10 Tips to Prevent Reoccurring Eczema

10 Tips to Prevent Reoccurring Eczema

Eczema symptoms may go away for a while, then flare up again. Here are some tips to prevent your itching from worsening, becoming inflamed and possibly getting infected:

  1. Fragrance

Keep away from Fragrance!

Fragrance is usually synthetic, unless it specifies that it is natural. One synthetic fragrance can be made up of 30 or more individual synthetic chemicals that cause skin sensitivities.  These can all trigger your eczema. It is in in your body wash, facial wash or anything you use or put on your skin that isn’t natural with no added fragrance. For some eczema sufferers, even natural essential oils/fragrances can be a trigger.

  1. Natural Skincare & Ingredients

Go Natural!

When you choose your skincare products, always look at the labels.

Go for Natural Oils:

  • Coconut Oil
  • Shea Butter
  • Olive Oil
  • Hempseed Oil
  • Moringa Oil
  • Cocoa Butter
  • …The list is endless, but some of these oils can cause blockages of pores, so be wary.  Remember we are all unique, so what may affect one person positively, may not affect another in the same way.
  1. Trigger Foods

Is something you are eating triggering your Eczema?

Some of the big food triggers for eczema sufferers, as well as processed junk foods can be natural gluten and milk, eggs, peanuts and oily fish. However, there are many others. The only way to know what you are sensitive to is by doing an temporary exclusion diet for a fortnight, and then reintroducing one trigger food back at a time to see if you react.

  1. Ultra Processed/Junk Foods

These foods are so far removed from being natural, that I believe they should come with a health warning about how artificial and dangerous they really are! They are massively processed, and that is not good for the body.

They are highly addictive due to the sugars, fats, and salt in them. To achieve eczema free skin, it is better to stay away from these.

  1. Natural/Man-Made Bedding & Clothing

Avoid natural scratchy material such as wool; and avoid man-made fabrics like polyester.  Instead, you can wear bamboo clothing!   It is soft against the skin and let’s your skin breath. I would also opt for natural cotton that hasn’t been dyed with any type of colour.

Except for wool, natural products are always a yes.

  1. Eco Friendly Laundry Liquid

Don’t use harsh soaps, detergents, or solvents. Again, these are massively synthetic which can cause your eczema flare-up. If possible, opt for a fragrance-free brand.  As you know by now, anything with added fragrance is a possible trigger for a flare up.

  1. Air Fresheners

This one is sometimes overlooked. You go around spraying or using plug-in air fresheners around your house, so as well as inhaling it, you are also sitting in and on it, as it lands on your soft furnishings such as your sofa.  You’re basically causing your immediate environment around the home to be full of allergens that trigger your eczema, and even asthma.

  1. Humidifier

Is your house too dry?

It’s a good idea to add some moisture to the air in your home, if you have central heating.

This can help avoid having dry skin and aid a comfortable night’s sleep if you have issues with your sinuses.

  1. Wash Time

If you’re sweating a lot, it’s important to have a shower or bath, as your sweat can be a trigger.

Take warm baths or showers and keep them short. Long, hot showers can dry out your skin, making it more prone to flare-ups. Don’t forget to slather on a body oil or body butter based moisturiser on your skin before and after you shower.

  1. Water!

Drink enough water!

It’s important to stay hydrated both on the inside and the outside.  Don’t neglect one over the other, as looking after the body and the skin are equally as important for the prevention and care of eczema.

Where necessary, work with your health practitioner to find the right treatments for you.

Alison x

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Eczema: What Snack Can I Eat Or What is A Healthier Snack Alternative?

Eczema: What Snack Can I Eat Or What is A Healthier Snack Alternative?

In March 2010 a study of 640 infants aged 4 to 11 months was conducted.  Of that study, 23% of infants were already found to be sensitive to peanuts.

The researchers measured immunoglobulin E (IgE), an immune system protein the body makes in response to allergens.  A positive result means a person is sensitive to that particular food and therefore more likely to be allergic to it.

However, if you aren’t allergic to peanuts, you can still have a sensitivity or intolerance to peanuts, not so much because of the peanut itself, but because of the quality of what it is you are eating. 

Let me explain…

PEANUTS

Always assume that peanuts are massively sprayed with chemical pesticides unless you come across an organic brand.  This is because, producers and manufacturers of highly processed foods create their product as cheaply as possible to make a profit for that company. 

