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ANSWERS FROM CARLOS:
Hi, I was wondering, what skin
conditions does licorice root work on?
ANSWER: A paste made
using Licorice extract is effectively used to brighten
up the skin. Licorice is also used to treat
inflammatory skin conditions, rosacea, atopic
dermatitis, skin irritations and psoriasis.
has a problem
with a hard skin and
on the soles
What do you
There are several ways I have found to combat this
I suggest she soaks her feet well in warm water, then
use a pumice rock (available at all drug stores) to
scrape away all dead cells. Then apply Tru Blue Cracked
Heel Treatment (available at Bed, Bath and Beyond) or X-Viate
Cream (available by prescription only). Apply after
baths, upon awakening and before bedtime. The condition
will begin to clear within 2-3 days, but she must
continue to do it. I also suggest that she wear socks as
often as possible. The brand Ms. Pedicure also has
several products that are worth looking at. In
particular Intensive Heel Cream, if using this product
it is best to apply at night and wear socks; the heat
generated by the socks helps to speed up the process.
Is it safe to combine
Ashwagandha and Vitex? I am currently taking Vitex,
Curcumin and milk thistle. I am 40 and my face is
breaking out in cystic pimples, it is a hormonal
imbalance. I am not pre-menopausal.
It is safe combining both. Of course, this all also
depends on the form, dosage and frequency.
The root of most imbalances are toxins. I would strongly
suggest a 48 hour fast. Drinking only Green tea with 25
drops added of Dandelion root extract. Drink 4-5xs day
for 2 days. Sweeten only with a bit of honey. If hunger
overtakes you during your fast you may eat yogurt,
grapes or unsalted crackers. Extracts and tinctures work
better and faster.
After you fast continue drinking the above infusion for
5 more days, 3xs day. Drink plenty of fresh water daily.
You must eliminate foods that are counterproductive to
your goals and stagnate the system such as: Red meats,
pork, white sugar, all dairy, chocolates, cookies,
chips, sodas and colas, alcohol, all processed foods,
foods with additives and preservatives and all fried
Enhance your diet with plenty of fresh oily fish
(salmon, mackerel and sardines), chicken, turkey, brown
rice, fresh garlic and onions, fresh raw or steamed
vegetables and plenty of fresh fruits.
To be totally successful you must adopt a low-level
regimen of exercise to help sweat-out toxins. Tai Chi or
Yoga would be great, or in the alternative walking or
Sorry for the essay but I want
to be thorough. I am a 23 years old woman. I have been
suffering from acne and oily skin on my face, back and
chest for almost 10 years. I started getting them on my
back and forehead, but when I was 17 i had a huge,
cystic outbreak on my right cheek. I then realized that
I was also having irregular periods and terrible mood
swings and insomnia prior to getting them. Somehow I
made the connection that i have a hormonal imbalance
with low progesterone levels and I started on vitex
every morning. Vitex regulated my periods, stopped my
PMS and cleared me up very well on my face but I was
still getting them on my back. I managed to control my
forehead acne by applying a topical and a daily dose of
neem tablets for liver cleansing.
My face stayed clear with the regimen until I had to
live away from home at 21, and I started getting cystic
acne only on my jawline and chin. I was also starting to
have breakouts on the left cheek, which has never
happened before. The vitex no longer helped me, but
actually worsened it. So I stopped. When I started
supplementing with calcium and magnesium tablets, my
left cheek cleared up. I read more about vitex and saw
comments that vitex actually depletes magnesium reserves
in the body. Maybe after so many years of vitex, it was
taking its toll on my body.
Evening primrose oil helped somewhat, but not
completely. Then I read about the effects of saw
palmetto and started on them a year ago. Apparently my
jawline acne probably comes from high testosterone
levels (?) They seem to control the cystic acne I was
getting on my jawline, although not entirely as well as
how vitex helped previously. I am not sexually active
but I also felt that my drive was high. Saw palmetto
seem to lower it (in which I am ok with). However, they
only worked when I take a dosage higher than recommended
on the bottle, which is saw palmetto extract 640mg (each
capsule containing 160mg of 4:1 standardized saw
palmetto extract) I take two capsules in the morning and
another two at night.
Presently my periods are fairly regular and not
problematic, and while I still get acne on my body, it
has decreased significantly. Recently I find myself
easily tired and low spirits. It could be due to my
irregular sleeping hours...
I feel I eat a relatively healthy diet since 15, and
since 16 I eat a mostly vegetarian diet, with eggs and
occasional fish and poultry. Living away from home, I
try to eat as healthy as possible (can't have fresh
fruits daily, food is more oily, occasional refined
carbs). I take regular amounts of soy products for
protein. I take a multivitamin with minerals, along with
vitamin C and zinc, daily. I'm considering adding salmon
oil for omega 3 DHA and EPA (and good mood!)
Is saw palmetto harmful in the long run? Will it deplete
some sort of mineral like vitex? I've also read that it
is advisable to take breaks when using herbal
supplements to avoid overdependency (I've never done so
Herbal medicines should be used for a maximum of 3
months, then stopped for 2 weeks and then the protocol
must be re-evaluated.
I suggest to you to use the extract or tincture of any
herbal medicine you are using. Extracts and tinctures
work better and faster, plus there's no shelf-life
Since you are following a good diet I suggest that you
may benefit from a traditional Chinese formula named
Margarite Pills. Eat plenty of fresh oily fish (salmon,
mackerel and sardines), fresh garlic and onions, brown
rice, yogurt, honey, raw or steamed vegetables and fresh
You may benefit by drinking Green tea and adding 25
drops of extract or tincture of Dandelion root. This
will help rid the body of toxins. Drink 3-4xs day for 48
hours. Sweeten only with a bit of honey. Avoid foods
that stagnate the system: Red meats, pork, white sugar,
all dairy and all fried foods.
You may also find benefit in going on a 48 hour fast,
drinking only the above and fresh water. After your fast
continue drinking the infusions for 5 more days.
Hello Carlos I have vindaligo which is a pigmentation of
the skin that turns the skins natural color .What Herbs
could I use for this illness
Treatment for vitiligo is often long-term and difficult,
but I will try to help.
My first suggestion is that you do a detox, a fast for
48 hours drinking only Dandelion root tea. The best way
is drinking Green tea and adding 15-20 drops of extract
or tincture of Dandelion root. Sweeten with honey and
drink 4-5xs for 48 hours. Also drink plenty of fresh
water during this time. If hunger overtakes you, you may
Fresh Wild Duckweed juice rubbed on the spots has helped
some people. Other herbs that have helped are St. John's
Wort, Melon pulp and Parsnip root juice, just rub on the
spots several times a day. Infusions of St. John's Wort
have also been helpful to some. Sweeten with a bit honey
and drink 3xs day.
In Chinese Medicine we sometimes use a liniment named
Xiao Dian Ling applied topically. Do not get
discouraged the course of treatment for this condition
is sometimes 3 months or more.
Do you know of any cures for
the skin condition Knuckle Pad?
Unfortunately there is no herbal treatment for this
condition. There are instances that radiation has
worked, but you must consult with your doctor for this.
other than that you may want to try applications of
salicylic urea to reduce or help soften the areas.
I get these little itches and I scratch them and it
looks like a mosquito bite. down below, you know, and my
thighs there behind and around my knees under my
breasts, my arms, my waistline. Now I feel as if they
are going up my back. I added salt to my bath and a hand
full of cayenne. Seems ok, but they return. Today I put
tea tree oil and lavender on, but still theyíre there.
Then I heard about orange oil. They also said the juice.
I had 1 orange, it stopped the itching mostly but right
now I feel it returning. Could you help? I really donít
have money,, but still I need to know what to do???
Sorry to hear about what's happening. Avoid cayenne it
is heating! Find calendula make an infusion and apply
topically. You may find some comfort in orange or lemon
oil. Other than that Hydrocortisone may be of use.
What are the treatment for atopic dermatitis and herpes
It is very important that you detoxify your system, I
would suggest a 48 hour fast drinking only infusions of
Burdock and Dandelion root and adding to these 25
extract of Nettles. Sweeten only with a bit of honey and
drink 5xs day during the fast. If hunger over-takes you
thing that comes to mind with atopic dermatitis is
eliminating foods that may be linked to this condition,
such as: All dairy, wheat, egg whites, soy, fish,
shellfish and peanuts. As well eliminate red meats,
white sugar and all fried foods. Avoid eating hot and
spicy foods, these help to make things worse.
diet with plenty fresh oily fishes like salmon and
mackerel. Eat plenty of fresh raw or steamed vegetables
and plenty of fresh fruits, but avoid citrus during an
soaps and detergent, instead use oatmeal baths. It is
also important to wear light clothes. Dark attracts
dampness and it is not what is needed here.
itching you may find comfort using Aloe vera, or a salve
that contains Marigold or Comfrey.
In TCM the overall medicine diagnosis of
herpes is caused by active toxic Damp Heat. Within this
larger category, three specific patterns are
differentiated: damp heat pouring down; toxic heat
accumulation; and Liver and Kidney deficiency.
Blistering and erosion of genital tissue,
plus burning and itching are the key symptoms of the
pattern of damp heat pouring down. Outbreaks are
considered to be precipitated by the over-consumption of
candy and sugar, which promote the formation of active
damp heat. Recurrent outbreaks are due to poor dietary
habits, including the eating of hot, spicy foods, heavy,
greasy foods, and alcohol. The leading Chinese herbal
formula to treat this pattern is Damp Heat Clearing
(Long Dan Xie Gan Wan). This remedy is very
effective in this stage of the disease.
Erosion of genital blisters and fever are
the key symptoms for the pattern of toxic heat
accumulation, in which the outbreaks are triggered by
unexpressed anger and emotional upset, as well as the
over-consumption of hot, spicy foods. I suggest you
avoid heating foods, such as: Red peppers, black pepper,
garlic, onions and cinnamon. Avoid these in particular
during an attack. Also avoid heating liquids like
coffee. Stick to cooling foods during an attack,
such as salads and fresh fruits. A time-tested Chinese
herbal formula for this pattern is Toxin Clearing (Wu
Wei Xiao Du Yin). This is a powerful formula for the
acute stage of genital herpes.
The Liver and Kidney deficiency pattern
has less fluid-filled blisters, but is characterized by
frequent outbreaks, back pain, and joint soreness. The
recurrent outbreaks are caused by constitutional
weakness, stress, fatigue, episodes of cold or flu,
menstruation changes, and seasonal changes. A renown
formula for this pattern is Water Fire Balance (Zhi Bai
Di Huang Wan). This is also an excellent preventive
formula for recurrent outbreaks of genital herpes.
Take 50mg Zinc daily it speeds up
recovery and take 1,000mg Vit. C and 2,000mg of Omega-3
- Omega-6 daily.
certainly not least there is prevention. Avoid excessive
and prolonged exposure to stress, this can and will
bring about a herpes outbreak.
Always wash your hands before and after touching any
part of the body.
Avoid sexual contact if lesions are on genitals, condoms
will not guarantee safety.
Avoid kissing if there are blisters on the lips or
Avoid alcohol. Alcohol has a depressant effect on the
I am considering taking White Oak Bark to help control
acne, although, I did a search online and Iíve read that
it has blood-clotting agents. Does this mean that it
might cause blood clots?
What that means is that if there is a continued flow of
blood at the injury site, it will help contain, divert
the blood or help clot if necessary.
While White Oak bark is used in many forms, internally
it will really only help treat diarrhea and topically it
helps with inflammation of the gums or the skin.
Throughout history it has been used to treat a variety
of ailments, as many plants have, but in our experience
its best uses are as described above.
