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Natural Remedies for Acne & Hormonal Balance

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A friend reached out about acne, hormonal balance & the fallout from a miscarriage last year.

Here's my suggestions to her and anyone looking to balance hormones, cleanse the body and prepare for pregnancy after miscarriage. Please email me at desiree@modernhippie.org for more information for you specifically. Everyone is different and needs individual programs and considerations before beginning a regiment. 

Disclaimer: These suggestions below are JUST suggestions. If you need emergency assistance go to the hospital or seek healthcare from your doctor. 

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Here's my message to her:

"I'm so sorry to hear about the miscarriage. It must be a roller-coaster of emotion and I'd like to suggest beginning to take a Bach Flower remedy for this which is  Rescue Remedy daily. It is for emotions only. Stress, anger, fear, trauma, shock and other extreme emotions. This is WONDERFUL stuff!

How to use it & why I like it: 

  • 1 drop in your water or on the tongue or even on the skin if you don't like the taste as needed.
  • Use it everyday AND at any point in the day when you feel stress, anger, sadness, loss or fear.
  • This will help your body energetically deal with these traumatic events so that you can normalize faster.
  • I LOVE rescue remedy! I used it a ton when my brother died in a car accident in 2008, it was so helpful.
  • Completely safe and side-effect free.

This info may be overwhelming. You don't have to do ALL of it to improve your health but the more you can incorporate and still enjoy life - the faster you achieve balance.  I made a list of everything I thought of for hormonal balance and acne. You may be doing some of these already and if so then GREAT!

Without having a one on one session with a person, these are educated guesses of what may help. Each person is different in what they need. No two are alike! Seek the assistance of a Naturopath in your area for best results.

Top priority:

Make sure you are having at least 1 BM everyday- If you aren't please reach out so I can suggest ways to get moving! (haha) What is helpful is drinking HALF your body weight in ounces of clear purified water each day. You'll need fiber, veggies, fruit, raw nuts & oils to get it going. If the channels of elimination are not open, the toxins start to exit the skin instead. 

Doing all this but still not pooping? Look into having some bodywork done. A massage, craniosacral therapy or other bodyworks such as meridian/chakra work. Every 2 weeks for a few months for best results. 

Here's my skin health & hormonal balance checklist: 

  • water- half your weight in ounces per day
  • oils- 6 tablespoons per day of flax, fish, borage, hemp for 2 weeks
  • after two weeks cut back oils to 3 tablespoons
  • burdock root tincture/detoxifier (60 drops 2 times daily for 2 weeks in water)
  • after 2 weeks do 30 drops per day indefinitely
  • chaste berry formula/hormonal balancer (60 drops 2 times daily for 2 weeks in water)
  • after 2 weeks do 30 drops per day indefinitely
  • Spirulina 1-2 tablespoons per day in smoothie
  • Chia Seed 1-2 tablespoons per day in smoothie (Excellent recipe here)
  • Lymphatic massage (professional and or self massage in shower)
  • Colon Hydrotherapy (cleansing to the bowels, liver, blood and skin)
  • Vitamin C/ free radical scavenger, lowers inflammation, immune system health
  • Magnesium Citrate Powder at night before bed/ helps sleep, stress, absorption of nutrients and promotes regular bowel movements:)
  • Seek the assistance of a Natural Health professional for best results.

There are a few things that come to mind. First of all soda addiction. Try trading one addiction for another! There are wonderful herbal teas (obviously I'm a fan). It's about finding one that you like the taste of. If you just gotta have something carbonated opt for something healthier. There is info in this blog post about kicking the diet soda/soda addiction. Hansen's soda actually makes some yummy natural soda's too. They are obviously more expensive but it's worth it to not get the crap in regular soda or diet soda:) 

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If you are trying to get pregnant and still wrangling with health issues, my suggestion is to put that on hold for 6 months to get your body and mind closer to balance. It will make the pregnancy easier and makes for great babies! You have plenty of time! Your body is speaking to you in the only language it knows- symptoms:) Listen to what it's saying; the state of your body is crucial to a fit pregnancy so take a little extra time if you can. 

As far as your hormonal balance and skin: The Devil's in the Details: 

A LOT of healthy fats- borage oil is an excellent one for female hormone balancing- it's just a bit on the expensive side. So you could do a little of this to ration it and do alot of fish flax or hemp oil. I'm a fan of fish and hemp. Shoot for a combination of around 6 tablespoons per day for 2 weeks. I know this sounds like alot but it can't hurt you and this will expedite the saturation of your cells with healthy fats. If cells are well lubricated they receive nutrients better and they excrete wastes better. I also like Evening Primrose Oil and Black Current Oil - especially for female hormone balance. These are a bit pricier but I think its worth it! Purchase these in capsules. 

