Natural Skin Care Newsletter - September 2006

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Natural Skin Care Newsletter: September 2006 Issue

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Introduction

Welcome to the September issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter. We have packed a variety of topics into this issue hoping that at least some of the articles are of interest to you and provide you with some useful information.

Index of the September Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter:

(You can click on the topics below which will take you to the article of choice on this page, or simply scroll down and read each one)

Articles:

Introduction
(News and What's New At Wildcrafted)

Kick-a-germ-joy-juice
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

How To Identify The Cause of Your Skin Problem
(by Danny & Susan Siegenthaler)

Scientific Studies Show Effectiveness of Chinese Herbs
(form Various Scientific Journals)

Essential Oil: Borage
(by Susan & Danny Siegenthaler)

Kitty's Corner - Fleas and Your Pets
(by Kitty-the-Cat)

September 2006 Issue of the Natural Skin Care Newsletter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Introduction

This newsletter is packed with information and useful hints and tips. With Winter in full swing and the beginning of Spring only days away, we'll look at some effective ways to treat the common cold that is often associated with this change of season.

We will also have a look at how you can find the cause of skin problems for which you have sofar not been able to find anything that works or anyone that can tell you what it is. There are some simple questions that can help you to identify the cause of many common skin problems... and much more.

There are some new posts and members that have joined the Natural Skin Care Forum, so drop by and have a look - better still post a question or create a new topic yourself.

Happy reading!

 

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Kick-A-Germ-Joy-Juice

Winter is almost over and Spring is in the air, and with this seasonal change there is the typical seasonal flu going around schools, offices and, yes, Universities. For Susan and me, yet another semester has started and the students are bringing their colds into the labs and are happy to share their germs with everybody. So, we will revisit a classic home-remedy that has worked for us and many of our patients for many years. I'll give you the recipe and you can use it, hopefully with the same success it has brought us.

Kick-a-germ-joy-juice is a tea you can make with ingredients found in most kitchens. It is a simple and easy to brew concoction that helps fight off the common cold and is very effective in treating many of its bothersome symptoms. So here is the recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 1 Clove of Garlic (finely chopped)
  • 1/4 tsp. of a Ginger root (finely chopped)
  • The juice of 1 or 2 Lemon (depending on how juicy they are)
  • A pinch of Cayenne pepper
  • 2 Desert spoons of honey (more if you like)
  • 1 Nip of Brandy (this is optional, but effective)
Make approximately 0.5 litres of Peppermint or Lemon grass Tea and add the ingredients. Let sit for 10-15 minutes, strain, then enjoy the brew! It really tastes great.
[Note: You should also be in bed. And the tea will probably make you sweat. This is good, but be sure you drink plenty of water as well and put on some dry bed clothing when necessary.]

Drink approximately 250mls 3-5 times daily (you can keep what is left from your 1st batch hot in a thermos bottle for use later in the day, but you should make it fresh daily.

If you or the person your looking after has a fever, you may use the following suggestion. It works! We've used it with amazing success on literally hundreds of patients of ALL AGES.

Vinegar Socks - yes, that's right, Vinegar Socks.
Using natural fibre socks, soak them in white vinegar, wring them out so they do not drip, but no more than that. Put them on the person with the fever, wrap a towel around their feet. Redo this when ever the socks dry out.

You will be amazed how quickly (usually within 12 hours) the fever will go down.
IF THE FEVER STAYS UP CONSULT A MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL, AS THIS COULD INDICATE A MORE SERIOUS REASON FOR THE FEVER ! ! !


Other hints for treating the common cold
  • Using Echinacea purpurea fresh plant extract together with Garlic capsules is a great way to fight both viral and bacterial infections. Make sure you buy quality products, don't go for the cheap stuff - it just does not work anywhere near as well.

  • Steam inhalations: using Eucalyptus oil, add 3-5 drops, no more, to a bowl of boiled water, place it on the floor near the bed where the patient is lying. This will help break up a congested chest and help to keep the sinuses clear.

  • If you feel up to it, have a shower occasionally to keep the pores of your skin clear and clean - your skin is eliminating toxins and it helps to keep it clean.

  • Rubbing Eucalyptus oil directly on the chest and back helps to loosen sticky phlegm. A drop or two on the cushion (in a corner or the underside of the cushion) will also help this process.
  • If you have an oil burner, use it to evaporate Eucalyptus, Aniseed & Peppermint oils floated on water. Place it in the sick-room.
  • If you are hungry eat - if not don't. Follow what your body tells you. You've probably heard the saying starve a fever and feed a cold - well, there is some truth to this. If you are hungry, eat food that is easily digested, such as soup, fruits, lightly steamed vegetables and the like are a good source of nutrients without overloading your digestive system.
  • Get as much sleep as you can - this provides the body with the best chance to fight the bugs.
  • Remember - it's better to take a few days off and fully recover from a cold than sharing your bugs with your colleagues - they won't thank you and your body will take much longer to recover from the illness


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How To Identify The Cause of Your Skin Problem

You may have skin that is itchy, irritated, sensitive, or burning, you've tried everything and you may even have sought medical help. But no matter what you do, nothing seems to make any difference. Now what?

