Herbs can be used topically or internally to ease skin problems.
It is recommended both ways as well as combining herbs with other nutrients in an overall skin-health regimen. According to traditional Chinese medicine, unhealthy digestion is and underlying cause of chronic skin problems. This is especially true with psoriasis, where the immune system attacks the skin.
Oregon grape is a great basic herb for cleansing and restoring healthy digestion. It can be taken on an ongoing basis in supplements or tea. Flax seed is also recommended for regularity and detoxification, and probiotics for a healthy digestive tract.
Impurities in the blood are another underlying factor of many skin issues, especially rosacea, which is triggered by inflamed blood vessels in the skin. A tea made with red clover and burdock root can help cleanse the blood.
How to Make Herbal Tea: Steep one teaspoon of dried herb per one cup of boiling water, 5-10 minutes for dried leaf and 10-20 minutes for a root.
There are two classic types of topical remedies:
- Tea Wash- Make a tea, as if you were going to drink it. Once it cools, gently use it to wash the affected area. Try chamomile to soothe, comfrey to reduce itching and inflammation, or goldenseal for infection.
- Poultice- Mix a dried herb with either vitamin E oil (soothing) or tea tree oil (antibacterial), and add a little honey to make it sticky. To soothe inflammation, use vitamin E oil and goldenseal. If the skin is infected, use tea tree oil and comfrey. The quantity you need depends upon the size of the affected area. Apply the poultice like a face mask. Leave it on until it dries (about 15-20 minutes) and then gently wash it off.
Simple Home Remedies:
Many helpful ointments contain aloe, vitamin E, comfrey, and soothing herbs such as calendula. Drinking chamomile tea supports healthy digestion and cleanse the blood, and used as a tea wash, it soothes irritation. Other skin conditions with natural solutions include:
Acne- Caused by bacteria that infect oil glands in the skin. Use tea tree oil topically, and take garlic supplements to fight the infection from within.
Eczema- Also called dermatitis, eczema is a rash or inflammation of the skin. If skin is itchy, use a burdock root tea wash. Herbs that can help heal from within include dandelion, goldenseal, myrrh, pou d’arco, and red clover.
Psoriasis- Use a cream that contains vitamins D and E, and take vitamin D and MSM supplements to restore healthy skin.
Rosacea- To soothe, use chamomile tea wash and routinely drink tea made with red clover and burdock root.