Homemade Treatment for Rosacea
Rosacea is a chronic inflammatory condition of the skin, particularly occurring on the face. Symptoms include red bumps, swelling, sensitivity and small, pus-filled blisters. No one knows for sure what causes this condition, but it is suspected to be much like an allergy. Genetic factors can play a role, but external causes can trigger a rosacea flareup as well. According to the Mayo Clinic, some of these factors include extreme temperatures, saunas, spicy food, sunlight, stress and even embarrassment. (See References 3.) While there is no cure, several home treatment options are available.
The fenugreek plant can be found in the Mediterranean regions of Europe and has been used for centuries for its medicinal properties. The seeds of the plant are an important ingredient in curry and can be found at most health-food stores. Fenugreek tea aids in treating the symptoms of rosacea. Soak 500 mg of fenugreek seed in 5 ounces of water for approximately three hours. Strain the seeds, and it can be drunk hot or cold. Another way to prepare it is with dried fenugreek leaves. Pour 5 ounces of boiling water over a few teaspoons of fenugreek; allow it to steep for 15 minutes; then strain and drink. The tea does wonders for clearing up the skin.
Oatmeal is often known for its healing properties on the skin and can be found in lotions and well as facial and body cleansers. You can use instant oatmeal to treat rosacea. Follow the directions on the pack of oatmeal by mixing it with water and cooking it. Allow the oatmeal to cool and then rub the mixture on the face like a mask. Let the mask sit for approximately 15 minutes and then rinse with cool water. Take care not to scrub the face.
Making a mask out of chamomile tea and oatmeal is another good way to ease the symptoms of rosacea. You can find chamomile at drugstores and health-food stores. Use two to three teaspoons of chamomile flowers to every cup of water. Boil the flowers and allow them to steep for about 15 minutes. Strain the flowers and mix with enough cooked oatmeal to make a thin mixture. Apply this directly to the skin and leave on for approximately 20 minutes. The chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties; combined with the oatmeal, it can be very soothing.