Controlling acne is a matter of following a proper diet,
exercise and supplementation. If you are currently
suffering from it, I would suggest a 48 hours fast to
detoxify the body, drinking only Dandelion root
infusions 4-5xs day and plenty of fresh water. If hunger
overtakes you during this time, eat yogurt. After
the fast, maintain a proper diet avoiding all fried
foods, white sugar and all dairy. Avoid chips, cheese,
chocolate, sodas and colas. Drinking coffee and alcohol
only in moderation. Continue drinking the
Dandelion root infusions 1-2xs day for a period of 5
I recommend that you research a Traditional Chinese
Medicine known as Margarite Beauty pills. These have
ample history in proving effective, if a proper diet and
regimen of exercise is followed.
I am 34 years old female and I have been a
pesce-vegetarian (I eat fish but exclude all other
meats) for about 3 years.
I am writing to you because recently I have had a very
bad acne break out and my dermatologist told me it was
caused by a hormone imbalance and put me on
Itís working to clear up my acne, but I started to do
some research about the drug (unfortunately after being
on it for almost two months) and I do not want to take
it any more Ė besides the fact it is tested on animal
(which I have moral issues with) it also has shown to
I donít want to risk my future health or the
health/lives of lab animals just to have clear skin. My
question is can you tell me if there is any alternative
medicine to help me with my hormonal based acne?
I also have a feeling I might have PCOS (although I
havenít been diagnosis yet).
First I would suggest a 48 hour fast drinking only
infusions of Dandelion and plenty of fresh water. If
hunger overtakes you, eat plain yogurt. This will help
in detoxifying the system.
Eliminate from your diet white sugar, all fried foods
and all dairy.
Use only an oatrmeal-based soap. You may want to try a
natural cucumber mask. After your fast, continue
drinking the Dandelion tea. You may also try Margarite
Beauty Pills an old and effective traditional Chinese
If you are diagnosed with PCOS let us know and perhaps
we can help.
As a teenager I did not experience any acne. Now I am 30 and for
about 5 years I have been experiencing horrible acne. I
have tried everything and nothing seems to help. Are
there any herbal substitutes I could take to help this.
I am currently taking peppermint pills that help with my
bacterial overgrowth that the doctors can not get rid
My concern would be your diet, although acne may also be
caused by a hormonal imbalance, I would first suggest
that you eliminate all products containing white sugar,
chocolate, sodas and colas, and all fried foods.
Avoid also all dairy products, they stagnate the system,
and all red meats. Enhance your diet with plenty of fresh fish, salmon and
mackerel in particular, eat fresh garlic and onions
daily, fresh local vegetables, fruits and salads, and
drink plenty of fresh water. Incorporate in your daily routine a plan of exercise.
Your body is essentially releasing toxins, you must help
to release them appropriately. I would encourage you to Drink infusions of Dandelion
4-5xs day. Sweeten only with a bit of honey.
Dandelion is well-known as one of the best plants to
help us get rid of toxins.
You may add to these teas, Red clover and Burdock root
in equal amounts, if available to you.
In TCM we incorporate to the above Margarite Pills,
these are very effective, but without getting rid of the
toxins first they will not work as well.
You may also find comfort in washing you face with an
oatmeal-based soap, or in the alternative take oatmeal
baths, they are very soothing and I highly recommend
ANSWERS FROM AMANDA:
Is there an herb out there
that can help with skin problem (on the face....more
like small crater in the skin) and if so, where can I
If your small crater is from a
wound, Helichrysum essential oil can be massaged in
daily for weeks to months to minimize scarring. If there
are craters from acne, 2 cups of Dandelion root tea
daily over time can improve your skin's condition be
optimizing elimination. This network has many excellent
companies selling both herb tea and essential oils.
My daughter is 28 and has a condition akin to acne, but
yet it never comes to a head. It is red and has the
appearance of acne. Mostly on her cheeks. She did not
have this condition until she came back from college.
The building she lived in was about 100 years old, so
the mold buildup in the heating and cooling was probably
fantastic. Her diet was not something that she paid
close attention to as well. She is on the thin side,
she does some exercise. Her eating habits could be
better. I need some suggestions on what she can take
to get rid of this constant, chronic condition that will
not go away. I have tried to get her to take olive leaf
and some other natural things, but so far nothing has
Any suggestions would be appreciated.
Your daughter can improve her skin first with a change
in diet. Cut out white flour and sugar. No pasta, no
tortilla chips, no cheese. Load up on fruits in season
that she likes, vegetables of all colors - she needs
orange carotenoids in carrots, chlorophyll in leafy
greens, reds in purple lettuce, radicchio, and if she
likes them, sweet red bell peppers. Steamed, salads,
stir fries (not too heavy on the olive oil). Lean
proteins, leaning toward vegetarian staples such as
lentils, cooked beans of all kinds, spiced with basil,
thyme, ginger, and others for improved digestion, plus
some fresh ocean caught salmon, or cold water fish. This
is not as simple as taking a few herbs but as you
discovered, simply taking something herbal "for skin"
doesn't cut it in cases like hers. I do not know of any
olive leaf information that would lead me to rely upon
it for her condition. The key to skin at your
daughter's age is hydration (no diet coke, no diet
anything, which she might drink even though she is on
the thin side; these culprits are common in our
mainstream culture). Fresh food, more plain water,
regular exercise that works up a sweat, staying clean,
and THEN maybe herbs for skin....
Let me know if she is willing to make some permanent
self help moves that will improve her overall health.
Then the herbal part is easy. Dandelion root tea, 3 cups
a day, or Yogi Tea Skin Detox Tea. Without the food and
water component, though, she will struggle to clear her
skin for good.
I have suffered with Stage 1 to Stage 2 HS (Hidradenitis
suppurativa) for the past 20+ years. I have gone to
dermatologists and specialists to no avail. They mainly
wanted me to take low dose antibiotics for the rest of
my life. I was concerned with the long term
ramifications of such a medical course of action and
have chosen to self treat with melaleuca oil and
antibiotic cream to manage the symptoms. Is there
something I can take that is herbal that will eliminate
the flare ups? I am including a link about HS in case
you are not familiar with it.
Thank you for informing me of this condition,
Hidradenitis suppurativa (HS), which I have not treated
before. When I was in Britain learning about health and
disease, we called it by the French name, Verneuil's. I
have, however, treated abscesses and fistulas with
herbal medicine. You are right to raise concerns about
the risks of life-long antibiotics, even at low dose.
Disruption of digestive flora, so important to immune
health, is just one of the costs of this limited
biomedical approach to HS.
I encourage you to continue with your use of Ti tree
essential oil (Melaleuca species) and topical antibiotic
cream. Long term immune support in the form of
Andrographis and similar herbs internally plus Myrrh
topically with your Ti tree and antibiotic ointment may
be of help. Internally, Andrographis has an effect on
immunity without disrupting normal flora. The tincture
tastes pretty bad, and the tea doesn't extract the
properties you want. A tablet or gelcap of concentrated
extract (not just the raw herb powder) is probably best.
I do not represent any supplement company and many have
good products, but I know MediHerb, distributed by
Standard Process, offers a high quality Andrographis
In addition, in my experience with other skin conditions
involving problems with cysts, boils, abscesses, and
fistulas, a daily soak in a hot bath with one ounce
tincture of Myrrh and one ounce tincture of Oregon Grape
helps during flareups and as a prevention at early
stages of new lesions. The tincture will make water look
cloudy and strange. Soak in it without soap for at least
20-30 minutes, adding more hot water to your comfort.
After, pat skin dry gently and wear loose clothing as
your temperature adjusts after a long hot bath. This
gets expensive so consider resources within this network
that teach you how to make a pint of perfectly good
tincture for a fraction of retail prices. These tincture
hot soaks need only happen for three to ten nights in a
row when flareups threaten or occur.
In my understanding of HS, flare-ups are triggered by
hormonal changes, stress (different hormonal changes),
and hot wet weather conditions. Since the holistic
approach to treating the whole of you involves taking
steps to optimize your response to stress, weather
change, and the normal changes in hormones that
characterize life, I encourage you to look beyond
"immune" herbs, as helpful as they are. Fat soluble
vitamins A,D, E, and K, along with B complex for stress,
Vitamin C as support for collagen and more, plus
anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating omega 3
essential fatty acids are among your nutritional allies.
Your many years managing this tells me you are
resourceful, determined, and a good candidate for
changing the way HS has flared and progressed up to this
year. Seek professional support from someone experienced
in integrative care, even if they have not treated HS.
You may well need to teach a practitioner what works and
what doesn't, in order to gain him or her as your health
partner. In this way, a care provider can best advise
and monitor affordable, realistic, satisfying natural
medicine that is tailored to your changing health.
FROM LORYHL DAVIS
What can you do for alligator skin on the legs and also
cellulite on the legs?
Do the cleanse and diet
changes I sent to you, and make raw juice a big part of
your life, daily.
Also use our comfrey salve on the areas, and use the
Inulin powder for the friendly bacteria in the bowel.
We have these items, if you would like to get them. We
also have the support you need if you want to do the
cleanse and feel the huge difference in your well being,
and the health of your cells. (downloads: cleanse, oil
pull, gall bladder, life force, castor oil)
My daughter, age 18 is suffering psoriasis on her scalp
since age 12 or so. I brought her to skin specialists
for treatments, medications which include shampoo....it
seems that none of these can help. One of the specialist
even told us that this is uncurable disease..which made
her felt helpless, upset & give up. Is there anything
that you can recommend? Thank you for your time and
ANSWER: Please read the downloads on this email.
There is a cleansing diet, a gall bladder flush, and
castor oil packs for the abdomen. Although this may seem
strange, it is important to realize that the body is
toxic for some reason: diet, drugs, stress, vaccines,
food allergies, chemical poisoning, etc, and the cleanse
will help get rid of this. Cilantro, is very good for
ridding the body of chemicals, stored in the liver, add
more fresh cilantro to the diet. Omega, Essential fatty
acids, fish, fresh nuts, almonds, pistachios, all fresh.
These will help restore the integrity of the skin cells,
and rid the body of inflammation. Lot of green veggies,
fruits, whole foods, not processed. The herbs to use
for cleaning the body, are mentioned in the download,
those you can order from us. Drink, 1/3 c. aloe vera
juice two times daily, sip it, make sure she does it.
Use the meat of the fresh aloe vera, to sponge on the
trouble spots. If you live near Kuala Lumpur, go to the
downtown area, and there is a really good herb shop
there, they have Buddhist Monk, herbalists work out of
the shop, and they will help you locally as well. I have
been there. When I went some time ago, it was Dr Moon,
who was there, but I am sure someone else is there now,
he was excellent, very helpful. Please let us know if
we can serve you further.
I am a 36 year old woman who is suffering from flat
warts on my face. They seemed confined to one spot for
a while, but have now spread all over...Help!! My
herbalist suggested taking Nature's Sunshine VS-C,
combined with Elderberry and Zinc Losenges, as well as
dabbing them with Tea Tree Oil several times a day.
What do you think, and how long should it be before I
see results? My last resort is to have them frozen off
at the dematologist, but I am a natural girl, and want
to avoid it.
I suggest the following:
- one of the best wart removals, I have ever seen is
fresh dandelion juice, the white goo, on the inside of
the stem, rubbed on the warts, as many times a day as
you can. It is quick and effective. It being the wrong
time of the year, I suggest you try the other herbalists
suggestion, but also get some Neem oil, and apply that
to the warts as well. If you go to the Florida, or
Arizona or a have a friend there who can send you
overnite, a bunch of the fresh dandelion, then freeze
them, and use as often as you can, daily. Also you can
get some blood root, and make a wash of it, with aloe
vera juice, and use that several times daily also. Do
this until you get the fresh stuff in the spring or
now. We have herbs here at our shop, if you would like
to get them from us.