Your health isn’t their concern.

This is also the case for all genetically modified (GM) foods.  GM crops were originally created to reduce the level of pesticides used on crops, but instead, all that has happened is one harmful pesticide has been replaced by another…just ask the bees and butterflies why their numbers are declining.

I used to believe that peanuts were at the top of the list of GM crops, which is why I quit eating them, but currently they aren’t.  My reacting to peanuts was because some of the brands are manufactured in premises that handled gluten and milk, and so my skin would break out because of cross contamination at the processing plant, and because of the manufacturing processes of the other added ingredients.

I did however learn that corn, soya, and canola are at the top of the list for GM foods. 

Some foods that are from outside the UK and rest of Europe are from GM sources but don’t forget that unless you check the back of everything you purchase to see where it was manufactured, you can very easily be eating GM foods from the US or China that have been approved for human consumption.  Be vigilant and become label savvy with everything you buy, if you want your skin and health to thank you for it.

TABLE SALT

Unless it states otherwise on the label, always assume that the salt in your peanuts is the crappy stuff, table salt.   I was disturbed to find that 98% of salt mined from the salt deposits of the older remnants of seawater (left over when it washes away) is massively processed, losing anything that was good about it i.e. the minerals

In other words, you’re not actually getting salt…you’re getting what is left after it has been through a chemical process.  The salt solution is evaporated under a vacuum to form crystals.  Its minerals are stripped away, and it is then made into the fine texture known as table salt.

SEA SALT

This is the deposits of more current sea water, and it has therefore retained more of its minerals.  As it is less processed it therefore more expensive to produce.  If you purchased unrefined over refined, then you have even more of its natural minerals. Refined sea salt is also darker in colour than refined but the chance of seeing this as an ingredient in your peanuts is pretty slim.

PINK HIMALAYAN SALT

This is mined from areas close to the Himalayas, often in Pakistan.

Lower in sodium than table salt, its pink colour is due to its minerals: iron, potassium, magnesium & calcium.  As it has minimal processing this can make it more expensive than the other salts, but well worth the extra cost.  Not only do I personally believe it to be 100% better than table salt, it also tastes better and you can use less of it in your cooking or on your plate as it has a more potent flavour. But again, at the moment, finding this ingredient in your standard packet of salted peanuts is rare.

When added to your bath water, the magnesium in pink Himalayan salt can help to reduce the inflammation caused by eczema.  It might also help reduce the stinging from getting into the water during an eczema flare up.

PEANUT BUTTER– A HEALTHIER SNACK ALTERNATIVE

A healthier alternative to eating peanuts, if you can’t find organic peanuts with sea salt or pink Himalayan salt is organic peanut butter.  It doesn’t matter if you prefer crunchy or smooth.

If made at home, peanut butter is simply peanuts that have been whizzed in a food processor…the longer you whizz it, the smoother it becomes. 

If you purchase it from a shop, you need to be label savvy and make sure that the only ingredient is organic peanuts.  Many manufacturers add sugar, palm oil, sunflower oil, preservatives, colour and other ingredients which are completely unnecessary.

If you do come across peanut butter that has added oil as an ingredient but nothing else, then choose palm oil that has been ethically sourced. If you don’t have access to organic peanut butter, then be vigilant and make sure no chemical pesticides are used.  Before I try a new brand, I go online to their website and take a quick look.

If you like to pair your peanut butter with something, try it with slices of apple, carrot, celery or topped with banana slices.  I even like it straight from the spoon, or in my porridge or smoothie.

Remember, you don’t have to give up on snacks when you want to eat healthy for your skin, you just need to become more label savvy and more aware.

Alison x

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HOW TO TREAT HORMONAL ADULT ACNE NATURALLY!

HOW TO TREAT HORMONAL ADULT ACNE NATURALLY!

What is hormonal adult acne?

Hormonal adult acne is acne that occurs after the age of 25. So just when you thought there was a time limit to suffering with a skin condition that is associated with puberty, we now simply have a different label for it in our later years.

When does it start?

So, although teenage acne can sometimes or primarily be triggered by an influx of hormones during puberty, which should then in theory calm down and stabilise after puberty. For adults…and by adults, I mean mainly but not always women, fluctuations in our female hormones can be the cause of our acne returning in our later life.

