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Natural ways to treat your acne at home.

Natural ways to treat your acne at home.

Natural treatments for how to treat your acne at home.

Natural Beauty Care offers some suggestions for natural ‘Do at home’ acne treatments. If your acne is mild or less severe, there are some natural and effective acne treatments that you can follow at home. 

How to treat acne, naturally. 

Finding an effective, natural treatment for acne can take a bit of homework. Especially when you are treating not just the breakouts, but the acne scarring too. 

Treating acne with Aloe Ferox herbal supplements and natural skincare products.

Treating acne using skincare and herbal supplements from the Aloe Ferox range of products. They are specially formulated to help provide a natural remedy for acne and problem skin, using the healing power of Aloe Ferox. 

The herbal supplement Radical Image is helpful in terms of regulating hormonal levels and skin’s resulting oiliness. 

Skin scarring from acne is a common problem. Whether you are currently suffering from acne or had it some time ago, there is a good chance that you have some scarring imperfection you would like to remedy. Aloe Ferox Tissue Oil can be of great help in reducing the appearance of scars.  

Aloe Ferox offers natural skincare solutions for clear complexions. Aloe Ferox Facial Wash Bitter is a natural skin care product for the facial care and treatment of acne, spots and pimples. It contains Aloe Ferox bitter sap plant chemicals that are bacteria, virus and parasite unfriendly, helping to support the detoxification and disinfection of your skin. 

Aloe Ferox Bitter Aloe Gel with its aloe bitters works like a natural topical antibiotic and has pain-killing benefits as well as a combination of herbs known for effectiveness in dealing with skin problems.

Alternative natural herbal treatments for acne.

There are numerous herbs which are effective as a natural acne treatment. Try sage, sarsaparilla, yellow dock, burdock, basic, sandalwood or tea tree oil. Steep the herbs in hot water and apply the cooled infusion directly to affected areas. Neem is also effective in treating a variety of skin disorders. You can buy Neem in leaf powder form. 

Turmeric taken internally or applied as a paste to your skin is a good at-home treatment for acne – but do remember that it is staining and will add a yellow tinge to your skin that will require careful cleansing. So don’t try this before a big night out. 

Substitute regular tea for green tea which is considered to be helpful for cleansing your system. 

Fruit with high levels of acidity, applied directly to the skin is a great natural acne treatment. Choose from mango, pawpaw or grapefruit (avoiding lemon). Mash the fruit to a pulp and apply directly to your skin like a mask. You can add oatmeal or egg yolk if you wish. Leave on for 15 minutes and rinse well.

Natural Toners to prevent acne 

A natural home-made toner suitable for acne can be made using cucumber juice, apple cider vinegar or tea tree distilled in mineral water. To help tighten pores after thoroughly cleansing your skin, rub an ice cube over your face before toning. 

Eating for a clearer skin.

If your acne is mild or less severe, there are some natural and effective acne treatments by following a nutritious diet that you can follow at home. 

What you eat directly affects your skin health, and perhaps more so if you are suffering from regular outbreaks. Foods you should eat for a clearer skin contain high levels of vitamins A,B,C,D, E and Zinc, not forgetting the all important Omega-3.  Vitamins that help beautify your complexion by feeding your skin are Vitamins A, B, C, D, E and Zinc. Acne aside, there are many natural ways to keep your skin in peak condition. 

When all is said and done.

Even if you are rigorous in following a healthy diet with balanced vitamins and minerals and have a scrupulous cleansing routine you may still have an occasional breakout. However, by adopting the very best and often natural acne treatments for your particular problem, your acne should clear and the longer-term problems of scarring will be greatly reduced. And, if you are relishing a clear complexion, that’s fabulous. But always keep a natural acne treatment on hand so that you can tackle any outbreaks from the first spot. 

Eat your way to a clear complexion.

Eat your way to a clear complexion.

How to eat your way to a clear complexion.

