Many people are struggling with acne. For this reason, I’d like to recommend four herbs for clear skin.
These herbs offer a natural solution for treating acne and improving the quality of your skin.
Issues with acne can lower self-esteem, and create insecurities, which impact the way we interact with others.
Maybe you’ve tried other forms of medication, but didn’t quite get the results you wanted. It can be frustrating not knowing how to successfully treat acne.
1. Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale Asteraceae)
Common Names: Dandelion, Wet-the-bed.
Interesting fact: Did you know that the name dandelion is an anglicized version of a French name ‘dent-de-lion’, Which means ” Lion’s teeth”. It was given that name because its leaves resemble the jagged teeth of a lion.
Parts Used: Roots, leaves, latex, flowers.
Indications: Water retention, poor appetite, rheumatism and arthritis, constipation.
Actions: Bitter, hepatic, kidney and liver stimulant, laxative, diuretic.
Dandelion is a very common plant found throughout the world. You’ve probably spotted it growing in your garden, and may have thought it was a pesky weed.
You may be surprised to know that this plant has many beneficial properties that can help in many ways.
There are many close-related species of this plant, so depending on where you are, the may differ slightly.
It normally grows to a height of twelve inches and has bright yellow petals that bloom year-round. Upon reaching maturity, the petals turn into a fuzzy ball-shaped cluster that contains seeds.
Many of us in our childhood years, or even as adults, have perhaps blown these fuzz balls into the air and watched them get carried away in the wind. Thereby aiding the propagation of the plant.
The dandelion plant is associated with the kidneys and liver. It assists the liver and kidneys to get rid of metabolic wastes.
As a result, it has become a herb of choice for those suffering from chronic skin and joint issues. Issues like acne and eczema, arthritis and rheumatism.
When treating skin-related issues, it is primarily taken orally,
Both the roots and leaves are used to make herbal preparations.
Its leaves can be included in salads or used to make tea, and the roots can be roasted and ground. For making a caffeine-free substitute for coffee, because of its nutty flavour.
2. Nettle (Urtica dioica Urticaceae)
Common Names: Nettle, Stinging Nettle.
Interesting Facts: Since ancient times nettle has been known as a medicinal herb. Ancient Egyptians used a nettle infusion for relieving arthritis and lumbago pains.
Parts Used: Leaves, Seeds, Roots.
Indications: Anaemia, allergies, stress, eczema, arthritis, weak skin, hair and nails, convalescence(recovery).
Actions: Tonic, nutritive, astringent, styptic, diuretic, anti-allergy, adrenal tonic.
Nettle is also known as stinging nettle is a perennial flowering plant that is covered in a fine layer of hair. Some of these contain formic acid and histamine, that irritate the skin if touched.
It can grow up to a meter high and it has heart-shaped leaves with sawtoothed edges.
The best time to harvest nettles is early spring, or in the autumn, before the plant begins to flower. This is because, once the plant has flowered, uric acid crystals may form in the leaves. This can lead to irritation of the kidneys if consumed.
Caution should be taken when harvesting nettles. It’s best to wear gloves to avoid being stung by the hairs.
Some people are experienced in handling nettles and can do so without being stung.
The nettle plant is highly nutritious and is known for its blood-nourishing and blood-cleansing effects.
Due to its expansive root system, the plant can pull and absorb minerals from deep within the soil.
Minerals such as; calcium, iron, selenium, zinc, magnesium, potassium, and other trace minerals. It also contains high levels of protein and amino acids. As well as, vitamins A and C.
Because of its rich nutritional profile, nettle is considered a ‘superfood’.
Nettle is favorable for its ability to heal skin issues, and also its anti-aging properties.
There are various ways in which you can use nettle for treating acne. It can be consumed in the form of teas or capsules. It can also be used topically in the form of extracts or added to creams.
Extracts from the leaf act as a natural astringent, which firms and tightens the skin. It also helps to regulate the production of sebum. Too much sebum can lead to acne problems.
3. Calendula (Calendula officinalis Asteraceae)
Common Names: Calendula, Pot Marigold, Marigold.
Interesting facts: Marigold, is also called “Poor Man’s Saffron,”. Its flowers can be used as a substitute for the more expensive saffron spice.
Parts used: Flowers.
Indications: Acne, eczema, infections, swollen lymph glands, inflammation, bites, burns, wounds, painful periods.
Actions: Antifungal, antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, lymphatic.
This plant has a distinctive fragrance that is quite pungent. Because off the plant’s bright orange, daisy-like flowers it can be easily identified in the natural environment. It blooms between early summer to late autumn in the northern hemispheres.
However, in warmer climates, it may flower throughout the year.
The entire plant is resinous and slightly sticky to the touch. Its leaves are alternate and oblong.
The Calendula plant contains high levels of flavonoids, essential oils, and plant sterols, which can be used to treat inflammatory conditions of all kinds.
Calendula has antiseptic, antifungal, and tissue healing properties, making it a great herb for healing external wounds, bites, and burns.
If taken internally, it will encourage lymphatic flow, which helps to remove toxins from the body. Its lymphatic action can also brighten the skin and assist in getting rid of skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, and cellulite.
4. Aloe Vera (Aloe vera Asphodelaceae)
Common Names: Aloe, Aloes, Sincle Bible.
Indications: Burns, sunburn, wounds external inflammation
Actions: Soothing, cooling, demulcent(inflammation relieving).
Aloe vera, although a succulent, is considered an herb. It has thick pointed leaves with specks of white. Its edges have small spikes.
The inner gel is the part that is used to treat acne. To get the gel from the leaf, you have to remove the edges by slicing them off.
Aloe vera has many healing properties and can be used to treat sunburns, burns, insect bites, cuts, acne, and eczema. It is very cooling and helps to reduce inflamed skin conditions.
By applying aloe vera, it increases the blood flow to the surface of the skin and also eradicates harmful bacteria. It also makes the skin supple and radiant.
On its own, aloe vera can treat mild to moderate acne. However, if you have severe acne, then you may consider using it alongside other acne treatments for better results.
DIY aloe vera scrub
Here’s an interesting DIY aloe vera scrub you can make, for experience the healing power of aloe vera.
The ingredients you will need are; 1/2 cup coconut oil, 1/2 cup brown sugar, and 1/4 cup aloe vera gel.
The coconut contains antibacterial properties, and also works as a natural moisturizer. The sugar acts as an exfoliator that removes dead skin cells and unblocks the pores. The aloe vera penetrates and rejuvenates the skin and stimulates the growth of healthy skin cells.
How to make and use
To make the scrub, firstly you should blend the coconut oil and the aloe vera gel in a blender. Blending until smooth. After doing so, you can pour the mixture into a container, and then add the sugar and mix until everything is properly combined.
You can store this mixture in the fridge and use it whenever you like.
To use it, simply massage the mixture onto your face, avoiding the eyes. Then just leave it for 5 – 10 minutes before rinsing.
Mother nature provides us with wonderful solutions for overcoming issues with acne and can restore the vitality of our skin.
The herbs mentioned in this article can be found in most regions of the world. You may already have all or a few of them in your home/garden.
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