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Natural Skin Care Newsletter - October 2004

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October issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter

Well, what a month it has been... Wildcrafted Herbal Products has moved its operations to the warmer climes of the Central Coast of New South Wales, north of Sydney. I'm working surrounded by boxes and things for which we have yet to find a place.

Our offices are situated 500m from the Beach and set in sub-tropical, wet sclerophyll forest (similar to rainforest). Surrounded by National Park, we have yet to count all the different bird species and not to mention the vegetation. It’s begging to be discovered.

But first to this month’s Newsletter. I thought, as we often talk about the layers of the skin and the various structures our skin is made of, it may serve well to provide some basic anatomical information about our skin.

Secondly, I’ve listed some common skin disorders their Aetiology (cause(s) of the disease and some of the essential oils which are used in the treatment of these disorders.

I hope you find the information useful and informative. If you have the time and the inclination, why not send us an email and give us some feedback.
Anatomy of the human skin, its diseases and natural treatments
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THE SKIN

BASIC ANATOMY & PHYSIOLOGY OF THE SKIN

DERMATOLOGY - the study of the skin. The skin consists of 3 layers:
1)     Epidermis
2)     Dermis
3)     Subcutis (subcutaneous layer)


Basic skin structure

Simple diagram of the 3 regions making up the skin


EPIDERMIS

This is the superficial layer of the skin. It is thicker on the Palms of the hands and the soles of the feet, and thinner on the face and eyelids. The Epidermis contains no nerves or blood vessels, and is divided into two zones:   
A)  The Horny Layer
B)  The Germinal Layer
   
A) THE HORNY LAYER:
This layer is composed of:
THE STRATUM CORNEUM - made up of thin KERATINISED cells which have no nucleus, and no protective oils. These cells are dead and are continuously shed.
THE STRATUM LUCIDUM - this layer allows light to pass through it.
THE STRATUM GRANULOSUM - the cells in this layer still have nucleii, and it acts as a link to the living cells below and the dead cells above.

B) THE GERMINAL LAYER:
This layer is composed of:
THE SPINOSUM or PRICKLE CELL LAYER which is made up of living cells containing nucleii.
BASAL or MALPHIGIAN or GERMINATIVE LAYER - this layer consists of new cells which are constantly reproduced in 6 weekly cycles. This layer also contains MELANOCYTES which produce the hormone MELANIN which causes the skin to become tanned by reaction to  U.V. light.



DERMIS

The Dermis is also called the TRUE SKIN and is a tough flexible  connective tissue. This layer of the skin contains capillaries, Lymphatics, sensory nerve endings, sudorific (sweat) glands.
There are two types of sweat glands:
APOCRINE:     These are found in the groin and the Axillae (arm pits) and their function is to eliminate wastes and to regulate heat. These glands often open into a hair follicle.
ECCRINE: These function to excrete water and salts.

Detailed anatomy of the human skin

More complex outline of dermal layers



THE SKIN
The Dermis also contains SEBACEOUS GLANDS which are found all over the body, and also open into hair follicles. They are in the greatest numbers in the scalp, face, and back and secrete an natural oil called SEBUM. Also, found on the Dermis layer is HAIR.

THE SUBCUTIS
The Subcutis is a layer of loose connective tissue.
The Subcutis separates the Dermis from the underlying muscle and permits movement of the skin over muscle.
It is richly supplied with blood and lymphatic vessels, nerve endings and fat cells.

FUNCTIONS OF THE SKIN
1)  PROTECTION
The fat layer protects the underlying structures from injury. The horny layer prevents the entry of harmful bacteria and other microbes, and prevents the entry of water. The Terminal layer protects the underlying layers from the harmful effects of U.V. light radiations.

2)  SENSATION
The skin allows us to experience our external environment, and this is important to ensure survival.

3)  HEAT
Secretion from sweat glands and contraction or dilation of the blood vessels in the Dermis regulates body temperature.

4)  EXCRETION & SECRETION
The skin allows wastes to leave the body via the sweat glands, and secretes SEBUM which maintains the acid mantle of the skin,

5)  ABSORPTION
The skin can absorb oil and fat based substances easily, but is
less absorptive of water based substances.


COMMON DISEASES OF THE SKIN


AGING

Aging is the condition in which the replacement and repair of old skin cells or damaged skin cells, slows down or stops.
Aging and the rate of aging is effected by a number of factors including hereditary, dietary, sex, stress, environmental.
State of mind also plays an important part in the aging process, and  Marguerite Maury states that aging takes place first in the mind. When we adapt our lifestyle to illness and disease, and can no longer adapt mentally or emotionally to change, we have commenced the aging process.

