I’m not the acne monster I thought I was 

Since my post last week I have thought a lot about my past experiences and how they all led me to this point in my life in my aspiration to become an herbalist. I did a little digging and I found the two pieces of notepad paper that has all my notes from the various research I did. In my notes I wrote about the herb calendula and made a list of beneficial herbs for acne. Even then I gravitated towards herbalism. 

So let’s talk about my acne. 

     

This was not even the worst of it. It took me awhile before I found the courage to document my acne. During this time I hated going out in public and I avoided it at all costs. It’s hard not to imagine why. Looking in the mirror was torture because I was not very nice to myself. My self-esteem plummetted. 

For awhile I was lost in my own self-pity and despair. It wasn’t until a breakdown in the San Diego Airport bathroom at 2am when I realized that I really needed to take action. I could not continue to live like that, something was seriously wrong. On one of my research papers I made a notation about my progess: 

“Most of the recurring cystic acne has ceased after using liv-tox, milk thistle and dandelion. Now it seems that my primary concern is how to heal my skin from previous damage. My right cheek seems to have residual red like spots and scars from some of the more cystic acne.” 

I wish I kept a journal of my progress and everything I used on my face to help heal it. I know that I would take parts of my aloe plants and smear it on my face. I used tea tree oil as a spot treatment, and frankensence oil to help heal my scars. 

 
Here is a little video I put together to show the progress over time. Now at this point in my life I definitely am not acne free. It seems that this battle for me is constant, but I continue to listen to my body and find solutions. 

In Rosemary Gladstar’s book Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Health she writes: ‘When we experience menstrual irregularities, PMS, menopausal problems, fibrocystic conditions, and even erratic mood swings, special attention should be directed to the health of the liver.The liver produces the constituents needed for hormone production, and regulates hormone activity. Most Hormonal imbalances respond to a diet that support the healthy function of the liver.’ I found a great site that gives you a little Hormone 101 instead of me typing everything in, I know just about as much as you do on the subject. https://womeninbalance.org/about-hormone-imbalance/hormones-101/

Herb of the week: Vitex angus-castus or the Chaste tree berry 

This berry stimulates the pituitary gland, which regulates the menstrual cycle, and is used to balance hormone production. It is a uterine tonic (herbs that tone and strengthen the entire female reproductive system), an herbal emmenagogues (herbs that stimulate and promote normal menstrual flow), and a hormonal balancer and regulator which normalize the functions of the endocrine glands, thereby aiding the proper functioning of the reproductive system. It can be made into a tincture, or added to an herbal tea blend. I’ve even read a recipe where the dried berries are crushed into powder and mixed with other hormone supporting herbs to create a daily pill. 

I have a tincture form of vitex for personal use, and am just waiting patiently until Rose Mountain Herbs carry it in stock once more. Once I get my berries I will be adding it to my acne tea, a blend I have been using for over a week now. 

Thanks for reading. Over time I will get better at the blogging business so that I may provide for you the best of the best. 

Have a great week beautiful Dreamers. 

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