Day to day things that can irritate your skin: How can you identify the cause of your persistent skin problem?

What can you do? How can you find a solution to the skin problem you’ve been battling with for months or even years?

Well, there are quite a number of things you may not have thought about. Ask yourself these questions:

  • How long has this problem existed?
  • Did I change anything around the time this problem started? For example:
    • Did you change the soap you’re using, or the washing powder?
    • Go on a diet? Started using a new perfume?
    • Did you have a medical problem at that time? Or change medication?
    • Take on a job with more responsibility and stress?
  • Does anything you do make the skin problem worse or better?
  • Does weather have an influence?
  • Do you come in contact with potentially toxic chemicals on a daily or regular basis?

Every single day we expose ourselves, knowingly or unknowingly, to literally thousands of different chemicals. These chemicals can be as inert as Water (hydrogen and oxygen) or as potentially poisonous as lead, or many other potentially harmful chemical compounds.

We find potentially toxic chemicals everywhere from food and food additives to cosmetics, from air pollutants to bacteria. The list is endless as are the potential effects to the health of our skin.

Skin disorders will affect most of us at some point in our lives. Acne is a very common teenage skin condition almost everybody has to deal with at some time. Women entering menopause commonly experience middle age acne. Men often have blackheads and other rashes often associated with the type of work environment they find themselves in. People with diseases such as diabetes may suffer from skin ulcers or other skin afflictions.

Our skin is a very complex and important organ and needs to be cared for just like any other organ if we want it to perform at its best. Unlike our other organs however, the skin is at the frontline of defence and forms a physical barrier between our inside and the outside environment. It is in this outside environment we encounter many potentially harmful chemicals. Often our skin, particularly sensitive skin, will be adversely effected by some of these chemicals when exposed to them.

Which chemicals will cause you problems will depend on your particular skin’s sensitivity. Some people will react to contact with certain metals, others won’t, but they may react to the caustic in soap, or some additive or colour in make-up, shampoos, conditioners, cosmetics, skin care products, food colouring, flavouring, preservatives or even foods such as the humble strawberry.

There are even less obvious reasons as to why skin problems may occur. For example, if you use commercially available soap to wash your skin, you will almost certainly destroy your protective acid mantel of your skin, resulting in a change of the pH of your skin. This leaves your skin wide open to being affected by bacteria or other pathogens. As a result you may end up getting some sort of skin infection and wonder why.

In addition, there are other factors such as stress, which has a very strong effect on the health of your skin. Dry, sensitive and itchy skin is very often associated with high stress levels and if these are sustained, they can cause skin problems such as dermatitis/eczema.

Finally, but no less important, the amount of water you drink will either positively or negatively affect your skin. Your skin is dependant on sufficient levels of water for hydration and cell function. If you do not drink sufficient quantities of water, your skin will not be provided with adequate amounts and thus your skin will become dehydrated. Again, this will leave your skin more sensitive and vulnerable to attack from pathogens, and your skin will be more sensitive to various chemicals.

It is widely accepted that we need to consume at least 8 glasses of water. This is approximately equivalent to 2 litres of water. Less than this amount will invariably lead to dehydration and this will be reflected in the health of your skin. Coffee, ordinary tea and alcohol are no substitute for water and or fruit/vegetable juices. Coffee and non-herbal tea will rob your body of more water than these drinks contain, leaving you with a deficit of water. Furthermore, alcohol is known to dehydrate the body and this is not the aim we are trying to achieve.

Similarly, the foods you eat may or may not provide you with all the necessary nutrients your skin needs to retain its health. Vitamin and Essential fatty acids need to be consumed and absorbed in sufficient amounts for your skin to stay healthy and perform its vital functions adequately. The less processed foods you eat the better and the more variety your diet has the better your chances are that you are getting the nutrients your body and skin needs. Don’t skimp on the quality of the food you buy, you’ll pay for it one-way or the other.

So take a close look at what has changed in your life at around the time you started noticing the problem with your skin. Take a look at the stresses in your life and see if these started to increase at about the time you first noticed a change in the health of your skin. Ask yourself - do you really drink enough water every day? Chances are you’re not, but measure it, analyse it, make sure. Does it really ad up to 2 litres a day, every day? Look at the foods you eat, are they highly processed or as fresh and natural as if you just got them from your garden?

