The (Healing) Power of Three
This time of year brings about a perfect storm of stressors that can leave skin feeling aggravated and unbalanced. What with shifting seasons, the introduction of dry artificial heat, and that frenzied (albeit exciting) winter energy, it would be strange if you weren’t experiencing an unpleasant skin condition or two. The good news is, you can turn it around.
This potent solution is all about balance—of the skin, the mind, and the spirit. It’s infused with a powerful trinity of ingredients each known for their independent therapeutic properties, blended together for maximum healing power. On its own, comfrey has long been revered for its efficacy as a healing agent. But, together with frankincense and nettle, it’s the perfect match for skin (and bones and brains and emotions) that need to be wrangled into a state of chill. This is why.
Comfrey has long been used in the treatment of wounds. It contains allantoin, which has been shown to promote new cell growth and reduce inflammation, and rapidly aids in soft tissue repair, making it a preferred ingredient in the treatment of rashes, infections, and bug bites. In fact, Comfrey’s results can be astonishingly quick to appear—so much so that it’s only recommended for more shallow wounds in the event that the top layer of skin heals more quickly than the deeper layers. But, on a deeper level, Comfrey is also used topically in the management of pain, including that of the muscular and skeletal systems.
The use of Frankincense in skin treatments can be traced back as far as ancient Egypt when it was added to cosmetics to rejuvenate the skin, as well as to perfume (due to its divine scent). Anti-inflammatory and reviving, it’s often employed in the treatment and prevention of photodamage, hyperpigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles. Known as the “holistic purifier,” Frankincense also helps to calm and center the mind and slow the breathing. Since recent studies show that decreased oxygen levels—more and more common among humans—can lead to accelerated aging, we can only assume that breathing is a very good thing when it comes to the skin and the psyche.
Nettle is also anti-inflammatory, as well as astringent, stimulating, and high in antioxidants. It’s often prescribed for internal ailments, but applied topically, its benefits are vast. Rich in silicic acid and silicates (a vital component for bone and cartilage formation), nettle helps to preserve elasticity in connective tissue (think plump, taut skin), control calcium absorption, and promote tissue repair. A powerful synergistic match for comfrey, nettle is especially effective in the treatment of acne or any type of “damp” skin condition.