hydrangea extract reduces wrinkles

When we were travelling in the Azores, we were amazed at the beauty of the giant hydrangea plants that lined both sides of all the twisting roads. The blue and purple flowers made the island magically beautifully. Now it turns out that hydrangeas can make you beautiful too.

Wrinkles are part of aging. They are the story of life left behind on your face. Over time, collagen loses its ability to hold its shape and your skin loses its elasticity, and glands that secret mosturizing oils become exhausted.

But they can also be caused by environmental and lifestyle factors. As is so often the story in health, the main cause is usually free radical damage. That damage can come from inside if you smoke or have an unhealthy diet, or it can come from outside from sun exposure and pollution.

In Vol. 20, No. 5 of The Natural Path, we did a comprehensive review of the way herbs, foods (including dark chocolate!), nutrients and acupuncture can reduce, and even reverse, wrinkles. But, a new one that we never thought of, is that same beautiful flower we saw in the Azores and planted in our yard when we got home.

In the first study of its kind, 151 people were given a placebo or either 300mg or 600mg of hydrangea hot water extract. The study was double-blind and lasted for 12 weeks.

Compared to the placebo, the people who drank the hydrangea tea significantly reduced the crow’s feet around their eyes. Hydrangea significantly reduced wrinkles and significantly improved skin hydration versus placebo. It also significantly improved skin texture and roughness.

And, while both doses worked, you should go for the larger dose. The 600mg dose also significantly improved elasticity.

The hydrangea was also safe.


Nutrients 2020;12(6):1588


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For comprehensive help with acupuncture and herbs for wrinkles and skin health, make an appointment to see Linda Woolven now. Linda Woolven is a Registered acupuncturist and Master Herbalist. She is a member of the College of Traditional Chinese Medicine Practitioners and Acupuncturists of Ontario. Linda’s clinic is now open for virtual appointments.

 

The Natural Path is intended for educational purposes only and is in no way intended for self-diagnosis or self-treatment. For health problems, consult a qualified health practitioner for a comprehensive program.

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