With a little effort and patience you should be able to identity one or more possible causes of your skin problem. Eliminating these and observing resulting changes or lack thereof in your skin will soon tell you what is possibly causing or contributing to your skin condition. Be patient, change one thing at a time and give your body enough time to react, then, if this did not work change the next thing, give it time and watch for results. Keep doing this until you notice a change.

Try to remove as many chemicals as possible from your day-to-day life. Use products that use natural ingredients as much as possible. While this is not a guarantee that you may not be allergic to a natural substance, it is more likely that some man-made synthetic chemical, rather than a naturally occurring one, is causing your skin problem.

If all else fails, you could always use The Virtual Skin Doctor and we will try our best to help you.

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Scientific Studies Show Effectiveness of Chinese Herbs

Recently I came across some interesting results of studies conducted on Chinese Herbs that I thought at least some of you may also find interesting

Chinese herb alleviates rheumatoid arthritis
DALLAS, TEXAS. Extracts of the roots of Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F (TwHF) have been used for centuries in China to treat rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), ankylosing spondylitis, psoriasis, eczema, scleroderma, and other autoimmune and inflammatory diseases. Originally, a hot water extract of the plant was used, but this approach had many adverse effects. In the 1970s two new extracts were developed; one is an ethyl acetate extract while the other, now known as T2, is a chloroform-methanol extract.

One randomized, double-blind trial involving 70 patients with RA compared the effect of 20 mg of T2 taken three times daily with a placebo. Approximately 90 per cent of the patients treated with T2 experienced significant improvement. Trials involving several hundred patients with SLE have shown significant beneficial effects of T2 and a much reduced need for prednisone. Favourable results have also been reported in the treatment of systemic sclerosis and various kidney disorders.

Although highly effective in many cases, T2 can have adverse effects especially on the gastrointestinal tract. Says Drs. Tao and Lipsky of the University of Texas "Treatment with extracts of TwHF is effective in most patients with rheumatic disease; however, close medical supervision is essential in order to avoid serious adverse effects."
Source: Tao, Xuelian and Lipsky, Peter E. The Chinese anti-immunosuppressive herbal remedy Tripterygium wilfordii Hook F. Complementary and Alternative Therapies for Rheumatic Diseases II, Vol. 26, No. 1, February 2000, pp. 29-50

Ancient Chinese herb rediscovered
GENEVA, SWITZERLAND. The World Health Organization has come out in support of the use of wormwood extract (from the qinghao plant) in the fight against malaria. Malaria affects over 250 million people and kills over 2 million children annually in the tropical world. The use of qinghao for medicinal purposes was first reported in 168 B.C. In the early 70's Chinese scientists rediscovered the herb and by 1979 they had conducted extensive clinical studies which proved its effectiveness in combatting malaria. Western pharmaceutical companies have now spent 13 years in trying to synthezise the active component of wormwood. Their synthetic product has yet to undergo human testing with the result that this life-saving drug is still not available outside of China and Vietnam. The Chinese have proven the efficacy and safety of wormwood for over 2000 years; yet the U.S. Food and Drug Administration still classifies it as dangerous.
Source: The Lancet, March 14, 1992, pp. 649-50

Chinese herbal therapy combats dermatitis
LONDON, ENGLAND. Doctors at the Royal Free Hospital in London have completed an evaluation of an ancient Chinese remedy for dermatitis. The combination used consisted of a mixture of 10 herbs and was first described in the Inner Classic of the Yellow Emperor "published" between 300 and 100 BC. 40 adult patients with longstanding, widespread, atopic (genetically predisposed) dermatitis participated in the trial which lasted 5 months. Each patient was randomly allocated to receive either the herbal remedy or a placebo of similar taste and texture for an 8- week period. Followed by a 4-week wash-out period, the group originally receiving the herbal remedy received the placebo for 8 weeks and vice versa. The active herbs (and the placebo herbs) were prepared as a decoction each day and 200 ml of it consumed while still warm. 31 of the patients completed the study. Both groups showed a rapid and continued improvement in the extent of erythema (redness of the skin) and surface damage during the time they consumed the Chinese herbal remedy. The authors of the study conclude that the remedy is effective in treating adult atopic dermatitis, but warns that further experiments are needed to ensure its safety especially in patients suffering from liver or kidney complications.
Source: The Lancet, July 4, 1992, pp. 13-17

 

Essential Oil: Borage


Borage seed oil, Eczema and You

Borage seed oil has recently been gaining renewed attention for its potential use to treat eczema / dermatitis. But is there any evidence based on solid scientific research to support this?

Borage the Herb
Borage is an herb that belongs to the botanical family Boraginaceae and is known by its scientific name as Borago officinalis. It is a large plant with blue, star-shaped flowers and is found throughout Europe and North America.

Borage has a number of well documented constituents, which include: mucilage, tannin, traces of essential oil, pyrrolizidine alkaloids including lycopsamine, intermedine, and their acetyl derivatives, choline.