I have a bump
on my cheek that looks like a mosquito bite. I have had
it for 4 years now. I have tried everything to get rid
of it. I dry it out with tea tree oil. Several layers
peel away. It will be flat for a few days. Then it comes
back. I go through this progress weekly. I went to my
dermatologist, he said it was a overactive sebaceous
gland. He gave me some cream that didnít work. Once in
awhile if I pick at it, it bleeds. I am 40,exercise, not
overweight, eat organic, no red meat, vitamins everyday
from a to z. Not on birth control pills. But I am
having some hormonal issues. Been using progesterone
cream for hormone hair loss and water weight for the
last couple of months. Any help would be appreciated.
Although you eat organic and exercise and take vitamins,
it is probable you need to detox your body.
Please read the downloads, and see if you can manage to
do the following:
- oil flushing
-castor oil packs, on abdomen, and on the bump on the
- gall bladder flush
It is important to understand the benefits of flushing
the toxins, and making sure all the blockages are
released into the body, and out the elimination
channels. Blocked pores is a sign of this toxic buildup,
especially as we age.
My son suffers from eczema on both his elbows and spots
on his head. There are a few spots starting on his knees
too. I had the same as a teen and received cortisone for
it....is there something else that he could be taking?
Please look at this cleanse, and the castor oil packs,
diet cleansing sheet, and other info to develop health,
and rid the body of toxins ( the abdomen, needs to detox)
plus kidneys are likely overloaded as well. And we
suggest the formulas, Life Force Fiber Food, Giver to My
Liver, and also taking essential fatty acids ( for the
skin), Herbal Green Alkinalizing Mix. We suggest our
herbal Comfrey Salve on the areas of the skin, that are
sore, or rashy. A clean diet will help tremendously,
This could be genetics, combined with toxic buildup,
vaccines, allergy to foods, stress, bowel congestion,
poor diet, etc.
QUESTION: Hello, I
have high anxiety and for some reason in the past couple
years I started picking my skin. It's beyond help and I
can't seem to stop...I use to have beautiful skin. Is
there an herb that can cure this? Please let me know.
There are several things for you to try. Here are some
of them to start with:
- take a mineral combination, high quality, I can mix it
for you, or buy one from a good health store,
preferably, a powder or a liquid
- look closely at your diet, detox it, and make sure it
is full of whole grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, vegetables
- take my herb formula, called Essence of Peace, it is
for fetishes, and addictions, and calming and healing
the nervous system, and nurturing the brain, 1 tspn. two
to three times daily
-take some flower essences, like, Holly, and Bleeding
Heart, they heal on the emotional level, 10 drops three
- speak with someone you trust who is a professional in
the field of emotional healing
- look at your life and see if you can find ways to
laugh often, and love more.
- walk daily, 10-15 mins, barefoot, on dirt , sand,
gravel, grass, this will help rebalance the
electromagnetic energy in your body, that is necessary
to break this unhealthy pattern, take up and pursue
physical fitness, in whatever way you can. Deep breathe.
- if something or someone in your life is causing you
pain and hurt, find a way to deal with it, that is
healthy for you, and those involved.
Hello, Just curious to know if there are any herbs that
treat excessive facial blushing? Any little thing makes
me go very red! I would greatly appreciate it if you
know anything that helps this problem?
ANSWER: If you are a young
person, it is quite possible, you have this
condition, due not only to a physical
condition, perhaps fair skinned, and light
complected, but also due to emotional
issues, that are part of your makeup. I,
without knowing what you are like, or your
life experiences, would suggest our water
based herbal skin spray, Mountain Mist, that
works very well on soothing red skin, not to
mention, damaged skin, from weather and
sensitive skin, also with essential oils in
it, that are for soothing the psyche, and
calming emotion ( contained in the Mountain
Mist spray for sensitive skin). You may
also be sensitive to spices, and/or spicey
food, or strong smelling chemicals, so pay
attention to what your body is telling you.
This can often contribute to delicate skins,
reactivity in different situations. You
could use the flower essence , Bleeding
Heart, and also suggest you google,
Emotional Freedom Technique, and use the
information to help yourself, it is free,
simple and highly effective, it works if you
ANSWERS FROM KAREN
OVERACTIVE SEBACIOUS GLAND
I am a 37yo woman who has suffered from an overactive
sebacious gland for many, many years. I have tried
every cleanser, toner, exfoliant and mask out there and
have even tried Retin-A all to no avail. I have been
told that perhaps going on birth control could help
regulate my hormones and thus bring down the oil
production. I really don't want to go this route and
was wondering if there was an herbal route that you
could recommend. Thanks.
Try to avoid the birth
control route if you possibly can. It may cause you more
problems in the long run. The trick here is to find out
why your sebaceous gland is over-producing. Sounds like
a hormone imbalance to me. I do have a tea you might
want to try as well as some wonderful all natural
toners. You can find the tea in the Apothecary on my
www.allgoodegifts.com It's called Hormone regulator
tea. You may want to do a liver cleanse as that could
also be contributing to this. Working on the inside
sometimes helps the outside tremendously. The toners
are in the personal care section.
QUESTION: I've turned mostly to herbs for health
ailments and have found many serious positive
results. I have psoriasis too and haven't really found a
thorough fix, but I know one exists. I am taking 'HEROSE'
a Chinese herb and for about $1000.00 I've managed to
get rid of about 20 percent of my lesions for good. It's
been a year now and I have no return of where they
where. If you haven't heard of 'Herose' for psoriasis,
the website is
www.herosepharma.com'. Anyways I would also like to
know are there any natural cures found in any herb in
your database of information. It's very difficult to pay
that kind of money and really not completely solve the
problem. I never use steroids or derivative medications.
Please E-mail at your convenience.
ANSWER: YIKES! That's pretty expensive! I have a
salve that people swear by called Ancient Healers Salve.
The other thing you can do is concentrate on your liver.
A detox is probably a good idea for you. Skin problems
can almost always be traced back to the liver and
toxins. Dandelion Root, burdock root, licorice root and
milk Thistle are good herbs to start with. I have a tea
in the Apothecary called Liver Cleanse that will get you
on your way. (And it's no where near $1000!!)
During winter I have very dry skin problems, and while
searching on the internet I found your site. With lots
of faith I am writing hoping you can cure my problems.
In detail, from the child hood I have this problem of
getting dry skin during winter. I have traveled to more
than 13 countries and have shown my skin to many skin
specialists. They say I have a lack of water during
winter or suggest some moisturizing creams. But
still my problem hasn't been solved. As usual,
every winter my skin get cracks (like a fish--scaly skin
all over my body) and when summer starts all the skin
parts will go away in bathing.
Can you please tell me how to avoid this. Because of
this condition I have a lot of problems as my confidence
level goes down when I meet anyone during winter.
Skin specialists told me to apply oil, creams etc, but
it didn't help me. Due you think i am lacking any
vitamins or some thing? No one in my family has this
problems. All of your FAQs have only oily skin
problems not dry skin problems..
ANSWER: Dry Skin in the winter is very common.
Some of it can be attributed to the water we are using,
not enough humidity in the house because of dry heat
etc. Diet is also a major contributor to dry skin. If
you aren't getting enough of the essential oils in your
diet, that may be causing some of it.
Make sure you are staying hydrated. Lots of pure, clean
water - not out of your tap at home, every day. A
healthy diet with lots of nuts and seeds, and Vitamin E
every day will go a long way to help you.
Coconut oil is a wonderful moisturizer and is good for
you internally as well, so if you add that to your diet
as well as put it on your skin, that may help as well.
QUESTION: My 6 and 8 year old girls had a couple of
friend over for a swim in our above ground pool. When
the girls got out of the pool for lunch, I noticed one
of the friends neck was absolutely covered with wart
like bumps. I asked her nicely about her rash and she
told me it was Molluskum (something I've never heard
of). I immediately hit the Internet for more info and
came across your site. Could you please fill me in.
Because of the pool party, should I expect my girls to
break out in wart like bumps? Does Molluskum become non
contagious after a certain length of time? Should I
scrub my girls down immediately after sharing a pool
with this virus?
ANSWER: Molluscum is a skin disease caused by the
poxvirus this virus causes tiny clusters of flesh
colored or pearly bumps, which are benign tumors. The
virus is spread through skin-to-skin contact it has
evolved into a (STD) in adults. Lesions caused by the
molluscum virus can be found anywhere on the body except
on the palm of the hands, and the soles of the feet.
Those with low immune systems as in HIV patients are
more likely to suffer more severe outbreaks. Molluscum
virus can cause inflamed lesions, to cover the entire
body and high fevers which may result in a stay in the
hospital. HIV patients should ask their health care
provider, about the benefits of taking vitamin A, C, E,
to aid in building a stronger immune system.
There is no cure for molluscum. Molluscum is more common
in children the lesions will be found on their face,
trunk of the body, arms and legs. The molluscum virus
thrives in warm, moist tropical places, in poor over
crowded communities, schools, prisons, anywhere people
are confined and cleanness is an issue. Molluscum is
spread from child, to child, through handling objects
that an infected child has held, using each other's
cloths, and towels. Children play hard and perspire
therefore, rubbing their face, and arms a perfect
environment for the molluscum virus. The lesions caused
by the molluscum virus may disappear by themselves, or
they may cause bleeding due to being scratched, or
picking at them. Lesions found on the face may spread
and become inflamed. When inflammation, or bleeding
occurs the child needs to see a health care provider
immediately. Molluscum can cause disfiguring scares that
affect the face, which the child will live with for the
rest of their lives. Health care providers may choose to
remove the molluscum lesions, to save the child from
The best thing for you to do is ensure that your
children have a strong immune system. a healthy diet,
pure water, lots of exercise, Vitamins A, C, E and
On Sunday I used 100% tea tree oil (15 - 20 drops) on my
face mixed with Sandalwood powder and to my surprise in
15 minutes my skin appeared red and burnt. The next
morning when I woke up it had reddened even more (NO
blisters or anything appeared). Today it appears darker
and stretched than
yesterday. Wrinkles appear in that area when I smile or
laugh. Does that mean peeling is going to take place in
a few days? And will it leave any mark on my face? (I
hope not since I have my wedding in coming 3 weeks).
Please help me!!
ANSWER: Hard to say. If I were you, I'd cleanse
it carefully and use some jojoba, coconut or avocado oil
on it until the wedding. What exactly were you trying to
accomplish anyway? Tea tree oil is very good as an
antiseptic or antifungal, but I'd always mix it with a
carrier oil, especially if you are going to use it on
the sensitive skin on the face.
QUESTION: The past few years I have had an over
abundance of stress in my life, and it only multiplied
in the past 2 years, and increased the past year. In
2002 I had a complete hysterectomy and was taking
injectable Depo Estradiol, 2 cc every 3 weeks, plus
taking anti-depressants and Lipitor. Due to
uncontrollable financial trouble I came off the Lipitor
and had to take the Depo Estradiol every 6 - 8 weeks,
and would forget my anti-depressants at times, taking
every 2 to 3 days. I now take them daily and have had
every 3 weeks for about 2 months. I have a very itchy
scalp no matter if my hair is washed or dirty, or what
type of shampoo is used. In May or June 2003 my head
began breaking out in sores, ending up with 20 + sores
on my head. These sores healed almost completely, then I
had color put on my hair in May or June 2003. May or
June 2003 more sores began to break out on my scalp. In
May or June 2003, both arms began to itch to the point
of driving me nuts, but there was nothing there,
visibly. After scratching, small bumps
would surface from under the skin. The itching
continued, which caused sores on my arms. At times after
scratching, welts will come up, then the bumps, and the
welts go away. Nothing at all helps the itching! The
itch is so severe it cannot be ignored. I even wake
myself up from sleeping with my arms out stretched
scratching them, and my head. From all the sores and
scratching, I now have so many scars on my arms. I have
lumps, under the skin, on the back of my head/neck area,
on the lymph glands, which do not go
away. They are small, but will get a little larger, then
smaller. I have taken antibiotics, but nothing changes.
I have had blood work that comes back showing no
trouble. Any recommendations? Thank you for your help.
