Skin Conditions

From our list of herbs and spices, the following are recommended for Skin Conditions:

  • Aloe Vera Leaf
  • Barley Grass
  • Black Walnut Hull
  • Boswellia
  • Burdock Root
  • Calendula
  • Cayenne
  • Chamomile
  • Chlorella (Internal)
  • Dandelion Root
  • Echinacea Angustifolia
  • Echinacea Purpurea
  • Gotu Kola
  • Kelp
  • Konjac Root Glucomannan
  • Milk Thistle
  • Olive Leaf
  • Oregon Grape Root
  • Red Clover
  • Sarsaparilla
  • Sheep Sorrel
  • Watercress
  • Witch Hazel
  • Yellow Dock Root

Natural Cures and Remedies for Skin Conditions

This herb is a general soother for inflamed skin conditions, for instance eczema. It also enhances the natural ability of the skin to heal. It is a very gentle herb that is suitable for people with multiple allergies.

Poultices and fomentations are suitable for strains, sprains, cuts, stings, burns, skin conditions, abscesses, and pain. Depending on the problem, I typically recommend using one or the other for 10 to 30 minutes at a time. I’ve found it helpful in some cases to apply gentle heat over the herbs or saturated cloth. When possible, combining an external treatment such as these with an internal treatment is your best approach to healing.

Aloe Vera Leaf, Barley Grass, Black Walnut Hull, Boswellia, Burdock Root, Calendula, Cayenne, Chamomile, Chlorella (Internal), Dandelion Root, Echinacea Angustifolia, Echinacea Purpurea, Gotu Kola, Kelp, Konjac Root Glucomannan, Milk Thistle, Olive Leaf, Oregon Grape Root, Red Clover, Sarsaparilla, Sheep Sorrel, Watercress, Witch Hazel, Yellow Dock Root

Relieves hot conditions Sorrel relieves hot condi-tions, reducing symptoms of excessive thirst, fever, or inflammatory conditions due to pathology. Relieves skin afflictions Many skin conditions are hot in nature, such as boils and carbuncles. An external application of tincture or plant poultice is often helpful to pull out the driving cause of such complaints. When combined with vinegar, sorrel makes a wonderful treatment for ringworm. Treats jaundice Taken internally, it has been help-ful for treating transient jaundice. Contraindications e presence of oxalic acid

detoxification for the body, along with clearing skin conditions and balancing the hormones. Supports the lymph system is cleaning e?ect is also thought to support the lymph system and the gut, clearing toxins and unhealthy bacterial col-onies that may be present. Sixty percent of your immune system resides in the lining of the gut, hence the need to support and nourish the lining. Matthew Wood (2008) states that elecampane has shown a?nity for the lymphatics in reducing chronic swollen cervical glands. Contraindications Should not be taken during pregnancy.

Creams and ointments are used mainly for skin conditions, and for muscle and joint aches. Herbalists make their own creams that combine base creams with tinctures, essential oils, infused oils, aromatic waters and infusions. Nowadays you can easily get hold of good-quality herbal creams, but if you want to make your own, refer to Chapter 26.

Nettle leaf is an example of a herb that improves the detoxification of the body. As such it is useful in skin conditions that are allergic in nature, such as eczema or urticaria (hives).