Its actions in Herbal Medicine are described as: diaphoretic, diuretic, demulcent, refrigerant, febrifuge, aperient, galactogogue, emollient.

Borage seed oil - Essential oil of Borage
Borage oil is derived from the seeds of the borage (Borago officinalis) plant, which is the richest known source (20-26%) of an essential fatty acid called gamma- linolenic acid (GLA). Borage oil, evening primrose oil, and black currant seed oil all contain GLA, a fatty acid that the body converts to a hormone-like substance called prostaglandin, which has anti-inflammatory properties and may also act as a blood thinner and blood vessel dilator.

Linoleic acid, a common fatty acid found in nuts and seeds and most vegetable oils (including borage oil), should theoretically convert to prostaglandin E1 (PGE1). However, many things can interfere with this conversion, including disease; the aging process; saturated fat; hydrogenated oils; blood sugar problems; and inadequate vitamin C, magnesium, zinc, and B vitamins.

While gamma linolenic acid (GLA) from evening primrose oil has been widely researched, scientific evidence supporting the use of borage oil has been limited. Nonetheless, one preliminary trial and two double-blind trials have shown that borage oil, at a dose of 1-3 grams per day for at least three months, reduces symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis.

Borage oil has also been used to treat people with atopic dermatitis (eczema) in preliminary trials, with reductions in skin inflammation, dryness, scaliness, and itch, without side effects being reported.

In a preliminary study, a group of children with infantile seborrheic dermatitis were treated with borage oil (0.5 ml) applied to the diaper region twice daily. Within 10 to 12 days, all of the children were free from skin lesions, even in the areas not treated with borage. Moreover, using the oil topically two to three times a week kept the seborrhea in remission until the patients were six to seven months old. There were no relapses after the oil was discontinued.

Bahmer and Schafer (1992) reported a study on borage oil (Glandol), which is rich in highly unsaturated, so-called omega fatty acids, against palm seed oil as placebo in a total of 12 patients. Evaluation of the severity of the skin changes was done by means of the ADASI (Atopic Dermatitis Area and Severity Index)-score system described by us recently. The ADASI-scores, forming a time series, were analysed by trend analysis methods. These methods allow an evaluation of the effectiveness of the therapy in each case. The analysis revealed that five out of seven patients treated with borage oil showed a favourable effect with regard to the skin changes assessed by the ADASI-score. In contrast, only one out of the five patients treated with placebo showed a significant improvement in skin changes. In view of the positive effect ob borage oil in patients with atopic dermatitis, a trial therapy for a certain period seems justified. Our study demonstrates both the value of our ADASI-scoring system as well as the advantages that time series or trend analysis methods might have for the evaluation of therapeutic effects in chronic skin diseases such as atopic dermatitis.

So there you have it. Borage oil has been shown by many different scientific studies to be effective in the treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis.

Benefits of Borage Oil in Natural Skin Care Products
Wildcrafted Herbal Products (Link to home page) has included Borage Seed Oil in its Age Defying Essence for its soothing and nutritive properties and combined it with several other herbs and essential oils to help rejuvenate and nourish mature skin. This combination of ingredients are unique and very effective in caring for your aging skin.

 

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We hope you enjoyed these articles and invite you to send us suggestions of topics you would like to see us cover in the coming months. Your suggestions are always welcome and we endeavour to cover the topics you would like to know more about - so don't be shy, drop us a line or two!

Also we look forward to 'seeing' you in the Forum.

In good health

Danny & Susan Siegenthaler

 

© Copyright: Wildcrafted Herbal Products, 2006

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Kitty's Corner

Kitty

Hi I'm Kitty, I hope you enjoyed the first of my columns last month.

If you have any questions just send me an email and I'll give it a shot.

This month's topic is .... fleas @#$%^. Yep, these little critters are soon out and about again and will drive us animals crazy. So here is a very simple, but effective tip to keep them out and away from me, ah, I mean away from your pets.

PEPPERMINT, they hate it and I hate them fleas.

So, all you have to do is get fresh peppermint leaves on a regular basis and put them under the furniture. Presto, the fleas will kick-off.

If your cat or dog is already getting a few fleas, get a flea comb, some warm water and add 2 or 3 drops of Peppermint oil into the water - NO MORE THAN 2 OR 3 DROPS THOUGH.

Using the flea comb, swish it about in the water a little and then comb the hair of your cat (yeah and your dog) and you will see the fleas stuck to the comb and the oil will stop them from getting away.

The added benefit is that your pet's coat will smell of peppermint and the fleas will stay away for as long as they can smell it. Repeat the process once or twice a week and you and your pets should have an easier time.

So Miau from me until next month.

Paw


Source of Information:
Danny & Susan's Cat, Kitty.

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