It has been said that “the skin is a mirror of what is going on inside of our bodies”. Now take a long look at your skin, what is it telling you?
Our skin is the largest detox organ that releases toxins through sweat, rashes or abscesses. The skin also protects internal organs like the kidneys, liver and heart from overwork due to toxic overload. Skin is made up of two layers- the Epidermis and the Dermis. The Epidermis is the outer protective layer that is only about a millimeter thick. Epidermal cells produce lipids (keeps skin moist), keratin and and vitamin D from sunlight. The Dermis is the inner skin layer composed of connective tissue and the proteins collagen and elastin which give the skin strength & elasticity.
You may need a skin cleanse if you have any of the following:
- Acne, Age Spots, Sallow or Uneven Skin (poor liver function)
- Wrinkles, Sagging or Dry Skin (free radical damage)
- Puffy Eyes, Crusty Eyes, Dark Circles (over load of fluid wastes)
- Rashes, Bumps and Sores (overload of unexcreted waste)
- Chronically Chapped, Itchy, Oily, Scaly Skin (toxic overload)
A proper diet with limited processed foods and drinking 8-10 glasses of water daily can improve skin health and overall appearance. Drinking herbal teas can help flush out toxins internally and used externally as a skin wash on problem areas.
There are many herbs that benefit the skin, one of my favorites is PNW native Oregon Grape. There are many species of Oregon Grape- Mahonia aquifolium is the most popularly used and is the state flower of Oregon. They make an attractive landscape plant having evergreen, holly-like leaves and bright, yellow spring flowers followed by purplish-blue berries. Oregon Grape contains Berberine, a bitter chemical also found in Barberry and Goldenseal which gives them their yellow color.
Oregon Grape Root has been used as a treatment for bacterial infections, diarrhea, gastritis and skin problems. It is effective for psoriasis, eczema, acne and allergic rashes as an external skin wash and internally for a short term (up to 3 weeks). Do not use if you are pregnant, diabetic, have excessive heart burn or take anti-anxiety drugs.
Decoction Tea: Pau d’arco, Marshmallow, Dandelion Root, Oregon Grape Root, Burdock Root. You may want to add honey or Stevia to help with the bitterness. Drink 2-3 cups per day for 1-3 weeks depending on your skins condition. You should see a noticeable improvement.
If you would like to know more about Detoxification join me for my free class at Ubiquitous Journey on Tuesday March 13 at 6pm see www.ubjourney.com for more information.
Always consult your health care professional when needed. This information is for education purposes, always exercise common sense.