ANSWER: I have no idea. I would suggest you get
yourself to a dermatologist and find out what's going
on. They HAVE to be able to diagnose it. I can't even
venture a guess without knowing what the diagnosis is.
QUESTION: My daughter has molluskum warts, I am
curious if this is the same strain of
virus as penal warts? ( which my husband has
mysteriously contracted 15 years into our marriage)
Also, would neem work as an anti-fungal both internal
and topically for this! thanks!
I wouldn't use neem internally. It can be used quite
safely externally as can Tea Tree Oil for the treatment of
warts. Warts are caused by viruses which are very
contagious, so unless you have them, your husband's sudden
"appearance" is not such a mystery.
QUESTION: I'm writing to ask about a skin problem
I am having. I have searched numerous websites for
answers and then found yours. What really excited me is
that I saw you are in Niagara Falls. I am here in
Buffalo. I think my skin problem is weather related, so
I thought you of all people can understand our weather.
I am 30 years old and did suffer with mild acne as a
teen, however it went away in my mid-20's and I was fine
for 4 to 5 years. A pimple now and then around my
cycle, but over all great skin!! (Oily, but no more
problems) Then last summer out of nowhere I developed a
rash type condition on my face. It sort of resembles
acne, bit also looks a lot like prickly heat or a heat
rash. Finally after 2 months of hell I went to the
doctor (last September) got and antibiotic (oral) and
hydrocortisone cream and within 2 weeks it was
This year around the end of May---it came back! I am
really reluctant to start the meds program again. I
have been keeping a journal and it seems to flare up on
rainy, muggy, damp or "thick" days. As you know, we
have a lot of those days.
I have a good diet (I think), and exercise regularly
(however I do exercise outside in the thick air.)
However, I will be honest..I am not a big liquids
drinker. I do not get a lot of water each day. I know
you will tell me to drink water, which I will try to do,
but is there any other herbs I might benefit from?
Maybe toxins are being sweated through my skin more on
these damp days and it it aggravating my face? (I am
very careful about make-up, too.)
PLEASE, please help me if possible.
ANSWER: I applaud your discipline in keeping a
journal to track your health issues! Good for you! That
certainly helps you nail them down and see what the
external causes might be. The problem with antibiotics
and steroids (which is what hydrocortisone is) is that
they only treat the symptoms, not the underlying cause.
So you become dependent on the medical community without
ever really addressing the issue.
Yep, you're right, if you're eating lots of green leafy
veggies and avoiding processed foods and artificial
sweeteners, I'm going to tell you to drink water - a
lot! Especially if you are exercising. Stay away from
those sugary drinks. They are pure sugar and do NOTHING
to increase wellness and health. Pure, clean water, not
out of the tap.
Next, there are things you can do topically. I would
make sure you are using a good toner and refreshing your
skin with it several times a day if you tend to have
oily skin or are sweating a lot. Try not to touch your
with your hands as that just transfers bacteria. Last,
I have a wonderful soap called Peppermint and Tea Tree
that my young customers absolutely love. You can find it
on my website at www.allgoodegifts.com under Soaps in
the Herb Shoppe. Tea tree oil is very beneficial for
treating acne, herpes breakouts or anything that
requires an antiseptic. Using that with pure cotton
balls every day will also help you.
my 4 mo old daughter has what I've been told is allergic
eczema. Her itching is uncontrollable. I have cut out
all allergic foods to my diet b/c I'm breastfeeding
exclusively, but this has not helped. Even medicated
creams are not stopping the itch. Any suggestions to
treat her itchiness? At this point I'm trying to treat
the symptoms to give her little body some relief--she
can't sleep at night b/c she is so itchy. I have tried
few things to treat the cause, but nothing works that I
have found, please help us, any suggestions will
ANSWER: I have a
wonderful salve called Ancient Healer's salve that I
give to my clients with eczema and psoriasis and they
all rave about it. It is very gentle and may offer some
relief for your little one. Also, make sure you are
bathing her in something very gentle like castile soap.
I have an all natural baby wash as well. Go to
www.allgoodegifts.com and check out the Personal Care
section. The baby wash is not on there yet, but if you
e-mail me, I can add it to your order if you're
I am searching for a natural remedy for the skin tags
around my neck. There are several small ones and
some growing. Need help. .
Someone very wise recommended Tea Tree oil to me for the
same problem. You have to be persistent. Several times a
day. But it really does work. Also, up your intake of
Vitamin B complex. For some reason, a deficiency in that
area seems to contribute to their growth.
have a very good friend who is an older gentleman. I
believe he's 64. And, he has been a drinker most of his
life. This hasn't been a problem for him most of his
life. However, it may be a problem now. He's getting
rashes all over his arms and legs. He has stopped
drinking. But, the rashes persist. He unsuccessfully
tried putting aloe (grown wildly in Hawaii where he
lives) on the rash. This made it worse. He then put
olive oil on the rash. This did help. He has a very
good diet of mostly organic vegetables and sparsely any
meat. He and I were wondering about any other possible
treatments he could practice. I have had a wonderful
experience with herbs to heal my own occasional health
difficulties. However, my knowledge is limited. I
would greatly appreciate your insight. Thank You.
ANSWER: I can't say
that the alcohol contributed to the rash, but I have a
wonderful salve called Ancient Healers Salve that works
wonders on rashes, eczema, psoriasis etc. You can find
it on my website at www.allgoodegifts.com in the
Personal Care section.
I have used a herbal remedy for fever blisters. It was
made from three essential oils. Two were Tea Tree and
Lavender. Do you have any idea what the third oil could
have been? This was a topical treatment that prevented
the site from becoming a full blown out-break. The are
healed without blistering. Please help me if you can.
ANSWER: I don't know what the third oil you were
using is. It could be anything, but lavender and Tea
Tree are excellent for cold sores. That's what I use.
Straight on a Q-tip. You could add some Vitamin E oil to
it since the tea tree can be a bit drying to the lips,
but the lavender should help that. Also, this is a
malady of the immune system that never goes away once
you get it. It stays dormant in the system and is
brought on by stress. Make sure you are taking a good B
complex and zinc in your supplements. Also, Acidophilus
is great to ensure you have lots of the good bacteria in
WHITE BUMPS ON BABY
QUESTION: My 15 month old son has raised white bumps
(almost like pimples but no pus) on the front of his
thighs, all around his lower legs, on the dorsal part of
his lower arm, and on his cheeks (nearer his ears than
to his nose). There is no itching or redness. His skin
does not seem particularly dry. His pediatrician calls
it eczema though in reading about eczema, it sounds as
though redness and itching should be present for it to
be eczema. His pediatrician tells me not to worry, not
to treat it, not to (of course) pick at the bumps and
that he will grow out of it. But it looks awful and
people are always asking what's wrong and look at me
like I'm a bad mom when I say I'm not doing anything for
it except using Eucerin cream on it (which has had no
effect). The bumps have been present since about 8
months of age, before he had cow's milk (he was
breastfed until 12 months). His diet consists now of
the "Super Babyfood Diet" with fruit juice & grain and
bean porridge with a green and yellow veggie for
breakfast (supplemented with dried kelp, brewer's yeast,
one fish oil capsule, and a multivitamin), then homemade
yogurt, flaxseed oil, avocado, and ground nuts or wheat
germ for lunch (with milk to drink) and then whatever
veggies and fruits he will eat the rest of the day. Any
suggestions are appreciated.
ANSWER: The first thing I see in the diet you
described is a lack of protein. If you are a vegetarian,
where is your son getting his protein from? I didn't see
any soy products, so I'm just checking. The skin is the
window to the liver. Any breakouts or problems that
manifest on the skin usually indicate a problem in the
liver. It sounds like his diet is pretty healthy, so I'm
assuming you are not giving him processed foods, white
sugar or white flour. If you are, that needs to stop. I
have a salve that I use for eczema with calendula and
comfrey in it. It is on my website at
www.allgoodegifts.com in the Personal care section.
Is it true that too much chlorophyll causes moles to
grow? I think I heard that around 10 years ago and
obviously don't remember the source. By the way does tea
tree oil shrink them.
never heard that. Could be an old wives tale. If that
were so, every grass eating animal would be covered in
moles, don't you think!? Seriously though, Tea Tree oil
is more effective on warts and skin tabs since it is
anti-fungal. I have had success with tying a piece of
unwaxed dental floss around the base of the mole as
close to the skin as you can get. Tie it tightly and
within a week or more, depending on the size of the
mole, it will drop off since the blood supply has been
skin (especially my nose) is becoming very oily when I
am stressed and with the sun. What herb or other things
do you advise me to take?
Part of what's happening is
that your body is trying to protect you from
overexposure to the sun. Has anything changed recently
in your life, eating habits, exercise, stress levels,
anything? How long has this been happening, or did it
Without having more
of a history, it's hard to say which direction to take.
If your skin is excreting an inordinate amount of oil,
that means there's too much there, so you might want to
cut back on the amounts you are ingesting, especially if
they are saturated fats. (All the folks with dry skin
are praying this would happen to them!!)
Lastly, I would suggest an all
natural toner. Pure witch hazel extract is one of the
best and very good for your skin. I have a special
combination I have formulated for some friends of mine
who have teenagers going through this. It's hormonal in
their case. I'd be happy to make some up for you if you
am interested in herbs that will assist me to remove
small body skin moles in the neck and under arms areas.
Natural removal is what I am looking for.
ANSWERS: I'm assuming you are talking about skin tags;
small, soft, flesh colored growths of excess tissue that
hand from the skin. They usually occur in clusters on
the armpits, eyelids, groin, neck and other body folds,
Skin gags stay the same size and color. If they are
brown or change size or color, I would suggest seeing a
dermatologist to determine they are not something else.
If they are indeed skin tags, there are several things
you can do. Aloe Vera, bloodroot, Black walnut extract,
and comfrey can be applied to the skin tags and covered
with a bandage to prevent irritation from clothing until
they fall off. Also, take 1000-2000 mg of bromelain 3
times a day between meals until the warts/skin tags
disappear. Bromelain activates the immune system and
provides an enzyme that dissolves warts. Another less
traditional, but effective method is to tie a small
piece of dental floss around the tag. Pull it tight.
Leave it there and as the blood supply is cut off to the
tag, it will just fall off. Also, you can get the same
thing doctors use in the pharmacy now. It is a spray
that freezes the warts. Not completely natural, but
effective and another option for you.
QUESTION: I have since childhood had breaks out
of boils/pimples on the buttock. After numerous visits
to a dermatologist and medicine, it was said....nothing
more could be done. If they got uncomfortable, come in
and we could work on them. I have been taking echinacea/golden
seal but that doesn't seem to have helped. I use
peroxide and witch hazel to clean and even have used
black salve. Any suggestion on herbs that might help.
ANSWER: The skin is an indicator of the state and
health of the liver. If you're suffering from breakouts
of any kind, my suggestion would be to heal the liver
and get it healthy.
A salve containing
comfrey root, comfrey leaves, calendula and St. John's
Wort would also provide some relief and healing for you
Make sure your diet is healthy. Sugar, white flour and
processed foods will only exacerbate the problem. In
computers we have a saying GIGO - It means garbage in,
garbage out. If you don't put quality stuff in, you
can't expect the machine to run well.
I can provide
both a tea for your liver as well as a salve for you. Go
to my website at www.allgoodegifts.com and in the Herb
Shoppe under personal Care Products, you'll find a
comfrey/calendula salve. In the Tea section select
CUSTOM from the drop down and in the comments section of
the checkout, put "Liver Cleanse Tea".
I am 31 years old and I have been suffering from
psoriasis for 9 years now. I have tried so many
treatments and nothing seems to work I was wondering if
you could recommend an herb to try.
