Yes, I thought it’d be nice to add a bit of glamour to your life!
Constipation is the bane of many women’s lives. It literally poisons you, as the toxins emprisoned into your body slowly intoxicates it on top of ruining your mood and giving you pimples.
You know that the skin is an organ with many functions and that it’s one of the emunctories. It will take some workload from your liver, intestines, kidneys and lungs if they’re overloaded but it will show its pain if it gets overloaded too. And then – hello skin issues!
I’ll explain how psyllium husk can help and how to use it to find comfort again and help your skin.
It’s not meant to make up for an unhealthy lifestyle, of course. You’re supposed to :
- have a balanced diet with a lot of
- drink a lot of water,
- work out and have outside activities,
- never use any irritating laxative.
I know you know. I know you forget too. I certainly do!
SUPER psyllium TO THE RESCUE!
Sometimes it’s not enough though and that’s when psyllium comes to the rescue. It will become the superhero of your cupboard because it gets everything right :
- It’s super effective,
- it has a mechanical action and will not irritate your intestines,
- it can help with diarrhoea too,
- it’s highly unlikely that you can overdose it.
What is psyllium?
Blond psyllium (plantago ovata) or blond plantain or ispaghul or desert Indianwheat is a type of plantain coming from India or Iran.
It’s its seed husks we’re interested in. They’re full of fibers and water-loving mucilage. You can see that they immediately form a gel after you’ve added water to the husks and it’s this gel that will act as a laxative by adding mass to the stools without a single trace of irritation. See?! Glamour!
Blond psyllium is mentioned in Ayurvedic texts. Bernard Clavière explains in his article that Hildegarde de Bingen (who was a famous herbalist) recommended its use against linen seeds which are demineralizing. The World Health Organisation acknowledged it as useful for treating constipation. Quite good endorsements, uh?!
How to use psyllium
You got it by now – we use the seed husks. They’re crushed in a fine powder and will form a gel as soon as you add water to it. Make sure you use organic blond psyllium! It’s quite easy to find it in organic stores.
Start with 1 teaspoon during 3 days just to get used to it then dose up until you find the what suits you best. Some people take 2 or even 3 tablespoons 3 times a day. It’s recommended to drink a lot of water.
The procedure is easy as pie :
- Pour the powder into a glass.
- Add water and wait for a few seconds until the gel forms. You can wait longer but the texture gets thicker and is not easy to swallow. I find that it has a faint mushroom taste.
- Drink a big glass of water on top of it.
I promise it’s super effective!
Warning: don’t take any medicine 2 hours before or after drinking the psyllium gel. It may inhibit the effect of the medicine. As usual, make sure a medical professional has stated that this herb is safe for you to use.
Do tell : have you already used blond psyllium?
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