Oct 10, 2010

Herbs Used for Skin & Tissue Healing

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For centuries herbs have been used for their medicinal properties in healing skin and tissue afflictions. Many of those herbs and plants used in ancient times for their curative powers are still being used today in alternative medicine. You can be find them in teas, supplements, topical healing creams, soaps and cosmetics. Natural herb treatments offer relief without the side effects that can come with the use of prescription medications. Herbs can be consumed dried or fresh, extracted into oils, ointments, tinctures and compresses.

    Comfrey

  1. Use the beneficial herb comfrey to promote healing to your skin and tissue. Comfrey is known for its regenerative powers and its ability to help injured tissue and skin repair itself quickly. Apply comfrey as a topical salve or compress, or drink it as a herbal tea.
  2. Aloe Vera

  3. If you have burns, abrasions or other tissue wounds, try the herb aloe vera to speed up the healing process. Aloe leaves contain a clear gel that is used as a topical ointment. It has the ability to penetrate into the deepest layers of the skin to promote skin and tissue regeneration. The green part of the leaf that surrounds the gel can be turned into a juice or dried and taken in capsules. For optimum benefit, apply aloe vera as a topical ointment to your burned or damaged skin.
  4. Calendula

  5. For relief from skin rashes and wounds, use the medicinal herb calendula. Calendula has antiviral and antibacterial qualities, reduces inflammation and aids in healing tissue wounds. Apply calendula as a topical ointment, or take as a tincture.
  6. Chamomile

  7. Try the herb chamomile for relief from skin and tissue afflictions. The medicinal use of chamomile to treat a wide range of skin ailments dates back to the ancient Egyptians. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, animal studies have shown that chamomile reduces inflammation, speeds wound healing and has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral qualities. Massage a topical ointment containing chamomile into your skin.
  8. Echinacea

  9. The immune-boosting herb echinacea was used by Native Americans more than four hundred years ago to treat wounds and infections. According to the Herb Research Foundation, echinacea's anti-inflammatory properties make it useful in external treatments of skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. Crush the leaves and rub them directly onto your skin, or purchase a topical cream containing echinacea. Echinacea can also be taken as a herbal tea or in capsule supplements.
  10. Goldenrod

  11. Look for a topical cream that contains the herb goldenrod to apply to your skin. Goldenrod has been used as a medicinal herb for centuries to treat slow-healing wounds and skin diseases. Native Americans would boil the leaves and use them topically as an antiseptic to prevent infection and aid in healing. You can also make a herbal tea with goldenrod.
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