The following herbs help to cleanse, hydrate, heal, and balance the skin.
- Linoleic Acid
- Oleic Acid
For the purpose of this article, lets have a look at the herbs for skin and their many benefits, when treating different skin types.
HERBS FOR SKIN TYPES
Horse Tail: A popular beauty herb that is great for oily skin conditions, that works to inhibit the action of sebaceous glands.
Basil: This herb is a mild astringent that has antibacterial properties, making it a good tonic for those oily skin types.
Lemongrass: This herb is both toning and tightening, which is due to its astringent properties,
Lemongrass can also help to temporarily reduce the appearance of large pores on the face, whilst slowing down the production of oil within the sebaceous glands.
Rosemary herb extract: This has wonderful antibacterial properties and is great for helping to lift stubborn blackheads from the pores.
Thymus vulgaris: This herb is another good all rounder, it is both antiseptic and anti fungal and is good for deep cleaning the skin,
That coupled with the fact that it is also soothing and healing, means it is the perfect antidote for a skin with breakouts, that is also suffering from inflammations.
Interestingly research has shown, that Thyme has antibacterial properties that are three times greater than Benzoyl Peroxide, making it a potent ingredient for treating acne.
Fennel: This herb helps to balance the oils in the skin, making it useful for treating a mature dry, sun damaged skin
Marshmallow: When we think of Marshmallow, words like soft and smooth instantly come to mind,
This is exactly what this little herb does.
It softens the skin and has valuable anti inflammatory properties, literally stopping inflammation in its tracks, which is due to the fact that it contain allantoin.
Herbs with anti inflammatory properties, offer instant relief to a sensitive skin:
Calendula: A flower with lovely orange petals, Calendula is well known for the treatment of sensitive skin, it is extremely calming and healing.
Chickweed: One of those herbs for skin that can take the fire out of the itch, it works a treat on skin conditions such as eczema and rashes.
Cornflower: If you suffer from sensitive skin around the eyes, then Cornflower is a great herb for treating this delicate area, it is both soothing and slightly astringent.
Other powerful anti-inflammatory herbs include Licorice, Nettle, Basil, Burdock, Ladies Mantle, and Comfrey.
There are also some herbs for skin that deserve their very own special little shout out, take Helichrysum for instance, the perfect herb for repairing the skin, as well as helping to minimise fine lines and wrinkles.
It calms inflammation and regenerates the skins tissues, a natural anti-inflammatory that makes Helichrysum the perfect herb for a sensitive or mature skin.
After reading this I think you’ll agree, that herbs really do have the remarkable power to heal.
We have also put together a list of herbs and extracts in skin care, which is an interesting read.