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What is rosacea and what causes
By rosacea blood vessels in the skin are cronically widened, and this condition causes inflammation, sometimes infection and other complications. The symptoms often begin early in life, but worsen gradually to get distinct or sometimes serious after the age of 50.
The face is most often affected by the condition.
THE SYMPTOMS OF ROSACEA
By rosacea there are red areas in the skin. In these areas the small vessels have been dilated. Some of these areas are permanently red. Othera areas are red in periods or flush red upon any external or internal stimulus.
There will also be individual larger vessels that are distinctly dilated and visible.
These basic symptoms will be complicated by inflammation, giving red fluid-filled spots and small soars.
Infection can further complicate the condition. This will worsen the inflammation and give pustules filled with pus, pimples and greater soars.
Later on the condition can give swelling, lumps in the skin, widened hair follicles, dry skin and scaling. Symptimes eye complictions also occur.
THE CAUSES AND MECHANISMS OF ROSACEA
The basic mechanism behind rosacea seem to be an axaggerated tendency for the blood vessels in the skin to react upon stimuli by widening, seen as flushing. After some time the dilation gets permanent and this permanent dilation will later cause inflammation and the other symptoms.
THE TREATMENT OF ROSACEA
Traditional medicine does not have any treatment for the basic processes of rosacea, for example the widening of blood vessels.
It is possible to remove dilated blood vessels or skin irregularities with laser that warms up and destroys these abnormal structures.
Rosacea complicated by infection can be treated with topical or oral antibiotics, for example tetracycline, minocycline, erythromycin, and doxycycline.
By pimple formation, you can also use rinsing skin cleansers in the same way as by acne.
You can find several althernative medicines against rosacea, mostly topical creams, containing natural oils, herbal extracts, vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. These ingredients alleviate inflammation and stimulate skin healing. They may also contain mild antiseptic agents to prevent or treat infection.
About Chamomile and especially
german chamomile - Matricaria recutita
Chamomile is a common name for many daisy-like plants, for example:
Matricaria recutita (syn. M. chamomilla), German or blue chamomile, commonly used in tea Anthemis nobilis (syn. Chamaemelum nobile), Roman chamomile, the "lawn" chamomile And to some extent other Anthemis species, such as:
Anthemis arvensis, corn or scentless chamomile
Anthemis cotula, stinking chamomile or dog-fennel
Anthemis tinctoria, yellow chamomile or golden marguerite
Ormenis multicaulis, Moroccan chamomile
Eriocephalus punctulatus, Cape chamomile
Matricaria discoidea, wild chamomile or pineapple weed
The most commonly used for tea and medical purposes is German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), also spelled just Camomile. It is an annual plant of the sunflower family Asteraceae. Synonyms are: Chamomilla chamomilla, Chamomilla recutita (accepted name according to the Flora Europaea), Matricaria chamomilla, and Matricaria suaveolens.
The information below is valid for German chamomile and can be more or less valid also for other species called chamomile.
It usually grows near populated areas all over Europe and temperate Asia. It is widely introduced in temperate North America and Australia. As the seeds need open soil to survive, it often grows near roads, around landfills and in cultivated fields as a weed.
Active ingredients and general effects
The active ingredients are essential oils, notably chamazulene, flavonoids and coumarin. The primary active ingredient of the essential oil from German Chamomile is bisabolol.
A core effect of chamomile is counteraction of growth of bacteria and fungi and toxicity to some parasites, for example mites. This anti-microbial action is the base of many of the uses of the herb. Other core effects seem to be a counter-inflammatory action and stimulation of wound healing.
These core effects are the basis for the specific uses of chamomile.
German Chamomile is used medicinally against sore stomach and irritable bowel syndrome.
It is used as a gentle sleep aid.
It is also used as a mouthwash against oral mucositis, that is infection or inflammation inside the mouth.
It has ability to kill certain mites, such as Psoroptes cuniculi.
It is used on the skin to make the environment hostile to microbes, fungi and mites and therefore used to treat or prevent infections in the skin.
It is used to alleviate inflammations in the skin and accelerate healing of skin sores.
The preventive effect of skin infections and the skin healing stimulation of chamomile is utilized by diseases like eczema and psoriasis to prevent and help heal complications like infection and sores.
Chamomile is used as eye wash to prevent and help heal superficial infections and alleviate inflammation in the eyes and eye lids.
There are some scientific suggestions that chamomile may be useful by diseases like cardiovascular conditions, common cold, diarrhoea in children, gastrointestinal conditions, hemorrhagic cystitis (bladder irritation with bleeding), hemorrhoids, infantile colic, mouth infection and mouth inflammation from cancer treatment, and vaginal inflammation
Chamomile is also used cosmetically, primarily to make a rinse for blonde hair.
How to use chamomile
Chamomile can be taken as a herbal tea, two teaspoons of dried flower per cup of tea.
For a sore stomach, some recommend taking a cup every morning without food for two to three months.
