I'm Back With My Lover :::: Pearl Powder
I of course missed summer pimms cups and other spirits being pregnant this past year; but to be honest I missed taking pearl powder most of all. It’s so luminescent and pretty, but is it medicine too?
Pearl powder or zhen zu is not exactly an “herb” (it’s crushed up pearls), but it is an important part of the Chinese Materia Medica. In TCM (traditional Chinese medicine) it’s properties are sweet, salty (everything from the sea is salty), and cold; with an affinity to the liver and heart channels. So it can cool down heart heat and liver fire which are formations of stress and emotion.. i’m thinking everyone in new york city technically could use some of this. It’s also heavy in weight and literally brings down your energy while cooling you off. In TCM it’s said to anchor, settle, or calm the shen (mind). This anchoring (or downward) energy is the one you don’t want when holding a baby during pregnancy; so for that reason it’s not contraindicated but “” taken with caution while pregnant.
I’ve always taken it for it’s powerful calming actions.. it’s the type of calm you can feel right away; and then its affinity for the skin to boot. As a libra / virgo / scorpio mix I spend too much time in my head deeply thinking, wavering decisions, and then transforming the next second onto the next deep thought. I need something strong like this to bring me back to earth and into my roots.
Pearl is a gemstone (why just wear gemstones when you can eat them?), created when minerals from the sea make a formation around a single grain of sand inside an oyster. Pearl contains many amino acids, 30 trace minerals, and a high concentration of calcium. Pearl powder can be used internally or externally and is found in many facial products and creams to help fight blemishes, brighten skin, clarify complexion, and prevent wrinkles (firms skin). It is an anti-inflammatory herb and a detoxifying agent; along with a relaxant that transforms phlegm. Pearl powder also improves eyesight, lowers blood pressure, increases endurance, and may relieve constipation. The dose in taking pearl powder each day is small, just 1 gram a day is sufficient.
Its cosmetic use in China dates back to 320 AD. Even Cleopatra, the queen of Egypt, was known to use pearl in her beauty regimen. Some studies have claimed that pearl powder topically can stimulate the skins fibroblasts, helping regenerate collagen and accelerate healing of skin conditions, burns, and wounds.
Today collagen protein and bone broth (which contains collagen protein) seem to be all the rage in health fashion. But the real extra secret ingredient should be pearls. Pearl with all it’s amino acids contains a protein known as conchiolin. Conchiolin is what gives pearl the rainbow luminescence shiney tint. This unique pearl protein promotes healthy collagen production, which results in plump, radiant skin. Conchiloin protein has similar effects to keratin, which is one of the proteins in your skin and hair that is able to improve hydration of skin cells, speed up cell metabolism, increase circulation, and help repair damaged cells (mindbodygreen.com). Pearl has a bland taste and perfect to add into all your bone broth and collagen recipes. When mixing collagen protein with the amino acids found in pearl powder you get a more complete package of protein; upping the health content as well as your feelings afterwards.
I get my pearl powder from sun potions; as source with all herbs should be of the highest quality & sustainability or whats really the point? The drink featured is a bulletproof oolong tea (oolong tea, butter, collagen protein), with maca root, pearl powder, and a slight dash of stevia. <3