My first suggestion to you involves your diet. Reduce
the fat, eat lots of fiber, fish and green leafy
veggies, use fish oil, flaxseed oil or primrose oil
supplements every day. I have a fabulous salve that I
developed for a very good friend who suffered from
Psoriasis for years. If you're interested, e-mail me
with the word ORDER in the subject line for more
information. Chaparral, dandelion and yellow dock are
all helpful in relieving the symptoms of psoriasis.
I am a 33 year old female who has suffered with oily
skin since 9 years of age. I still get breakouts and
have cystic acne as well. I must wash my hair daily or
it looks greasy. My breakouts are worse a week before
my period. I also have patches of skin under my eyes
near my nose that get red and flaky, the dermatologist
called it dandruff and I use Elidel which does help. I
also use Retin-A which really makes my face feel like it
is on fire even though I only use it about 1-2 times a
week. I have very large
pores across my nose, cheeks and chin but scarring isn't
that bad. I'm healthy, not overweight and get 8 hours
of sleep a night. I have tried EVERTHING from
department stores, dermatologist to home remedies, you
name it and I've tried it , nothing works! Any
Well, going back to my old standby, the diet, I have to
ask first how you're eating? Our skin is the largest
eliminative organ of our bodies and what goes in, comes
out. In one way or another. Since you are 33, it could
partially be hormonal, though I can't be sure. Your
doctor can do blood tests to test the estrogen levels to
see if there is an imbalance there. You say you've had
this condition since childhood, so it may be genetic as
well. First, make sure you are eating lots of leafy
greens and drinking plenty of water. You'd be amazed at
the difference it will make, trust me. Try some
lavender cold compresses. 1 part lavender essential oil
to 10 parts pure distilled water. Soak a washcloth in
the mixture and place over your face. Leave there until
it warms to body temperature. Then reapply. Do this 3
times a day. Internally, you can try milk thistle or
chaste tree either caps or in tea. The chaste tree will
help with the pre-menstrual flare-ups.
have a quick question. I have these raised red nickel
size bumps on my neck, forearm, leg and stomach. at
first I thought it was ringworm, but they don't have
white centers, plus I have been using some
antifungal cream but they haven't gone away. they have
been there for about two weeks. I am 21 years old and I
work for a medical facility where i see many patients a
day with different problems so I most likely got it form
work but I don' know what it is! oh yeah they don't
itch. can you help me?
Unfortunately, being an herbalist, I cannot diagnose or
prescribe medicines. Do you have any doctors at this
medical facility you work at? I'd get someone to look at
it, preferably a dermatologist.
Once you have a diagnosis and know what it is, I might
be able to help. Let me know!
I have a reoccurring condition with cysts on my face.
Acne they call it. I've tried all kinds of topical
treatments and my doctors only want me to take drugs. I
think there could be some underlying cause for them to
keep coming back and in the same spots on my chin. The
dermatologist tells me it's not food related but I have
a hard time believing what they tell me because they
only want to shove drugs down my throat. Can you help?
Your letter didn't say how old you are. If you are a
teenager, you may be experiencing typical acne brought on
by the hormone changes you are going through. This also
happens to older women when we begin to go through hormone
fluctuations as we approach menopause. I have to disagree
with your doctors saying it isn't food related. We really
are what we eat, and several foods can exacerbate acne.
Make sure your diet includes lots of green, leafy
vegetables and fresh fruits as well as plenty of water
every day. Avoid fatty foods, oils, saturated fats, sugar
and all junk food. Also, vitamins, A, C and E are critical
for healthy skin. To detox the liver and blood, I would
recommend Burdock root, milk thistle and red clover.
Tea Tree essential oil is a natural antiseptic and
antibiotic. Take a Q-tip and apply directly to the
blemishes 3 times a day. If you must wear make-up, try one
that is water based.
someone told me that alfalfa could possibly help my
problem with eczema. if
this isn't true could there be anything that might be of
don't know about alfalfa, but aloe Vera gel can be very
soothing. Also Avena, Calendula, and Chamomile,
externally. Internally, try burdock root, Oregon grape
root and sarsaparilla. Avoid moisturizing creams and
lotions as they inhibit the "barrier" function in
eczema-affected skin, and encourage infection.. Also, any
of the antioxidant compounds that stop the production of
histamine and other inflammatory chemicals may offer some
relief. Blackberries, blueberries, cherries, and
raspberries all fall into this category.
FROM DAVID BRILL
QUESTION: I have a 6 year old with molluskum on her
legs and arm. She has had it
about 6 months and the dermatologist is giving her
Aldera cream alternating with Dermatop
because the Aldera causes her skin to be so red that it
appears burned. I am concerned about scarring
and other issues. Your answer on the web page regarding
Molluskum said that it are a character
of a disturbed T-cell immune defense? Does this mean
this could be a symptom
of anything more serious?
(FYI: My daughter has also suffered from chronic sinus
infections and leg
pains, from 18 months throughout 5 years of age - both
control via diet and calcium/magnesium supplements.
You mentioned herbs such as lemon balm and Sage and
Astragulus - Echinaccia, as I understand is only
to be used a week off and
a week on. Is it safe to give Sage and Lemon Balm
to a 6 year old and if so
in what form and amount and have these been proven
ANSWER: If she has Molluscum contagiosum it
is normally caused by a virus in the Pox family.
Sage is a great antiviral, she can drink the tea which
is quite strong, here is a suggested method for making
the tea: Tea 1 teaspoon dry crushed leaf (for
fresh us twice this amount), steep covered 30 minutes,
2-3 Cups a day
Echinacea can be taken for more than a week at a time,
if you are concerned about the alcohol content in the
tincture you can use a glycerin based extract which
tastes great to kids (very sweat), adding this glycerin
extract to the sage tea would sweeten it and make it
Lemon Balm is another great antiviral, Tea 1
t carefully fresh dried or 2 teaspoon of the fresh
plant, 8 oz water,steep covered 15-20 min, 2-4 C day.
It tastes great and can be combined with the Sage
tea and the Echinacea glycerin or tincture.
For external use I would try Saint Johnswort oil another
great anti viral, it is a blood red infused oil which is
a great vulnerary and wound healer. Rub it on the
Poke has been used for this but you would need to
consult with a qualified herbalist who has used this
herb for this condition for help.
A wash with elderberry or chamomile tea will help with
itching or scratching. Apply to the skin with a
cloth soaked in a strong tea made from the herbs.
Astragalus would boost her immune system help to fight
QUESTION: Hi, I have a question about warts. I
heard and have read that milkweed(asclepias syriaca) can
get rid of warts, unfortunately it is winter and we
don't have any right now. Do they make the milk from
milkweed into any kind of oil?
ANSWER: The milk you refer to is a latex,
many plants that have a latex in their leaves and stems
have been used for warts, this includes, wild lettuce,
dandelion, celandine and many in the milk weed family.
Most people simply gather their own in season.
I know of no oil or product that is made of this
latex. We do have a tincture of Celandine that is
made from the whole plant and so includes the latex of
Celandine. It could be applied externally to the
wart several times a day, it is a very strong yellow
stain so be careful around clothing. It is
considered an escharotic (flesh eater) and for this
reason is used to eat warts. Try not to get it on
healthy skin for it can cause irritation. When
Celandine is broken it releases an orange yellow latex
which is topically applied to the wart when the plant
can be found fresh in season.
MORE ON WARTS
QUESTION: I find your website very interesting and informative. I have gone through several websites regarding warts but many did not seem to address the problem of scarring when applying herbal remedies. I have many warts on my face and so far chickened out for laser surgery on two occasions, preferring a less invasive but effective treatment.
Please recommend some herbal remedies that I can apply on my face without causing scarring.
I am not sure I can help you, I am sorry.
You may want to try the herbs which have latex in them such as Dandelion, Wild Lettuce and Celandine, break the stalk and apply the latex, Stronger tissue eating herbs such as Mayapple and Bloodroot can definitely cause scarring you would need to protect other areas of unaffected skin.
To soothe and protect the skin use Fresh Aloe gel mixed with vitamin E and Lavender essential oil. The infused oils of Saint Johnswort and Calendula are also great for the skin.
There must be another reason for you condition, treating the symptoms will not get rid of the source of the problem. Have you seen a dermatologist? Any diagnosis given from anyone? It is hard for me to help with the little you have given and the distance which separates us.
What type of warts are they?
Most warts are caused by viral infections you may want to try some antiviral herbs and rotate them throughout your daily diet. See my other answers to treating viral conditions and herbs suggested for ideas.
QUESTION: A friend asked me if I knew of any herbal remedies to get rid of a planter's wart. I recently read that dandelion sap is useful for getting rid of warts, but it didn't specify a specific kind. Since dandelion isn't currently in season, would an dandelion extract work? I'm open to other suggestions.
ANSWER: No dandelion extract will not work, you need the latex sap from the plant, when you break the stem and the white milky stuff oozes out. It is this fresh latex of Dandelion, Wild Lettuce and Celandine which have some effect on warts. A stronger flesh eating plant would be mayapple or bloodroot but they can cause scaring and I would suggest finding someone who knows what they are doing in your area to apply these. I have also heard that the slimy side of a banana peel will help correct this problem. Apply the slimey side to the wart and hold in place with a band-aid change banana peel and dressing daily. It will probably take some time to be effective, give it a couple of weeks to a montH
QUESTION: I recently visited the doctor about
a bump I found near my genitals, she told me it was
molluskum, and it would go away by itself, and
didn't offer any treatment except to burn them or freeze
them off. Its been a few months and they are still
there. Is there anything I can do to speed the healing
process and will these "warts"; or the virus
causing them ever go away? Please help me, the doctors
don't seem to have the answers I need.
ANSWER: I would use Immune boosting or
balancing herbs such as medicinal mushrooms, echinacea
and astragalus. In addition I would mix in some
antiviral herbs such as Lemon Balm and Sage to name a
few. See my other answers in this section.
Use the search feature and look for these category
of herbs in my other answers.
The following is a download about Molluskum from another
The Molluscum contagiosum is caused by a DNA virus from
the group of the smallpox viruses (2, 3). Typically it
is seen with children in the face and neck area and with
older patients in the Anogenital region (2, 3, 8). The
transfer effected via direct contact, the incubation
period is with 2 to 8 weeks (2, 3). The flat prominent
warts are often treated with central Eindellungregress
in the course of months or by means of exercision. It is
well-known that patients with the acquired immune
deficient syndrome (AIDS) have a increased risk of
infection. Mollusca contagiosa are a late cutaneous
character of a disturbed t-cell-immune defense.
QUESTION: I was wondering if there is anything that would help reduce the stretch marks after delivery.
ANSWER: The best way to help with stretch marks is to use creams, lotions and oils on the abdomen skins as the baby is growing inside you
during the entire period when your abdomen area is being stretched by the growing child inside you. Post delivery is after the stretch marks have already been made, you could still try some creams, lotions or oils such as calendula, lavender, aloe, etc. but it would have been best to start while the baby was growing and stretching your abdomen from the beginning.
QUESTION: My three year old gets small bumps on her
buttocks. They start out like a small blister and then become
progressively angered until they resemble a boil. I thought she was
getting chicken pox, but she she has been immunized. Her
pediatrician said to put antibiotic ointment on the spots, but there
is no change. Now one of these bumps has appeared on her back. A
friend brought a bar of hommade soap, I think with chamomile, which
really helped. I'm not sure if it was chammomille, but if it was, I
need to find more.
ANSWER: Chamomile tea is a great anti-inflammatory for
the skin, if you cannot find the soap simply make a strong tea and dip
a cloth into it apply to the affected skin areas, you cannot
also give her a chamomile bath.
My concern would be what is causing the bumps, has she been exposed to
a virus? are they heat blisters, is she still in diapers and could be
allergic to them. The Chicken Pox immunization is not 100%
effective, she could still get them. And there is very little
health problems associated with getting them we have chosen not
to get our daughter immunized.
