Acne can have different causes, but in any case the inflammation process derives from the condition of clogged pores and bacteria, which attack the hair follicle and the corresponding sebaceous gland.
An irritation situation that makes it difficult to manage this skin condition, with the appearance of pimples and blackheads. When acne is caused by a wrong diet, or gets worse for these reasons, it can be useful to take a detoxifying herbal tea.
Among the natural remedies to relieve skin irritation conditions, this combination of herbs purifies the body by facilitating the well-being of the skin.
The mix for the chosen herbal tea contains herbs such as: burdock, nettle, verbena, yarrow, elderberry, sarsaparilla, parietaria, birch, grass, gentian.
Useful herbs against acne: properties and benefits
Burdock is a fundamental ingredient for this herbal tea, representing a medicinal herb known for centuries for purification. It is appreciated in the treatment of acne, pimples and blackheads, and also soothes in the case of dermatosis.
This plant, rich in mineral salts and vitamins, also has natural antiseptic qualities, thanks to the presence of phenolic acids such as arcthiopicrin. Its acids and antioxidants promote the elimination of toxins from the body, the drainage of liquids.
Historically, burdock leaves were used in herbal medicine to purify the liver, improving the activity of the kidneys and intestines. It was also applied directly as a lotion to the skin, to soothe irritations.
Another ingredient in the herbal acne blend is nettle, traditionally regarded for its purifying ability. In the mix to combat acne, it benefits the skin by detoxifying the body, particularly the urinary tract.
Verbena is also contained in this herbal tea for acne, for its detoxifying power; as well as for the well-being provided in an anti-stress function. It acts in purification through digestion, and also has natural anti-inflammatory properties. In medieval times, vervain was a popular remedy for acne by applying the herb to pimples.
The gramigna is another plant often used in herbal teas for natural purification. The detox process helps skin, digestion and also fights urinary tract irritation. It has often been used in herbal medicine, through compresses, to treat acne and skin problems.
Following the natural cleansing method for the organism, the yarrow plant is added to these ingredients of the herbal blend for acne. Its contribution can be both as a purifying diuretic, to eliminate toxins, and as a plant known for centuries for the well-being of the skin.
Known for its healing power, the yarrow gives a content of beneficial substances, gallic acid and flavonoids, helps fight the bacteria that favor the appearance of acne.
Other medicinal herbs useful for purification and in the diet for acne, are elderberry with diuretic and detoxifying characteristics, and sarsaparilla. The latter is a plant with purifying properties of the blood and the body thanks to its diuretic action. In addition, for external use it was known in herbal medicine to treat skin conditions such as acne, eczema and superficial wounds.
In addition, there are other purifying herbs such as parietaria, diuretic and also useful as a skin purifier and soothing for external use, and birch - known as a detox plant. Both promote the expulsion of toxins and can help regenerate the skin in topical use.
Gentian also helps in the purification, drainage of bile and its external use is known to calm irritated skin, cleanse oily and acne-prone skin.
Origins and History of cultivation
In the blend of herbs for purification in anti-acne function, there are several medicinal plants known in our territory for many centuries. Most have been used in herbal medicine, for their beneficial action at a purifying or soothing level in external topical use. Various herbs are used individually, as well as in blends and herbal teas for acne.
Most of the officinal herbs originate from the eu territoryropeo, and today all the ingredients of the herbal tea for acne are available dried and ready for infusion.
Plants and flowers
The components of the mixture for acne derive from medicinal plants or shrubs used in herbal medicine for their properties.
The nettle with the scientific name Urtica dioica is a perennial plant of the Urticaceae family. Native to Europe, temperate Asia and western North Africa, it is now widespread all over the world. The leaves and stems have prickly hairs.
The Verbena , called Herba sacra in ancient times by the Celts, is a perennial herb of the Verbenaceae family. It has a fibrous root, small purple flowers, and the dried flowering plant is used in herbal medicine.
The gramigna (Agropyrum repens) is a spontaneous plant that resembles wheat, and is part of the Graminaceae family. It grows showing a rough stem, leaves covered with hair, and is used in herbal medicine especially its dried rhizome.
The plant Achillea millefolium is part of the Asteraceae family. It is a perennial plant that spreads easily, growing to about 1 meter in height, with aromatic leaves and white flowers. It was originally present on several continents and then introduced in North America in colonial times.
The parietaria is a plant of tropical origin belonging to the Urticaceae family. Now widespread also in European territories, it takes its name from its growth between cracks in the walls and along the streets. Up to 70 cm tall, it shows a cylindrical stem, oval leaves and small green flowers.
The sarsaparilla (Smilax aspera) belongs to the Smilacaceae family. It is an evergreen plant typical of the Mediterranean landscape, easy to grow. It looks like a vine that can have dimensions from 30 centimeters to 8 meters. It shows a robust rhizome, from which several stems and underground parts branch off. It shows heart-shaped leaves, and slightly scented whitish flowers.
The genus of Birch includes about 40 species of trees and shrubs, belonging to the family Betulaceae. These trees, whose habitat is given by the cold northern regions, show a white and flaking bark, useful in herbal medicine.
The Sambucus nigra is a shrub that belongs to the Sambucus genus in the Adoxaceae family. It grows in Europe and Western Asia, preferably in humid places such as swamps and marshes. It prefers sunny places, and reaches a height of about 15 meters, in addition to a life of about 60 years.
The gentian or Gentiana lutea L. is a herbaceous plant belonging to the Gentianaceae. It grows preferably in mountain climates, and grows to about 2 meters in height. It shows elliptical leaves and yellow flowers, reaching maturity by the fifth year.
The burdock with the botanical name Arctium lappa , is a Eurasian species of plants of the Aster family. Known for the properties of its root, it is a biennial plant. It grows with root and leaves the first year, and the second year shows flowers and seeds. Its greyish-green leaves are considered edible in some countries.
Nutritional values of the herbal blend for acne
The combination of purifying and useful herbs against acne, contains several active ingredients, including flavonoids, gallic acid , and other antioxidants . There are also vitamins and mineral salts .
How to dose and prepare the mixture of herbs in the herbal tea to fight acne
The infusion is obtained by putting the mixture of herbs for acne into a cup (250 ml), approximately 3-5 grams, with water at 100 ° C. Leave to infuse for 8 to 10 minutes, before drinking the herbal tea.
Add honey or sugar if desired.
Herbal blend for acne: side effects and contraindications
Among the herbal teas for the well-being of the skin, this blend has no major contraindications.
In any case, it is not recommended for individuals sensitive to individual medicinal herbs, with allergies or intolerances to individual ingredients.
It is recommended not to take the purifying herbal tea for long periods and to respect the recommended doses, to avoid diarrhea and nausea. Due to the presence of substances that act on the digestive and intestinal system, it is recommended to ask for a medical advice for those suffering from chronic gastrointestinal conditions, for example colitis.
The herbal tea is not recommended for pregnant and breastfeeding women.