What is Clear Skin?
Clear skin is a sign of internal harmony. A glowing complexion is a reflection of health and well-being — the digestive and endocrine systems are working properly, oxygen and nutrient-rich blood is flowing through the body, and the liver and kidneys are capable of efficiently eliminating toxins. When bodily systems are out of balance and too much waste is accumulating then skin inevitably becomes blemished. If the liver and kidneys cannot manage the toxins in the body then the skin acts as an organ of elimination as well.
External factors such as stress and exposure to environmental toxins, a poor diet, and poor lifestyle choices can all contribute to a state of disharmony and a build-up of waste. While there are many causes of acne, from hormones to heredity, making efforts to create internal balance with herbal medicine for acne can transform a chronic problem into a transient issue in most cases.
An acne herbal tea can promote clear skin by supporting the organs of elimination and by correcting impurities in the blood. The following herbs all have a cleansing, balancing action on the body. While using herbal medicine for acne will not produce results overnight, with long-term use improvements will be noticeable and long-lasting.
List of Beneficial Herbs
All of these herbs can be used to make herbal infusions to help clear up acne.
Burdock root is useful for clearing up all types of skin conditions from acne to eczema as it is a general tonic for moving the body towards health and harmony. It promotes digestive health, aids in kidney function and corrects imbalances.
Red clover is another cleansing alternative herb that helps to correct impurities in the blood. It also has a gentle calming effect,
soothing the nerves. This can be helpful when stress is a contributing factor for acne.
Dandelion is one of the best diuretic herbs, helping to detoxify by supporting the kidneys. It also supports the liver.
Milk thistle is an important herb for toning the liver, thus promoting overall well-being.
Yellow dock is an all-around cleansing herb with a reputation as a blood-cleanser. It also supports the liver and has gentle laxative properties.
Peppermint promotes a healthy digestive system, calms the nerves, and as a diaphoretic, helps to eliminate toxins through sweating. It also has a pleasant taste, making it a great complementary herb.
Poke root helps by promoting lymphatic drainage. While beneficial this herb should only be used in small amounts as in excess it can act as a purgative.
Chaste tree berry helps to normalize the female sex hormones and is thus very helpful for preventing acne that occurs from premenstrual syndrome.
For a powerful herbal tonic to initiate the cleansing process use:
- 2 parts burdock root
- 2 parts red clover
- 1 part yellow dock
- 1 part milk thistle
- 1 part poke root
Make a tea with two teaspoons total of the dried herbs, steep in one cup of boiling water for ten minutes. Drink this three times a day for two to four weeks. An easy way to do this is to buy the herbs in bulk and then combine them in the correct proportions. Then simply use two teaspoons for each cup you prepare.
Use the following herbs to make an acne herbal tea to drink more casually on a regular basis to maintain clear skin and internal harmony:
- 1 part burdock root or red clover
- 1 part dandelion
- 1 part peppermint
Drink this tea once a day, or even three or four times a week after using the more intensive cleansing infusion described above.
To address acne from hormone shifts try drinking this infusion to prevent breakouts:
- 1 part chaste tree berry
- 1 part red clover
These herbal infusions are very helpful for clearing up and managing acne. To be effective it is important to be committed to their use. Also, a healthy diet and regular exercise is essential. Over time, the results will be remarkable — clear skin is possible.
Balch, Phyllis A. “Prescription for Nutritional Healing.” Fourth Edition (Penguin Books, 2006).
Hoffmann, David. “The Complete Illustrated Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies.” (Element Books, 1996).
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