We would suggest the following:
Burdock: Purifies the liver and kidneys and clears up skin conditions. *Supplement / Extract / Food*.
Aloe Vera: Calming, anti-inflammatory, soothing properties. Take the gel out of the leaf, apply it directly to the irritated skin. Some moisturisers also contain aloe.
Chamomile: Anti-inflammatory, calming, moisturising. Often used for skin inflammation and found in many cosmetics/creams. Essential Oil – dilute into an oil base, 10ml base coconut oil, add 5 drops of chamomile. Simply dab some onto the skin to soothe it, as necessary. Tea – let the tea cool down and use the water to dab onto the skin.
Coconut oil: Anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and moisturising properties. Use high-quality oil only. Apply it to your skin. Add some aromatherapy oil if you want to.
Comfrey: Reduces redness, inflammation and irritation. Found in many creams, lotions and salves. Very soothing herb.
Feverfew: its anti-oxidant qualities protect against UV exposure, which can worsen rosacea. Found in May topical creams and products.
Green tea: Rich in anti-oxidants it helps with inflammation and cellular protection. Often found in creams/lotions for topical application. Compress: cooled green tea can be used as a compress and the tea can be ingested for the many added health benefits. *Supplements*.
Vitamin B: Niacinamide: A VitB found in food. Found in many creams and lotions for topical application. Prevents and relieves skin flushing.
Oatmeal: Strengthens the skin and reduces water loss, which will worsen the condition. Will also help to stop the itching. Many face masks include oatmeal and are very healing. Mix a few Tbsp of oatmeal with water an application it directly to your skin.
Raw honey: Helps retain the moisture in the skin and its antibacterial properties are very effective in healing the skin. Apply the honey directly to the affected area.
Turmeric: Anti-inflammatory properties. Excellent for painful, inflamed skin. You can eat the herb, and cook with it for the many health benefits. Creams and lotions contain it. Turmeric Essential Oil – 2 drops into a tsp of coconut oil and apply that to the area. Mix turmeric powder with water and apply that as a poultice to your skin.
– Listed by Sharon Olivier, March 2021
We would suggest the following:
- Lavender Essential Oil
- Tea Tree Essential Oil
Application – Buy a base oil: Jojoba is best for this. If you have 20ml of base oil, add half the amount of Essential Oil drops. That gives you 10 drops. In this case, you will add 6 drops of Lavender and 4 drops of Tea Tree. Apply the mixture over the affected area, as required. Especially effective after a bath.
** A patch test is required – 1 drop of aromatherapy oil to 4 drops of base oil. Apply a coin size amount to a patch of skin on the inner arm **
If sensitivity occurs, apply more base oil to soothe the area. Possibly avoid use for a further 10 days. If you wish to continue, dilute to ¼ of the original amount and test on a small area of skin. If there is no further reaction, continue with that dosage.
** Oils are for external use only and must be blended with a carrier oil. Always avoid the eyes, ears and nose **
** Lavender is the safest of oils, if on a rare occasion you react, apply more base oil to the skin to soothe it and dilute the massage blend with more base oil **
** Tea Tree – Avoid up to the age of 5. Can irritate the skin and be very drying on its own, must be blended **