Sunday, June 27, 2010

Herbal Medicine for the Skin

Got a skin problem? Did you know that adding specific herbs to creams and using them topically can aid in the soothing and healing of different skin conditions? Whilst medicated creams can offer relief they are often unsuitable for long term use and more often than not the problem just keeps coming back to haunt you! Herbal creams are safe, effective, and offer a great alternative especially on young and sensitive skin.

Here are some herbal creams you may find effective for your skin, if more than one herb sound like it would do you good you might find a combination product or come in store and we can make you a cream with the specific herbs you need.

Calendula: Our favourite herb for red, inflamed and irritated skin. Calendula is anti-inflammatory and antiseptic therefore helps to soothe burns, minor cuts, eczema and nappy rash.

Witch Hazel (Hamamelis): An astringent, anti inflammatory and antiseptic herb, this has proven effectiveness for the treatment of haemorrhoids both relieving symptoms and aiding the healing process. You can also use this herb as a treatment for, or as a preventative of varicose veins.

Thuja: Thuja is an anti fungal herb and therefore brilliant for treatment of Tinea, Worts, Candida and ringworm.

Nettle (Urtica): A soothing, demulcent herb, we use this to reduce itching. Nettle is great to add to other creams such as Calendula for eczema or sunburn; or to Witch Hazel for Haemorrhoids. Often if you can reduce the itch it allows the skin time to heal faster.

Tea Tree: God ol’ Tea tree! The original antiseptic used for generations to assist in preventing cuts, boils, skin infections, insect bites and pimples from becoming infected.

This is only a small list of the herbs which can be used topically to aid skin conditions. Unfortunately skin conditions can be notoriously difficult to treat; combining topical treatment with whole body treatment can result in finding the cause of the problem and therefore more sustainable improvements. Come in or message us for more details.

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