I have been thinking about this for a while now.  So many people are buying products that are fashionable, or a friend has used and they have been convinced it is what they need, but how many of us have got product in the pantry or bathroom draws that we don’t use.  Sure we had the right intentions but really how much does all of that product add up to.

When it comes to the skin – you know it’s the largest organ of the body.  It breaths, discharges and absorbs.  It is an amazing filter and protector.  That’s why it is so important to get the right topical application for the different conditions your skin may be needing help with.  Here are some examples.  If you have any questions please ask.  I am here to help.

CREAMS | do NOT HEAT the skin.  That is so important.  Especially if you are wanting to treat a condition that needs to discharge and release fluids and form new skin.  Creams absorb easily and deliver the herbs to the top layer of the area applied.  At Manutuke Herbs we use certified organic or spray free plant materials.  If you are not getting quality product, you are adding poison to your biggest absorbing organ of the body.  KEEP IT ORGANIC or SPRAY FREE.  If you are buying a cream and the supplier can not guarantee you that it is organic or spray free – put your money back in your pocket and walk away.  You are worth more than a crappy product that might be packaged beautifully with a great sales person trying to sell you rubbish!

OINTMENTS | great for covering an area and applying a protective coat.  Ointments DO HEAT the skin.  While they heat the underlayer that they are applied to they are releasing the herbal ingredient to the area.  Ointments are greezy and don’t easily absorb.  OIntments are awesome for deep acting action.  So if you have deep aches in the muscle ointments will be ideal.  But DO NOT USE ON ECZEMA as eczema is the body discharging toxins and allergen’s from the internal body.  You need a cream and an oral treatment – you need to work from the inside out.  By putting an ointment on eczema you could make it worse.  If you are using an ointment on dry skin the is split and cracking I understand how you might think an ointment would be best – but trust me it isn’t.  You need a cream and for cooling and soothing a cream with a gel added – like Aloe Vera would be super awesome!

OILS | great for soaking into the skin.  One of my clients gave me a book to read called ‘cures from the bible’ and it mentions olive oil as a healer for arthritis, as it penetrates deep into the body to the bones.  If you are using ESSENTIAL oils you must must MUST dilute them.  There are only a handful that are safe for direct application; and some are toxic for your animals – so having them in a diffuser may be affecting your animals.  Will do a post on this (keep watching).

LOTIONS | wonderful dilutions of water and herbal extracts (based in alcohol usually).  Lotions are safe to directly apply to the skin/wound or sensitive body part (say after childbirth).  Lotions are a wonderful soothing and gentle treatment.  You can use them to cleanse an area before you apply a cream/ointment.

I might sound a little ranty…………… well I am worried about people buying products from people making ointments on mass to sell to make money from their kitchens with no qualifications, no hygiene facilities and no idea of what they are doing.  Do the Kawakawa makers out there know that Kawakawa can affect the kidneys – it’s a diuretic and may affect some medications!!!  I know people have the right intentions but remember we are dealing with the largest organ in the body – it’s absorbing everything that is in contact with it.  Be safe out there and double check before you spend your hard earn’t money on products.

Amanda Macrae is a qualified Homeopathy who has studied may other health modalities. Amanda has specialised in the manufacture of natural health products and worked for several pharmacies designing products for the health industry. With over 20 years experience and a true love of what she does – Amanda is happy to share her knowledge with you. You can contact her on practitioner@manutukeherbs.co.nz