Elder flower is another good wash for the skin, taken internally it is
an excellent antiviral and helps to bring out eruptions speeding the
end to the disease. When elder flower tea is combined with
peppermint it is a excellent tasting tea for children to consume.
Hi there David, I came across your site and wished
to ask you a few questions. I am 21 yrs. old and am struggling
for the last while with liver spots and acne in my back...I can't seem
to get rid of them and have tried some herbal remedies but I guess I
haven't been consistent and as disciplined as I should be. My diet is
relatively healthy but because I am a full-time university student I
don't always have proper meals....if you can suggest anything I would
appreciate it...I live in Toronto so a consultation with you is pretty
much impossible....I am really self-conscious about them and it really
gets me down sometimes.
ANSWER: The following herbs have been used for liver
insufficiency with pimples and skin alterations, such as colorings.
1. Red Alder, Tag Alder, Latin Name: Alnus rubra
2. Barberry, Latin Name: Berberis vulgaris
3. Oregon Grape Root, Latin Name: Mahonia aquafolium
They are strong bitter herbs and stimulate the liver, they are
considered alterative herbs which help the body rid itself of wastes
by stimulating the elimination pathways. The second and third
one listed act as broad spectrum antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
You need to taste the bitterness for best effects.
I would suggested you would also benefit from regular use of a bitter
herb blend 5-10 minutes before meals to jump start and improve
digestive and eliminatioin action. Read my other answers on
QUESTION: I have a two year old daughter who was born with a
rare and devastating skin disease. My daughters name is Abriana
we call her Abbi. She was born in 1998 . When she was born
we found out that she has a devastating skin disease called
Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB). This disease effects her outside
from her head to her toes and inside from her mouth to her anus.
She is missing a protein in her collagen 7 gene. This causes her
skin to blister and sloughs off very easy. She lives every day
in bandages on her arms, legs, and upper body. Abbi has many
different open wounds all over her body. Ever since she was born
I have been trying to find something that will make her more
comfortable. Since there is no cure to EB, I try very hard to make her
life as comfortable as I can. I am interested in trying in
anything that might work on helping her heal a little faster, and cut
down on her scaring. I have recently come across a cream tha
t I would like to try on her. I have heard that I could only get
a hold of it in Mexico. I was wondering if there was any way
that you would be able to help me get a hold of it or anything that
could help her. The name of this cream is Tepezcohuite. I
am very interested in getting a hold of this cream or anything that
might help inside or out. I look forward to hearing from you.
Anything you might have to offer will be helpful. Thank you for
taking the time to read this.
ANSWER: This is what I found in the net about the plant
and a product.
Tepezcohuite (or Mimosa Tenuiflora Poiret) has been used since the
time of the Maya Indians who had long recognized its healing
properties on burns. A more recent event that led to Tepezcohuite's
popularity is the 1984 incident of a gas complex explosion in a
Mexican suburb. The Mexican Red Cross ran out of normal medical
supplies and so turned to using the powder of this tree bark to treat
burns. The treatment was so effective that they again used it a year
later when an earthquake caused a gas explosion in the Aztec capital.
Tepezcohuite is known as a burn cream and with good cause; it can heal
very serious burns without leaving a scar, yet it is all natural: a
cream made from the powder of tree bark. Its properties as an
anti-microbial, an analgesic agent, and a cellular regenerator have
been verified by institutions such as the Mexican National Institute
of Social Security, the National University, and the Ministry of
Health. It is also highly effective against acne, skin blemishes, and
pressure sores among other things.
Hozro Consultants is selling Tepezcohuite for everyday treatment of
burns, scrapes, cuts and skin problems in (size) oz. jars of cream for
$(amount) per jar. You can order online, by fax, or by mail using our
Hozro Consultants, 47-01 Greenpoint Ave., #114, Sunnyside, NY
11104-1709, the e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org,
and the phone number is
212/729-8776. Large jar is
$10 plus shipping, and we will ship anywhere
Additionally you could try the following
Aloe, Latin Name: Fresh Aloe vera gel can be used internally and
externally to speed healing good for burns, rash, ulceration,
inflammation, increases cell proliferants and stimulate healthy
Sarsapirilla, Latin Name: Smilax species: Inflammatory
conditions of the skin, bowels and connective tissue. Skin
conditions that are red, hot and inflamed.
Calendula, Latin Name: Calendula officinalis has special affinity to
skin and mucus membrane tissue, builds them and heals, use both cream,
oil or ointments externally and tincture or tea internally. Tea
can be used as a poultice on the skin also.
Gotu kola, Latin Name: Centella asiatica
use in combination w/ Sarsparilla for inflammation and skin conditions
can be taken internally and applied externally.
Reishi mushrooms, Latin Name: Ganoderma lucidum: good for immune
system and red inflamed painful skin, adaptogen lowers stress levels
Burdock seed, Latin Name: Arctium lappa is great for
red inflamed skin conditions and sooth throat, dryness, combines well
with sarsparilla and evening primrose oil.
Yellow Dock, Latin Name: Rumex crispus (means curled): For weeping,
oozing skin conditions: eczema, psoriasis with serous or pus
drainage combines well with sarsaparilla or gotu kola.
Elder Flower, Latin name: Sambucus nigra (European), S. canadensis:
Make a tea of flowers and use on skin to relieve dryness and itching,
smooths and sooths skin.
For a homemade skin care combination, mix infused oil of calendula and
saint johnswort with fresh aloe gel and several drops of lavendar
essential oil, test on small area of skin for several days to see
QUESTION: I've read about arnica, agaricus, and tamus as
possibly useful remedies, but can't find any specific information
about what form, how much, how long, etc. I'd be grateful for
any suggestions you have ( or can direct me to) regarding the topical
treatment of this annoying winter problem.
ANSWER: Chilblains are a painful sore appearing on the foot or
the hand which is caused by exposure to cold. They can appear as
red and/or itching patches on the extremities of the body such as
fingers, toes, nose, ears and swelling can occur.
One cause which has been suggested for this condtion is poor
circulation. The best treatment is to avoid getting these
areas cold and wet to avoid getting it and once they occur try hard
not to scratch them.
In the past herbal poultice made with one part Powdered Marshmallow or
Slippery Elm and two parts vegetable oil, mixed together and applied
morning and night have been used to help. Additionally, a fresh
poultice of chickweed has also been used successfully in the past to
aid this condition and other inflamed conditions.
To help with circulation try a cup of ginger tea twice a day and add
Garlic to your daily diet or supplement with pills. Ginkgo and
Prickly Ash also increase circulation esecially to peripheral areas
such as those affected by this condition. They would be ingested
as a alcohol extract.
QUESTION: I want to ask you about the herbs that are
used in the treatment of some skin diseases : eczema and urticaria and
how we can use them.............
Eczema is an allergic reaction that shows on the body as mainly itchy,
inflamed patches of skin on the face, elbows, knees, and wrists.
Eczema is most commonly seen in young children and infants, than in
adults. Western medical treatment for eczema consists mainly of
topical steroid creams.
The use of essential fatty acids such as those from Evening Primrose
Oil have been shown effective after several months of use.
Typical recommended use and is high 2 to 4 grams a day for upwards of
6 months to see results, some combine EPO and fish oils.
10 mg of zinc picolinate and 1 mg of copper daily in children under
10. For older individuals, the dosage is 15 to 30 mg zinc taken daily,
balanced with 1 to 3 mg of copper daily.
Creams made from chamomile, licorice and/or calendula used singlely or
together have been widely used in Europe for this condition.
Yellow Dock, Curly Dock, Latin Name: Rumex crispus is good for oozing
weeping skin conditions such as eczema, for red and inflammed
conditions it combines well with sarsaparilla or gotu kola.
Urticaria, commonly called hives, is an inflammation of the surface
layers of the skin, and is characterized by small, itchy red or white
welts. These welts are sometimes called wheals. It is thought
Urticaria is usually caused by an allergic reaction, but is also
associated with excess exposure to the sun, allergies to foods
ingested, stress and extreme exercise.
Nutritional supplements used are Vitamin C and B12
Herbs normally used for hives are the following:
Dan shen, Red Root Sage, Latin Named: Salvia miltiorrhiza
Huang Qin, Chinese Scullcap root, Latin Named: Scuttellaria
Reishi mushrooms Latin Named: Ganoderma lucidum
QUESTION: I have an 18 month old grandson who has been having
problems with Atopic
Eczema since he was born. His pediatrician tried to let him
avoid milk in
his diet when he was younger. She has treated him with Hydrocortsone
and Elocan, but there was no relief. He has also been seen
Dermatologist who says that it cannot be cured, he might eventually
out. The only thing he recommended was skin lotion and soap for
skin to keep the skin moist, but it seems to be getting worse.
baby is in great agony as he keeps scratching and sometimes there is
as the skin gets damaged. I would be very grateful if you can
Thanks for your reply and your recommendation.
ANSWER: Without all the details I can only provide some generic
Skin problems are usually related to the digestive system or liver,
this and they usually clear up.
For external use I would make an Elderberry tea, Latin Name: Sambucus
(European Species), S. canadensis (USA species) of the flowers to wash
skin, Elderberry helps with dry itchy skin because it is an emollient.
Oats, Latin Name: Avena sativa, A. fatua (wild oats) is good for itchy
conditions, cook small amount on stove top till thickened then add to
waters. Usually stops the itching and is also good for the skin.
Milk Thistle, Latin Name: Silybum marianum is good for the Liver and
with dry itchy skin. Taken as a tincture would be best.
Burdock seed Latin Name: Arctium lappa is great for dry itchy skin use
combination with Milk Thistle, again as a tincture.
For red and inflammed conditions Yellow Dock combines well with
or gotu kola, both of which are great skin herbs.
Use a dietary supplement with Omega 3 fatty acids such as deep sea
or Evening Primrose Oil.
Zinc supplementation is said to be effective for eczema in some
usual dosage is 10 mg of zinc picolinate daily in children under 10,
with 1 mg of copper.
But the problem with most of these approaches is they are only symptom
relief, you need to find the source of the problem. Food
allergies have been
associated with this condition.
I would clean up the childs diet, no processed or refined foods, eat
whole foods, some food allergies can cause skin reactions, eliminate
wheat or gluten containing foods. I would try a elimination diet
introduce foods to see what the source of the problem could be looking
problems as each food is reintroduced.
One food allergy disease which is hard to diagnose in children is
disease: Children with Celiac disease tend to have certain blood
abnormalities. In particular, a low red cell count (anemia) is common
result of iron and vitamin deficiency. Not only do children with
celiac disease tend to be quite short, x- rays of their bones show a
calcium and an overall slowing of bone growth. Enamelization of teeth
impaired. A gluten- sensitive skin rash (dermatitis herpetiformis) can
observed in adults with celiac disease. This rash appears as painful,
raised red blotches on the elbows, knees and buttocks. However, this
rash is uncommon in children, but you may want to investigate this
QUESTION: My sister has suffered from a severe skin itching for 3 years and has not been able to find a cure for this. Besides taking drugs to knock her out, she is also going through menopause and can get into a very bad fit of rage. She has been on a low dose of birth control and it seems to put her in a worse mood. My sister was watching the Oprah Winfrey show and heard about the term for skin crawling called
formacation. Could you please give me any information on how to help my sister, as she seems to be going out of her mind. I feel that she is taking to many
prescription drugs and feel that there has to be an alternative medication or herbal remedy for her problem. Thank you for any help in this matter.
ANSWER: Without knowing all the facts. This is what I would tell my sister to try:
Dang Qui, Chastetree & Black Cohosh for hot flashes, skin crawling, constipation & vaginal dryness associated with Menopause.
QUESTION: I'm looking for a treatment of ringworm
Ringworm is a fungus named as Tinea capitis when in the scalp, Tinea corporis when in the beard, Tinea barbae when in the nails and Tinea unguium when on the feet.
