The natural world is full of remedies that can be both effective and gentle. And when it comes to the skin, gentle is the only way to go.
Whether a burn, dandruff, acne, sun damage or redness is bothering you, there are potential herbal solutions. Check out these five herbal remedies for skin-related issues to help keep your biggest organ (yes, your skin) healthy and beautiful.
The Society for General Microbiology tested thyme, marigold and myrrh tinctures to see how they would do in battle against Propionibacterium acnes, the bacterium responsible for acne. Though all the tinctures helped promote blemish-free skin, thyme outperformed the others. The researchers also found that the thyme tincture acted as a better antibacterial option than even standard concentrations of benzoyl peroxide, the substance in many acne creams and washes.
Tea tree oil
This one I can vouch for firsthand. In my own personal field test (study of one), I found that tea tree oil absolutely helps keep scalps dandruff-free. Real studies back up the method, too. Researchers at Sydney's Royal Prince Alfred Hospital found that 41 percent of the 126 men and women given shampoo with 5 percent tea tree oil showed improvement, suggesting that tea tree oil can help fight an itchy, flaky scalp.
If you’ve ever been lightly burned, you’ve probably heard a friend say, “Put some aloe on it.” As it turns out, that’s good advice. In a study of 27 patients, researchers in Thailand found the plant was more effective in treating partial thickness burns than gauze and petroleum jelly. The average healing time for those treated with aloe vera was 11.89 days. Those treated with Vaseline gauze took 18.19 days to heal.
Coriander oil smells great and can potentially be used as an antimicrobial agent. A German study found that lipolotion with 0.5 percent coriander oil reduced UV-induced skin redness, providing a mild anti-inflammatory effect.
Want to protect your skin from the sun? White tea might have what it takes. A 2003 study found that white tea boosted immune function of the skin and protected the cells against the effects of the sun. Scientists applied a white tea cream to the backside of participants (because most people don’t get a lot of sun in that particular area). That section of derriere was compared with unprotected skin in the same area. Researchers found that the white tea cream helped protect the cells exposed to sun. The scientists also say white tea could feasibly help fight wrinkles.
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