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Natural Remedies For Skin

When you stop to think about your skin, there are two important facts to bear in mind. One, it’s the largest organ of your entire body, and two, it’s all over you. Men and women alike want healthy skin, and this is amply proven by the huge amounts of cosmetics and skin care products sold globally every year.

According to cosmetic industry trade groups, global cosmetic and toiletry sales exceeded 333$ Billion last year, and are expected to grow. Additionally, in the highly competitive skin care business, natural remedies for skin ingredients are faring very well, with sales of truly natural cosmetics topping 8 billion dollars in the U.S. alone.

You don’t really have to spend big on skin preparations. This may sound like heresy to many, but a few natural remedies for sensitive skin with herbal agents can do a world of good for your skin, and can help to greatly improve its strength, cellular health and firmness overall.

Here below are some natural remedies for skin care:

Witch Hazel Remedies For Skin

First off, a personal confession that I have splashed witch hazel on my face daily since I was a little boy. This refreshing liquid is distilled from the bark and leaves of witch hazel shrubs (Hamamelis), which are especially abundant in Connecticut. My dad used Dickinson’s Witch Hazel as an after shave skin bracer. I still do.

Witch hazel is an astringent; it tightens skin and makes it more firm. Wash your face and then splash on witch hazel, and your skin will gain a healthy glow. Except when I apply topical remedies for skin for bites, etc., witch hazel is the only thing I use on my skin besides water. It is inexpensive, and a bottle will last for months.

Chamomile Remedies For Skin

This little daisy-like lawn flower (Anthemis nobilis) has been used for centuries as an herbal teas remedies for calming and for promoting sleep. Chamomile is given to babies with colic, and many a mother has quieted a child with a cup of this tea. It is unquestionably one of the most popular herbal remedy of all time.

But chamomile also demonstrates benefits remedies for skin. It contains among other things a compound called alpha-bisobolol, which reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles. In other words, it makes your skin look younger, and provides excellent antioxidant protection to cells.

You can get a chamomile-based preparation like CamoCare, or make a cup of strong chamomile tea and apply it as a face wash. You can also apply chamomile tea bags onto your skin after you have made the tea.

Tamanu Oil Remedies For Skin

This tropical nut oil (Calophyllum inophyllum) from the Pacific islands has taken off like a rocket, due to some major media and increased awareness of its unique remedies for skin properties. Tamanu oil has antioxidant properties, so it helps to protect skin cells. It is potently anti-inflammatory, so it benefits sensitive or irritated skin.

It’s pretty much the single best natural remedies for burns of any kind. It has cicatrizing properties, which means that it causes the formation of new healthy skin tissue. And as an additional benefit, it kills pimples fast and radically speeds up their healing. A little bit of nutty-smelling tamanu oil goes a long way.

Just a thin smear on your skin- anywhere- will make it healthier, smoother. I like the New Chapter Tropical Tamanu. Tamanu is both a beautifier and a first aid remedy. I never ever travel without tamanu oil. It is indispensible for treating bites, stings, cuts, abrasions, and any kind of bad thing that can happen to skin.

Dragon’s Blood Remedies For Skin

This is first aid pure and simple. But it’s also starting to make its way into exotic cosmetic preparations around the world. From the Amazon rainforest, Dragon’s blood (Croton lechleri) is the latex of a fairly common tree. The latex is blood red, and is widely used by native people as a remedies for skin treatment for any skin problem, including burns, bites, stings, scrapes, cuts, infections, eruptions.

You name it, dragon’s blood is applied to it. The latex is rich in an alkaloid called taspine, which demonstrates powerful healing properties. Dragon’s Blood fights bacteria, fungus and viruses, and when applied directly, it forms a “second skin,” a thin protective barrier. I like the Dragon’s Blood from Raintree Nutrition. A bottle will last you a long time. I have used this remedies for skin often, and always bring it with me on field trips.

The world of medicinal plants includes not only those herbs remedies that are used internally, but a broad array of plants that also have traditional and new applications for skin. The herb remedies I have mentioned here are just a few among many, but using them will open you up to a whole new experience of natural, herbal skin care. Sources

Chris Kilham is a medicine hunter who researches natural remedies all over the world, from the Amazon to Siberia. He teaches ethnobotany at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he is Explorer In Residence.

Chris advises herbal remedies, cosmetic and pharmaceutical companies and is a regular guest on radio and TV programs worldwide.