Herbal Remedies for Health
Herbal ingredients such as Vitamin E oil, Mentha pipererita oil, Bulbinella frutescens tr. and Aloe ferox tr. work quickly to soothe and promote healthy, trouble-free skin. Other highly effective herbs include Glycorrhiza glabra, Melia azadirachta, Sambucus nigra and Stellaria media which help to provide relief from itching and discomfort. In addition, Matricaria chamomilla, Asparathus linearis and Galium aparine also prevents infection and inflammation as well as reduces scarring. In addition, Lavender Essential Oil acts as a circulatory stimulant and antiseptic, and is used to prevent scarring.
Herbs such as Galium aperine (Cleavers) and Trifolium pratense (red clover) act as a natural cleansing tonic and help to purify and detoxify the body's system. Homeopathic ingredients such as Natrium muriaticum, Kalium muriaticum and Kalium sulphate keep the skin well-hydrated, and act as blood and lymph cleansers, that support the natural healing and regenerative processes of the skin.
Herbal remedies have existed for centuries and have been used to treat many illnesses ranging from mild stomach upset to cancer. Recent research supports the use of herbs in the treatment of various medical problems. However, many people believing that "natural" is better have tried unproven and uncontrolled treatments, sometimes with disappointing or even dangerous results. There exist some herbal treatments that may be helpful in treating common skin conditions that do not always require going to the doctor's office.
Dr. Doris Day, a Manhattan dermatologist and clinical assistant professor of dermatology at NYU Medical Center recommends that "If I had to choose only one herbal remedy for the treatment of skin problems, aloe vera would be my number one choice. It has been widely recognized as a plant with special healing capabilities." Aloe Vera is used in its pure form as a skin softener and moisturizer. The gel, which is the fluid within the leaves, has been used for centuries to accelerate wound healing. It not only improves healing but also serves as a topical pain reliever. Dr. Day adds "unfortunately many of the products in the stores that contain aloe vera do not have adequate concentration of the substance in them to make them effective." Some reliable studies have demonstrated aloe vera to be very effective in the treatment of psoriasis, a relatively common condition that leads to itchy, red scaly patches on the skin and scalp.
Topical preparations of Arnica flower are especially helpful for wound healing. It is effective as an analgesic (pain reliever), antiseptic and anti-inflammatory cream. Dr. Day further comments that "this treatment is recommended for bruises and swelling due to trauma or surgery." It is also helpful in speeding the healing of simple skin abrasions, insect bites and for soothing joint pain. The German government has approved the use of arnica for wound healing therapy.
Also known as the common marigold, Calendula flower has a long history of effectiveness in the treatment of burns, bruises, skin infections, cuts and rashes. The German health authorities have approved its use for topical treatment of wounds that are healing poorly and for certain types of skin ulcers. Compresses made with calendula tea are also useful. The tea can be used as a mouth rinse to treat painful lesions in the mouth.
Both the roots and leaves of comfrey have been used for centuries to improve healing of cuts and bruises. It has also been useful as an anti-inflammatory for treatment of rashes. It is thought to promote healing of closed fractures when applied on the skin over the site of injury. Dr. Day warns that "although topical use of the roots or leaves is safe, application over broken skin can lead to toxicity and so should not be applied more than three days in a row." Tea made from the comfrey leaf is also useful but should not exceed three cups per day.
The tea tree is a tall evergreen found in Australia and Asia. The leaves have been used for centuries as an antiseptic and were used in World War I as a disinfectant. More recently the oil from the leaves has been harvested to treat cuts, insect bites and other common skin problems. The oil has been shown to kill both fungus and bacteria. The oil is available in stores, without a prescription, and can be diluted as necessary for various conditions. Tea tree oil may be toxic and should never be taken by mouth.
Chamomile has been used for thousands of years for treatment of various medical problems. Dried and fresh flowers made into a tea have been used for minor stomach upset, as an oral rinse to treat gingivitis and painful mouth lesions, and topically to improve wound healing and treat mild skin problems, such as itchy lesions, hives and sunburn.
Commonly known as cayenne, this spicy red pepper has been used for a multitude of medical problems such as high blood pressure, stomach ulcers, poor circulation, lung and skin infections. There are many formulas that combine capsaicin with other herbal products to maximize antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects. Capsaicin has been shown to deplete substance-P from nerve endings, which makes it an effective pain reliever according to Dr. Day. Initially the pain may be increased or there may be a burning sensation due to the release of substance-P, which is usually temporary.
There are many herbal remedies that are useful in treating common skin conditions. Dr. Day maintains that certain herbal remedies may produce adverse reactions if the person using them is sensitive to any of the active ingredients. It is recommended to see your doctor if a skin condition persists or symptoms become worse.
4 Common Skin Problems and Remedies
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We all know that beauty is more than skin deep, but the state of our skin can speak to a lot more than beauty it s a reflection of our health. As the largest organ, our skin requires constant care and attention to remain healthy. Problems such as blemishes, acne, warts and even dandruff can signal that something is out balance. Suffering from one of these common skin problems Check out the remedies below to set things right!
Although most often associated with teenage hormones, acne can strike at any age and can be caused by more than hormones. Poor nutrition can contribute to poor complexion, so stay away from sugary, fatty foods that can provide fuel for acne bacteria or contribute to skin inflammation. As the skin is a major detox organ, a buildup of toxins in the body can contribute to clogged pores and unsightly blemishes. Try a natural cleanse, and give your liver and other detox organs the support they need. For spot treatment, many natural topical remedies will work. Try a drop or two of diluted tea tree oil, or use facial products containing tea tree oil. (I personally have found Purple Prairie Organics Orange & Tea Tree bar to work wonders!) Witch hazel can tighten and minimize pores and reduce inflammation, without overdrying the skin. Chamomile is also anti-inflammatory and anti-septic, making it a great natural treatment. Make a cup of chamomile tea, let it cool to room temperature, then spritz on your face. (Discover more natural remedies for treating acne.)
Unsightly and sometimes painful, warts are caused by a strain of the human papillomavirus (HPV) and are passed on like an infection through skin that is broken or weakened (from either moisture or injury). Although most warts will disappear with time, you can speed up the process by trying various natural remedies. Garlic, oregano and tea tree oil all have antiviral properties that can help fight off the virus and make your wart disappear faster. Apply a few drops of the oils to the wart and cover with a bandage. Tea tree oil is powerful stuff, so unless you re using it on the bottom of your foot, dilute it first before using. If you don t have garlic oil, a freshly cut piece of garlic also works. An old wives tale (that many have reported to work!) is to secure a piece of banana peel, pulp side down, over the wart. (Discover more natural remedies for getting rid of warts.)
Although dandruff is generally thought of as a hair problem, those little white flakes actually come from the skin on your head. Dandruff can be caused by both overly oily and overly dry skin, as well as poor hygiene and even a yeast-like fungus that feeds on hair oils. Massaging jojoba and coconut oil into the scalp can help balance out issues of dryness or even oiliness. Rinsing with vinegar can help kill bacteria causing dandruff, as can adding 10 drops of tea tree oil to your shampoo. (Discover more natural remedies for treating dandruff.)
Age spots aren't necessarily a sign of unhealthy skin just of aging skin but if you want to reduce the appearance of yours, there are a few steps you can take. The natural bleaching powers of lemon can help lighten age spots, as can the lactic acid in yogurt. Try rubbing freshly squeezed lemon juice onto age spots twice daily (watch out for cuts!), or applying a paste of yogurt to affected areas for 20 to 30 minutes once daily.
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