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Herbs & Spices and Skin Health

September 20, 2012

A review of some recent findings on how Herbs & Spices from The Wise Herb Company could support your skin health.


Isomenthone is a constituent of the essential oil of Mentha arvensis L. Wild Mint is used in natural health drinks from The Wise Herb Company.

In a study by Jung et al, they investigated the protective effects of isomenthone against TNF-α-induced cell death and its mechanism in human skin fibroblasts.

fibroblast is a type of cell that synthesizes the extracellular matrix and collagen, the structural framework for animal tissues, and plays a critical role in wound healing.

Investigations found that the mint component isomenthone inhibited the TNF-α-mediated reduction in cell viability and inhibited the increase in apoptosis. Isomenthone also blocked downstream apoptotic events.

Results indicate that isomenthone has the potential to protect fibroblasts against TNF-α-induced (inflammation) cell death.


Glycyrrhizic acid (GA), a component of liquorice is used in traditional and modern medicine for the treatment of numerous medical conditions including skin diseases and is used in beauty care products.

 Afnan et al, investigated the effect of Glycyrrhizic acid (GA)  against ultraviolet  induced photoaging in human dermal fibroblasts and its possible mechanism of action.


GA treatment significantly inhibited photoaging.  It achieved this by reducing Oxidative stress amongst other mechanisms in the skin.   These findings may be useful for the development of natural and safe photoprotective agents against UVB irradiation.

In a separate review Draelos discusses the damage to the skin barrier.  Skin disease can be treated by a variety of substances which includes licorice extracts.  These substances are found in moisturizers that are sold as cosmetics and in prescriptions.  This study examines the formulation and effect of skin barrier creams.


Qiblawiet al (Journal of medicinal food Mar 12, 2012) demonstrated the chemopreventive potential of cardamom in an animal model system.

The results indicated a significant reduction in the values of tumor incidence, tumor burden, and tumor yield and the cumulative number of papillomas after oral treatment with cardamom.

Taken together, these findings indicate the potential of cardamom as a chemopreventive agent against two-stage skin cancer.


Cinnamaldehyde, a component of cinnamon, is a major active component promoting the expression of collagen.

Journal of agricultural and food chemistry (Feb 8, 2012)

These findings suggest that cinnamon extract is useful in anti-aging treatment of skin.

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