Monthly Archives: June 2017

Seattle Beauty™ Tip: herbal infused anti-aging facial mask

Mix the lady’s mantle leaves 5 grams, vodka 1.0 ml, avocado oil 20 grams, oat flour 15 grams, burdock powder 10 grams.  Add water to bring the total mixture to100 grams. Pulverize the mixture with a blender to make a paste with a soft consistency. In this recipe, the burdock extract can be replaced by […]

Daily ginger consumption eases muscle pain by 25 percent

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, exercising has a variety of benefits, including weight loss, stronger bones and muscles, stronger mental health and reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. However, exercising has some common adverse effects as well, which include muscle pain and soreness. While ginger had […]

Think artificial sweeteners can help you lose weight? Not really.

Artificial sweeteners are a class of natural or synthetic compounds that are capable of interacting with sweet sensors on your tongue causing the sensing of sweet taste.  These compounds are used extensively as sugar substitutes in food and beverages to reduce the caloric content in these products and have long been promoted as aids to […]

Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Astringent mask for oily skin

Excess oil production leads to many common skin issues including blotchy skin, acne and black heads. Here is an herbal infused astringent for managing oily skin. This recipe can be used as a skin treatment mask, especially for the acne prone skin. Mix witch hazel leaves 15 grams, Food grade gelatin 3 grams, whole Wheat […]

Exercise just ten minutes a day makes a difference in cardiovascular health

One hallmark of modern technology is the creation of sedentary lifestyle. Many of us sit in front of the computer all day working and typing away. Coincidentally, occurrence of metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular diseases has skyrocketed. Of course, modern sedentary lifestyle is the first to get blamed. However, I have always […]

Blueberry concentrate improves brain function in older people

Human cognitive function tends to decline as we get older. Many researches have shown that risk of dementia is reduced by higher fruit and vegetable intake, and that cognitive function is better preserved in healthy older adults with a diet rich in plant-based foods. The consensus from the scientific community is that flavonoids, which are […]

Seattle Beauty™ Tip: an ancient beauty recipe from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM)

Xishi was one of the most famous beauties in Chinese history.  Many folk stories were told about her beauty and her beauty secrets.  As one story was told, an old herbalist gave Xishi a face wash powder recipe and it was this recipe that gave Xishi her famous milky jade-like skin.  The recipe, which was recorded […]

Natural sugar, trehalose, boosts the cleanup machinery of the immune system and reduces atherosclerosis

Not all sugars are created equal. A new study published by the scientists from the Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) reports that trehalose, a natural sugar that can be found in mushrooms, can boost macrophages, the machinery that the immune system uses to cleanup cellular debris in the atherosclerotic plague, and therefore reduces the […]

Seattle Beauty™ Tip: Beautify from inside out with woman’s ginseng Angelica Sinensis

Chinese herbal medicine is rich in knowledge and tips for skincare.  Several years ago, I spent several weeks of my spare time studying and translating the skincare and dermatology chapter of the Shennong Bencaojing (Chinese: 神农本草经; also know as The Classic of Herbal Medicine), a classic herbal medicine book written by the mythical Chinese sovereign Shennong around 2800 BC. […]

Drinking Water and Losing Weight

We all know that water is essential for life. Unfortunately, the modern life style has deprioritized the importance of water to such a nonexistence that heavily sugared and artificially flavored soft drinks are synonymous to water. If you need a reason to quit soft drinks, here it is: drinking plain water leads to weight loss […]