Use antifungal herbs, such as Tea Tree or Thyme essential oil, Tea Tree is one of the few essential oils which can be applied directly to the skin, Thyme essential oil needs to be diluted. Also Garlic and Green Black Walnut husks are antifungal, see my other answers for antifungal herbs online at this website.
Probably the best choice would be Usnea, Old's man beard, Latin Named: Usnea barbata. Use a tincture internally and topically, this is alcohol based extract and may burn on contact, try a small skin area first to see results or side effects.
QUESTION: My son, age 30, was born with atopic dermatitis; however, it has only been in the last 10 years that his condition has become chronic. He's tried several conventional remedies with no success and has also had acpuncture and Chinese methods with no success. I read somewhere that taking Brewer's yeast might help. Could you comment on that? Any other suggestions would also
I am not sure I can help with this problem in this forum, would he consider a full conciliation?
Here are some thoughts...
Alternative Names: neurodermatitis; infantile eczema; atopic eczema; dermatitis -
atopic; eczema; eczema - infantile; eczema - atopic
Definition: A skin disorder involving hypersensitivity reaction within the skin characterized by inflammation, itching and scaling
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Atopic dermatitis can occur in an infantile (children) or adult form. It is most common in infants, and at least half of those cases clear up by age 18 months. There is often a family history of asthma or allergy like hay fever, skin problems such as, eczema, psoriasis and additionally any other allergy-related disorders. In adults, it is generally a reoccurring chronic long term condition.
Neurodermatitis is a form of atopic dermatitis characterized by a self-perpetuating scratch-itch cycle. This is usually associated with stressful life conditions there is also a physiological changes in the nerve fibers are also present.
Atopic Dermatitis is a hyper reaction occurs in the skin like an allergic reaction, causing chronic inflammation. The inflammation causes the skin to become itchy and scaly. Chronic irritation and scratching can cause the skin to thicken and become leathery-textured, although this is more pronounced in the localized form, lichen simplex
Exposure to environmental irritants can worsen symptoms, as can dryness of the skin, exposure to water, temperature changes, and stress.
The best herb for this sounds like Burdock seed, Latin Named: Arctium lappa. This herb is appropriately used for red hot skin conditions, swelling, dry, scaly or crusty skin. And Burdock seed combines well with evening primrose oil and sarsaparilla. Use them orally.
Sarsaparilla, Latin Named: Smilax species, S. bono-nox appropriately used for inflamed conditions of the skin which can be hot and red, helps to bind toxins in the gut and eliminate from body.
There seems to be a component of stress involved in this condition, you may want to employ adaptogen herbs such as the Ginseng family (start with Siberian Ginseng) and B- vitamins (brewers yeast is high in B's)
It has been suggested environmental toxin may play a role, stay away from chlorinated water, insecticides, pesticide, and other household paints, chemicals and cleaners. Paints and carpets give off toxins into the air along dusts and mites seem to be a problem for some. Several studies have indicated the need for a filter to remove chlorine and fluoride from household drinking and bathing water. More chlorine and fluoride are consume during a daily shower than through drinking tap water.
A second theory suggests poor air conditioning systems which incubate molds and fungus and then spread them through the house is a problem. Employ filters to clean the air.
Finally sick building or home syndrome has been indicated in some cases, good ventilation and removal of rugs and building materials which give of gases and toxins such as formaldehyde, formalin and methlybenzene have proved effective.
Also known as: Saccharomyces cerevisiae
What does it do? Brewerís yeast is the dried, pulverized cells of Saccharomyces
cerevisiae, a type of fungus. It is a rich source of the B-complex vitamins, protein (providing all the essential amino acids), and minerals, particularly chromium. Brewerís yeast should not be confused with bakerís yeast, nutritional yeast, or torula yeast, which are low in chromium.
SCALP AND SKIN
QUESTION: I have a terrible problem with itchy scalp which sometimes carries over to my face and back. I know it is caused by the shampoos I have used while in the shower and have tried a number of different ones. The only type I have found to be less itchy is Head and
Shoulders or a similar (housebrand) type, but I am still not happy with those either as I still have some itching. Even the 'itchy scalp' Herbal Essence' shampoo is a problem for me. I have to shampoo daily because my hair is oily and limp and my skin is oily even at the ripe old age of 48! Any suggestions?
It sounds like you sebaceous glands are working over time and I am wondering why? Most skin problems are liver or hormone related, I would really like more information on this. My other questions for you are do you use, coloring agents or get perms, you may be allergic to the chemicals involved. I am wondering what your occupation is? Some jobs lead to a build up of wastes and toxins in your body so your skin, which is the largest elimination organ in the body, may be over taxed because the other organs are not keeping up or can't help because they are overtaxed dealing with these agents or are not functioning properly for another reason. Do you have a problem with your either your lungs, liver, bowels or urinary tract? Some people are allergic to an ingredient called Sodium Laurel Sulfate (SLS) that is commonly used in many soaps, shampoos to make them suds easy. You may want to find a shampoo which does not contain this. Secondly many people with skin problems, find the use of homemade lye based soaps help clear them up. You may want to experiment with these.
Elder Flower, Latin name: Sambucus nigra (European), S. canadensis (North American) - is appropriately used as an infusion. A infusion is a strong tea made of the herb and traditional called "Queen of Hungary" water, for itchy dry flaky skin, is demulcent and soothing. This herb is good for the skin, tones it and leaves skin soft.
Milk Thistle, Latin Name Silybum marianum is a great liver herb and is appropriately used for dry scaly, scratchy, itchy skin mix with burdock seed and omega 3 fatty acid (especially fish oils)
Burdock seed, Latin Name: Arctium lappa is a wonderful herb for dry, scaly and flaky skin problems. For skin problems Burdock seeds work well with Evening Primrose oil and Sarsaparilla. Burdock is appropriate for dry skins conditions associated with dry constipation.
Sarsaparilla, Latin Name: Smilax species, S. bono-nox is the North American Species) this herb is a good Alterative and skin herb.
Oats, Latin Name: Avena sativa, A. fatua (wild oat) This herb is good for itchy skin conditions, cook small amount on stove top until thick add to bath waters and soak or in your case you might want to apply to your scalp as a poultice, in other words lets is stay thick and mix into hair onto scalp then rinse out after 10-15 minutes in shower.
The Chinese herb
Sha Shen, Sand root, Na Sha Shen - Glehnia (northern), Bai sha shen - Adenophora (southern) Latin Name: A. tretrophylla/ A. stricta and Glehnia littoroais. This herb moistens everything including dry skin. Especially dry skin associated with dry other dryness in body such as constipation or sticky sputum.
If this is a fungal problem a wash using the essential oils of Tea Tree and Lavender may help these two are essential oils which can be directly applied to skin without dilution in a carrier oil.
Plantain and Calendula are topically good for the skin, make poultice and apply to scalp or make a strong tea and soak cloth in tea apply cloth to scalp. Menthol containing herbs used topically are best for itching skin. These include Peppermint, Eucalyptus and others.
I would also help increase elimination via other pathways of the body using alterative herbs such as Barberry and Oregon Grape Root, Latin Name: Berberis vulgaris and Mahonia aquafolium these will increase liver function helping to eliminate toxins via the bowels, where skin problems are associated with a stagnant liver.
Use a vegetable juice fast to help cleanse your system.
Drink lots of water 12-15 glasses a day.
CONDITION DUE TO MENOPAUSE
QUESTION: I am 45 and in peri-menopause, a cycle in Aug 0f 99 and my last one (so far) in May of 00. I started taking Promensil last year ( Yam derived isoflavones I think) and at the order of my OB/GYN, started vitamin E for cysts in both breasts. Cut out caffeine. I've never been one to take a lot of medications, not even aspirin. The only thing I carry around in my purse is a RX for possible migraine attack which I take maybe twice a year to interrupt a migraine headache from becoming full blown. The migraines started with my first pregnancy when I was 18. I grew up on red meat and mashed potatoes, but in the last 5 years our regular meals consist of fish, chicken, lots of veggies and grains. I love fruit and eat it when I can except for ,about 7 years ago I developed a violent reaction to watermelon - nausea and vomiting, cramps etc.., I love it but won't touch watermelon anymore. The worst thing I eat is when I get an urge for salty stuff like Fritos or chips. I can live without sweets. I don't get hungry very often but when I eat I usually eat too much, I'm, 5"2" and weigh about 160#. I like to work hard, I enjoy physical exertion but (this may sound strange) but didn't begin to sweat like most people do until 2 years ago. I used to be' jealous of my peers who got beads of sweat or soaked clothing. All of a sudden now I sweat. I've had three cases of Giant Hives in my 20's. Became sensitive to Poison Oak in my 30's. I'm susceptible to getting tiny growths in the summer when I'm in the sun too much - on my shoulders, neck or nose.
Had pimple problems until 2 years ago when it all seemed to clear up with no effort on my part.I've never been a big water drinker but have started to drink a lot more water in the last year. In '98 I developed an irritation in the vaginal area, no real rash, just an overwhelming itch. It disappeared in '99 and was replaced by a dry scaly rash on both my shins behind both my ears and also in the higher pubic area. At the same time I was doing a lot of landscaping and got what I thought was poison Oak on my forearms but it never blistered, just itched like crazy and stayed in the same exact area where I had contacted poison ivy last year. I have it to this day. Also, I have developed irregular patches of itchy skin on my sides and abdomen that turn red and scale then leave a pigmented scar about the size of a nickel. I'm wondering if any of the following supplements
I'm taking might be the cause: garlic, parsley, B Complex, Calcium with Soy, Estroven/Promensil, or Vitamin E. (Or maybe I just have bugs!! Ha Ha !
One thing I've always had is a sense of humor.)I would appreciate your opinion. I know you cannot give in depth answers but maybe you could make a
I would suggest finding a local herbalist to help you clarify these issues, you have several things going on.
It is interesting that 2 years ago several issues occurred or ended, what happened 2 years ago in your life that may account for this?
My thought is you entered your perimenopause state then!
Here are some thoughts for you.
The giant hives, you said you had, could have been shingles, and your recent dry skin to red patched, pigmented skin incidents may be a recurence. The virus involved in this process, herpes zoster, never really goes away. It hides in your nervous system waiting for a opportunity to reemerge. Stress is a big pre shingle episode factor. Find a stress reduction technique and begin using it. To deal with this virus, rotate antiviral herbs through your diet on a daily basis, such as: Lemon Balm, Elderberry, Sage, Thyme, Basil, Licorice, Cinnamon, Fresh Ginger, Horehound, Hyssop, Chrysanthemum flowers, Mullen Flowers just to name a few. Add them to dishes such as in salads for meals or make teas with them.
Additionally Saint Johnswort is antiviral, besides its recently (in the past several years) advertised antidepressent qualities.
Without knowing all the facts here are some areas to think about.
For Cystic Breast Disease:
Figwort, Carpenter square, Latin Named: Scrophularia nodosa / S. marylandica this herb is good for cystic breast and lymphatic stagnation
Red Root, Latin Named: Ceanothus americanus is good for fluid filled cysts and chronic lymph congestion, very good for cystic breast disease.
Red Clover, Latin Name: Trifolium pratense good for lymphatic congestion and cystic breasts, good alterative, it also is rich in isoflavones.
Violet, Latin Named: Viola odorata, V. papillonacea, V. xeodensis is a good lymph herb and relieves constipation and helps with cystic breast disease. In Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) they used it to clear hardness in the body i.e. cysts.
Evening Primrose, Latin Name: Oenothera biennis: Evening Primrose Oil (EPO) is good for cystic breasts, menopausal issues such as vaginal dryness, dry skin. With EPO use you may need a high dose to see effect, higher then suggested on bottle, try it then adjust up if necessary.
The Chinese Herbs
Dan shen, Red Root Sage, Latin Named: Salvia miltiorrhiza is good for lumps in breast (cystic breast disease and tumor cell growth). It is a very popular female reproductive remedy.