Your hormones can fluctuate or become imbalanced before and during your period, during pregnancy, when you are pre-menopausal & during your actual menopause. These imbalances can be the cause of your hormonal adult acne.

There is also polycystic ovary syndrome for which some women have a hormonal imbalance, metabolism problem and high levels of insulin.

Periods and the menopause are inevitable as a woman, but how you treat your body can make all the difference as to how much your hormones fluctuate during these times of our lives and pregnancy.

When it comes to men, a disruption in your testosterone levels can be the culprit for your hormonal adult acne.

But don’t despair…you don’t have to suffer!

How can we deal with acne naturally?

To prevent or reduce acne naturally, the food and drink you consume will make a massive difference to your skin.  By making simple changes you can help prevent your hormonal/endocrine system from fluctuating during your period, pre-menopause and menopause. You will also help prevent causing changes to other parts of the body that could trigger your acne.

Eating the wrong foods can influence and cause fluctuations or imbalances in your endocrine/hormonal system; can cause low level chronic inflammation in your gut which affects your whole body and skin; can cause sebum/oil production on the skin itself; and can cause a weakened immune system, affecting your overall health and skin WHICH affects whether you get cystic hormonal acne.

So, as you can see by now, those wrong foods cause a whole host of issues to your body and ultimately your skin.

FOOD JOURNAL AND EXCLUSION DIET

Doing a food journal of just monitoring what you eat and drink for 2 weeks, then doing an exclusion diet of removing known acne trigger foods will help to raise some red flags. But remember, exclusion diets should only ever be short term to ensure you are getting a good variety of foods for the vitamins and minerals they supply.

The idea behind a very temporary exclusion diet is to ONLY remove all suspected trigger foods for a few weeks and then add one of your trigger foods back into your diet to see how your health and skin reacts. If no reaction, then enjoy, but if you do react, then the choice is yours as to what you will do next.

Now personally when I gave up certain food groups like milk, I went out and searched online to make sure I was getting my calcium from a plant-based wholefood source and not from processed food. I did this because processed foods for me are also a massive trigger.

When you start to read the labels of some of your favourite packaged foods, you will start to see why you have acne breaks out. All those chemicals that you are unknowingly ingesting are an absolute joke and really don’t belong in our bodies.

FOOD

If your body is getting its sources of energy from ingredients that are unpronounceable, artificial flavourings, artificial colours, artificial sweeteners, and if your food has more than one source of sugar then you’re eating CRAP.  The artificial foods are called artificial for a reason…its because they are artificial, and artificial stuff isn’t tolerated well by the body.  The same goes for all those different types of sugars that are added to foods.  Sugar is added to make it taste nice and to make it more addictive, but ultimately it is ruining our bodies and skin, slowly, so that you won’t notice until the changes are all too obvious.

In fact, if the item of food you have picked up doesn’t look as close to its original natural state as it was picked up from the tree or soil, assume that it is crap.

If the fish you have picked up in the supermarket is from farmed sources and not wild caught, then assume that the fish has been swimming in its own faeces and that antibiotics have been added to the water to prevent disease.

Same goes for our meat, unless you can afford to only eating organic or grass-fed meat, then again assume that the animal will have lived in confined conditions where they will have been given antibiotics and some sort of hormonal treatment for them to grow faster.  The same goes for milk and eggs.  Washing or cooking the food doesn’t prevent the consumption of all these added chemicals, so they end up in our bodies and cause havoc.

Why am I mentioning all this stuff?

I’m mentioning all these crappy foods, that shouldn’t really be labelled as food, because it doesn’t matter how well you wash your meat and fish, it doesn’t matter how well you cook any of your meat, fish, or heavily processed junk foods.  All the bad stuff that is in those foods can’t be gotten rid of from the body anytime soon.  Instead, it causes inflammation in your gut, disruption of your endocrine or hormonal system and toxin build up in the different parts of the body.

Although toxins should be eliminated via the liver, kidney, colon, skin and even the lungs they stay in the body way too long and cause chronic issues.

All these points that I have just mentioned then lead to chronic long term health conditions for which our skin conditions are merely the symptoms of the problems within our body.

It doesn’t matter how much the so-called experts tell you how the body is meant to self-clean and remove toxins, because ultimately your body is telling you via your skin issues, that something isn’t right in your body.

