Do you suffer from sensitive skin conditions?
Maybe you’re looking for something to take the fire out of the itch?
Then botanical herbs for the skin may just become your new best friend.
Medicinal herbalists have long used botanicals to help soothe inflamed and maddeningly itchy skin patches that plague sufferers of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Applied topically and taken internally, many herbs will help eliminate toxins in the bloodstream that appear to trigger inflammation. These can be applied topically or taken internally and will actively help to soothe symptoms such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
Soothing aloe vera
Applied topically, aloe vera has a wonderfully soothing and cooling effect on the skin; it is both an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory.
Comfrey is one of our favourite herbs for the skin here at NC, simply because it has so many skin-loving benefits.
It has a high mucilage content, making it a wonderful moisturising ingredient. It contains an important compound referred to as allantoin, which helps with cellular rejuvenation, making it a useful ingredient, if you need to treat wounds or reduce new scar tissue.
Although not exactly a herb, we believe this little ingredient certainly deserves a special mention; this is because Cucumber being both cooling and calming, is the perfect antidote for sunburnt and stressed-out skin.
Cucumber also contains a compound known as Silica, an important compound for building healthy connective tissue.
Balancing German chamomile
This is another wonder herb for the skin. Chamomile has many important components including the chemical compound chamazulene, which naturally reduces inflammation and calms an irritated, inflamed skin type; it is widely used as a topical application for inflamed skin concerns, including rashes, insect bites, burns, eczema, and psoriasis.
If you would like to find out more about the healing properties of this interesting herb, our article on the benefits of chamomile is worth a read.
Olive leaf extract
This extract is one of those all-round useful herbs for the skin, helping to clear breakouts and skin eruptions; it is also extremely healing, helping repair sun-damaged, stressed-out skin.
This tea has many catechins, which have potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-ageing effects benefits.
Applied topically green tea can also help strengthen the epidermis your outer layer of skin, speed up wound healing and inhibit melanin – an enzyme found in your skin that can cause pigmentation, which means fewer sunspots.
Studies have also found, that using a lotion or serum containing green tea 30 minutes before going out in the sun can reduce DNA damage and the risk of sunburn.
As you can see, some wonderful herbs have a real affinity with the skin, helping to calm and soothe inflammation.
Here at the Naked chemist, the aim is to harness the richness and diversity of New Zealand’s natural botanical habitat.
We have managed to fully achieve with bio lipid complex and nectar treatment balm, which delivers healing energy to below the skin’s surface, to anywhere that needs it.
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