Inside out

Your skin is the largest organ of the human body all some 22sqft of it – and it’s exposed to toxins, infections, damaging sun rays, harmful chemicals and much more.

To keep it healthy, you need to treat it from the inside. Traditionally, cleavers (goose grass, sticky jacks) have been used for skin health because they help to maintain the health of your lymph glands, which are the storm drains of the body. If these aren’t kept clear, the skin blocks up and dries up, just like a block in your drain. You can get cleavers in tincture form or simply as a supplement to be taken daily.

Other supplements that will benefit your skin are essential fatty acids (EFAs) which feed the skin with the right oils to keep it healthy and stop it clogging up. It acts a bit like a thinner, breaking up greasy fats and rehydrating the skin with good oils.

Nettles are also brilliant for the skin as they are full of minerals, and act as a cleanser to remove toxins that could come out through the skin. Try them this way: Fry an onion in a little bit of garlic and some butter and add some water. Chop the nettles up (with gloves on) and add to the water to simmer. Then add a stock cube and some seasoning and enjoy.

Coconut oil is a little miracle which can be used as a natural hair mask, teeth whitener and skin lotion. It provides intensive coverage to treat dry skin and keratosis pilaris.

Meanwhile, our own skin balm is designed to treat eczema and psoriasis. A mixture of lavender, calendula, macadamia oil, sweet almond oil and oat straw, it provides anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial, anti-fungal and antiseptic benefits, while also calming, healing and nourishing the skin.

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