When your skin is the symptom of a bigger issue that could potentially be improved of fixed with what you eat or don’t eat, will you do something about it?

My best advice is to first do a food journal, documenting your meals and symptoms daily for 2 weeks and then do your elimination diet. Once you have established what you shouldn’t eat for your body, then do your best to include more plant-based meals.

The main thing is to cut out what you know you react to and get rid of processed crappy foods, as everyone reacts to it on some level, they just don’t realise it.

You will feel and see a change in a matter of weeks!

If you’d like access to a free food journal, simply scroll to the bottom of the home page on the TigsAndMoo website or go to the description on any of our YouTube videos.

Alison x

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WHICH VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES CAUSE ECZEMA?  Magnesium & Omega 3

WHICH VITAMIN DEFICIENCIES CAUSE ECZEMA? Magnesium & Omega 3

Magnesium & Omega 3

Do you know that the food you consume, the daily stress you experience, the products you put on your skin, sleepless nights, the environment you are in, and allergens can be some of the triggers for your eczema?

Do you also know that a vitamin deficiency can further trigger your eczema?

Vitamins are substances that your body needs to regularly grow and develop, so it makes sense that a lack of vitamins can also cause a whole host of skin problems, which are merely the body’s way of telling you that something isn’t working the way it should be, within the body itself.  After all, eczema, adult acne or many of the other dry skin conditions are often the symptom of another problem.

MAGNESIUM

A magnesium deficiency can lead to dry & cracked skin…and wrinkles, as your skin’s elasticity and moisture are reduced!  This is caused by a low level of fatty acids…and your skin loves fatty acids.  So it is definitely worth putting in the time to find a good supplement if you don’t believe you are getting enough magnesium from your diet.

Just like some of the previously mentioned vitamins in my other blogs, magnesium helps to protect the body from free radicals, because of its antioxidant properties. It regulates cellular regeneration and helps the recovery of the skin when it has been disturbed by eczema or acne.

Do you know that approximately 70 to 80% of the British population are estimated to have a magnesium deficiency?

Be warned though, you can overdo your consumption of magnesium, which can cause stomach upset, if you take it as a supplement, so always read the directions on the label carefully.

Some food sources include:

  • Spinach
  • Almonds
  • Peanuts
  • Pumpkin Seeds
  • Cashews

As a family, we take our magnesium powdered supplement at night just before bed, as it helps the body relax and can therefore improve sleep.  My investigations showed that it helps because it activates the part of the nervous system responsible for calm and relaxation. You could possibly get a deeper sleep, which means you are less inclined to scratch if you suffer with eczema.

FISH OIL (OMEGA 3)

When it comes to fish oil, research has shown that consumption reduces the symptoms of eczema. The belief is that fish oil reduces Leukotriene b4.  Leukotriene b4 is an inflammatory substance that is secreted, it can take from 6 weeks to 6 months to see a difference from when you take fish oils to improve your eczema, so you will need to persevere.

As a family if we are taking a fish oil supplement, we prefer to take a krill oil supplement instead of fish oil or cod liver oil.  This is because it is less likely to have any pollutants or contaminants because krill is so small and is from the cleaner less polluted Antarctic Ocean.  The body also absorbs krill oil easier than fish oils.

The following fatty or oily fish are a good source:

  • Alaskan Salmon
  • Sardines
  • Mackerel
  • Herring
  • Pilchards
  • Anchovy

An actual deficiency in Omega 3 can affect the skin’s ability to regulate oil production.  This can then lead to dry skin, which can possibly result in eczema and difficulty in the skin remaining hydrated. 

Dandruff/seborrheic dermatitis, can also be another tell-tale sign of an Omega 3 deficiency. Its actually quite amazing, that as you get better at understanding your body and what it requires, the difference it can make to your skin health and indeed your overall health will have a massive impact to your both physically and mentally.

Alison x

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Eczema In All Age Groups

Eczema In All Age Groups

Did you know that rates of eczema/atopic dermatitis for adults and kids have more than tripled in the past 20 years?  Experts believe this massive increase is due to industrialization.

Although eczema is a genetic condition, it is a multi-factional disorder that can be triggered by an overactive immune response to environmental and other factors.  As it can be triggered by many different things, then controlling the external factors can help to control and keep eczema at bay.

I’ll explore a handful of reasons of why it appears on the skin of babies, kids and adults.

