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Rosacea is not actually a dangerous condition but more of a cosmetic disorder that can become increasingly worse. Mostly fair-skinned women between the ages of 30 and 50 are affected, although men may suffer from the redness, inflamed capillaries and swelling of the nose. While the first line of defense for treating rosacea naturally should be the avoidance of potential triggers — alcohol, spicy foods, hot drinks, citrus, tomatoes, vinegar, chocolate and humidity — herbs for rosacea can also improve this condition by correcting the blood of impurities, addressing the inflammation, and by improving the skin. Learn about herbal rosacea teas and topical remedies.
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The most effective way that herbs can improve this skin condition is by cleansing the blood, removing toxins and excess fats from the bloodstream while also improving the flow of nutrient-rich, oxygenated blood. This in turn helps improve skin tone. Burdock root, red clover, yellow dock, dandelion root, nettle and sarsaparilla are all beneficial herbs for this purpose. Make a tea with one or more of these cleansing herbs by steeping 2 teaspoons of the dried herbs in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes.
Other herbs are useful for nourishing the skin and speeding the healing process. Sage, fennel, ginger, calendula, slippery elm bark and marshmallow root are all good for this purpose. Try making a healing herbal infusion for rosacea, blending cleansing and nourishing herbs. For example, use nettles with sage and red clover, or dandelion root with sarsaparilla and calendula. Blend equal parts of the dried herbs for 10 minutes. Drink one to three cups daily.
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Topical Herbal Remedies
You can also use herbs in topical applications to treat rosacea. For an easy, soothing, anti-inflammatory compress make an infusion with chamomile and lavender, again using 2 teaspoons for 1 cup of boiling water. Cover while steeping. Let the infusion cool completely. Soak a clean cotton cloth in it and then lay over the reddened areas of the face for about five minutes.
You can also apply aloe vera gel directly to the face. Use a small amount and be sure to use a pure product. If any irritation does occur with either topical remedy, do not continue to use.
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Herbs for rosacea can greatly reduce the cosmetic problems associated with this condition by improving both the circulatory system and the skin. Be sure to also eat a healthy diet, rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and minimize or avoid potential triggers. Use these herbal rosacea remedies, but be sure to talk to your doctor before taking herbs if you have any medical conditions or are taking any medications.
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Rosacea Support Group <http://rosacea-support.org/treating-rosacea-with-herbs.html>
Balch, Phyllis A. "Prescription for Nutritional Healing." Fourth Edition (Penguin Books, 2006).
Page, Linda. "Healthy Healing: A Guide to Self-Healing for Everyone." Eleventh Edition (Traditional Wisdom, 2003).
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