Herbs: Natural Solutions for Healthy Skin

Natural beauty preparations have been known to mankind for centuries. Throughout recorded time, stories have been passed down about how to use herbs for health or to keep one’s skin and hair clean. Many civilizations planted herbs in special gardens and used them to spice up meals, to heal the sick or to protect the condition and beauty of their skin.

Although much of our early knowledge about how to use herbs for beauty has faded away, the idea of adding herbs to cosmetics is enjoying a renaissance.

Herbals are relatively free of side effects, which makes them the safest and most effective choice for beautiful, clean and healthy skin. One of the best ways to ensure the purity of your cosmetics is to make them yourself. If you understand the healing their properties, you can make herbal skin care creams and lotions in the kitchen of your home, using fresh herbs and oils. Here are is guide to using herbs for skin care:

Healing the Skin with Herbs

Aloe vera, is the most familiar herbal skin care product, that can be grown in pots in the kitchen window. Freshly extracted aloe vera is a natural hydrant that reduces wrinkles and softens the skin.

aloe vera is an herb that is beneficial for internal and external health. Keep aloe vera gel in the refrigerator to make it extra soothing for burns, cuts and abrasions.

Slice fresh aloe vera leaves, remove the barbs and peel them before applying them to the delicate areas under the eyes to alleviate wrinkles. Do this before going to sleep. Hold the slices in place with a bandana and when you awaken in the morning you may see a significant reduction in fine lines and wrinkles.

Skin Cleansing Herbs

Excellent sources of cleansing herbs are: Dandelion, chamomile, lime flowers and rosemary. These herbal skin care properties become more powerful when they are combined with herbal teas.

By making a tea of these herbs, you help to keep important internal organs functioning properly and help reduce stress levels. Beauty truly radiates from the inside out.

Antiseptic Herbs

Antiseptics are an important part of herbal skin care. Lavender, marigold, thyme, and fennel are good examples of herbs that are known to possess antiseptic properties. Lavender water and rose water, and witch hazel are excellent skin toners.

Essential Oils for the Skin

Tea tree oil, lavender oil, borage oil and primrose oil are popular oils used in herbal skin care. Flaxseed oil and primrose oil have been know to be helpful for the treatment of eczema. Both chamomile and licorice extracts make excellent topical treatments for eczema and psoriasis.

These remedies are generally considered to be safe, however, be aware that some people are allergic even to very natural products. If you have allergies or if your skin disorder is not responding well to herbal treatments, you may want to seek the advice of a dermatologist.

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