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Make Your Own Botanical Vitamin C!

Updated: May 15




Have you ever wondered the reason for someone's glowing skin or beautiful hair? Do you desire increased blood flow to your organs for optimal performance? You might have noticed how some people lose almost 30% weight more efficiently with the same moderate exercise compared to others. Good Vitamin C levels in our diet can bring about all of this.


Vitamin C is needed daily by our bodies to support our immune system, for absorption of iron, to reduce oxidative stress, to decrease inflammation, and to support collagen production in our body. Vitamin C is water soluble meaning our body can easily get rid of excess. One easy way to ensure we are getting enough vitamin C in our diet is to keep homemade Vitamin C powder ready at home.


Botanical sources of vitamin C, derived from plants, offer various uses and benefits for skincare and overall health. Here are some common uses:

1. Skincare:

Antioxidant Protection: Botanical vitamin C, often found in ingredients like rosehip oil or extracts from citrus fruits, acts as a powerful antioxidant. It helps protect the skin from free radicals, which can contribute to premature aging.

Collagen Synthesis: Vitamin C plays a key role in collagen synthesis, promoting skin elasticity and reducing the appearance of wrinkles.


2. Brightening and Even Skin Tone:

Hyperpigmentation: Botanical vitamin C can help fade dark spots and hyperpigmentation, contributing to a more even skin tone.


3. Sun Damage Repair:

Sunburn Relief: Vitamin C has anti-inflammatory properties, and botanical sources can be used to soothe and repair sun-damaged skin.


4. Wound Healing:

Topical Application: Applied topically, botanical vitamin C aids in wound healing and supports the skin’s natural regeneration process.


5. Boosting Immunity:

Internal Consumption: Consuming botanical sources of vitamin C, such as fruits and herbs, helps boost the immune system, protecting against illnesses and infections.


6. Hair Health:

Collagen Formation: Vitamin C is essential for collagen formation, which is crucial for maintaining healthy hair. Botanical sources can contribute to overall hair health.


7. Reducing Inflammation:

Anti-Inflammatory Properties: Botanical vitamin C may help reduce inflammation both when applied topically to the skin and when consumed internally.


8. Supporting Cardiovascular Health:

Internal Consumption: Botanical sources of vitamin C, such as berries and citrus fruits, contribute to cardiovascular health by supporting blood vessel integrity and reducing the risk of heart-related issues. It boosts nitrous oxide production in your blood vessels, leading to vasodilation when your blood vessels relax. After vasodilation, blood flows with greater ease. This even keeps blood pressure in control.


9. Eye Health:

Antioxidant Protection: Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties are beneficial for eye health, protecting against oxidative damage that can contribute to conditions like cataracts.


10. Natural Antihistamine:

Allergy Relief: Vitamin C acts as a natural antihistamine, potentially providing relief from allergy symptoms. Botanical sources like acerola cherry can be a natural way to incorporate vitamin C.


11. Weight Loss:

Metabolize Fat: People with adequate amounts of Vitamin C lose at least 30% more weight with moderate exercise than people with inadequate amounts. Vitamin C leads to fat oxidation by supporting enzymatic reactions involved in this process. Taking Vitamin C post-exercise reduces oxidative stress, increases iron absorption, improves metabolism, and promotes faster calorie burn.


To make a home-made Vitamin C blend, I use dried, powdered orange rind, rosehips, amla, noni, camu camu berry, seabuckthorn, baobab, acerola, and turmeric to make botanical Vitamin C powder that can be used in juices, smoothies, elixirs, protein bars, salads, and soups. Make your dried ingredients or get a good quality powdered form of these ingredients from a health food store. Mix them up and you have your Vitamin C powder ready! This way we can intentionally make sure we get enough of this beautifying,

longevity-increasing Vitamin C in our diets.



Why did I use these specific ingredients? It is because each of these ingredients offers unique health benefits. These are extremely high in Vitamin C. They blend very well with each other for this nutritionally rich recipe.

1

Amla (Indian Gooseberry) is traditionally used to improve digestion and treat constipation. It is known to help in cholesterol reduction.

2

Noni has anti-inflammatory properties and helps with conditions like arthritis. Noni can exert beneficial immune modulation effects in conditions involving inadequate immune responses.

3

Camu Camu Berry supports immune function. It is known for its antiviral effects.

4

The orange rind can alleviate indigestion. Moreover, it has antioxidant properties due to the presence of flavonoids and compounds with antioxidant effects.

5

Rosehips boost immunity. Studies suggest potential benefits for osteoarthritis due to its anti-inflammatory properties.

6

Seabuckthorn is used for healing wounds and various skin conditions due to its regenerative properties. It supports the cardiovascular system too.

7

Baobab is anti-inflammatory and helps regulate blood sugar levels.

8

Acerola supports the immune system. It contains compounds with antioxidant properties.

9

Turmeric is anti-inflammatory due to the presence of curcumin, the active compound in turmeric. While beneficial in managing arthritis and joint pain, it is anti-cancerous as well. It is one of the most versatile spices in the world of health.

Wishing you the most ebullient health ever!

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