There must be something in my DNA.
Passed down through the generations, that has me foraging and gathering herbs.
The problem is, there are so many herbs to choose from; this is especially true when it comes to anti inflammatory herbs for a sensitive skin, a common condition I see daily in my clinic.
I also suffer from psoriasis breakouts on my body, which continually flares and subsides, a cycle that can be difficult to deal with, you can read more about my story here.
As a result I have been on a serious mission, to harness the potent properties of anti inflammatory herbs. to bring much needed relief to an inflamed, sensitive skin.
ANTI INFLAMMATORY HERBS
Carrying on from this article anti inflammatory herbs, lets take a look at the herbs in more detail.
This is an amazing extract taken from the Comfrey plant.
It is extremely healing, making it the perfect choice for a delicate, inflamed skin, interestingly it is also a valuable healing agent.
Allantoin helps to stimulate the formation of new tissue, naturally encouraging cellular proliferation; this is why it is perfect for treating scalds, sunburn, eczema, psoriasis and even acne.
It is also beneficial for a rough dry skin, which is due to its skin softening properties.
If you are looking for a herb to take the fire out of the itch, then Calendula has to be it!
Put it on your skin, wait 10 minutes and say aaahhh.
This really does have to be my sensitive skin herb of choice.
I also love the beautiful yellow hue the delicate Calendula flower creates, which is due to its high carotene content, which is also why it has excellent antioxidant properties, helping to fight free radicals that can lead to premature ageing.
Follow the link, to find out more about the benefits of calendula officinalis.
To soothe a really inflamed skin, infuse the following:
- Calendula oil
- Chickweed extract
- St. John’s Wort extract
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
As you can see Calendula really is the perfect antidote for an inflamed, stressed out skin. For this reason it can be found in a number of the Naked Chemist formulas including Savior calming day cream.
This is a herb that has been used by indigenous Maori for centuries.
The leaves are taken from a tree that is native to New Zealand.
Kawa kawa is used to treat skin irritations and inflammatory conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, it is also great for a dry and sun burnt skin.
This should be a staple ingredient in everyone’s sensitive skincare range.
It truly has an affinity with the skin:
- Anti fungal
- Anti bacterial
- Targets P Acnes bacteria
- Potent Anti inflammatory
Again traditionally used by Maoris, as a miracle cure for many skin conditions.
This ingredient can be found in both Naturlene treatment balm and Bio lipid. The high tannin levels in Manuka, makes it the perfect tonic for helping to reduce inflammation; research has found that the extract, is five TIMES more powerful as an antimicrobial agent, then the Manuka oil.
Another lovely anti itch herb Poro poro has been used for centuries by Maori in poultices, to cure chronic skin conditions such as eczema, and psoriasis.