Mu dan pi, Tree Peony,Latin Named: Paeonia suffruticosa is good for cysts in the body and headaches and is used for menopausal formulas.
Xia ku cao, Self Heal / All Heal /Heal -all, Latin Named:Prunella vulgarus is used for all cystic conditions, to soften hardness, combines well with figwort.
In general use alterative herbs such as violet, cleavers, poke, red root, red clover and also other lymphatic herbs.
Do you have any problems with your liver or fat digestion if so use liver herbs such as dandelion, headaches can be caused by liver stagnation or even constipation, liver herbs will help with both.
Increase water intake to 12 -15 glasses a day, for a while you will pea more often then your body will adjust and you will pea more volume at your usual times and frequency.
For your pre and menopausal issues
Helonia Root, (False Unicorn), Latin Named Chamaelirium leuteum used appropriately for menopause to normalizes hormones and for palipatations. Use with Chaste Tree, Licorice and Alfalfa
Alfalfa, King of Herbs, Latin Name: Medicago sativa It has substantial amounts of phytosterols, phytoestrogens and isofavones. This herb could be classified as slightly amphoteric to female reproductive system because is normalizes estrogen levels, in estrogen deficiency it mimics estrogen but in estrogen excess it takes up receptor sites in the body. It is also highly nutrious and good for the bones.
Black Cohosh, Latin Named: Cimicifuga racemosa, Good for menopause especially doom and gloom depression, hot flashes, anxiety and uterine pain
Blue Vervain, Simplers Joy b/c used in Simples, Latin Name: Verbena hastata is good for menopause issues, such as anxiety, irritation or irritability and spasm.
Chaste Tree, Monks pepper, Latin Name: Vitex agnus-castus is used for anxiety, hot flashes, menopause. Used with Oats and Shatavari for vaginal dryness. This is a herb for menopause: regulates hot flashes and is used for sweating with Sage and Ox-eye daisy. Good for menopausal anxiety, irritation and skin crawling (formacation).
Saint Johnswort, Latin Named Hypericum perforatum can be used for depression caused by menopause
Motherwort, Latin Named: Leonurus cardiaca: anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, palpitations caused by menopause
Oats, Latin Named: Avena sativa, A. fatua (wild oats) Good for menopausal women with vaginal dryness and lack of desire.
The Chinese and western herb Gan Cao, Licorice Root, Latin Named: Glycorrhiza uralensis is used to harmonize reproductive problems, menopausal hotflashes & vaginal dryness in combo as mentioned above. It has phytoestrogens, isoflavones.
The Chinese herbs
Bai shao yao \Ba Zhow\, White Peony root, Latin Name: Paeonia albifloria is good for menopause, liver, and sweat gland control, it adjusts flow back to normal.
Ge gen /goo gun/, Kudzu, Latin Name: Pueraria pseudo-hirsuta P. pseudo-harsisa P. thunbergii good source of isoflavone and helps reduce menopause issues.
Nu Zhen zi, Shiny Privet, Ligustrum fruit, Latin Name: Ligustrum lucidum good for peri and menopausal issues caused by deficient estrogen levels
Dang Qui, Tangkuei, Dong Quai, Latin Name: Angelica sinesis is good for menopause issues such as hot flashes, skin crawling, constipation & vaginal dryness. Combines well with Black Cohosh and Chastetree
Look for "Women's four herb" tea it may be of help to you.
See my answer for sweating for other sweat controlling herbs.
Question: my daughter-in-law has cystic acne and has tried so many
things. Can you recommend an herbal approach?
There really is no simple answer but it is most likely a hormone imbalance or problem with the liver. Is the acne cyclic or get worse at menses? Does she have a problem with fats or sluggish liver? How heavy is she? Problems which last a long time such as this take time to cure. Look for results in a couple months.
Try Saw Palmetto, which is not just a men's herb, it helps to balance hormones and has been effective with acne.
To help the liver use Dandelion Root, My all time favorite mild liver herb. A great combination for the liver and digestion in general is Dandelion, Orange Peel and Angelica.
She might also want to use some diuretic herbs, such as Dandelion Leaf, that has been tested as effective as Lasix.
In general Tree Peony, Latin Name: Paeonia suffruticosa is good for cysts all over the body and is part of the Chinese formula "Womens 4 herb tea".
Question: I have had a heat rash that comes back repeatedly under my
breasts, stomach flap area and under my left arm. I used to only have the
problem occasionally under my breasts and stomach flap, but due to an
accident in which I fractured/dislocated my left shoulder (broke the ball of
the ball & socket joint in 12 pieces and ripped it out of the socket) I
cannot raise my left arm enough to keep sufficient air to the area and now I
have the problem there...big time! I cannot use deodorant of course, and
sometimes it can be embarrassing.
I have tried baking soda baths and Epsom salts baths, corn starch, Lanacaine,
Gold Bond powder and cream, hydrocortisone, lotrisone, Tinactin, chamomile,
Benadryl, lemon balm, and comfrey.
I have consulted my regular doctor about this, and he gave me the lotrisone
but seemed to think it wasn't much to worry about... but he doesn't have to
put up with the burning, stinging, itching, and pain, along with the
spreading redness and embarrassment. Can you recommend an herbal remedy? I
have a small herb garden in which I have flat and curled parsley, lemon balm,
lemon thyme, sage, oregano, chamomile, caraway, dill, basil, spearmint,
catnip, thyme, pennyroyal and marjoram. I would appreciate any expertise you
can pass on to me!
I would really like more information about you, diet, lifestyle, health etc.
Without that I am taking a shot in the dark. It seems you have tried
everything, but I will give you some things to think about.
Lets try stopping the moist environment from the inside the following herbs
that help with sweating.
The herbs generally associated with excess sweating are:
Sage, Latin Name Salvia officinalis, combines well with lycanthimum (ox eye
daisy) for excess sweating
White Peony root, Latin Name: Paeonia albifloria is an amphoteric to
sweating, reducing excess sweating or increasing loss of sweating, it
balances and harmonizes the sweat response, increases or decreases sweating
Astragulus, Huang Qi, Yellow Leader, Latin Name: Astragulus membrananceus
(beware there are other species being used as a substitute) is an amphoteric
to sweating, reducing excess sweating or increasing loss of sweating, it
balances and harmonizes the sweat response, increases or decreases sweating
as needed. It also helps build immune response to stop the infection.
Schisandra berry, Wu wei zu, 5 flavor fruit, Latin Name: Schisandra chinesis
(northern) S. sphenanthera (southern, is preferred species) Astringing in
activity: puckers the jing, night sweats, inappropriate sweating. Schisandra
gently stimulates metabolism and normalizes immune response.
Additionally the following herbs can help.
Get as much Garlic in you as possible, add it to her daily diet, you should
smell like garlic.
Use medicinal mushrooms such as Gano derma, Maitake, Shitake and Chaga help
to build the deep immune system and fight infection. Make broths of the
mushrooms as a base for vegetable soup or take them as tinctures.
Keep the area clean, bath and shower daily and after getting sweaty, change
clothing so you are not sitting around in sweaty outfits. Less damp wet and
dark, less possibility of infection.
What is good cure for sunburns besides not getting burned
A simple answer would be to use fresh Aloe Vera Gel, Break open the leaf of an Aloe Vera plant, scrape gel out, open and scrape several leaves, then mix one drop of Lavender essential oil into gel and apply to burn. Extra gel and Lavender mixture can be refrigerated for later use. Apply several times a day. Aloe is very soothing to the skin and the essential oil of lavender is one of a few essential oils that can be applied directly to the skin without being diluted by a carrier oil.
Here are a few more sunburn relief tips
Drink a gallon of water a day, remoistening the skin from the inside out will help with recovery.
DO NOT use over-the-counter creams and sprays that may contain benzocaine. Benzocaine often causes an allergic reaction to the skin and can make sun burned areas worse.
Take cool baths, don't use bath salts, bath oils or bubble bath, the water needs only be cool not cold or ice cold.
Pat skin to dry with a plush towel, do not rub.
Do not scrub or shave sunburned skin.
Stay out of the sun until the burn heals.
If the sunburn is severe or you are blistering, feel faint or nauseous, see a doctor immediately.
Question: I read that Bloodroot (Sanguinaria Canadensis) can be used to remove warts. How do you prepare a solution of it?
What kind of warts? The latex of Celandine, Dandelion and Wild Lettuce have been traditionally used for warts. Break stem and squeeze out latex, it should be applied several times a day to the wart for up to 2 months.
Bloodroot is an escharotic, I would suggest finding an expert to assist with its use.
ESCHAROTIC: /Esch-ar-ot-ic/ a corrosive, tissue-eating substance. Herbal examples are bloodroot and mayapple. Escharotics have been traditionally used for skin cancer. The addition of zinc chloride (to the different red and black herbal salves which have been sold) dramatically increases the tissue eating effect, it can cause scarring.
QUESTION: I'm currently taking 80 mg soy isoflavons per day it helps with a hormonal acne (if acne) problem i recently received.
I'm only 35 and the soy helps but I notice I gain weight on it. Is there anything else I can try?
I have tried lower doses of the soy but the bumps on my face or acne reappear.
I am also trying wild yam for the to help ease the stronger menstrual cramps the soy gives me. help!
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Withouth knowing all the facts here are some areas to think about.
I am glad to hear that your use of soy is helping I would suggest that all the legume family would be appropriate in your diet. They all have similar constituents and effects; make beans part of your everyday diet.
Do you have any other symtomology, cysts, lympth congestion, PMS issues, is the acne cyclic or get worse around menses, etc. Have you had your hormone levels checked? How is your bowels, lung and urinary tract working?
Skin problems are usually Hormone or Elimination systems and Liver function related. Hormone balancing and alterative herbs which increase elimination are appropriate for use. Herbs used to improve sluggish liver are specifically used in many cases which leads to increased elimination via the bowels and improvements in the skin.
Using bitter herbs helps the digestive system work better, taken 5 - 10 minutes before meals, bitters help to jump start the digestive process increasing production and secretion of saliva, acid, bile, enzymes and increasing peristalsis which leads to better elimination of wastes. I would include bitters formulas or herbs everyday.
Figwort, Carpenter square, Latin Name: Scrophularia nodosa / S. marylandica is appropriately used for chronic acne rosacea and stasis of blood. It can be used both internally and externally as a poultice or wash applied to the skin.
Pipsissewa, Latin Name: Chimaphila umbelata is used appropriately for skin problems such as white heads, boils, PMS acne and for women with break outs at menses. This herb increases elimination of waste via the kidney as a non irritating diuretic.
Saw palmetto, Latin Name: Serona repens is not just a man's herb it is used for hormonal acne and is used as a male and female reproductive tonic. It is also useful for cystic and fibroid conditions for women.
Red Alder, Tag Alder Latin Name: Alnus rubra or Alnus serrulata is used for skin conditions that tend to be cyclic and is good for big red pimples that never come to a head, acne rosacea or acne caused by hormone cycles. This herb can be used internally and externally as a poultice or wash.
Sarsapirilla, Latin Name: Smilax species, S. bono-nox is the North American species, Sarsapirilla is used for inflamed conditions of the skin. Skin conditions that are red, hot and inflamed. This herb binds with toxins in the gut to carry out of body
Red clover Latin Name: Trifolium pratense is a good alterative for skin problems it helps increase lympth flow. It is also appropriate for estrogen sensitive cancers. Red clover is rich in formononetin, genisitine, daidzein and other isoflavones like Soy.
Barberry and Oregon Grape Root, Latin Name: Berberis vulgaris and Mahonia aquafolium these herbs will increase liver function
helping to eliminate toxins via the bowels, where skin problems are associated with a stagnant liver.
Balmony, Turtle head, Latin Name: Chelone glabra (white flowers) and C. lyonii (pink flowers) are again used for stagnant liver problems leading to acne or other skin problems