Sunday, November 14, 2010

Natural Acne Remedies Unveiled

Just hearing the word "zit" brings an uneasy feeling to oh so many. Acne has been a bothersome skin problem similar to that of the common lawn weed - without constant care it will return. Thanks to expert research and tips from Florida Herb House, a new all natural way to combat acne is now on the press. Using a relatively inexpensive herbal recipe cited here, acne problems may be on their way out the door without the use of potentially harmful prescription medicine.

Acne is a condition where the pores of the skin become clogged and inflamed. The are basically two types of pimples that developed from acne - "whiteheads" (open pimples), and "blackheads" (closed pimples). Acne is more common in teens during puberty but can occur in later years also. Acne can cause social problems too as a result of insecurity and the risk of being embarrassed. There has been no known link between diet and/or exercise with respect to acne.

Traditional remedies for acne include "over the counter" creams and salves. Some of the problem with these products are the ingredients that can cause discomfort of the skin and have possible unpleasing side effects with little or no benefit. Also, prescription medicines can be very costly. So with that said, we are left with the best option of all - the all natural approach. Natural remedies have been a part of society for thousands of years and until the birth of the big name drug companies, things were going pretty well. But in recent years more and more people are turning their cheek to pushy doctors and choosing to battle health problems using holistic and natural methods with compelling success. Below is the recipe for an all natural acne ointment sent to us by Florida Herb House in Daytona Beach, Florida. To purchase the three herbs needed for the ointment you can visit Florida Herb House in Florida, or online at, or Please consult your doctor or health care practitioner before beginning any exercise or health program.

Herb #1 Black Walnut Leaf - The leaf of the black walnut tree has been used as an all natural cleansing wash and acne remedy by many. The black walnut tree is a woody forest tree which thrives in the Eastern United States. The bark of the tree can be identified by its dark color and very rough texture. The antibacterial and cleansing properties of the leaf have been tested over the years.

Herb #2 Echinacea Leaf - The herb echinacea has been studied extensively for hundreds of years. It is one of the most popular herbs used for its medicinal and healing properties. Commonly referred to as the "narrow-leaved purple cone flower" and "sampson root" this herbaceous plant grows well in the prairie states. Echinacea is a perennial plant with a firm stem covered with small bristles. Its purple flowers bloom from June to October. It is widely used as a blood purifier and to naturally combat acne.

Herb #3 Strawberry Leaf - The strawberry plant, while known for its delicious red fruit, is actually classified as an herb due to its herbaceous (non-woody) composition. A perennial plant and found abundantly across the Eastern United States, this hardy herb grows well along roadsides and in open fields. Each leaf of the strawberry plant is divided into 3 smaller jagged tooth leaflets. The plant blooms with small white flowers from May-June. The leaves of this wonderful herb are sold in chopped form for various skin remedies such as acne and insect bites.

The best way to use these herbs is to combine all three together and crush them to a powder. About 4 ounces of each herb should be plenty for dozens of applications. After the dried leaves are finely ground, they are to be made into a topical ointment. To do this we use 1 part herbs combined with 4 parts lard. Lard is just a simple fat and can be bought at any supermarket. We then add 1 teaspoon of benzoin gum powder to preserve the fat content in the ointment. The benzoin powder can be bought at or or any reputable herb shop online. This will greatly extend the shelf life of the ointment. Some like to add cornmeal and/or petroleum jelly to the formula to change the texture and consistency. You may also elect to substitute cornmeal for the lard. We recommend against using the petroleum jelly as oily additives should be avoided when making any ointment for combating acne. Once your ointment is at the consistency and texture to your desire, find a small container to store in. Keep the ointment away from direct sunlight and heat. It is best to keep stored in your medicine cabinet properly labeled. We applied the formula once per night and them removed it in the morning. The results were impressive. A good rule of thumb is to discard the ointment -after one year.


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