BABIES

  1. The foods, drinks, or medications that mother consumes during pregnancy can cause enfant eczema from a very early start.
  2. Whether a baby is born via birth canal or c-section can make a difference.  Babies born via the birth canal pick up the necessary different bacteria from the mother which will help to build the immune system.  This isn’t the case for babies born via c-section
  3. Bottle fed babies can be susceptible to eczema if they have an intolerance to cow milk.
  4. What the breast-feeding mother is eating or using on her skin can impact her breast milk and therefore trigger eczema on the baby’s skin.
  5. Antibiotics or any medication given to the baby at a young age can affect the gut or skin.
  6. Skincare – baby skincare products with fragrance/synthetic chemicals can trigger eczema.  One fragrance in a product can have over 30 synthetic chemicals and does not have to be included on the ingredients label.
  7. Bed linen – synthetic bed linen can cause itching and can cause the skin to become too warm which can trigger eczema
  8. The flame retardant in/on the mattress and pillow can be a trigger for eczema, as the chemicals are slowly released over the years.  You can purchase natural mattresses and pillows.

KIDS

  1. Food colouring/food dye – These are all known eczema triggers, due to the inflammation they cause in the body and because of their artificial nature.
  2. Ultra processed /processed foods – these foods are so far removed from their natural food state with added chemicals, that as well as offering very little nutritional value, they cause inflammation in the body, which can lead to eczema
  3. Inflammatory natural foods – As foods that contain gluten are so far removed from their original traditional origin to what is now just really another highly processed food, more and more people are becoming allergic or intolerant.  They are also known triggers for eczema.
  4. Processed sugar – This is a known trigger for eczema.  Unfortunately, more and more of our foods contain sugar to make the processed foods more addictive.  Any ingredient that ends in ‘ose’ or is a syrup is also sugar.
  5. Pollution – This can be both indoor and outdoor pollution.  The harsh chemicals in our indoor cleaning products can be a trigger, as well as air fresheners and even our own perfumes.  Outdoors, things out of our control such as car fumes and industrial pollution can cause irritation to skin and trigger eczema.
  6. Skincare and haircare products – You will need to become more label savvy, as the myriad of chemicals that are added to even children’s products nowadays, can trigger eczema and other dry skin conditions.
  7. Clothing with dyes or synthetic materials – you will never know what chemicals have been added to create the dyes in the clothes you are wearing.  If you have already changed your laundry detergent and it has made no difference, then its time to look at organic cotton or other natural materials (not wool though).  You should always wash new clothes before wearing them.
  8. Stress & no sleep – Although we don’t like to believe our kids can become as stressed as adults, they too can have eczema breakouts from stress and lack of sleep.  Stress and lack of sleep can trigger the stress hormone cortisol and then can lead to eczema as well as other health conditions.
  9. Bed linen – Just like clothing the quality of bed linen, natural or synthetic or the dye can make a difference to the comfort of our skin.

ADULTS

  1. Hair products – As well as affecting the scalp, the shampoo or conditioner can drip onto the neck and body to trigger off eczema on the skin
  2. Skin products – too many skin irritating chemicals are added to make our products look, feel and smell enticing without doing any actual good to the skin.
  3. Perfume/ Fragrance in products – As mentioned previously, there can be over 30 separate chemicals in one fragrance.
  4. Laundry detergent or fabric conditioner comes with a toxic warning on the label for a reason.
  5. Stress from work – not getting stressed is easier said than done, but it definitely adds to reoccurring eczema.
  6. Cleaning products – the smell catches on the back of the throat for a reason.  And just like many products…if they have toxic warnings, why would you choose to use them?  Good old fashioned white vinegar didn’t need that toxic warning when our grandmas cleaned with it.  Our grandmas in the 1940’s also didn’t have eczema.
  7. Bed linen – keep it simple with cotton, bamboo or if you can afford it…silk.  Cotton can be drying to eczema but none of these materials cause irritation to eczema unless they are dyed.

Two very important facts with all of these lists is

Don’t be seduced by clever marketing

And

Do your own research.

Alison x

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Which Food & Drinks Help Acne? – Jamaican Sorrel & Ginger

Which Food & Drinks Help Acne? – Jamaican Sorrel & Ginger

JAMAICAN SORREL/RED SORREL

Jamaican Sorrel is a vibrant red flower, with petals that can be eaten. (not to be confused with another plant also named Sorrel, that is green in colour). It has a sweet, slightly tarty, floral taste just like cranberries but without the strong tarty taste.

