Rosacea is a chronic skin condition characterised by facial redness and sometimes pimples. It affects all ages and, if left untreated, can worsen over time.
Recent findings have detailed some very early investigations into whether topical kanuka honey might be suitable as a treatment for rosacea.
Perhaps not as well known as manuka honey, kanuka honey is gathered from bees who visit primarily one tree – Kunzea ericoides.
Taller than the manuka tree, you can tell the difference between them by the leaves – kanuka leaves are much softer to touch and not prickly like manuka, giving rise to the alliteration, “kanuka kind, manuka mean”.
Kanuka trees grow up to 20m tall and the trunk and branches are usually clad in long, leathery strips of bark, rather than the short, papery, rather flaky brown bark typical of the tree forms of manuka.
If you have a kanuka tree handy, drinking the leaves as a tea daily can help treat rosacea due to its antibacterial and antiviral action.
Simply strip a handful of leaves and pop them into a saucepan with 500mls of water. Simmer for 15 – 20 minutes, take off the heat and place a lid on to trap the essential oils and drink 1 – 2 cups per day.
Another herb which has be proven to be effective in treating the flare ups of rosacea is thyme. A delicate looking herb which packs a flavourful punch, thyme is a wonderful addition at the dinner table to help boost meat and vegetable dishes and it can also keep you healthy.
Only recently, however, have researchers pinpointed some of the components in thyme that bring about its healing effects such as the volatile oil thymol.
Dried thyme is available in your local supermarket throughout the year but it’s really easy to grow your own in tubs or in your vegetable patch where it likes full sun and not too much water.
Take control of your health, and have fun, by joining the herbal revolution and start growing your own drugs.