Great nutrition is reflected in a glowing complexion. By incorporating the right ‘skin’ vitamins, you can eat your way to a clear skin. 
Feeding your skin boosts radiance, improves elasticity and helps to prevent and combat blemishes. 
Ideally aim to incorporate these vitamins into your daily diet and, if that’s tricky, by all means opt for supplements. 
Vitamin A can be found in the following foods; eggs, whole milk, liver, carrots, mango, spinach and fortified cereals. 
Vitamin B can be found in the following foods; wheat germ, oatmeal, whole wheat, bran, whole brown rice, dairy products, milk, liver, kidney, fish and eggs. 
Vitamin E can be found in the following foods; almonds, Sunflower seeds, peanut butter, hazel nuts, sunflower oil, spinach, broccoli and mango. 
Vitamin C can be found in the following foods; orange, grapefruit, mandarin, lettuce, spinach, green pepper, strawberry, tomato and cabbage. 
Vitamin D can be found in the following foods; milk, brown rice, fortified margarine, salmon tuna, liver, cheese and natural sunlight. 
Zinc can be found in the following foods; dairy products, beans and lentils, yeast, nuts, seeds, cereals and pumpkin seeds. 
 
Supplementing your diet.
Sometimes our diet does not contain all the vitamins and nutrients we need to keep our skin looking healthy. Radical Image by Aloe Ferox provides a natural solution to clearer skin. Vitamin C is a powerful anti-oxidant that neutralises harmful free radicals. Omega 3 although a fatty acid and not a vitamin, is worth mentioning here as it is excellent not only for your complexion but for overall health. There are several foods rich in Omega-3, however flax seeds and walnuts are top of the list due to the concentration of Omega-3 fatty acids. Also easily accessible and versatile sources are fish (salmon, cod, mackerel), beans (soy, kidney) and olive oil are excellent food sources of omega-3 fatty acids.  
 
 

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How to fight off colds and sniffles and take charge of your wellbeing, naturally

How to fight off colds and sniffles and take charge of your wellbeing, naturally

The common cold. We’ve all had one. Runny nose, congestion, sore throat, sneezing.  While cold symptoms vary widely and can include headaches and fever, all colds are respiratory infections. And there are apparently more than 200 responsible viruses. A cold is usually caused by a weakened immune system that ‘opens the door’ to your being unwell. There’s no magic solution for combatting a cold. And once you have one, there is no sure fire cure. But you can help ward off a cold by including foods and nutrients into your diet which are helpful in prevention and remedy of a one. Here are seven foods to include in your diet to maintain (or regain) a healthy immune system.

Peppers

Packed with vitamin C, it’s a more satisfying option that a vitamic C pill. A yellow bell pepper is the ideal one to choose, superseding red and green peppers with its vitamin C content. Scoff one down and enjoy 5 x more than your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Vitamin C has long been thought to be helpful in treating respiratory infections, and while not wholly correct it is useful in helping to relieve the symptoms of a cold. And an added benefit is that vitamin C may help shorten the your poorly spell and lessen the severity of your symptoms. Certain people benefit more from the intake of vitamin C when it comes to boosting immunity; children, athletes, elderly and heavy smokers.

Mushrooms

The humble fungi is rich in B vitamins, selenium and antioxidants. For a considerable time mushrooms have been considered to offer immune-boosting benefits. Now it’s considered that mushrooms have an antiviral effect and eating them may be responsible for an increased production of cells responsible for fighting infection. When your body has reduced amounts of the mineral selenium (which is notoriously difficult to find in food items) it’s been found that there is a greater risk of developing flu. The B vitamins, niacin and thiamine, in mushrooms, help keep the immune system strong. Which ones do you put on your shopping list? Maitake and shiitake mushrooms have the highest nutrients that appear to have an immune-boosting ability. Sauté, grill or use fresh. There are plenty of recipes for soups, starters and mains to bring the fungi to your table.

Alcohol

Taking a tipple to treat a cold isn’t actually a good idea. Boozing when you are already sick in a (desperate) attempt to treat a cold isn’t advisable. It could make you dehydrated, worsen your congestion and react badly with medicines. But, there is a line of thinking that a daily drink might make you less likely to get sick in the first place. Apparently some studies show that regular and moderate consumption of alcohol may be associated with lower prevalence of the common cold.  In general terms a moderate alcohol intake is thought to be one drink a day for women and up to two drinks a day for men. Cheers to that. I’ll think of it as making my body a hostile environment.

