The skin is the largest organ of our body. It consists of multiple layers that protect the body against bacteria and other disease-causing environmental toxins. Adhering to a nutritious diet is one of the keys to having healthy skin, on and in all layers.
Unfortunately, some people’s immune system is compromised, thereby making their skin susceptible to infection and disease.
If you experience skin problems, don’t turn to over-the-counter preparations right away, give your skin a chance with natural solutions. Nature has a lot to offer when it comes to protecting and accelerating the healing process of your skin.
There are many herbs that have proven to be helpful, such as the following:
Lavender contains linalool that aids in the healing process of several skin conditions. The same compound is responsible for the prevention of tissue degeneration and this helps reduce the signs of premature skin aging.
Lavender also assists in the growth and development of new skin cells. This is made possible with the help of its cytophylactic properties.
If your skin is looking coarse, dry and inflamed due to environmental toxins, lavender will certainly help as a skin salve. Lavender is known to have powerful antioxidants that protect the skin against the adverse effects of these types of toxins and pollutants.
If you are constantly stressed, this can result in rough skin, and the calming properties of lavender will both serve as your skin’s shield and provide you with a sense of calm.
The blossoms of calendula are beneficial for skin healing while also acting as a mild astringent. Research shows that calendula has antiviral, antifungal and antibacterial properties. One very appreciated quality of calendula is its ability to heal even the most sensitive skin gently.
Many people use calendula in treating diaper rash, chapped lips, minor bruises, minor cuts and burns.
Others use calendula as a facial wash to help them get rid of their acne.
Researchers investigating the qualities of gotu kola found that it can treat some skin problems due to the herbs natural compounds, referred to as triterpenoid saponins. These active compounds in gotu kola were found to be responsible for not just strengthening the skin, but also for improving blood flow to the skin.
Aloe Vera is a very well-known remedy for applying to many skin conditions. If used in its purest form, aloe vera helps speed up the process of healing.
Aloe vera can be used for treating minor skin infections, burns, wounds and cysts. There are studies which indicate that aloe vera can also be used for other more serious conditions such as psoriasis, canker sores, genital herpes, dandruff, skin ulcers and eczema.
Although Echinacea is more popular for boosting the immune system, it is also an excellent herb for treating skin problems. Native Americans use Echinacea for healing skin wounds, snake bites and insect stings.
There are scientific studies which have also proved that Echinacea extract possesses anti-inflammatory properties. Echinacea contains collagen protective properties that protect the skin against free radical damage.
Other studies suggest that Echinacea contains enzymes that are capable of keeping the ‘skin jello’ intact by inhibiting the spread of toxins, while also preventing fluids leaking from the skin tissues.
In addition, Echinacea has antifungal and anti-bacterial properties, so this herb provides benefits on many levels.
If you have any type of skin problem, check to see if there is an herb or herbal treatment to overcome it. You may even have one growing in your own garden.