Summer is all about making great memories! But one thing you don’t want to remember: that new scar on your hand from a minor grilling mishap. Gotu kola to the rescue! Research in the journal Aesthetic Plastic Surgery found the Asian herb can fade existing scars, prevent new ones from forming and encourage the growth of healthy new skin by revving collagen production. To do: Dab a paste made from water and Gotu kola powder (Nuts.com) on scars twice daily; cover with a gauze pad until skin heals or scar fades.
For the more than 50% of women over age 50 who have thinning hair, help is here! One of my favorite ways to combat sparse strands is with rosemary. The herb contains rosmarinic acid, which has been shown to boost circulation to the scalp and promote hair growth as effectively as minoxidil. To get the benefits: Add 4 Tbs. of dried rosemary to 4 cups of boiled water. Steep for 40 minutes, then strain the brew into a large spray bottle and add 4 Tbs. apple cider vinegar; refrigerate. Spritz onto the scalp once or twice a week after shampooing.