OILS
Garlic, Lemon, Onion, Thyme, Carrot seed, Clary sage, Frankincense, Geranium, Myrrh, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sandalwood.

APPLICATIONS
Compress, Facial Mask, Lotion, Oil Blend, Body wrap, Massage.


ACNE VULGARIS

There are many types of acne and acne vulgaris is probably the most commonly seen, and the most easily treated. Acne vulgaris is a chronic illness, and usually begins in adolescence.

SYMPTOMS
Comedones (blackheads), Papulae, nodules, pustules. Usually on the face, neck and upper trunk.
Squeezing spreads infected and toxic material to surrounding tissues and will often create more pimples, scars and pitting.

AETIOLOGY
Increased hormonal activity in adolescence, and increased glandular secretion. It can be aggravated by nuts, chocolate, sharpe cheeses, and fatty foods.

OILS
Bergamot, Chamomile, Jojoba, Azulene, Geranium, Juniper, Lavender, Melissa, Patchouli, Peppermint, Rose, Sandalwood, Tea Tree, Lemon, Rosemary.

APPLICATIONS
Compress, Facial, Mask, Lotion, Oil Blend.

COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENTS
Detoxification diet, fasting.
Hormone balancing.



BOILS/FURUNCLES

A boil is a painful nodule formed by inflammation of the Cerium and the Subcutis tissue, and enclosing a central core.
They occur most frequently on the neck and buttocks, but can also develop where ever there is friction or abrasion of the skin.
A CARBUNCLE is a group of inter-connected boils.

AETIOLOGY
A bacterial infection of hair follicles or sebaceous glands.
There is usually a large number of leukocytes which cause the formation of pus, Boils, Furuncles and Carbuncles often indicate inadequate or poor nutrition, lowered resistance or illness of an underlying or chronic nature. Dermatitis sufferers and untreated diabetics are especially prone.

OILS
Chamomile, Onion, Garlic, Lemon, Thyme.

APPLICATIONS
Compress, Oil Blend, Ointment.


BRUISES (SEE CONTUSIONS)

There are haemorrhage of rupturing blood vessels into surrounding tissues and also beneath the Skin.



BURNS

A BURN IS AN injury caused by dry heat, moist heat, chemicals, electricity, lightning, or radiation.

CLASSIFICATIONS:
1ST     DECREE     - there is superficial skin reddening
2ND    DEGREE     - there is reddening and blistering of the skin
3RD    DEGREE     - there is reddening, blistering and damage to the deeper layers of the skin and under the skin.

     These days burns are also classified as partial thickness wounds in which the epithelial tissues remain intact, and full thickness wounds in which all the epithelial tissues, sweat glands, hair follicles, sebaceous glands, etc are destroyed.
Any burn involving more than 18% of the body is serious.
OILS: Chamomile, Eucalyptus, Geranium, Lavender,
APPLICATIONS: Neat, Lotion , Cream, Aromatic waters.



ECZEMA

SYMPTOMS
REDNESS, ITCHING, minute Papulae and vesicles.
There may be weeping, oozing, crusting becoming scaling, lichenification, and pigmentation is superficial inflammation of the Epidermis.
Eczema affects mainly the Face, Neck, folds of the Elbows and Knees.

AETIOLOGY
Often an allergic reaction in children and adults
It may develop into hay fever or asthma in later life.
Common allergens include milk, fish, eggs, dust, pollens.

OILS
Bergamot, Blue Chamomile, German Chamomile, Cedarwood, Juniper, Lavender, Melissa, Patchouli, Rose, Rosemary, Sage, Lemon.
DRY ECZEMA     -     Geranium, Lavender
WET ECZEMA     -     Juniper

APPLICATIONS
Compress, Oil Blend, Mask, Lotion.

COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENT
Dietary adjustment and treatment of underlying allergies Oatmeal baths
Stress Reduction.
Vitamin and Mineral supplementation.



PSORIASIS

Psoriasis is a chronic, hereditary, recurrent skin disease.
It appears as discrete, bright red macules, Papulae or patches.
These become lamellated silvery scales.
The lesions occur mainly on the Knees, Elbows, Scalp and may appear on the Finger Nails as dots.
The Chest, Abdomen, Backs of the Arms and Legs, Palms of the Hands and Soles of the Feet can also be affected.
It is often associated with Rheumatoid Arthritis.
It can be quite acute and distressing.
Treatment and oils as for Eczema.

