Herbs have been around as long as we can imagine. Renowned for their amazing effects in conjunction with the human body, there are herbs with the power to heal the skin. With the use of so many harsh chemicals, many are returning back to the natural healing of herbs.
The forms of concoctions, tinctures, salves, body products, infused in oil are different methods herbs work their magic. Here's a list of some herbs, which you should be aware of their of powers.
1) Aloe Vera
One of my favorite house plants due to it's many uses, every home should have one! As a house plant, aloe purifiers the air and makes for a nice touch of decor. It's simple to cut off a piece of the plant to use for burns, sores, scrapes,etc. The gel filled leaves provide a cooling effect for inflamed irritations.
Aloe is a good moisturizer for oily skin, as it retains moisture and doesn't leave an oily residue. Aloe Vera is skin softening and light enough to use without clogging pores.
It's astringent properties enhance the tightening of pores and help reduce unwanted bacteria. Through the removal of bacteria, aloe can treat skin problems such as acne, eczema, & psoriasis. We infuse aloe into our original and premium bars to enhance their moisturizing properties. Aloe Vera is a skin hydrating herb for oily, normal, & dry skin.
2) Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Whether fresh, dried, or as an essential oil, rosemary is a medicinal healer. It's herbaceous aroma strengthens memory and stimulates the mind. Receive a boost in confidence, perception, & creativity, simply from it's scent. Rosemary is an antioxidant that enhances skin elasticity and prevents premature aging, as an essential oil.
When absorbed by the skin, Rosemary enhances sluggish blood flow and aids digestion. The herb's mild astringent properties make it ideal for oily, normal, and combination skin. I don't know what Rosemary doesn't do, it's cell regenerating, wound healing, and helps to open sinuses. We combine clarifying rosemary with relaxing lavender for a soothing soap bar.
3) Dandelion (Taraxacum officinalis)
Often considered a weed, dandelion is actually highly nutritious and detoxing for our skin. Dandelion is a mild blood cleanser, which gets to the root of skin problems such as acne, boils, and eczema. It is most effective when combined with another blood cleanser like burdock root. Our Burdock and Dandelion bar is unscented due to the gentle nature of both herbs on the skin.
4) Lavender (Lavandula angostifolia)
A celebrity in the world of herbs! Simply rubbing a leaf in between your fingers and smelling it's floral aroma, will set you on cloud 9. Mild enough to be applied to all complexion types, lavender essential oil helps to relieve pain and headaches. It can be applied to sore and itchy skin infections to promote healing and relief from irritation. Lavender is a skin cell re-generator, preventing scarring and stretch marks.
5) Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia)
When it comes to skin infections caused by bacteria, tea tree is who you need to see. Tea tree is highly anti-septic treating boils, acne, and fungal infections. As an essential oil it is one of the few, that can be applied directly to the skin. It's antiseptic properties are so strong, it can be applied during cancer treatments to protect the skin from radiation burns.
Our skin constantly comes into contact with unwanted bacteria, tea tree reduces the growth of that bacteria and effectively cleanses the skin. I often recommend tea tree oil itself or either of our tea tree/tea tree turmeric soaps as facial bars.
What better when your skin needs healing?
There are so many species of herbs with various healing energies. I've listed 5 of my favorite herbs for skincare, which are also included in select soap bars. It helps to know how those herbs benefit your skin, as each ingredient is hand picked for it's skin benefits. The great thing about herbs, you can use them as is, or easily combine them for a skin care product that fits your regimen.