Natural Remedies for Scars

Aloe Vera hydrates and provides flexibility, while rosehip oil regenerates the skin and is good for healing damaged skin.

Scars must be treated as soon as possible, not only for aesthetic reasons, but also so the skin heals completely.  We can help this process with a diet rich in vitamins and minerals, and we can also prepare a natural ointment to apply daily, that can even cause the scar to disappear.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A, or beta-carotene, helps keep the skin healthy, and promotes healing.  We can consume foods that have vitamin A, the majority of which are orange in color, like:

  • Carrots
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet potato
  • Spinach
  • Broccoli
  • Apricot
  • Melons

Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a source of energy and brilliance that acts in four ways on the skin: antioxidant, regenerative, moisturizing, and revitalizing.  It is helpful in the healing process for all these reasons, and also by accelerating new skin cell production, along with the shedding of old cells.

Foods rich in vitamin C:

  • Citrus fruits
  • Barbados cherry
  • Red fruits
  • Red pepper
  • Parsley
  • Kiwi
  • Broccoli

You could also take vitamin C supplements, the most natural of which would be manufactured with powdered barbados cherry.  It is easier for the body to absorb these forms.

Silicon

One of the most important supplements for correct cellular function in the body, and therefore for the skin, is silicon.  This is the first mineral we think of when we think of skin, hair, and nail health.  Several firming creams contain it in their list of ingredients, because it noticeably improves skin elasticity.




Foods rich in silicon:

  • Avocado
  • Alfalfa
  • Whole-grain rice
  • Horsetail
  • Onion
  • Whole oats
  • Cucumber
  • Leeks
  • Beets
  • Cheese

Silicon can also be taken as an organic liquid.  This is an essential oil, which means it is indispensable for human health, and is an authentic beauty elixir.  We recommend that you use the organic variety, for better absorption.

Natural ointment

You can prepare a natural ointment with healing and regenerative ingredients:

  • Aloe Vera: If you have the plant at home, you can directly extract the gel from inside.  If not, you can buy natural aloe vera gel.
  • Rose hip oil
  • Lavender essential oil
  • Vitamin E (sold in capsules in herbal stores and pharmacies)

In a glass bowl, mix equal parts aloe vera and rose hip oil (approx. 50 ml of each).  Add 10 drops of lavender essential oil and 10 drops of vitamin E, which acts as a preservative.  Stir well with a wooden spoon.  You can store this mixture in the fridge for better storage.  Apply at least twice a day, once in the morning and once at night.

Aloe vera

Painful scars

We recommend applying hypericum oil to painful scars, which can also be made at home.  Soak hypericum flowers outdoors, in a bit of olive oil, for 30 days.  The oil will turn a pinkish color.  Apply two or thee times to the scar.  This oil is also good for treating contusions and burns.  

You could also try the homeopathic remedy Hypericum 6CH, placing 3 little balls under your tongue, three times a day, between meals and strong flavors (breath mints, coffee, etc.)

Difficult scars

When healing and/or regeneration is difficult, you can use arnica cream, which is sold in pharmacies and herbal stores.  You can also use the homeopathic remedy Arnica 6CH, with the same directions as described above.

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Honey and Propolis, two ancient remedies

Bees give us two naturally excellent and inexpensive solutions for skin regeneration.

Honey is a special food with lots of properties, among which are its powerful moisturizing, antioxidant, and antibiotic effects.  It is frequently used in skin masks, and it can also be used to treat scars.  For this remedy, apply organic honey everyday for at least ten minutes, three times a day.

Propolis was used in ancient Egypt for its antiseptic and healing properties, and was used to treat several skin diseases.  Aristotle called it “a remedy for skin infections, wounds, and abscesses”.  If you apply it daily to your scar, and take it orally, it will quickly regenerate skin, and your scars will be much less noticeable.

You can also purchase a pre-prepared propolis cream in herbal stores that does not cause the same inflammation that most conventional chemical creams do.

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