HERPES 1

Herpes is an inflammatory skin disease caused by the Herpes Virus and appears as small clusters of tiny vesicles.

Types of Herpes 1 Virus include:
   CORNEAL (of the eyes)
   FEBRILIS - also known as "fever blisters" or "cold sores"
   GENITALS (of the genitals)
   SIMPLEX  - groups of vesicles 3 - 6 mm in diameter.

Herpes is often accompanied by fever, malaise, and loss of appetite.
It can be brought on by common cold, sunburn, skin abrasions, and emotional strain.

OILS
Geranium, Lemon, Eucalyptus.

APPLICATIONS
Oil blend, Cream.

COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENTS
Amino acid supplementation    - L-Lysine
Vitamin C
Echinacea.

IMPETIGO

Also known as: IMPETIGO CONTAGIOSA or VULGARIS
Impetigo is thought to be caused by a streptococcal or staphylococcal skin infection.
It erupts as vesicles or Bullae which become pustular and rupture then forming yellow crusts.
It occurs mostly in children, and is spread by the direct contact of the discharge from the lesions.
It can be fatal in Newborn Infants.
It is highly contagious.
The lesions should be kept dry, and exposed to air.

OILS
Cajuput, Chamomile, Geranium, Hyssop, Juniper, Sage, Thyme, Garlic.

APPLICATIONS
Ointments, Creams, Oil Blends.

COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENTS
Garlic oil internally
Echinacea
Golden Seal.


LICE/SCABIES

This is a contagious skin condition caused by SARCOPRES SCABIEI.
It occurs mainly in the skin folds.
The female lice burrow into the skin and lay eggs.
The eggs hatch in a few days, and the baby mites live on the skin surface and reproduce, and the cycle starts over again.

SYMPTOMS
A little itching which is worse at night.
The itching is intense due to body reaction to the mites.
The burrowed tunnels appear on the skin surface as greyish/white lines, and the mites can be seen on the skin with a magnifying glass. Often there are blisters and pustules.
The mites are spread through direct skin contact, clothing or by infected persons.
It takes 1-2 weeks to destroy both the mites and the eggs.

TREATMENT
A HOT BATH, as hot as can be stood, and the skin must be scrubbed to open up the burrows.
All clothing and bedding must be laundered daily.
Good personal hygiene must be observed at all times.

OILS
Cinnamon, Eucalyptus, Clove, Geranium, Lavender, Lemon, Lemongrass, Origanum, Rosemary, Thyme, Sassafras, Pennyroyal.

APPLICATIONS
Baths, lotions, Oil Blends.



RINGWORM

This is a fungal infection of the skin. The Fungii feed on the wastes of the dead skin cells, and body perspiration. it occurs mostly in the body folds.
There are several types:


ATHELETE'S FOOT

The infection occurs on the Soles of the Feet, between the Toes and under the Toe Nails.

SCALP, ARMS & LEGS - reddish patches, which may be scaly or blistered, with a ring shaped edge often.
There is often itching and soreness. It is a highly contagious condition, and is spread by humans, animals, combs, towels, etc.

OILS Cedarwood, Patchouli, Tea Tree

APPLICATIONS Compress, Lotion, Douche, Ointment.

WARTS

These are an EPIDERMAL TUMOUR of Viral origin.
They are also called VERRUCAE,
Warts may be flat and dry, or raised and moist.
They appear on Fingers, Hands, Elbows, Feet and Scalp, PLANTAR WARTS - occur on the Soles of the Feet and are very sensitive.
ANAL WARTS - are found around the anus and are very itchy.
Warts tend to develop 1-8 months after viral infection of the skin.

OILS
Garlic. Lemon, Onion, Thuja.

APPLICATIONS
Ointment.

WOUNDS

These are bodily injury caused by physical means with disruption of the natural continuity of the structures involved.
CONTUSIONS - THE skin is unbroken, but the underlying blood vessels are ruptured causing bruising (CYPRESS, LEMON, CALENDULA)
INCISED        -    caused by cutting
LACERATED     -    torn tissues
PUNCTURE    -    caused by sharp, slender object.

OILS
Cajuput, Chamomile, Clove, Eucalyptus, Garlic, Geranium, Hyssop, Juniper, Lavender, Onion, Rosemary, Thyme, Calendula, Hypericum.

APPLICATIONS
Creams, Ointments, Lotions, Compresses.

COMPLIMENTARY TREATMENTS
Vitamin A & E
Comfrey.


Susan and I hope you found this Newsletter interesting and informative and gained some insight into how your skin works and the type of illnesses that can affect it.

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