Herbs for Skin Conditions
How is your skin? Do you care for it and feed it well, tend it and look after it? Here is some helpful information from A Natural Self that explains its physiological properties and shows you how to look after this incredible organ, with the help of natural products and natural health strategies.
Did you know the skin is more than a simple outer sheet of the body? It is the largest organ, and weights around 2 kilograms in a grown adult.
It consists of 3 main layers:
- fat layer
This is the outer layer of the skin and comprises the horny layer, the squamous cells (keratinocytes) and the basal layer as well as the melanocyte cells that produce your pigment. Your fairness or darkness is determined by these pigments.
This is the mid layer and contains all the important things like sweat glands, blood vessels, lymph vessels and hair follicles. It contains the touch receptors and the pain receptors as well as the fibroblasts that give the skin resilience.
The fat layer
This layer is also known as the subcutaneous or subcutis. It is made up of fat cells and collagen. This is the layer that withstands pressure or outside force and therefore protects the internal organs from damage.
Looking after Your Skin
You need to look after your skin. Dana Kington, naturopath, says this involves a combination of healthy eating and also health supplements or health therapies.
Plenty of water, herb teas, fresh fruit and vegetables and lowering your consumption of refined foods will help your skin. So will exercise, massage and regular sleep.
Also, take supplements that contain the following:
- Zinc gluconate for its healing properties
- St. Mary’s thistle for liver health (which in turn, helps the skin)
- Calcium ascorbate for its antioxidant properties
- Silica for skin strengthening
- Biotin for skin strengthening
Problems with skin include flaky skin, eczema, flaky scalp, psoriasis, dry or chafed skin, skin that is too oily, pimples, acne, boils etc.
Skin eruptions and skin inflammations may also indicate internal organ problems. For example, problems with the liver may be indicated by the skin. This is because the cleansing processes usually performed by the liver will be taken over by the skin if the liver is unable to perform its functions properly.
A naturopathic approach will not consider the skin as an isolated organ, but will treat and recondition it in tandem with other issues in the body.
Your practitioner can guide you on the right course of action and the kinds of dietary changes you need to make to keep your skin supple, healthy and looking fresh and clean.
For more information contact A Natural Self website.
And stay happy and healthy.