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Hemp oil is great in salad dressings as is flax oil. Whatever oil you choose, make sure your getting 2-4 tbsp per day or a combination of several oils to equal this amount. You won't have to do this amount forever. Stick to it for a month, then cut this amount in half. Below is a yummy homemade dressing recipe that I just did earlier this week-

Homemade Sweet Ginger Dressing

  • 1 part Apple Cider Vinegar by Braggs.
  • 3 part Hemp Oil by Nutiva. Add 1-2 tbsp Sesame Oil.
  • Use Crushed Dried Thyme & Oregano.
  • Add Celtic Sea Salt (begin with 1/2 tsp & increase to taste.
  • 5-6 slices of Organic Ginger & 2-3 tbsp Organic Sugar.
  • Use Stevia instead, just add a sprinkle at a time so you don't overdo it.
  • Best after 2 days. Refrigerate for up to 3 weeks. 

Vitamin C- not just for immune health, vitamin c lowers inflammation, scavenges for free radicals causing acne and can help balance your pH which is off when your body is dealing with something like this. - Plus it will keep you from getting sick too:) Take 3 of these per day. 2 in the AM, 1 in the PM.

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What about acne? The bowels MUST be open to accomplish skin cleansing. If you aren't pooping at least once a day, this is the FIRST thing I would do above anything else. The oils will definitely lube the tube and help with more regular BM's. However if your like me and you are inconsistent in this department, I would recommend doing Chia seed daily 2 tbsp daily (soak them first for 1-2 hours) OR over night if this is easier. They can be soaked over night in the fridge in water (about 2 cups or whatever you'll use in a smoothie). This softens them- makes them excellent smoothie material and the WILL make you poo like a champion.

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Magesium Citrate Powder: For healthy bowel movements, stress management and absorption of other nutrients. - AND it will help you get better sleep:) 1 scoop each night in hot water before bed. 

Spirulina is helpful in this area also, blood cleansing, high in vegetarian protein, high in almost every amino acid...This is my favorite brand:) 

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This will help cleanse the blood, organs, AND skin! Very important to do this daily (about 1 heaping tablespoon of spirulina is good. It's great for energy too if this is lacking.

Lymphatic massage would be good. Doing lymphatic massage in the shower is really a great way to self treat! It must be done daily. Massage up the arms towards armpits with soap. Massage the breasts, massage up the thighs towards the pubic area. All the lymphatic drainage points are there waiting patiently for wastes to eliminate. The lymphatic system has NO pump- so we must do the pumping with exercise and manipulation. 

HERBALS FOR SKIN & HORMONAL BALANCE:

  • Chaste Berry Formula: Hormonal balancer for women. Balances estrogen and progesterone, supports entire endocrine (glandular) system, cleanse uterus, good for PMS, helps with polycystic ovary syndrome. 
  • Burdock: Blood cleanser, used for acne and boils, helps to metabolize fat as it balances appetite. 

Good Herbs is an herbal company in Troy Michigan and they are exceptionally good. If you are in the neighborhood, you can call them, order and pick up from them to avoid shipping. The shipping is $10 up to $150 so my suggestion is to get a 4oz bottle as you will need to  use it for 3 months or more to make the hormonal changes necessary and do the blood cleansing necessary. 

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Can't do it all? That is totally understandable! If nothing else do the oils, hormone balancers and drink alot of water. The bowels, liver and blood must be cleansed and balance restored to the endocrine system to regulate what is happening. 

Please email me at desiree@modernhippie.org if the focus is PURELY for avoidance of future miscarriages. Another formula I'd like to recommend by Good Herbs is called Female Formula. Do this instead of the Chaste berry Formula for the added benefit of adrenal, reproductive & glandular support. This will natural strengthen hormonal balance.  Wild Yam is a wonderful miscarriage preventative and balancing herb for woman. 

The Skin Doesn't Lie

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On the right is grass fed butter, golden and beautiful. On left is regular store bought..no color at all indicating it's lack of vitamin A and other minerals. Psoriasis, Eczema, Dry Skin & all other skin conditions are a sign of what is happening within us. 

My professor always says, "Dry Skin, means a dry colon". Then she'll bang her fists on the podium and say, "You gotta eat more butter!!!" I may be exaggerating a bit about the banging on the podium, but everything else is as true as can be. We are a nation starved of the good fats, and drowning in the bad ones. Let's start there; With FAT. Wonderful, P.H.A.T., fat, fatty fatter-son FAT!  :) It's not a dirty word, it's vital for the health of our brains, digestion and skin. 

Begin a regiment of healthy fats like fish oil, hemp oil, or flax oil for any skin condition. All will do but I personally prefer hemp oil because it has a nice ratio of omega 3's to omega 6's.

