Herbal Remedies for the Elderly: Natural Skin Care That Works

Try making these herbal remedies for aging skin — from a nourishing facial moisturizer to a fragrant immunity balm.

| July 18, 2013

Hands On Healing Remedies

"Hands On Healing Remedies," by Stephanie L. Tourles, offers 150 herbal remedies for everything from back pain to poison ivy rashes.

Cover Courtesy Storey Publishing

In Hands-On Healing Remedies (Storey Publishing, 2012), Stephanie Tourles offers 150 original recipes for herbal balms, oils, salves, liniments and other topical ointments you can make yourself to treat a wide range of conditions, from headaches and backaches to arthritis, tendonitis, fungal infections, anxiety, cuts and scrapes, insomnia, splinters, and cracked skin. These preparations are all-natural, effective, safe and fun to prepare. Take control of your well-being and stock your family’s medicine cabinet with your own custom-made herbal remedies. The following excerpt comes from part 2, “A Collection of Herbal Remedies.”

You can purchase this book from the MOTHER EARTH NEWS store: Hands-On Herbal Remedies.

Elder Care Concerns (70+ Years)

The elderly often have special needs that develop with advancing years — drier and more delicate skin, slower healing of wounds, poor circulation, and declining immune health. These herbal remedies can help address these concerns.

When creating topical herbal remedies for older individuals, I always take into account that their skin generally tends to be quite papery, fragile, and porous. It can tear, bruise, and bleed easily and often reacts to even moderate ingredient concentrations when younger, thicker, healthier skin might not, so all these products are made with gentle, ultra-mild, yet effective ingredients.

Rev-Me-Up Rosemary and Geranium Rub

As we age, our blood circulation tends to diminish and slow in our extremities, resulting in cold hands and feet, dry skin and nails, tingling sensations, and slow healing of cuts, scrapes, and bruises. This recipe includes two herbs that nourish, condition, and revitalize skin tissue and stimulate circulation when massaged into the hands, arms, feet, and lower legs. Both herbs also contain uplifting and balancing properties to improve your mood and enhance mental energy.

15 drops geranium essential oil
15 drops rosemary (chemotype verbenon) essential oil
1/2 cup almond, soybean, or jojoba base oil
Equipment: Dropper, dark glass bottle with dropper top or screw cap

Prep Time: 15 minutes, plus 24 hours to synergize

7/20/2013 12:58:30 AM

These recipes are definitely from a fantastic book, I also love Stephanies other books (some have more complicated recipes) and also Natural Home Made Skin Care Recipes which I wrote that includes similar homemade easy to make recipes made from every day ingredients that contain essential fatty acids, vitamin A, C and E etc.


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