Natural Treatments for the Skin
Summary: Face and skin cream can be expensive and make a lot of promises. Creams and lotions can be made at home with natural ingredients, saving money.
Nourishing creams that are made with organic ingredients can benefit a variety of skin problems and conditions. Herbalist and holistic remedy practioners seek to treat the whole body for overall good health. Good health is reflective of a healthy glowing skin. To have the “natural glow” on the outside one needs to detox the inside, specifically the liver and colon.
Herbal Detox Recipe
1 oz dandelion root
1 oz dandelion leaves
1 oz nettle leaves
1 oz red clover blossoms
1 oz rose hips
Local clover honey
Clean the dandelion root and cut into small pieces. Mix together. Steep in boiling water for 10-15 minutes. Strain. Sweeten with honey to taste. Drink the tea daily. This may be needed to be taken daily for several weeks before skin will show effects of the detox.
The natural effects of the dandelion root and leaves along with the nettle leaves are excellent in rejuvenating the body’s functions. This remedy has been used for generations as a spring tonic by herbalist and natural healers to flush the body of toxins and prepare for spring coming.
Oils of vitamins, such as A, C, and E can be applied directly to the face and skin to rehydrate, prevent the signs of aging and fight radical damage of everyday living. These oils are available from local health stores. Look for the pure oils, not blends. Organic honey can be used as a facial to give the skin a more soft feeling. Try to find locally grown honey as this is a natural way to build up the immune system to the areas allergies.
Olive oil is a natural source of vitamin E and an antioxidant. Apply extra virgin olive oil daily to moisturize dry skin and stretch marks. Evening Primrose Oil is a natural home remedy to assist the body’s functions when things feel a little off. Evening Primrose Oil relieves the symptoms of dry, flaky and irritated skin. Take the oil, can be found in capsules, daily for 4 weeks. Apply the oil directly to the skin to promote healthy skin growth. Nourishing oils can be left on the skin over night for best results.
Herbal Remedies for the Skin
A facial steam is a great way to open the pores and allow the cleansing power of the herbs to penetrate the skin.
Steam Facial Recipe
1 Tbsp powdered licorice root – licorice is called the “great detoxifier”
2 Tbsp dried elder flowers
2 Tbsp dried chamomile flowers – whole flowers are the best
Mix the herbs together in a large glass bowl. Pour 1-2 cups of boiling water over the mixture. Steep for 20-30 minutes. Strain. Reheat the herbs to steaming, not a boil. Hold the face over the steaming mixture. Have a towel handy to make a tent. Allow the steam to work its magic for 15 – 20 minutes.
Herbal Night Gel
2 tsp of evening primrose oil can be mixed with aloe Vera gel and essential oils of lemon and eucalyptus, along with a small amount of witch hazel to form and wonderful night gel. The gel can be stored in the refrigerator for a week. Change the recipe by adding lavender instead of lemon with a few drops of thyme to make a great remedy for acne.
Taking used tea bags, especially chamomile tea, can be used to soothe the skin of puffiness and assist the body to release excess fluids. This is great to use along with the detox teas to give the body treatments inside and out.
While dry skin needs oils to rehydrate and rejuvenate, oily skin does not need the extra oil, but needs nourishing. Use of witch hazel with aloe gel and evening primrose oil makes a wonderful treatment for oily skin without over hydration.
Those that want to expand their talents can begin making their own lotions. Classes are held in community centers and with herbalist. The basic class can lead to a whole new outlook on natural remedies and the lotion can be personalized to match the type of skin or conditions that are needed to be treated. Even treatments for sunburns can be made ahead of time and stored in a cool place.
When talking with an herbalist or essential oil specialist, decide on the ingredient based on the properties to heal and moisturize the skin. Recognize one’s skin type – oily, dry or combination skin. A combination of natural ingredients can be found to match the skin type. These special mixtures will have a shorter shelf life than commercial products. Lotions and creams can be stored in the refrigerator, especially in hot climates to extend the shelf life.