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Let me explain: We in America get plenty of 6 (or at least most of the population does) as it's found in most commercially used oils like canola, soy and cottonseed (3 terrible-for-you-oils) by the way. If you're like me and you avoid that stuff like the plague, you can still benefit from a healthy version of Omega 6 found in Hemp Oil. Hemp has a majority of Omega 3, which is not rich in the American diet. It's found in fish, seeds, nuts, chia seed, and yes Hemp seed too! :) Hemp Oil does not contain THC (I knew you were going to ask!), so no, it won't cause you to fail a drug test. 

Consume 2-4 tbsp of Hemp Oil per day at the beginning, we want to get you stocked up! After 2 weeks of this you can cut that in half and maintain this amount daily. Healthy fats will "lube the tube", helping to moisturize the colon, and on a cellular level, make everything work much better. We live and die on a cellular level and cells desperately need fats- Give em' what they want!

We also want to get something in there that is going to help dry up the scaly patches a bit, foods rich in sulphur are very good for the skin and will help to accomplish this. Raw garlic, raw onions, or the Homeopathic remedy Kali Sulph would be excellent for the skin.

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Homeopathic cell salt Kali Sulph is recommended for all sorts of inflammations and it is indicated specifically for most skin problems. It helps build new skin cells where the old ones die or become damaged due to dysfunction. This is an inexpensive, wonderful option as they are around $7 at vitacost.com. 

While your there, pick up a bottle of Homeopathic Silica too. This would be an excellent companion product for those with skin conditions. It is a basic nutrient for hair, skin and nails; restoring activity to the skin and aiding in the cleansing process, which helps to cure chronic skin problems. 

It is possible that your dealing with some sort of yeast or fungal problem. If you suspect this to be true (or you can get to a naturopath to confirm or deny this), pick up a bottle of Pau d' Arco tincture. Pau D' Arco is strongly anti-fungal and works against yeast so this is a wonderful remedy when yeast inside is creating dis-ease, which is in turn presenting as psoriasis, eczema or dry, flakey and itchy skin.  A therapeutic dose of 20 drops 2 times to 3 times daily is likely needed. 

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Vitamin A would be very helpful as well. Vitamin A from healthy grass fed butter would be excellent. Try to get in a couple of tbsp of butter each day. I know it will be terrible for you- but try... (haha). You can also supplement with a naturally-sourced Vitamin A such as Carlson's Brand Natural Vitamin A 10,000 IU would be a good place to start. I've never ordered from the luckyvitamin.com site but this is what it looks like anyway and perhaps you can get it at your local health food store. 

If you begin this regiment for several months with no change, it is likely that your gut is in need of some attention. Bowel cleansingliver cleansing, weekly enema's, potent probiotics and healing herbs like slippery elm and marshmallow root all would benefit. We must get your intestines healed, functioning properly and cleansed so that the channels of elimination are open and working. 

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If you're struggling with chronic skin conditions, these suggestions may help. Working one-on-one with a Naturopathically trained practitioner is best to help you get to the bottom of the problem faster. This way we can Muscle Test the body, find out what is the root of the problem, and begin to correct the imbalance.

Reach out to me at desiree@modernhippie.org for more on Health & Nutrition Consultations.  

Thanks for reading!

Bodycare Minus the Junk

Here's a few of my favorites...

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Alaffia Brand Shampoo's and soaps (anything they make is high quality and natural in the highest order). It is a little pricey (not too bad really though) and available these days at most health food stores. I LOVE this company; truly a company with a cause. You can also find them online. 

Aubreys: Their shampoos are some of the most natural available. They too are a little on the pricey side (kind of par for the course with the really natural stuff). However when I worked at Whole Foods (and still today I have to remind myself) That it's not important that you get this huge "sudsie" lather for your hair to be clean.

Lather = Detergents. Detergents are drying and overall not really that good for the hair anyway;my point is Less is More. It's a hard habit to break because it just feels good!

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My absolute favorite these days because it comes in a HUGE bottle is a brand called Everyday Shea. Coincidentally they are produced with raw materials from Allaffia (the aforementioned product line). They are in my opinion not AS natural as Aubrey's or Allaffia BUT they are better than anything you'll buy at a regular grocery store or salon and MUCH better than most of the stuff that is sadly stocking most co-ops and health food stores today. We are in serious need of personal care ingredient legislation to regulate what these companies sell us....

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Avoid Alba, Jason, and Natures Gate. Last time I checked these ubiquitous natural body care products where poorly ranked on the cosmetic site done by the environmental working group called Skin Deep. They rate everything as far as carcinogenic ingredients etc. Check that out when you have time! :)