Skin diseases are more common than you would think and affect all ages of the population. One of the most overlooked components our body is the skin, and is constantly being neglected. Without healthy skin, one can not have a healthy body. I would like to use this post to discuss the various skin diseases and how aromatics and natural herbs can aid these growing problems.
What is the Skin?
The human skin is the largest organ found on our body, it is also the bodies front line of defense. Skin is divided into essentially three layers: Epidermis, Dermis, and the Hypodermis.
First, the Epidermis is the outermost layer of the skin and has several functions, the most important being a physical barrier to the environment, while providing protection against microorganisms, ultraviolet radiation, and toxins. The Dermis is the second layer of skin, this layer contains the nerve endings, blood vessels, sweat glands, and oil glands. Largely responsible for the skins, flexibility/elasticity, and strength. The Final layer, is the Hypodermis, this is responsible for the bodies regulation of temperature and is the storage site for a majority of our fat content.
The skin is responsible for: insulation, regulating body temperature, sensation, storage and synthesis of vitamin D (from UV rays), absorption of oxygen, protection of vitamin B folates, and water resistance, plus more
Types of Skin Problems
Rashes A rash is an area of red, inflamed skin or various spots. Can be caused by allergic reactions, irritation, infection or an underlying disease or structural defect, like blocked pores or poor or lack of oil production. Examples include acne, eczema, hives, psoriasis, and dermatitis.
A viral infection appears when a virus penetrates the stratum corneum and attacks the inner layers of the skin. Viral infections can not be cured with antibiotics. Essential Oils may provide a viable option. Examples of Viral infections are Herpes Simplex virus, warts, and shingles.
Occurring when Bacteria infects the topmost layers of our skin, the follicles, and sometimes the deep layers. If not looked at correctly, these infections can spread throughout the body. Examples include staphylococci, streptococci, impel folliculitis, cellulitis and Lyme disease.
Harmless fungi are always present on the surface of our skin. Infections occur when these organisms find their way into the body. The infections are usually limited to the skin, hair, and nails, including athletes foot. However, in cases of a suppressed immune system or people who have been on antibiotics for long periods, this can cause infections to spread into the body.
Only appear when exposed to parasites, such as lice or scabies.
The skin's pigment is determined by the amount of melanin being produced by the body. Hypopigmentation can be caused by the absence of melanocytes, malfunctioning cells, exposure to extreme cold or harsh chemicals, or a form of skin infection. If you experience an increase in pigment, this may be caused by hormonal imbalances, a metabolic disorder, skin irritation or general aging. Examples, vitiligo, melasma, age spots, or freckles.
Tumors and Cancer
Skin cancer rates are on the rise now more than ever. These growths occur when skin cells being to rapidly multiple, faster than our own defense system can handle. However, not every skin tumor/growth is cancer. There are three types of skin cancer: basal cell cancer (the most curable), squamous cell cancer (can grow and spread), and malignant melanoma (the most deadly). To be well protected from skin cancer, UV protection is a must, and so is our Sun Budder.
an injury to the skin caused by a cut, burn or a blow. Whenever this occurs, your body is susceptible to infections and diseases.
You may encounter wrinkles, spider veins, rosacea or varicose veins, these conditions don't have a general category. Wrinkles are the result of collagen and elastin breaking down within the dermis layer. Rosacea is a chronic disorder in which the skin and face become red and develop pimples and lesions. Spider veins and varicose veins become apparent when blood vessels grow and become visible beneath the skin.
Herbs and Plants for Skin Diseases
Found in all our Super Budders, Lavender starts the list off. The positive effects of lavender essential oil on mast cell-mediated immediate-type allergic reactions in mice and rats have been studied. Reported to inhibit immediate-type allergic reactions by inhabitation of mast cell degranulation, also inhibits concentration-dependently the histamine release from the peritoneal mast cells.
Studies have shown useful in treating eczema and a host of other skin diseases like dermatitis, seborrhoea dermatitis/cradle cap, psoriasis, lichen plants, acne, varicose eczema and rosacea. By using hemp seed oil the skin is strengthened and made better able to resists fungal, bacterial, and viral infections.
