Siwak is the stem of the plant Salvadora persica which mostly grows in dry and arid regions in India. This plant has long been used as a traditional toothbrush, and is believed to be more useful than modern toothbrushes. However, do you know? The benefits of siwak are not limited to healthy teeth and gums, but also skin. Here's the explanation.
Benefits of miswak for the skin from its various ingredients
Almost all research on siwak shows that this plant is beneficial for healthy teeth and gums, but there is no research that specifically addresses the benefits of miswak for the skin. However, miswak has a variety of ingredients that are believed to provide a number of benefits for the skin as follows.
Siwak contains a compound that actively inhibits bacterial proliferation in the mouth. These bacteria are usually found in cavities and are a type of bacteria Streptococcus mutans, Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, Porphyromonas gingivalis, and Haemophilus influenzae.
Bacteria Haemophilus influenzae is the cause of a type of skin infection called cellulitis. This disease causes swelling, redness, and pain in the infected area. Through further research, the antibacterial compounds in miswak may have the potential to relieve symptoms of this disease.
2. Makes skin smoother
Miswak may be a natural solution for those of you who want to maintain skin smoothness. The reason is, this plant contains a type of important mineral called silica.
Apart from working as a natural tooth stain eraser, silica is also important to maintain the development of bones, nails, hair, and skin. This mineral is usually found in children's skin, and this is one reason why children have smoother skin than adults.
3. Stimulate collagen formation
Apart from citrus fruits like oranges and lemons, you can also find vitamin C in the siwak plant. This vitamin is known to stimulate collagen formation, ward off free radicals, and inhibit the formation of melanin pigments in the skin so that the elasticity and brightness of your skin is maintained.
The benefits of miswak for the skin still need further research, so you are still advised to consult a doctor before using it on the skin. However, you can still get the benefits of miswak for other aspects of your health, for example, to brush your teeth every day.
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