Herbs, honestly I’m addicted.

Their 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 experienced by many of my clients.

I also suffer from psoriasis breakouts on my body, which continually flare and subside, a continual 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, in a bid to try to stop  inflammation in it’s tracks.

Bringing that 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, that are the perfect antidote, for a sensitive skin:

Allantoin

This is an amasing 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 actually 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.

Calendula

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, that brings instant relief to my inflamed skin.

I also love the beautiful yellow hue the delicate Calendula flower creates, which is due to its high carotene content, which is why this herb has excellent antioxidant properties, helping to fight free radicals, that can cause premature ageing.

Follow the link, to find out more about the benefits of calendula officinalis.

Calendula Recipe

To soothe a really inflamed skin, infuse the following:

  • Calendula oil
  • Chickweed extract
  • St. John’s Wort extract
  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin C

The perfect antidote for an inflamed, stressed out skin.

Kawa Kawa

The leaves are taken from a tree that is native to New Zealand.

It is a herb that has been used by indigenous Maori for centuries.

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.

Manuka Oil

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 Maori as a miracle cure for many skin conditions,

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.

Poro Poro

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.

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