Sorrel has been used in traditional medicine for centuries if not, thousands of years and was native to Africa, but made its way over to the Caribbean during the transatlantic slave trade.

Since its first planting on the Island of Jamaica, Sorrel became known as  Jamaican Sorrel or Red Sorrel. 

In Jamaica, as Sorrel lives and dies in one season around New Year, then you’re more than likely to come across its dried flowers. 

The Jamaican Sorrel dried flowers are available in other countries, including the UK or Ethiopia, but as of yet, I have only ever seen it available for sale as a dried flower, so you will need to use your imagination and create a drink with the dried flowers, unless you know someone who is willing to share their homemade drink or recipe.  It can be consumed both hot or cold with whatever ingredients you decide to add.  I prefer to add a little natural ginger, cinnamon and honey.

Research shows that Sorrel is beneficial for high blood pressure, weight loss, coughs and colds, hangovers and some cancers. It is also beneficial for skin conditions such as acne and eczema because of its antioxidant properties. The powerful antioxidant is called Protocatechuic (PROTO-CAT-E-CHU-IC) acid.  It is more powerful than vitamin E and it actually scavenges for free radicals roaming around the body. 

As a quick reminder, free radicals are created by the UV rays of the sun, by pollution, the air we breathe, stress, medication, the things we eat & drink, our tap water, etc.  These are responsible for our skin damage, skin ageing and collagen loss, which can not only make the skin sag and wrinkle, but also cause the dull, uneven skin tone and pigmentation scarring issues, after our acne has gone.

…And, that’s only the skin.

I didn’t even mention body issues like arthritis!

Did I mention yet that Jamaican Sorrel has anti-inflammatory properties which will benefit your acne further?

I know for myself that when I can feel the acne cyst starting to make an appearance on my face; Sorrel & Ginger tea, as well as Moringa tea, Golden Turmeric Milk with cinnamon, are all my main go-to drinks as they all have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties and the added advantage of tasting gorgeous.

Ginger is pretty much always added to Jamaican Sorrel drinks, because as well as tasting nice, and giving your drink that zingy kick, our ancestors knew that by combining the two ingredients, you have a double whammy drink that targets not only inflammation around the body, but also on your skin, and ultimately this will benefit your eczema and acne.

Not only do Jamaican Sorrel and Ginger when combined have extremely high antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Individually they are potent.

Sorrel is rich in Iron, Selenium, Copper, Manganese, Chromium and Phosphorous.

  • Iron aids in the healing of acne (wound healing).
  • Selenium: Hormone balancing, anti-inflammatory, fight infection
  • Copper – a deficiency can cause acne by promoting the production of sebum (the skin’s natural oil) and inflammation.
  • Manganese – amongst other things it keeps the antioxidant defences performing at their top level of cleaning up those free radicals.
  • Chromium aids in the production of collagen
  • Phosphorous is responsible for the growth, repair and maintenance of all tissues and cells in the body and it also filters out toxins.

GINGER

There are approximately 30 chemicals in ginger, and they all help to alleviate the inflammation, discomfort and irritation caused by acne and eczema.

Just like Sorrel, it doesn’t just deal with the symptoms on the skin, it also works on the entire body.  It stimulates blood flow and can boost the skin’s overall health and can actually help prevent premature skin ageing.

As well as adding ginger to drinks, you can cook with it, or simply take it as a supplement.  If you scrub it and clean it well, you don’t have to peel it. I also like to freeze it because I don’t have to defrost it.  I just use it straight out of the freezer. 

When ingested, ginger can help to fight the acne scars and dark spots caused by our pesky skin issues. But, as with many natural ingredients, as well as being taken orally it can be used topically.

Did I mention that ginger also has antimicrobial properties? In other words, it helps fight the microbes on the surface of the skin, that cause acne.

Of course, everything that I’m talking about is only as good as the work you put in, so if you’re still eating crap then…

CRAP IN EQUALS CRAP OUT!

Considering everything I have said about Sorrel and Ginger, the one most important factor for me is how good they both taste together.

What more can I say?

You’re enjoying a tasty beverage and also getting health benefits from it!

Alison x

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