There are many pathologies (health problems) that can adversely affect your skin, ranging from hormonal imbalances, stress, dehydration, high blood pressure, fever, fungal infections, viral and bacterial infections, allergies, to various organ pathologies such as kidney and liver disease, and the list goes on.
Natural organi skin care products are not designed to treat systemic disease, they are natural products that are designed to help you retain healthy vibrant skin and help to protect your skin from external and environmental effects. They cannot reduce your stress levels, or adjust your hormonal imbalances, or reduce your high blood pressure – and they are not intended to do those things, even though, when you read some of the adverts in beauty magazines, you would think they could cure death itself.
Herbal extracts and teas, on the other hand, do work on systemic problems such as stress, high blood pressure, circulatory disorders, hormone imbalances, blood impurities, liver function, constipation, diarrhoea, diverticulitis, and so on.
Skin care from the inside out, using herbs, is a great addition to promote healthy, vibrant looking skin. For example, using dandelion tea/coffee is a good approach to promote liver and kidney functions; green tea is a well-known source of anti-oxidants. Echinacea has great immuno-stimulant effects and lavender, chamomile and many other herbs help you to relax and reduce stress.
It’s a simple concept – feel great and you’ll look great.
It is critical that when you aim to achieve better looking skin, you consider looking at your general overall health as well as carefully considering which natural skin care products you choose.
There are many herbal teas available at health food stores and natural therapy outlets that will help you maintain or even regain good health. Below is a list of teas and herbs you can use to beneficially influence your health and in turn promote healthy skin from the inside out.
Stress: Generally, stress can cause you difficulties with sleep, make you more irritable, elevate your blood pressure and tends to make you frown and frowning leads to those unwanted wrinkles...
Stress is the single most nominated cause of disease and just about every disease can have stress as its cause…
Herbs such as the ones listed below, can have a positive, calming effect and reduce the effects of stress caused by day-to-day 'stuff'. Chamomile, Lavender, Passionflower, Hops and others, are great first steps to help you calm your nerves and reduce the feelings of agitation often associated with stress.
Insomnia: Apart from systemic diseases, anxiety (stress) is the number one reason for insomnia; a stress which we can all do without. Insomnia is a very real problem for many people and will in turn cause you more stress – it’s a vicious circle that needs to be broken.
Herbs similar to the ones used to reduce stress are helpful in promoting a good nights sleep. They include: Chamomile, Lavender, Passionflower, Hops, Valerian, …
Hormonal Imbalances: Hormonal imbalances, such as Menopause, Hormone replacement therapy (HRT), The Pill etc. can all cause a variety of problems.
Your skin may become blotchy, suddenly develop middle-aged acne, or you may develop dry skin, skin allergies or other symptoms.
You will need to consult a qualified herbalist in order to get the correct herbal treatment to avoid interfering with the pharmaceutical drug you may be taking.
Herbs that may be helpful include: Dang Gui, Ginseng, Evening primrose, Vitex agnus castus (Chaste tree berry), Black cohosh, and others. However, before you rush out and get some of these herbs, make sure you consult a qualified herbalist. I cannot stress this enough, because more often than not you will need a detailed assessment of your health issues and the herbal prescription you require will be a combination of herbs in specific ratios that are not available on the supermarket shelves.
Remember, that your skin does eliminate toxins, and in some cases, if your kidneys or your liver are not doing their jobs well enough, some of these toxins will be eliminated via the skin. This can cause acne, boils and many other skin problems, which are partly addressed by using good skincare products, but you will not fix the underlying problems or weaknesses. These have to be addressed using either, herbs, diet or orthodox treatments, or maybe a combination of approaches.
Pain: Most people experience pain at least once in their life and it’s not a nice experience. Pain is often a warning by your body to let you know something is not right and you should heed this warning and find out why you are getting the pain – especially, if it persists for any length of time, or reoccurs on a frequent basis.
For this article, we’ll assume that the pain is of a non-pathological nature. That is, your headaches, back pain, chest pain or stiff neck is caused by stress, bad posture or anything other than a systemic disease.
Herbs that are beneficial in the treatment of pain include: White willow bark (Aspirin was originally made for this herb), Hypericum (St. John’s Wort), and many others, depending on the type of pain and its location.
Treating pain can get very complex and involved, because it can be due to so many different causes. The best approach is to get some professional help if taking White willow bark or Hypericum does not work. One of the most effective treatments for pain is Acupuncture.
The health of your skin is a good indicator of the internal health of your body. As I said earlier - if you feel great, you’ll look great and that is the key.
A word of caution
Herbs are powerful medicinal substances. They have potent, medicinal properties, which can also do you harm if used incorrectly or under the wrong circumstances or dosage.
Before you start to take herbs, I would strongly advise you to consult a professional, qualified herbalist. You will get good advice, the right combination of herbs for your specific needs and therefore much better results. And you’ll save money in the process.
If you are taking any Prescription drugs, make sure you speak with your health care professional to avoid adverse interactions.
Danny Siegenthaler is a doctor of traditional Chinese medicine and together with his wife Susan, a medical herbalist and Aromatherapist, they have created Natural Skin Care Products by Wildcrafted Herbal Products to share their 40 years of combined expertise with you.