In Chinese medicine the skin is an outer lung, It breathes in and out through tiny little perforations much like a teabag. It is a large organ and is constantly regenerating and In humans 30% of our bodily waste comes out through our skin. Often this outer lung reflects what is going on inside, eczema often is linked to asthma and a skin eruption can be a sign that something is coming out and this can be a physical symptom bought on by stress and tension.
The importance of what is put on the skin is clear. This is a living organ reflecting our whole being and is not only to ourselves but also to others a sign of how we are feeling. To be able to read the signals is a useful tool – eye problems often relate to a weakness in the liver, ear problems to kidneys, skin to lungs. Careful essential oil and herbal selection can help to draw impurities out of the skin and there is no finer example of this than chickweed (Stellaria media) which helps draw out itchy eczema and bring relief to sufferers from irritation. Calendula (Calendula officinalis) applied afterwards is the great healer of broken skin and will leave it feeling smooth and soft again. Gernaium essential oil (Pelargonium graveolens) added to either or both of these infusions would enhance the healing process with its cooling and moistening properties.
For both humans and animals it is wise to put together preparations for the skin that are tailor made for them. That way you can ensure the essential oils and herbal preparations are sourced with integrity and therapy quality. As one of our largest organs the creams, ointments, lotions, gels put on this breathing organ should be selected with due care to the individual requirements. For animals this is of even greater importance as they can not easily communicate if the selection is inappropriate.
The skin is one of two ways that essential oils can get into the bloodstream and travel around the body and it is also a giant organ of elimination. The skin is semi permeable and allows certain substances to pass out but also can absorb things through its pores. Essential oils can pass through the skin because their molecular structure is small and simple. The essential oil particles pass into the fluid that bathes every cell of the body and from there into the lymph ducts and into the blood stream. In this way the essential oils pass into the general circulation and travel around the body to do their own particular job.
Careful essential oil selection can help all manner of skin problems like eczema, acne which can occur if the kidneys and colon are maybe not working as efficiently as they should because they are then pushing out more toxins than the skin can deal with. Essential oils like lavender and geranium, cedarwood, sandalwood, rose, grapefruit and of course chamomile all can play a major role in helping the skin work efficiently to get rid of toxins and balance out our systems.
With first quality essential oils one can put together preparations that can heal the skin from inside out and ensure that this vital organ can work to the best of its ability for us and our four legged friends. Bespoke body shampoos, massage oils chosen with care and attention to the unique properties of the essential oils can help us breathe efficiently through both our lungs for good health.
By Knots Elementals
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