A research team investigated the chemopreventative effects of the essential oil D.carota on DMBA induced skin cancer in mice for 20 weeks, this showed a significant reduction in the tumor occurrences.
A study performed in human trials on people with facial demodicidosis were treated with fresh Eucalyptus with or without a base oil. This showed a complete cure with concentrations of 100, 75%, and 50%. Another human study was able to treat zoonotic scabies with the same concentrations within 5-10 days.
A traditional method for treating warts in Iranian culture, a study was performed to prove this effective. Patients with warts revealed that this treatment had beneficial effects, short-term therapy, no reported side effects, ease of use, a low reoccurrence rate. The bark powder is effective in reducing pimples, itches, and scabies.
Aloe has demonstrated god results against skin diseases. Found to be effective in treating wrinkles, stretch marks, and pigmentations. Able to speed wound healing by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around a wound.
An in vivo antitumor promoting activity evaluation against the mice skin and lung bioassays revealed a significant tumor inhibitory effect. The finding suggests that ingestion of beetroot may be a beneficial mean in cancer prevention.
Green Tea comes from the tea plant C. Sinensis and can play a beneficial role in the treatment of skin tumors and cancer. Thanks to the polyphenols connect, green tea is a strong antioxidant in the body. The national centre for complimentary and alternative medicine has reported the ability to prevent further skin tumor growth within the body. It can rejuvenate old skin cells and help them to start reproducing again, keeping skin refreshed and younger looking.
A study on patients with seborrheic keratoses, evaluated the ability of onion extract to improve the appearance of scars following excision. The extract improved scar softness, redness, texture, and appearance. Studies lasted for four, six, and ten weeks.
A study on Swiss mice in which cancer was induce by 7,12-dimethylbenz(a)anthracene (DMBA) showed the best chemopreventive action of garlic was observed in mice in which garlic treatment was performed before and after the induction of skin carcinogenesis. Garlic ingestion delayed the formation of skin papilloma in animals and this was also reflected in skin histology of the treated mice. This is believed to occur by inducing the cellular defense system to improve itself.
Once again a study on Swiss mice in whom skin cancer was induced by topical application of DMBA, revealed a significant reduction in the number of tumors per mouse in the groups receiving only 1% obtained from rhizomes of C. Ionga.
Proven to aid skin cell regeneration and acts as an antioxidant, fighting free radical damage that occurs to the skin. People who are allergic to daisies may find themselves allergic to chamomile. A lab controlled test on 16 humans, found that Chamomile was able to treat eczema.
Ethanolic extract of the flowers (Ku-35) (50-200ug/ml)were found to inhibit UVB and UVC induced deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) damage by the COMET assay in the skin fibroblast cell (NIH/3T3). In addition, Ku-35 was able to inhibit UVB- OR UVC- induced peroxidation at higher than 10ug/ml.
The most important consitiuents of Rosemary Essential Oil are the derivative rosmarinic acid, and caffein acid, they have demonstrated antioxidant effects. Chronic UV exposure can is responsible for the manifestation of photo aging and photo-cancers. Aqueous extract of Rosemary has been reported to be effective in preventing cutaneous photodamage induced by UV radiation. Findings from another study showed the effectiveness of Rosemary Essential Oil against P.acnes, a bacterium causing acne.
A study has shown Thyme can relieve symptoms of cellulitis, an infection of the skin caused by bacteria which can lead to pain, tenderness deem, fever chills, and reddening
of the skin. Offers anti-fungal and antibacterial benefits.
Essential Oils and Plant-Based medicines have the ability to cure various skin and body diseases. Still, to this day, more than 80% of India depends on traditional health care. Keeping cost for health and wellness lower and more personal. We strongly recommend using our Super Budders to aid the health and wellbeing of your skin and body. However, we must stay, our products are not intended to treat cure or prevent any disease or illness. If you experience otherwise or just love our products, please feel free to let us know! View our Super Budders
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