Valerie O’Connor advises drinking raw milk to cure acne and eczema.
After attending the mind- bending Weston A Price Conference for ‘Wise traditions in Food and Farming’ ( www.wapfmunster.com ) last weekend, the message that comes across over and over again is that if we want to have better, happier lives, we need to reduce the amount of processed and chemically treated things in our lives.
Fixating on organic produce and juicing every day is all very well, but if the face cream you’re using could transform the Incredible Hulk or raise the Kraken with the number of chemicals it contains, you might have to think about what you’re using.
Basically, if you can’t put it into your face, you really shouldn’t put it on your face, or your body for that matter.
It’s difficult not to get sucked into a sexy ad campaigns, lured by the flawless and airbrushed complexions of 15-year-old nymphettes working for Big Pharma, I mean cosmetic companies (they are the same thing).
Denying ageing is an obsession, and anti-ageing is contra to a positive mindset. Surely healthy ageing is what we need to focus on? Healthy ageing and the face that reflects our lives.
However, it’s not just ageing that is targeted by skincare products, teens seeking prettiness, attractiveness and popularity also want to look their best.
Such is the world — appearance matters.
A doctor was on my favourite radio station this morning giving advice for teens with acne, a miserable existence I remember well, and adult acne can now continue even into the 40s, which is just not fair.
The medical advice given listed many well-known and severe treatments, some of which have side affects including anxiety and depression.
I felt I had to share this simple therapy with you, it’s worth a shot if you have, or are, a young person who is miserable with spots and pimples.
Of course there are many types of acne and several reasons why it can exist. A course of antibiotics is often prescribed, sometimes as long as six to 10 weeks, which may or may not work.
This will of course have implications for your gut flora and immune system so if you go this road, be sure to take a good probiotic like BioCult which is made in Ireland and more affordable than some.
I was intrigued to hear that in some European countries like Hungary, probiotics are given on the medical card. That’s how important they are.
Meanwhile, a treatment for acne that you might be surprised to hear about — is the drinking of unpasteurised milk.
At another conference last year, prominent Irish chef Darina Allen, extolled the virtues of raw milk for a number of ailments, including asthma.
It was said that this food, loaded with live bacteria and probiotics was also good for acne treatment. Clean raw milk from grass-fed cows was commonly used as medicine in the earlier part of the last century.
My youngest son was drinking gallons of shop-bought milk at the time and was deep in teenage troublesome skin, so I decided to make the switch to raw milk and procured some from a farmer who was supplying people with this fantastic stuff from his small herd.
Within two weeks my son’s skin was like a newborn’s. The milk showed such great results I started drinking some myself. There are so many live bacteria in this delicious stuff that you can treat many minor ailments with it.
A friend in her 20s tried the milk and put it topically on her spots with great results.
If you can find a local supplier of raw milk, the great news is that this keeps for weeks in the fridge and just keeps getting better. So as it ages, so too does it’s protective properties.
As humans we were never really meant to drink milk beyond a young age, small amounts of raw milk are enough.
Nobody needs to drink pints of milk, the trillions of probiotics are present even in a teaspoon, so a glass is enough and you can build it up over time if you want to have more.
Another common skin ailment that can be treated with goat dairy is eczema. Many years ago I met Jane Murphy of Ardsallagh cheese who told me how she got into cheesemaking in the first place.
She was a mother of two little ones with severe eczema when one day an insurance salesman called at her door.
He looked at the children and came back later with a nanny goat who was in kid, and told her to give the milk to the children for their skin.
She did so and within days their eczema cleared and the scars too, and so her life path was laid out and she now makes the most delicious goat’s cheese too.
Just to answer the most common question, raw milk is for sale legally in Ireland.
For more info check out www.rawmilkireland.com.
My next fermenting workshop is in the Hook and Ladder on March 2.
Check out www.hookandladder.ie to book
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