Being a teenager comes with its own set of unique challenges: love relationships, changes in appearance, hair growth, mixed emotions which can sometimes hit all at the same time leaving the young person dazed and confused.
Sometimes a little bit of natural health can go a long way in easing some of the challenges faced.
The cocktail of hormones that begin to course through their body can lead to a build up of toxins, which in turn may lead to tiredness, headaches and such. This is the time to give them a cleansing. There are various ways to do this:
- Drinking fresh lemon juice in warm water every morning is an excellent practice as it helps the liver to produce bile which in turn helps to keep the food moving through the body aiding in digestion and the elimination of waste products. It also helps make the body more alkaline.
- Making fresh green juices every day, using greens such as spinach, cucumber, peppers, and so on.
- Drinking a herbal tea which contains herbs which have been said to cleanse the blood and rid the body of toxins. One such combination tea is our Wonderherb cleanout and Detox which includes South African herbs such as Buchu, Mountain sage and Wildeals.
Skin breakouts and acne also occur most often in the teenage years. There are many reasons that may cause a person to have acne, and it would depend on that as to what would be most effective in reducing the outbreaks.
- Frequent washing with astringent products does not in fact aid the skin but only encourages more sebum to be produced which can only make skin troubles worse.
- Young people think that putting oils or creams on their skin will worsen the outbreak of acne, blackheads or pimples, but the dryer the skin, the more sebum needs to be produced to protect your skin, which could in turn mean that too much gets produced which blocks the pores which causes more problems. So, a Carrier oil such as Jojoba (pronounced “ho-ho-ba”) which has a similar molecular structure to sebum, can be beneficial when used by people with acne.
- Essential Oils which may be beneficial when added to the jojoba oil are:
- Lemon (Citrus limon) which is astringent and antimicrobial. A word of caution though: Use less than 2% of this oil in the mix as it is phototoxic (which means that it can damage the skin when exposed to the sun)
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), which is antiseptic. It also has a good effect on the emotions as it is an antidepressant.
- Cedarwood (Cedrus atlantica) has antiseptic and astringent properties and psychologically is said to represent strength.
- Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) has antimicrobial and antiseptic properties.
Exams and studying are another challenge for young people, especially those studying for their matric trials. The emotional and physical challenges are real.
- Peppermint (Mentha piperata) essential oil is said to relieve headaches, improve mental focus and boost energy. These benefits make it a favourite for students.
- Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) helps a person to relax and therefore get a good night’s rest before exams.
We hope that you find these natural health tips helpful. Please let us know if there is anything else we can help you with.
Lots of love
Sue and Christine