Acne can be a troublesome condition for anyone. Whether it’s just a tiny zit or a full-on breakout, acne can cause discomfort to anyone. There are many factors that can cause acne, from improper diet to hygiene and to hormonal reasons. This is why people have always searched for ways to prevent and treat acne from within, using natural remedies.
There are many plants that can help treat acne. Some of them have remarkable anti-inflammatory and anti-allergic properties, and can be administered as an infusion or a decoction, to clean your skin from the inside out.
Here are some plants that you can use to treat your acne, along with ways to prepare them.
- Viola Tricolor
Commonly known as heartsease, viola tricolor helps keep that pesky acne in check. It is usually prepared as an infusion, taking one tablespoon of the plant and adding it to one cup of boiling water. In order for it to take effect, you need to drink about 3 or 4 cups a day.
You can also make a more concentrated version of this tea, by adding 4 tablespoons of heartsease to 1 cup of boiling water. You can take it in small doses, about a tablespoon every 3 hours.
- Arctium Lappa
Known as the greater burdock, 3-4 cups a day of this tea can keep acne away. You can prepare it as a decoction (this means you will boil it). You can take 3 tablespoons of greater burdock root and add it to 1L of water. Let it boil for about 20 minutes, and then strain it. You can drink it once it has cooled down a bit.
- Bean Pods
For this tea, you should only use the peels of the bean pods, without the seeds. You can either prepare it as a decoction or extract.
For the decoction, you must boil about 4 tablespoons of bean pods into 1 l of water for about 20 minutes. You ought to drink about 3-4 cups of this tea a day.
Another option for preparing this plant is through cold maceration. You should add 4 tablespoons of bean pods into 1 l of water and leave it overnight. Next morning, you must boil it and leave it on the fire until the liquid drops to half (500 ml). The concoction is then divided into 3 equal doses which you must drink throughout the day. This natural remedy is efficient only if you take it for a longer time, about 3-4 weeks.
- Calendula Officinalis
Also known as marigold, this tea can be used to treat acne from the exterior as well. You can make an infusion out of this plant (20-30 g of marigold to 1 l of water), and wash the affected area. Calendula officinalis is also efficient as a tincture or a cream.
- Cichorium Intybus
Cichorium Intybus, or chicory, can be prepared as an infusion out of 40g chicory (root and plant) and 1 l of water. The resulting tea will be used to wash the affected area.
Natural remedies are always the safest bet to have a healthy looking skin, and are a great alternative to commercial skin creams which can be harsh on the sensitive skin.