All posts tagged: chamomile

How to deal with sensitive skin

Sensitive skin can be the bane of your life. Apart from being uncomfortable it can lead to redness that can make you self-conscious.  There are four main types of sensitivity: acne, rosacea, burning / stinging and contact dermatitis (allergies and irritants, also including eczema), but they all have inflammation in common. Common causes of sensitivities: Chemicals and irritants: Artificial perfumes, dyes, harsh chemicals and preservatives. Climate: dry winter air, over exposure to sun and also central heating or air conditioning. Poor diet & dehydration Dirt & pollution like exhaust fumes, smoke and dust that irritate and weaken the skin’s natural barrier. Hard water – iron, magnesium and calcium in water can affect skin quite a bit.   You can use a water softener to help. Hormones – there’s not really a huge amount you can do about hormones, except try to keep your skin generally as natural and clean as possible to minimize hormonal impact. Household cleaners and detergents- use natural ones as far as possible and if you are sensitive, use gloves when using cleaners etc. …

The humble, yet beautiful daisy – April’s flower

Did you know that the Daisy is officially the flower of April? Well now you do! And this most humble and unassuming family of flowers is actually one of the earth’s most precious and well used for health and beauty purposes, as well as many other uses. The Daisy family, also known as the Asteraceae, composite or sunflower family is the second largest flowering plant family after the Orchidaceae. This family has a remarkable ecological and economical importance thriving in pretty much every corner of the planet, from the polar regions to the tropics and providing local economies with products such as cooking oils, lettuce, sunflower seeds, artichokes, sweetening agents, coffee substitutes, and herbal teas (like chamomile). The family also includes the gorgeous garden flowers, marigold, pot marigold (also known as calendula), various daisies, chrysanthemums, dahlias and many more. Asteraceae are important in herbal medicine, including Grindelia, known as “gumweed”; Echinacea, thought to be an immune system booster and yarrow, which has a long history as a powerful ‘healing herb’ used topically for wounds, cuts …