Foods That Reduce Inflammation
With its high concentration of tannins, witch hazel is highly regarded as an astringent remedy with the ability to stop bleeding and reduce inflammation -especially the localised swelling caused by sprains and other injuries. It is also used to encourage the healing of bruises. 0 I)OS (jK Apply commercially prepared witch hazel cream or ointment to strains, sprains, grazes or bruises 2 to 3 times per day. Alternatively, prepare a decoction using 1 to 2 teaspoons of the dried leaves or bark, and use the liquid to make a compress for the affected part. For detailed instructions, see page 194.
Rosehip oil is growing in popularity as a remedy for the prevention of stretch marks - including those of pregnancy. The herb has a rich content of antiinflammatory compounds, including vitamins A and C and essential fatty acids all of which are important for skin health. So, although its efficacy hasn't yet been scientifically confirmed, there may be some substance to its reputation. 0 DOS G l Massage commercially prepared rosehip oil into the abdomen twice daily.
Iwmy bumps thai protrude from Ihe side of ihe big or little toe joint, usually courtesy ol wearing high-heeled or Ill-fitting shoes. Custom-made orthotics can strengthen the an h and surgically shaving llie bone will realign Ihe toe. hut ii would be better to avoid these niellntds. Why not try marigolds'.' siudy In Tlte Journal of llwnnao ami Pharmacology found that applying a paste of alcohol and crushed marigolds (Kwi vssp.). then covering it with a pad can reduce 'he size and pain of a burton. Ilie researchers concluded lhal flavonobts In the marigold reduce inflammation in ihe jolni.
Laboratory research has confirmed substantial anti-allergic as well as antiinflammatory effects of perilla extracts. Clinical trials have produced promising results for the use of oral preparations of perilla for the relief of hay fever symptoms, including watery, itching eyes. Additional studies have also recorded improvements in the symptoms of allergic dermatitis with the use of a topical perilla cream.
In the same way that slippery elm is used internally to reduce inflammation in the gastrointestinal tract, its soothing properties can also be applied to irritated and inflamed skin. Mixed with water, it forms a gel-like layer that protects the wound and allows it to heal. Slippery elm poultices can also be used to draw splinters and other foreign bodies from the skin, and to encourage boils and abscesses to come to a head. 0 DOS
Ayurvedic anti-inflammatory In Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used for centuries as a topical treatment for psoriasis and other inflammatory skin disorders. Modern Western herbalists sometimes also prescribe it internally for the well-documented antioxidant, antiinflammatory and immune-stimulating properties of both turmeric and a yellow pigment it contains, called curcumin. As the herb is also a liver and gallbladder tonic, this use reflects the traditional view that cleansing the body of toxins can help to resolve chronic skin problems. 0 I )( IS ( .1 Mix ' 2 teaspoon powdered turmeric with cold water and drink it 2 to 3 times per day for up to 4 weeks at a time. For topical use, mix V2 cup (50 g) turmeric powder with 1 teaspoon baking soda and some hot water and apply as a poultice. For more detailed instructions, see page 194.
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