What is rosacea?
Rosacea is persistent redness around the centre of the face, chin and forehead. Bumps and pimples with visible blood vessels are seen, and often a feeling of burning or stinging is felt. It is not known what causes it but it occurs three times as often in women than in men.
What triggers rosacea?
-Prolonged use of steroids
-Excessive use of antibiotics
-Congestion of the lymphatic system
-Vitamin deficiencies (especially B's)
-Food allergies or sensitivities
-Alcohol or sugar
-Low stomach acid
If you have rosacea, what to avoid
-All stimulants including alcohol, coffee, tea and sugar
-High and low temperatures/extreme weather
-Foods that contain refined carbohydrates (e.g. Biscuits, cakes, puddings, pastries)
-Foods that are high in saturated fats (e.g. Red meat, dairy products)
-Fried food (grill, bake, stir fry or bake instead)
-Artificial sweeteners, preservatives and additives
Diet and lifestyle suggestions
-Drink plenty of filtered water daily
-Reduce stress with relaxation techniques such as yoga and deep breathing techniques
-Eat three portions of oily fish per week (wild salmon, mackerel, tuna, herrings, pilchards or sardines)
-Start the day with fresh organic juice (e.g. Carrot, apple & celery)
-Snack on seeds such as sunflower, pumpkin and nuts such as almonds, walnuts
-Ensure you include fibrous foods such as pulses, beans, lentils and chickpeas in your diet
-Consider essential oils such as Roman Chamomile, sandalwood, helichrysum and myrrh. Make a mixture and apply to the affected area or bottoms of the feet, and take a drop of each in a capsule, glass of water, or under the tongue.
Skincare and treatments
-Pulsed dye laser (PDL) or intense pulsed light (IPL) are known to be the most effective
-Use a gentle cleanser on the face or a soap that doesn't leave the skin tight
-Always wear a high SPF factor
-For ladies, choose allergy tested makeup
Cleaning up the gut is imperative to a recovery. Good luck in your recovery.
Lavender oil and it's amazing uses
Lavender means 'to wash' in Latin. It is likely the most used essential oil globally, and for good reason, as it serves in all things calming. When people think of lavender oil, the first and probably only use would be for sleep and relaxation purposes. However, that is not the only use:
- Stress, anxiety and teeth grinding. Apply topically over the heart, on the back of neck or inhale from cupped hands.
- Sunburns, burns and scars. Apply topically to area of concern to soothe, heal, and reduce scarring.
- Allergies and hayfever. Take one or two drops in a capsule or under the tongue with lemon and peppermint, or rub in palms and inhale from cupped hands.
- Colic and upset baby. Massage diluted in fractionated Coconut oil along spine, abdomen and bottoms of feet to calm.
- Cuts, wounds and blisters. Apply topically on site to cleanse, heal, and limit or avoid scarring.
- Bug bites and hives. Apply topically on site to soothe as a natural antihistamine.
- Nosebleeds and pinkeye. Apply across bridge of nose or around eye. Never put oils in your eyes.
- High blood pressure. Use on pulse points and over heart, or take into capsule.
- Migraines and headaches. Inhale a drop and apply to temples and back of neck.
- Emotional balance. Use aromatically in a diffuser and topically to get from unheard to expressed.
Always use a reputable organic oil such as DoTerra. Call me if you need any help 07766014932.