The underlying cause of rosacea has not been determined, but several factors are known to aggravate rosacea, including alcohol, hot liquids, spicy foods, exposure to sunlight, make-up, B-vitamin deficiencies, and gastrointestinal disorders.
A good start would be to cleanse the system (liver, kidneys, bowel and bladder). We have an excellent wonder herb detox tea which covers all of those. This would need to be taken daily for at least 21 days.
· Eat lots of veggies and organic whole grains (brown rice, wholewheat pasta etc)
- Avoid fats, alcohol, caffeine, cheese, cocoa , sugar and common allergens, such as corn, dairy, gluten and peanuts, which are known to trigger rosacea flare-up.
- Eat lots of whole grains, almonds, and dark leafy greens, which contain anti-inflammatory B vitamins.
- Eat fruit and vegetables, such as prunes, baby marrow, apples, kale, spinach, broccoli and onions, which are rich in antioxidant bioflavonoids to strengthen arteries, veins and prevent them from dilating to cause rosacea.
· Eat fish rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as wild-caught salmon and sardines, three times a week.
· Eat lots of garlic and get a digestive enzyme (tablets bought at dischem are cheapest)-these help eliminate candida from your digestive tract.
· Go to your local nurse and ask for a course of vitamin b injections.
Apply Camphor Oil (Cinnamonum camphora) to affected areas of your skin, after washing your face. Camphor is readily absorbed through the skin and has soothing, analgesic, and antimicrobial effects.. Camphor oil has been studied for treating Demodicid mites that often infect areas of the skin affected by rosacea. Be careful with the use of camphor oil, however, as it can irritate the skin. Also, use sparingly, as camphor has been reported to cause reversible hepatotoxicity in extreme cases.
Chamomile tea (Matricaria recutita and Chamaemelum nobile) cold compresses. Steep a handful of pure chamomile or several chamomile tea bags in three cups of boiling water for 10 minutes, then refrigerate. When you need a cold compress, dip a cotton cloth in the chamomile and apply it to the affected area until you feel relief. Chamomile may also be used as an ointment or cream applied to skin.
Do not consume the chamomile if you are taking warfarin, or if you have a bleeding problem. In rare cases, chamomile may cause allergic reactions, including skin rashes, throat swelling, shortness of breath, and anaphylaxis.
Apply lavender oil (genus Lavandula) oil to clean, affected areas of your skin. Wash your face and pat dry. Apply a very small amount of lavender to your face to see if you are allergic. Lavender contains geraniol, which irritate skin in some people with rosacea. If you develop any redness, do not use it. Otherwise, soak a cotton ball with lavender oil, and gently massage it into affected areas of your skin. Repeat daily. Lavender oil has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, but must be used with caution as a potential allergen.
Do not ingest lavender, especially during pregnancy or breast-feeding. Side effects are rare, but may include nausea, vomiting, headache, and chills.
The following herbs help reduce the reactivity of all blood vessel walls and therefore would be helpful if taken regularly.
We hope that this has been of benefit to you.
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