I am always on the lookout for herbs in any of the natural skincare products I might buy or make. It can be tough to know what herbs are what and how they benefit you. So let’s start with five but there are many more that are great for your beauty and health, inside out. Herbs have many beneficial effects on the skin, including microbial, antioxidant, anti- inflammatory, anti-aging, anti-carcinogenic, moisturizing, and collagen-stimulating. Your biggest challenge is deciding which herbs to use in your all natural beauty regime.
Following is our list of worker bee herbs. The therapeutic properties of these natural skin care remedies are busy protecting your skin from free radicals, UV radiation, and dehydration, while strengthening collagen and elastin structures. While you may expect to find these benefits in an expensive beauty cream concocted in a laboratory, these potent herbs can all be easily sourced at your grocery or health food store.
Most people know Chamomile as the herb that promotes beautiful skin but when asked, few know the secrets of this skin rejuvenating herb. Let’s start with the magic compound found in this golden flower, Alpha-bisabolol. Those supple petals in your spring garden contain healing, anti-infammatory and anti-irritant properties that are known to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. These same properties have made it a favored tonic for skin conditions such as eczema; it reduces inflammation while toning the skin. Chamomile is easily applied to the skin through a Chamomile tea rinse, or place Chamomile tea bags directly on the skin.
2. Witch Hazel
Witch hazel is an old Indian remedy which, unlike many other beneficial herbs, has made it to the pharmacy shelf. This means you have the option of brewing the leaves and bark from the North American witch hazel shrub and making your own tea or picking up a bottle at your local pharmacy. Witch hazel has been valued for centuries for its anti-inflammatory properties. This herb has several benefits in the treatment of acne. Its soothing properties reduce redness and inflammation while absorbing excess sebum, helping to prevent oily skin. If your skin is feeling saggy, this astringent will tighten the skin tissue and help you to retain taut, healthy looking skin, especially those baggy dark circles under the eye.
Lavender is gaining popularity for its medicinal effects. A few snorts of lavender can ease a headache and clear the mind. But let’s not forget this fluorescent herbs beauty benefits. The worker bee compound in lavender is called linalool. It has healing properties that heal the skin and support cell rejuvenation, promoting tissue growth while helping to maintain the skin’s firmness. Lavender is truly a busy bee in skin care as it also contains anti-inflammatory, anti-toxic, anti-viral and anti-septic properties. For a truly immersive experience, take a lavender bath and let the body and mind soak in this essence’s relaxing effects.
4. Green Tea
Teatotalers awake! The tea in your teapot is a very powerful anticarcinogen when applied topically on your face. Acting like a sunscreen, its photoprotective properties prevent UV damage. The polyphenols in green tea have been a media darling in recent years. And it’s all good. These good compounds interfere with biochemical activities that can promote melanoma cells and tumors.
If you want skin smooth soft skin, here is another golden herb to give a try. This garden herb has been shown to improve damaged skin and is a great moisturizing cream for rough spots like your feet and elbows. It is reasonable to assume that this golden herb may be just as effective in treating dermatitis on the face and other body parts. Its antimicrobial agents help to prevent and destroy bacteria and other pathogens that can lead to irritating skin
Putting these busy bee herbs to work or your skin is as easy as visiting the local grocers. No adverse effects have been produced from the topical use of these skin rejuvenating herbs.
*always do a skin patch test when using new herbs on your face