Various skin diseases abound in the world today and it has become an issue of medical concern because it affects people of all ages – from newborns to the aging adults and the effects range from mild to severe harm in different ways and patterns. Since the skin is an essential part of the human body, it is very crucial to keep the skin healthy to ensure an overall healthy body.
People usually develop skin diseases and disorders such as cancer, herpes, and cellulitis either due to genetic disorders or lack of adequate body maintenance. To treat these diseases many individuals have turned to the use of plants and their specific parts. This method of treatment is a very old one and has been used and adapted by generations. It is also a very cheap and easy method to use.
But great care and caution still need to be taken when using natural remedies or solutions for curing such diseases. Never overdose on the natural formula provided because there is always a thin line between what is considered a medicine and what is a poison. That is why herbal solutions should be treated with respect and used only according to prescription. Some herbs can be harmful and harsh to the body if not used in the correct dilution or in the correct way or method.
Types Of Plants Used To Treat Skin Diseases
Various herbs such as Witch hazel, thyme, calendula, tea tree, and lavender can be used to eliminate blemishes and spots on the skin caused by bacterial infections because they contain natural antiseptic qualities. The natural antibacterial and antifungal characteristics they possess as well as their gentle effects on the skin make them easy and more convenient to use for the treatment of skin diseases.
Some plants also contain many other natural compounds and components that help in motivating the regeneration of tissues as well as keeping harmful microorganisms at bay. Plants well known for their antibacterial and antimicrobial activities on the skin include:
#1. Prickly Chaff Flower
This plant is also known as the devil’s horsewhip belongs to the family Amarabtgaceae and had been used for the treatment of boils, scabies, and akin eruptions as well as other skin diseases for a very long time.
Onion with the botanical name Allium cepa from the Liliaceae family is also known the world over as a great kitchen ingredient as well as a herbal plant. It can be eaten raw, made into juice, or made as an extract to use for treating various skin diseases. It has been studied extensively, and one of such studies was taken on patients suffering from seborrheic keratoses. The result of the research proved that the onion extract gel that was derived from the onion bulb was able to make the scars look less red, make them softer, and improved the texture of the scars.
But onion also does much more than that, when extracts of onion and garlic were mixed and tested against some fungal species and strains, the results proved that the combination of onion and garlic is very good for treating fungal-associated diseases from important pathogenic genera like Candida, Malassezia, and the dermatophytes.
Garlic, also belonging to the same family as the onion which is Liliaceae is a plant well known all over the world for both its kitchen use and herbal use. Garlic has so many antimicrobial qualities and has been used for the treatment of skin carcinogenesis. Ingestion of garlic also slowed down the rate of formation of papillomas on the skin of animals as well as serving as a protection against skin cancer by stimulating the defense system of the cells.
#4. Aloe Vera (Barbados aloe)
Aloe vera is also known as Barbados aloe from the family Xanthorrhoeaceaes is most often taken as a drink and can be applied to the skin for maximal health benefits especially in the treatment of various skin diseases as well as treatment for hair, and the likes.
The gel-like substance found in the leave of the plant has been discovered to possess antifungal and antibacterial properties which have been tested for the treatment and reduction of skin plaques associated with psoriasis. When applied, the gel helps to improve or make better thick burns that are partial, it also treats injuries caused by frostbites as well as delaying the appearance of skin damage during and after radiation treatment.
It is also useful and effective in the treatment of wrinkles, stretch marks, and discoloration of the skin. It also helps to speed up and accelerate the rate of healing of wounds by improving the circulation of blood around the area of the wound, thus preventing cell death or tissue death around the wound.
Neem belongs to the family Meliaceae and the botanical name is Azadirachta indica. Neem also provides an essential oil known as Neem oil which has an abundance of uses for the skin. The Neem Leaf extract is applied externally on boils and blisters caused by bacteria. A study indicated that when skin tumors were induced in mice, the neem leaf extract could prevent it due to the chemopreventive potential of the neem plant against murine skin carcinogenesis.
When neem was combined with other herbs (ethanol extract of Andrographis paniculata, Glycyrrhiza glabra, Ocimum sanctum, and Green tea) in another study to discover the antibacterial activity from the composition of the herbs mixed. The study revealed that the composition could prevent acne by moisturizing the skin and controlling the bacteria causing organisms which are Staphylococcus epidermis and Propionibacterium.
#6. Camel’s Foot Tree
Also known as Kachanar, Camel’s foot tree, or the Mountain Ebony, this tree from the Fabaceae family has been used in the treatment of akin diseases as well. The bark most especially is ingested for treating various diseases such as skin diseases, asthma, sore throat, diarrhea, and abdominal discomfort and also applied externally for skin ulcers.