Series 13: Skin Diseases
When one notices some disorders on the skin, one should remember at once that some things have gone wrong in the body. The first thing to get clear is that so much denatured and unhealthy food had been put into the system. Secondly, the organs of digestion and elimination may not be functioning properly (including the intestines, bladder, kidney and glandular systems). Thirdly, external irritations can be caused by insects and stinging plants, chemicals like bleaching agents in soaps and creams. Fourthly, some people develop allergic response to certain materials and food (e.g. animal hair, feathers, polyethylene, perfumes and necklaces, powders, etc.).
Exposure of the skin to the sun may cause burning and in pale-skinned persons, prolonged exposure to strong sunlight increases the risk of skin cancer. Among the common skin diseases are those characterized by spots, vesicles and encrustations, as in bacterial and fungal infections e.g. eczema, tinea (ringworm), boils and carbuncles; as well as a large spectrum of rashes associated with generalized infections, from measles to typhoid fever.
The worst skin problem is cancer of the skin, which is very hard to cope with. It sometimes starts between the fingers and toes. It itches and spreads gradually to cover the whole body.
Prevention & Control
Maintain personal hygiene. Avoid exposure to irritants and skin-damaging agents. Avoid unhealthy foods such as too much meat, white flour, soft drinks, cane sugar, etc. Replace these with fruits & vegetables, cooked grains, ensuring that the skin of the grains is not sieved off during processing.
In Holistic Lifecare, the natural remedy includes herbal powders and decoctions for systemic infections, herbal medicated soap as well as cream/ lotion & topical powders for skin infections. In addition, nutritional supplements may be necessary to correct deficiencies.
Notable among the herbal materials for skin infection include Aloe vera gel, cucumber juice, lemon/lime (peel), carrots and green pepper. Also, Senna raw extract or bitter-leaf raw extract may be rubbed on lesions. Similarly, honey mixed with garlic is very good for fast healing of skin lesions.
Since ancient times, herbal extracts and aromatic oils have been used as ingredients that enhance the beauty of the skin and hair. They are also used to deal with specific problems such as dryness, acne, blemishes, pigmentation, freckles, scars, premature ageing, wrinkles, dandruff, damaged or falling hair, alopecia, etc.
These herbal materials which have stood the test of time but have been most beneficial in counteracting the harmful effects of synthetic and chemical preparations, have been formulated and classified under familiar cosmetological products as cleansers, humectants, tonics, nourishers, masks, etc.
For general skin care, Osun (red ochre) mixed with coconut oil and/or Henna (Lawsonia inermis) will enhance the beauty of the skin without blemishes that follow from strong chemical skin creams.