Your skin is a window into your overall health, and every day it is up against a wide variety of challenges such as environmental toxins and pollutants. The effects that these have on our skin often aren’t pretty!
Your skin is considered to be the largest organ, and it is a key component of the body’s detoxification systems. The skin eliminates toxins via perspiration and exfoliation. Unfortunately, it’s under constant assault from the elements. Pollutants and dirt can clog pores and cause irritation, causing your complexion to suffer. Environmental toxins, as well as toxins from the foods we eat, and even toxins from the body’s normal waste products can wreak havoc on the skin, too. Some other common causes of skin issues are hormonal changes, allergies, stress, and reactions to direct contact with items such as jewelry, chemicals in personal care products, use of cologne & perfume, dry cleaning chemicals, residues from soaps and detergents, chlorine, and skincare products. Many people are surprised to learn that anything that touches the skin can pass through the skin and enter the bloodstream. Common toxicity symptoms manifest in the skin and can include moles, skin tags, dryness, cracking, eczema, psoriasis, other rashes, flakiness, itchiness, lumps, color changes, bleeding, and more.
This week, Dr. Mark Carney, RND, LAc (Fox News, NPR) has created a tincture that contains powerful antioxidants that are specific to the skin and that protect it from free radical damage. This tincture also enhances sweating, heals irritation, hydrates, firms, and tones the skin, and has antibacterial and antifungal properties that help your skin stay clean and healthy.
Calendula officinalis (Calendula) – Also known as Marigold, Calendula has been used for medicinal purposes since at least the 12th century. Calendula is one of the best herbs for skin health, and has high amounts of plant-based antioxidants called flavonoids, which protect the skin from being damaged by free radicals. Calendula also helps wounds heal faster, and improves skin firmness and skin hydration while opening up pores to allow better perspiration.
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) – Yarrow was first used to treat external wounds on the skin over 3,000 years ago by ancient Greeks. Native Nation people have used Yarrow in the same way. Yarrow contains tannins and other anti-inflammatory and antibacterial compounds that make it ideal in treating skin irritations, itching, rashes and wounds. Additionally, Yarrow is excellent at promoting sweating.
Equisetum Arvense (Horsetail) – Horsetail is a perennial herb that contains silica, a trace mineral that keeps the joints flexible and the skin glowing, and also makes the bones, hair, and fingernails strong. This herb also helps strengthen connective tissues, minimizing the appearance of lines and wrinkles while improving skin texture and resiliency. Horsetail also promotes collagen formation, shields cells from free radical damage, reduces eczema, and enhances perspiration.
Centella asiatica (Gotu Kola) – Known in Chinese medicine as a “Miracle Elixir of Life”, Gotu Kola has recently become a much-talked-about ingredient in skin care products. Gotu Kola calms inflammation, speeds wound healing, stimulates new cell growth, builds collagen, and improves circulation. It is rich in amino acids, fatty acids, beta carotene, and phytochemicals, and treats infected wounds, eczema, psoriasis, and more.
Urtica dioica (Nettles) – Nettles is sometimes regarded as a weed because of it’s ability to produce thousands of seeds and grow almost anywhere. Nettles is anti-inflammatory, astringent, bactericidal, anti-microbial and promotes healing of the skin. It is also high in phenols and has powerful antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage.
Matricaria recutita (Chamomile) – Chamomile is a top herb for skincare because it has the ability to neutralize skin irritants and acts as a diaphoretic. Chamomile contains bisabolol, an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, anti-fungal chemical. Chamomile treats rashes, wounds, dermatitis, eczema, acne and boils.
Lavandula angustifolia (Lavender) – Lavender is a miracle herb for pesky skin conditions. Lavender has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties that fight acne-causing bacteria. The herb treats eczema by adding moisture to the skin and reducing the itchiness. Lavender also helps the skin to detox due to it’s powerful antioxidants which protect against the harmful effects of pollutants. Furthermore, Lavender mildly enhances perspiration.
What You Can Expect: This tincture helps the skin purge toxins and can reduce the harmful effects of every day environmental toxins that come into contact with the skin. This formula can also help heal skin conditions like acne, eczema, psoriasis, boils, rashes, and wounds. You may notice clearer, more hydrated and supple skin that is less irritated. Also, you might experience a slight increase in perspiration.
Contraindications: If you are taking medications, check for potential interactions with these herbs. In general, anybody with a medical condition should check with their health care provider before taking herbs. Specifically, do not use if you are taking Coumadin, are lactating or are pregnant. Tinctures do contain small amounts of alcohol so do not use if you are avoiding alcohol.
Dosage: The effects of tinctures vary, because each of us are unique. The average recommendation is 45 drops 2x/day. Shake well before dispensing each dose. The liquid can be taken straight, or mixed into water or another beverage. For fastest absorption, hold the liquid under your tongue for ten seconds, then swallow.
To order this tincture, call our Denver, Colorado office (303)636-0000
Dr. Mark Carney is a registered naturopathic doctor and licensed acupuncturist. He and his wife, Dr. Carly Letzt Carney, are co-founders of Thriveology, a natural health and personal transformation practice in Denver, Colorado. Dr. Mark Carney is an expert in holistic medicine and Chinese Medicine, and he works with all aspects of family practice such as weight loss, thyroid and other hormonal imbalances, autoimmune conditions, diabetes, cancer, cardiovascular conditions, and chronic fatigue. Dr. Carney is a nationally recognized health authority and has been featured as an expert many times in the media, including Fox News, NPR, Naturally Savvy, and many other media outlets.
All Thriveology tinctures are masterfully crafted with the finest-sourced herbs, strictly of superior quality.