Herbs offering Sun Protection
When it come to
prevention is the key, so do your best to limit your sun exposure, and
wear protective clothing or sunscreen when you go outside. Almost 75
percent of sun damage occurs without our even going to the beach or lying
out in the sun — as we walk down the street, ride a bike or even drive a
car (if the windows are down). Special skin cells spread a dark pigment
called melanin through the
skin to tan it, protecting sensitive underlying
cells from the sun's destructive tendencies.
Vera: This ancient natural
protects the skin's immune cells against the damaging effects of the sun,
according to research from the Department of Immunology, University of
Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston. Fresh aloe vera may be applied
after any type of sun exposure. Its anti-inflammatory, moisturizing,
emollient, and antimicrobial actions make it especially useful for
preventing sunburn damage.
Coenzyme Q10: Also known as ubiquinone and CoQ10, this enzymatic co-factor
penetrates into the viable layers of the skin and markedly counteracts
damaging free radical activity (oxidation) caused by the sun.
Tea: Whether applied topically or consumed as
a beverage or dietary
supplement, green tea is a premiere skin protectant.
It protects against direct damage to the cell and moderates inflammation,
according to research from the Department of Dermatology, Columbia
University, New York. Studies suggest that the catechins in green tea are
some 20 times stronger in their antioxidant powers than even vitamin E.
Men, women and children need to position this super shield on their side
against the ravaging effects of the sun.
Although not studied scientifically, this herb
has been used clinically for skin conditions including sunburn. It may
also be used as a homeopathic remedy at doses consistent with that kind of
According to skin
specialists, sesame oil decreases the impact of the sun's burning
rays by about 30 percent, while
coconut and peanut oils
aloe vera block out about
20 percent of the
rays. Research shows that a 3 to 6 percent
dilution of an extract of
sometimes called immortelle, makes an effective sunscreen. And a new
sunscreen made from amino acids found in sea algae is currently being
tested in Australia.
essential oil: is especially beneficial to
sun-damaged skin and is even used to treat pre-cancerous skin conditions.
The beta-carotene it contains has been proven to protect against
ultraviolet-induced skin cancer.
Home made Natural
2 ounces sesame oil
aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon vitamin E
lavender essential oil
Combine ingredients. Shake well before using. Remember, this will
not provide total sun protection.
Helichrysum Essential Oil (Immortelle):
Parts Used: Flowers
Potential uses and benefits: Many healing
properties have been attributed to this remarkable oil. From infection
and inflammation in respiratory conditions, muscle pain, arthritis to
liver problems and as a detoxifier in drug withdrawal. It is most
commonly used in skin treatments for its' ability to stimulate the
production of new skin cells. This makes it popular in facial care for
dry and weathered skin and, for mature skin. Excellent in
massage and herbal oils for sensitive, inflamed skin, muscle strains,
aches and pains.
Dated 26 September 2012