The Use of Herbal Remedies and Garlic For Rosacea


People suffering from rosacea and who are treated with antibiotics over a prolonged period are more prone to yeast infections. The use of antibiotics over a long period can decrease normal bacteria populations and increase the number of yeast.

Most treatments have side effects, these vary from person to person and depend on a number of factors including diet. A treatment that works for one person with minimal or no side effects will not work for another person. Dosages also vary from person to person and are also affected by a number of factors.


Typically one person may enjoy or eat a type of yogurt, which helps maintain the bacteria balance in their diet and so may help the decrease in bacterial population of the gut. Another person may be able to eat small quantities of herbs and spices which are known to have anti bacterial properties. Garlic is well known as a natural antibiotic and antibacterial with reports going back through history. It has been suggested that it might help fight acne, and a report on its use for rosacea also suggests that this may be the case.

Herbal remedies work for some people: It is suggested that a significant problem with herbal remedies for rosacea sufferers may be the variable ‘natural dose’ if the herb or spice is not made into a tablet with a known dosage.


A person with severe rosacea for about 5 years had pulsed light treatment, antibiotic treatment and eliminated gluten from their diet. The elimination of gluten got rid of most but not all the rosacea. The person then had a nasty infection and started taking nine garlic tablets a day for about a week and then cut back to 6 per day. They say “The rosacea is pretty much gone and they even went on a gluten binge at thanksgiving – and drank red wine without having a flare up”

Analysing why this worked for this person: The Gluten free diet: Various articles on the internet suggest that a gluten free diet helps where the digestive system has been affected by antibiotics. Therefore this may have helped because the person was on antibiotics. It is suggested a gluten free diet helps return the gut to normal after antibiotic treatment.

Garlic Tablets.

Exercise caution if trying garlic, it is reported as a trigger for around 10% of sufferers.

It is suggested that the garlic tablets worked for a number of reasons:-

1) The use of garlic tablets following the antibiotic treatment and gluten free diet may be significant. Perhaps after the other treatments had made an impact but not cured the rosacea. They use of antibiotics would not have been a long term solution.

Perhaps the garlic tablets were then the equivalent of the ‘straw that broke the camels back’. On their own before the other treatments, they may not have cured the rosacea. This is speculative, they could have been effective. Clinical trials are needed to answer this question and also identify if the garlic produced a long lasting cure, which is expected to have been the case.

Garlic like many natural herbs and spices that are antibacterial, do not affect ‘good bacteria’, which is why most people can eat and enjoy herbs and spices. Therefore the person who was now going to take the garlic tablet long term should have been able to do so.

2) The garlic dose was controlled by use of tablets. Consider eating slices of garlic pizza; having 2 slices instead of 1 will double the dose. This would be the equivalent of the person taking 18 tablets instead of 9.

One chef may add three times the amount of garlic than another. This combined with the above would be the equivalent of a person taking 54 tablets instead of 9

One chef may use concentrated garlic out of a tube, another may use pressed garlic cloves. Again the quantity of garlic in a slice will vary significantly.

The active ingredient of garlic cloves will also vary depending on when and where it was grown and the ‘variety’. All plants and fruits have different varieties, for example consider the different varieties of apple.

The use of garlic tablet enabled to the dose to be accurately maintained over the first week and then accurately reduced by 1/3rd

Garlic seemed to help rosacea that affected the eyes: The person had really bad rosacea and had horribly bumpy cheeks at the worst point, it also affected their eyes and they were using moisture eye drops for five or more times a day. Since the garlic tablets, they have hardly needed to use the moisture eye drops. There may be a reason for this related to the way onions and garlic smells can make the eyes water.

If a person eats a lot of garlic, the smell can actually ‘come out of the skin’ and that person can have a ‘garlic’ smell.

Therefore it is likely the garlic in the body will manage to find its way into the skin of the eyelids and perhaps into tears or the tear ducts, in which case the sensitive nerve ending on the surface of the eye (which react when your peel onions and this smell touches them) send a message to the brain which ‘makes the eyes moist’.

Addendum: Another rosacea sufferer who was warned that garlic might be a trigger says “I feel that garlic doesn’t really bother my skin. It may be that I eat it mostly as part of an olive oil salad dressing. At any rate, I’ve been wondering whether the garlic might in fact be helping since it’s known to have some antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties.”

The Many Benefits of a Sauna Bath on All Organs of Your Body

We all have heard of sauna as a great way to relax giving the body a chance to detoxify itself. Sauna is included in various routines of health clubs, gymnasiums, etc. The effects of sauna are not only skin deep but also deep reaching as it affects all the organs of our bodies.

The sweat bath of sauna sets up a series of reactions that has a positive effect on the entire body as well as all the inner organs. It starts with the dosage of the capillaries, which leads to increased supply of blood to the skin in order to draw heat and disperse it deep inside the body. Due to this action, the heart rate increases to meet the demand of additional flow of blood and the various organs like stomach, liver, kidneys, muscles, brain, etc tend to flush out the impurities. As the pores of the skin open up by sauna, toxins get flushed out along with the sweat.

A Perfect Exercise For Your Heart

Due to this rapid flow of blood in the entire body during sauna, the heart is forced to pump blood at a higher rate causing a strain that is good for the heart. Many researchers claim that the increased volume of flow of blood during sauna keeps the blood pressure within normal limits while the others opine that the effect is purely transient in nature. There may be different views on the lasting effect of sauna on blood pressure and heartbeat, but no one can deny that the overall effect of sauna is good.

Effect of Temperature Rise

During a sauna session of 15 to 20 minutes, the temperature on the surface of skin rises up to 10 ° C, and the rise in the inner temperature is generally up to 3 ° C. This acts as a catalyst starting a chain reaction, which Leads to detoxify the body. The action is somewhat akin to “fever” in which most bacteria and virus can not survive. This helps to not only rid the body of harmful bacteria but also give a chance to the cells to repair them.

The raised temperature during sauna also affects pituitary gland, among others, which leads to a better control of metabolic rate that has a direct effect on the various glands of the body like adrenal, thyroid, ovaries, and testes. All this leads to better health and a sense of well-being.

A rise in the inner temperature also leads to stimulating the functions of various glands that secret hormones. It is also noted that due to improved functioning of ovaries and testes there is a marked increase in sex drive after the sauna bath!

Effect On The Lungs

Because of the effect of sauna on various organs, the demand for oxygen in the body increases by as much as 20%, putting additional pressure on the lungs, which in turn meet it by quickening their pace. Due to higher temperature, the clogged respiratory passages are opened, giving relief from various minor respiratory problems like colds. However, sauna is not recommended for anyone suffering from pneumonia or any other acute respiratory disease.

Important Advice
Sauna should be taken under expert guidance only, and should be discontinued the moment there is any feeling of discomfort. This is not intended as medical advice and you should consult your physician if you have any questions.