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
- 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.