Alternative Therapies to Healthier Skin

As the saying goes, “Beauty lies in the eyes of the beholder”. This saying is somehow true and that’s what we wake every morning to see how we look like in the mirror! As such, the pursuit for alternative therapies for healthier and more youthful skin is on the high since many of these skin treatments aren’t cheap to begin with.

Good skin is also perceived as one of the most obvious signs of physical beauty. Poor skin conditions can be caused by excessive use of antibiotics and alcohol who reduce good bacteria in the digestive tract. Taking care of the skin does not have to be expensive and complicated, simple adjustments in one’s lifestyle may spell the difference between healthy and impaired skin. One simple way of taking care of one’s skin is to keep it clean, especially the hands because the hands can spread germs and bacteria to the skin and other parts of the body. With many beauty products on the shelves these days, there are skincare for every sort of condition – face wrinkle cream, acne face serum, brightening lotion…etc. Individuals with dry and flaky skin can use moisturizing soap, lotion, cream, and other skin care products. It is always good to use gentle products that won’t strip the natural moisture of your skin.

Alternative therapies for the skin include regular skin care and good habits. A good and healthy diet with lots of fresh air, laughter and exercise is beneficial to the skin as well.

Alternative Therapies for Sinusitis

Yesterday, I spent the entire morning in the eye hospital with my mom who has been complaining about her eye discomforts. After consulting with the doctor, he suspected that mom might be suffering from Sjogren Syndrome. After reading about the condition in the internet, I started to search for alternative therapies for her condition.

Like in many auto immune diseases, it wasn’t easy gathering information on this illness. I was also checking on alternative therapies for sinusitis as my nose sensitivities seem to have worsened this week. I found out that sinusitis may begin as a viral infection but within a few days it can develop into a bacterial infection. In many sinusitis patients, there may be one or more preexisting condition that adds to the problem. These include allergies, nasal polyps and nasal septum. These conditions cause the narrowing of the nasal passages and blockage the sinus openings. Sinusitis can also affect the quality of your sleep and in my case, I can sometimes wake up in the middle of the night to clear my nose. As a result of that, I was searching for eye cream for dark circles!

Some people have turned to the healing wonders of natural medicines and alternative therapies. Goldenseal and olive extracts are effective in fighting bacterial and fungal infections. Vitamin C is also well known for its ability to strengthen the immune system and lessen allergic reactions. Zinc also shortens the duration of a cold by killing the cold virus, thus, reducing the risk of sinusitis.

Essential Oils as Alternative Therapies

In the world of alternative therapies, essential oils are known for its subtle healing properties. But what exactly is essential oil, you may ask.

Essential oil is oil that is removed from the leaves, stems, and flowers of a plant. It is highly concentrated and evaporates easily. For that reason high quality essential oils are always kept in sealed containers. Any good aromatherapy or health food store will carry a range of essential oils for a variety of mental and physical ailments.

Some of the most popular therapeutic essential oils are eucalyptus, lavender, and sandalwood. You’ve probably used eucalyptus in the form of potent smelling vapor rub under you nose and on your chest when you have a cold. That’s because eucalyptus helps to clear your sinus cavities, which leads to better breathing. It also soothes sores and insect bites, acts as a disinfectant, and lifts the mood. Mix a few drops of eucalyptus with peppermint oil in a carrier oil (jojoba or almond oil) and rub it on your chest and lung areas to soothe a cough.

Lavender is always a favorite of the therapeutic essential oils in alternative therapies due to its ability to relax the body, calm the mind, fight infection, and soothe inflammation. Some people find it to be useful as a natural eczema treatment. Unlike the majority of essential oils, it does not have to be diluted and can be applied directly to trouble areas. Or, you can use a few drops in your bath to help you relax or to extinguish a tension headache.