warm shower and then apply the mixture after your shower. This can stay fresh for up to a week in the fridge.

Top 10 Lymph Purifying Essential Oils

  • Basil
  • Grapefruit
  • Juniper
  • Lemon
  • Orange
  • Peppermint
  • Pettigrain
  • Rosemary
  • Tea Tree
  • Thyme


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