6 Natural Ways to Keep Your Skin Healthy

If you suffer from chronic skin ailments like eczema, psoriasis and rashes, you may not have resort to steroid creams or prescription medications to heal your skin. There are natural ways to keep skin clear and healthy. In her book, Women Healers of the World: The Traditions, History & Geography of Herbal Medicine, herbalist Holly Bellebuono reveals the secrets to maintaining healthy skin from women healers around the world:

1. Support your liver. A healthy liver helps regulate blood sugar levels for supple skin. High blood sugar can cause your skin to crack and split. To make sure your liver metabolizes wastes, toxins, and old cells properly, support your liver with dandelion root drinks or tincture, and milk thistle seed tincture. These contain herbs that help rebuild and regenerate your liver.

2. Hydrate with herbal teas. Drink more water (6 to 8 glasses daily). Add some healthful, nutrient-rich herbs like stinging nettle and oatstraw. These provide calcium and other minerals that help your skin remain healthy. Drink teas in moderation if you have trouble sleeping at night. Even de-caffeinated teas have some caffeine.

3. Apply soothing herbs. Soak fresh sage leaves in oil and apply topically for skin relief. Other helpful herbs include red cedar, thyme, comfrey and yarrow. Chop 1 cup of fresh leaves into 1 cup of olive oil and simmer for 20 minutes. Strain, reserve the oil, and add cup chopped beeswax. Pour into a jar and let cool. Apply the ointment on chronic skin patches and infected areas.

4. Take a seaweed bath. To help rejuvenate dry, flaky skin and prevent chronic skin itching, try a seaweed bath. Bring a large pot of water to boil, add 2 to 4 tablespoons of dried seaweed (kelp, dulse, or any other seaweed) and simmer for 15 minutes. Pour the hot seaweed tea into the tub with more hot water, strain and soak your body for 20 minutes.

5. Use witch hazel liniment for rashes. Witch hazel is ideal for easing itchy rashes and toning weak or infected skin. It also makes an ideal base for other herbs that heal the skin. Chop up some red clover, plantain or antiseptic herbs (like as rosemary or sage) and place them in a glass canning jar. Cover them with witch hazel, cap the jar and shake; then steep the herbs in the liquid for two weeks, strain and gently apply to the skin.

6. Remove sweets from your diet. Refined sugars cause your insulin levels to spike, which leads to what some dermatologists and nutritionists call “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.” This inflammation produces enzymes that break down collagen and elastin, which can result in wrinkles and sagging skin.

Consult your doctor or dermatologist for any skin condition before taking any of the recommended natural remedies mentioned above.

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87 comments

Jetana A
Jetana A1 years ago

Oh, those pesky sweets!

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Arbella J.
.2 years ago

Hey nice post man! Thanks for incredible info.

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Vaileria D.
Vaileria D.4 years ago

Skin care is very important for women after 30's otherwise signs of aging start to show their presence on face and skin. Skin care tips help you to maintain your skin’s firmness and elasticity and to keep your skin youthful.

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Donna T.
Donna T4 years ago

thank you

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Debbie S.
Past Member 4 years ago

I love nettle tea and these other tips are great, thank you for sharing.

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Leia P.
Leia P.4 years ago

noted

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Muff-Anne York-Haley

Hopefully chocolate, good, dark chocolate is good for your skin because I have a little bit everyday:)

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Belinda isKindToAnimals
Past Member 4 years ago

cool!

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Belinda isKindToAnimals
Past Member 4 years ago

cool!

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Sharon Stein
Sharon Stein4 years ago

nettle tea...Hmmm Il try it.

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