How is your Skin Doing? Remedies that help skin problems

Weeds and herbs can be wonderful for helping your skin.



Here are some remedies for some minor skin problems.

Starting with ACNE: Some first steps to help

Most of the time acne is from too much sebum (oil) on the skin. This oil can  bring about bacteria, causing plugged hair follicles in skin pores.

If it lodges near the surface of the skin, blackheads and whiteheads will form. If a blockage rupture, it becomes a pimple.

Sometimes the problem is hormonal, stress, diet or irritating ingredients in makeup.

What to do?

Acne, pimples and spots: Reach for the weeds first:

1. Yarrow is a true remedy for acne.  for a yarrow infusion, placed dried yarrow flowers into  a quart jar and fill with boiling water. Steep overnight, strain and store in a plastic bottle. Dampen a washcloth with it every morning, evening and in between!


2.   Burdock seed or root.

An Herbalist, Susan Weed believes that brewing up some burdock can help. You can use it to clean the skin. ” For acne rosacea, take 10-20 drops of burdock seed or root tincture three times a day, which will bring slow but steady improvement.” You can buy burdock tincture at a health food store. It is called Arctium Lappa.

You can also  make it into a very strong tea from dried burdock root, brew overnight and drink a few cups a day.

3. Take an herbal steam bath.

Herbal steaming opens embedded pores. You can use a combination of herbs such as yarrow, elder flowers and chamomile.  Put these herbs into  a large pot, cover with a quart of cool water and bring to a slow simmer. Cover the pot with a towel and your head so that the steam touches your face, keeping your eyes closed. Remember not to get too close, you do not want to burn yourself. Steam for about 15 minutes.

Natural First Aid for Burns bruises, cuts and scrapes

Here are some remedies that work for burns and minor cuts

The aloe Vera plant: For soothing a minor burn, including sunburn, try some aloe. You can use some fresh aloe by snapping off a piece from a mature plant and applying the transparent gel to your skin.

Aloe has also been used as a first aid for frost bite because it acts against thromboxanes, a substance that constricts blood vessels. When aloe is applied,  the blood vessels relax, helping to heal the frost bite.

Lavender: This plant can help with minor cuts and scrapes. Mix 15 drops of lavender essential oil with an ounce of Aloe Vera juice. They are both available at a health food store.

Place the mixture in a spray bottle and store in the refrigerator for a soothing, cool mist that you can spray on minor cuts and scrapes.

Promoting healing with Plantain: This common weed can be found in most lawns and it can help to soothe pain, bind together torn tissue and strengthen the skin’s surface. When used fresh, crush a few thin leaves and apply to minor cuts and scrapes.

At the health food store, you can also find some plantain salve to ease itching and promote healing.

Taken in part from: Fugh-Berman, A. (1998). Women’s Choices in Natural Healing. Drug-Free Remedies from the World of Alternative Medicine. Emmaus, PA. Rodale Press, Inc.