Empress Dowager’s Famous Approach to Beauty & Vitality

Empress Dowager from China is most well known amongst Chinese for having maintained a youthful appearance throughout her whole life. Below are her methods to youth and vitality.

Ancient Healthy Soup

Green Bean, Job’s Tears, and Angelica Root Soup

  • Consuming a soup made of green beans, Job’s tears, and angelica root every morning in the summer and autumn can improve skin health.
  • This soup may help reduce skin spots, pimples, and acne scars.

Ingredients for the Soup

  • Job’s tears
  • Green beans
  • Angelica roots
  • Sugar (added afterward)


  • Cook all the ingredients in a pot for at least 3 hours until the Job’s tears are soft.
  • Add sugar to taste.

DIY Skin-Whitening Mask

  • This mask can help whiten the skin and may also reduce freckles.
  • Ingredients include angelica root powder, white poria powder, astragalus propinquus powder, honey, and milk.
  • Applying this mask 2-3 times a week for 20-30 minutes can show noticeable improvements in a few weeks.

Ingredients for the Mask

  • 1 spoon angelica root powder
  • 1 spoon white poria powder
  • 1 spoon astragalus propinquus powder
  • Honey
  • Milk


  • Mix all the powders, honey, and milk to create a paste.
  • Apply the paste to your face and leave it on for 20-30 minutes before washing it off.

Historical Use of Angelica Root

  • Angelica root has a long history of use in improving skin color and moisturizing the skin.
  • It was used by historical figures like the Empress Dowager of the Qing Dynasty and royal families for its beauty benefits.
  • Modern studies suggest that angelica root improves blood circulation, metabolism, and reduces skin freckles.