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Herbs With Nicky Treacy Kohler - Winter Skin Care

Thursday, 13 October 2005


Nicky Treacy Kohler is going to show us alternative herbal methods of improving our skin if we have eczema, psoriasis or bruises and an internal remedy for our skin.
Coming into the winter, the cold weather makes our skin very dry and skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis can get worse.
. The function of the skin is to protect the internal environment, from light, chemicals, extremes of temperature and micro-organisms.
. Skin is responsible for a quarter of the bodies waste excretion, the other three are the lungs, the kidneys and the bowels - problems with the skin excretion can back waste products into the other three and vice versa.
. As a herbalist, Nicky does dispense creams etc, but for the majority of skin conditions, Nicky recommends internal medicine as well as dietary, lifestyle changes.

Daisy - Bellis Perenis
Daisy Poultice is used for bruises.
. Crushed daisies with a mortar and pestle.
. Put the crushed daisies over the affected area.
. Apply a light bandage around the affected area.

Calendula and Lavendar Cream
This is used for the treatment of eczema and psoriasis.  The calendula is antimicrobial+ healing and the lavender is antiseptic and soothing.
. Put 50ml of the oil and 15g of beeswax in to a bowl.
. Put 50ml of calendula tea into another glass bowel.
. Put both bowls in a roasting pan that is on the cooker with boiling water in it. Wait for the beeswax to melt.
. Take roasting pan off the heat and lift up the tea bowl.
. Pour the tea slowly into the oil, beating all the time with electric beaters at the slowest speed.
. Pour into sterile jars.

Aloe Vera
This is used for dry skin, psoriasis and eczema especially weeping eczema and broken psoriasis.  Aloe Vera is an astringent which means it pulls the skin together.

Red Clover

This is a herb used to clear skin conditions.  It is an alterative which means it rebalances the body system.

Dandelion Root
This helps clean up the liver which is beneficial for the skin. It can be taken in tincture or tablet form.