My poor son in law just got over a poison ivy and poison sumac outbreak all over his body. He and my husband are working on a flip home and they both got into it big time! Although my husband had some decent flare ups, my son in law was covered!
I researched like mad trying to figure out how we could move the reaction through him a little faster and I discovered something that shows how important it is to take care of the inside of the body so that the outside remains healthy. So what I found out was.....
Vitamin C and Pantothenic Acid.
Together, they nourish the adrenals. Why is this important when it comes to poison ivy? Well, healthy adrenals produce, among other things, a natural anti-inflammatory. The body is simply amazing!
So in my reading there seems to be some evidence that people who suffer from poison ivy are often low on Vitamin C. Since the adrenals are supposed to produce natural anti-inflammatories and obviously isn't when it's swelling up like a balloon, it would make sense that the body is low on something!
The conventional solution to a poison ivy outbreak is Prednisone. Prednisone is a corticosteroid, which is actually an artificial cortisone.....hmmm...cortisone is produced by the adrenals, right? Well, research confirms that taking an artificial cortisone shot for the relief of swelling actually STOPS the body's adrenals from producing it's own natural cortisone.......why? .....because the body thinks it's already producing it! The natural function of anti-inflammatories has been shut off because the drug is taking it's place. You might say, "Good! Now I have what I've been lacking!" If only it worked that way. Research shows that after taking an artificial cortisone shot your body stops producing natural cortisone for about 2 years! So with each dose of prednisone it steadily reduces the body's ability to produce it's own natural inflammatory! Rant over:)
So what's going to happen the next time my poor son-in-law touches poisonous sumac, oak or poison ivy? His reaction with each additional contact will probably become more severe and he'll be forced to have a shot again and again because with each dose he's shutting down the natural function of the adrenals to make anti-inflammatories! It seems like a three ringed circus and a lose-lose to me.....thankfully this made sense to him and he stayed away from a shot.
So the bloggers I read gave their personal success stories with Vitamin C and Pantothenic Acid (b5). I suggested my son in law try it and because he was so desperate he was willing to do anything his crazy mother-in-law came up with. He took high doses of Vitamin C along with Nutri Calm (a B vitamin combination herb from NSP containing b5) Although it didn't heal him it immediately, it did seem to take a bit of the swelling down and some of the redness. By that evening we added in Burdock, Yellow Dock and Licorice Root, blood cleansers and adrenal boosters, along with a poultice that he put on his arms made out of Slippery Elm, Chamomileand Marshmallow.
He also used Steps 2 and 3 of the Luxury Skin Care Line. Step 2 did an excellent job of cooling the skin, he said. It's full of Aloe Vera and Lavender Essential Oil. Step 3 is full of amazing therapeutic and essential oils. His skin started looking better after that.
Slowly, ever so slowly he recovered. He was a mess!
But this real life story confirmed to me the value of consuming rich plant minerals and vitamins in order to not only have proper internal inflammatory responses but proper responses to all kinds of skin issues, not just poison ivy.
Unfortunately, most of us live undernourished.
I know that sounds weird coming from North America, but our food simply isn't rich in minerals and vitamins like it used to be so we're not thriving like we should be. Our skin is suffering because of it and if our skin is suffering I can only imagine what's going on inside. Support for healthy skin starts with proper nutrition and these days the only way to get good nutrition is with supplementation.
I'd like to suggest to you three herbal formulas and supplements that may support healthy skin health.
Of course, changing from conventional toxin-filled cosmetics and skin care to natural, plant based, toxin-free products, you're giving your skin a chance to breathe, heal and stop the cycle, but it may not be quite enough. You may also need a little help internally.
The first herbal combination is called Aryvedic Skin Detox (NSP)
I have a good friend in Texas who had a terrible break out on her face years ago. It was itchy, scaly and dry along with reddish patches that were going down her neck. This went on for months! She came to me for help. I went to my mentor who thought about her situation and suggested this blend of 16 herbs. He chose it because these herbs are shown to detox the spleen, liver, digestive track and blood. He figured that by relieving all the eliminative pathways of the stored toxins, the skin would eventually relax. And it did! Her skin was restored.
This formula might help acne, boils, eczema, psoriasis, skin infections and topical ulcerations.
Super Omega 3 (NSP) - Years ago I learned that cells need Omega 3's to be healthy. The reason is that without it the cells continue to produce the same kind of cell over and over again and if the cell wall is brittle, brittle cells will be continuously repopulated. We often have an over-abundance of Omega 6's in a typical North American diet, and there is research to prove it might be too much of a good thing....but balancing them all out with Omega 3's might be the ticket!
HSN-W stands for Hair-Skin-Nails. It's a herbal combination made up of Dulse, Horsetail, Sage and Rosemary. This combination is also used for Osteoporosis suffers and you'll see as I break down each herb how this could help!
Starting with Dulse Fronds (Rhodymenia palmara) - Dulce is a form of seaweed and is rich in iodine, silica and trace minerals. Iodine supports the thyroid gland which helps the body metabolize fats that keep the skin soft and healthy. Low thyroid can cause hair to fall out and skin to become dry. But seaweed is flexible but tough to tear - ever noticed that when you've been on the beach? This is the main characteristic which silica gives to plant and animal tissue - strength and flexibility! Dulse is loaded with many other trace minerals and contains mucilaginous fiber that aids in detoxification.
Next up, Horsetail Stems and Strobilus (Equisetum arvense) - Horsetail is probably the single best source of silica, needed for healthy hair, skin and nails. It is know as joint grass because the long slender "grass-like" stems have little joints. Although the stem bends easily, it's difficult to tear, again showing it's high silica content. Horsetail is a good source of calcium and is known to help strengthen bones, cartilage, ligaments and tendons. It's a mild diuretic that aids in kidney function as it tones urinary passages and helps to prevent blood in the urine. It also strengthens lung tissue and increases elasticity of the air sacks in the lungs. Pretty much a win-win here!
Thirdly, Sage Leaves (Salvia officinalis) - Historically, Sage has been used for the hair to restore normal hair color. It's leaves have estrogenic activity and help to maintain bone density. It also has a reputation for aiding memory and nervous system function, which is why a wise person is called a SAGE!
And lastly, Rosemary Leaves (Rosmarinus officials) - Germany recommends Rosemary for circulation problems such as low blood pressure. By aiding blood flow to the scalp and skin, rosemary brings health to the skin and hair. It's also an antioxidant that can prevent free radical damage as well as bring help to the nerves. Like Sage, it has the reputation for improving memory.
And don't forget the outside! Even though healing starts on the inside we still need to continue to nourish the outside. Anything we put on the skin enters the blood stream so using products rich in minerals, vitamins and antioxidants you're hitting issues hard inside and out! Try using our Luxury Skin Care system for fantastic nourishment, cooling, healing and rejuvenation for the face and neck and our popular lotion bars and facial sticks for whole body protection!
Start looking inside to see where you might be lacking some vital nutrition and keep up the good work of nourishing the outside with plant based products!
You might be pleasantly surprised!
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