Chicken Soup

It’s not an old wives myth. There’s science to support the sentiment that chicken soup helps cure the common cold. Being pretty practical about it, the the warm liquid is hydrating which helps to loosen mucus and eases sore throats. Now for the science bit. Preliminary research shows the ingredients in chicken soup may have unique medicinal properties. According to a laboratory test at the University of Nebraska Medical Center the broth, vegetables and chicken all showed anti-inflammatory properties. The researchers studied the movement of neutrophils (white blood cells). They found they were reduced by chicken soup, suggesting the soup might have an anti-inflammatory effect Known as “Grandma’s Soup,” the recipe used in the study includes chicken, onions, sweet potatoes, parsnips, turnips, carrots, celery stems, parsley, salt and pepper. Having made this myself, many times, I have learned that using a whole chicken with the skin on is the best thing to do. The chicken fat has a role to play with easing congestion. And if it’s made with love, that always helps too.

Citrus – especially the zest

We all know that oranges, lemons, grapefruits and other citrus fruits are jam packed with vitamin C. So tuck in regularly to keep your immune system bolstered. I didn’t appreciate that one medium orange exceeds your recommended daily allowance of Vitamin C (117% apparently). Vitamin C is renowned for boosting immunity by fighting cell-damaging free radicals. As such it’s been snapped up by the beauty industry for its anti-ageing properties. But from a wellbeing point of view there may be an added benefit for those suffering from severe colds. The part that we usually throw away, the peel has a natural chemical, limonene. It’s thought it could play a potential role in the treatment of bronchitis, though more research is needed to know for sure. Preliminary data also shows that limonene may help fight cancer and aid in weight loss. So how do you use citrus peel in your meal plans? You can make a citrusy vinaigrette salad dressing by whisking together fresh orange juice and a generous pinch of grated orange peel (zest) with olive oil and a squirt of lemon juice. Or do as we do in South Africa and never throw away the peel but slice it into thin strips and dry it. Add to stews, casseroles and cakes to enliven them and – as it turns out – make use of limonene.

Ginger

Highly versatile, ginger is also a spice with one of the longest medicinal histories. For over 2,000 years Eastern medicine has made use of ginger to help cure and prevent numerous health conditions. In Japanese, Chinse and Ayurvedic medicine ginger has been used for treating colds Sipping a cup of ginger tea is thought to be helpful at the beginning of a cold. A warm cup of fresh ginger tea with honey and lemon juice can help sooth a sore throat but loosening mucus, ease discomfort of a scratchy throat and reducing nausea. Ginger is also helpful for pregnancy-related nausea, but as always, if you are preggers, talk to your health care professional first. So whether you prefer ginger in your holiday cookies or your beef-and-broccoli stir-fry, dried or fresh or as a tea, do make it part of your everyday.

Sardines

I know. I know. But fatty fish is high in omega-3 fats, which are proven to help reduce the risk of heart disease and inflammation in the body. A new study in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology demonstrates how omega-3s may also help boost the immune system by enhancing the functioning of immune cells. Sardines beat other oily fish, fin down – -when it comes to omega-3s. Considering a three-ounce servicing Canned sardines              1259 milligrams of omega-3s. That’s impressive compared to; Rainbow trout (905), salmon (805) or a family favourite canned tuna (196) Omega-3s aside, sardines also provide other important nutrients to keep your immune system firing on all cylinders including; protein, alcium and Vitamin D.

Aloe Ferox Whole-leaf Juice

With over 130 natural medicinal properties, the juice is bursting with goodness. And a bit more palatable than sardines. Just enjoy a measure daily of Aloe Ferox Whole-Leaf Juice to improve your overall vigour and boost your immune system to ward off the common cold. Have ‘neat’, mix with fruit juice or blend into your favourite smoothie. Be well. Michelle