Flowering German chamomile ( A free picture from Wikipedia.org)
About some of the other ingredients
found in many rosacea and eczema treatment products
Aqualane is a aliphatic hydrocarbone or oil, that is a compound of carbon and hydrogen withour double niondings, with the empirical formula C30H62. Squalane is an extremely fine moisyurizer for the skin. It penetrates deep into the skin, makes the skin smooth and elastic and leaves a protective sheet on the skiin without makeing the skin feel gresy. It also binds moisture inisde the skin, in addition to being a sort of moisture itself. It is also a natural substance that the skin itself produces and that are produced widely in both the animal and plant kingdom. Olive oil, for example, contain some amounts of squalane. Sahrk liver has a high content of squalane and the name of the substanc derives from the latin name for shark, squalus. Besides being a good moistuizer squalane is good for healing eczema and making skin lesions grow. It is also said to counteract skin damage by oxidants and to have anti-aging properties for the skin.
Carrot Seed Oil
Carrot seed oil is an oil extract of the seed from the carrot plant, containing essential fatty acids. The oil is steam distilled from the dried fruit. The odour is a dry-woody, earthy sweet smelling and yellow or amber-coloured to pale orange-brown liquid.
Carrot seed oil can help skin regain elasticity, smoothen the skin and stimulate the skin to heal from injury and aging signs.
Another great benefit of the oil is the purifying effect on the liver and the digestive system. It is also a great help in the treatment of muscular aches and respiratory ailments- The oil can be used in creams to apply on the body or as vapor therapy..
The earthy smell will help to "ground" a person while fighting stress and exhaustion.
Oils of Helichrysum
Helichrysum is a plan group (genus) in the sunflower family (Asteraceae). There are an estimated 600 species. Its name was derived from the Greek words helisso (to turn around) and chrysos (gold). It occurs in Africa (with 244 species in South Africa), Madagascar, Australasia and Eurasia. The oil is extracted from the species Helichrysum angustifolium.
The oil contains the ingredients: 1,8-cineole, a-pinene, b-pinene, camphene, myrcene, limonene, linalool, neryl acetate, nerol, geraniol, eugenol, italidone terpinen-4-ol.
The oil allevaites allergy and inflammation. It can help against cramps and alleviate pain. It helps swallen tissue to regain normal size. It stimulate tissue to regenerate from damage. it works calming upon overexitated nerves.
The Lavenders Lavandula are a genus of about 25-30 species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae, native from the Mediterranean region south to tropical Africa and to the southeast regions of India. The genus includes annuals, herbaceous plants, subshrubs, and small shrubs. The native range extends across the Canary Islands, North and East Africa, south Europe and the Mediterranean, Arabia, and India. Because the cultivated forms are planted in gardens world-wide, they are occasionally found growing wild, as garden escapees, well beyond their natural range.English lavender, Lavandula angustifolia, yields a highly effective essential oil with very sweet overtones, and can be used in balms, salves, perfumes, cosmetics, and topical applications. French lavender, Lavandula x intermedia, yields a similar essential oil, with higher contents of turpin, which adds a harsher overtone to the fragrance. Spanish lavender, Lavandula stoechas is not used medicinally, but mainly for landscaping purposes.
Essential oil of lavender has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. It was used in hospitals during WWI to disinfect floors, walls and other surfaces.
Lavender oil (or extract of Lavender) is claimed to heal acne when used diluted 1:10 with water, rosewater, or witch hazel. It is also used in the treatment of skin burns and inflammatory conditions in the skin.
An infusion of lavender is claimed to soothe and heal insect bites. Bunches of lavender are also said to ward off insects. If applied to the temples, lavender oil is said to soothe headaches. Lavender is frequently used as an aid to sleep and relaxation.
Rose Geranium and Rosewood
The genus Geranium or cranebils consists of 422 species of annual, biennial, and perennial plants found throughout the temperate regions of the world and the mountains of the tropics, but mostly in the eastern part of the Mediterranean. These attractive flowers will grow in any soil as long as it is not waterlogged. Propagation is by semi-ripe cuttings in summer, by seed or by division in autumn or spring.
The species Geranium viscosissimum is considered to be protocarnivorous.
The name "cranesbill" derives from the appearance of the seed-heads, which have the same shape as the bill of a crane. The genus name is derived from the Greek word geranos, meaning "crane". The long, palmately cleft leaves are broadly circular in form. Their rose, pink to blue or white flowers have 5 petals.
Rose Hip Seed Oil
Rose hip seed oil is a pressed seed oil, extracted from the seeds of a rose bush (Rosa rubiginosa) which grows wild in the southern Andes. It is unique among vegetable oils in containing retinol (Vitamin A). Rose hip seed oil is high in the essential fatty acids - linoleic acid or omega-3, and linolenic acid or omega-6. It is commonly used in skin care products. It is used for a variety of skin conditions, including dermatitis, acne and eczema, for mature and sun burnt skin as well as brittle nails. Most rose hip seed oil is produced in Chile.
Rosehip oil is also frequently used to heal scarring and diminish photoaging.
(Most of this information is fetched from wikipedia.org, and it is therefore free to copy and reuse)
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