Something in my DNA must be passed down through the generations, which will occasionally have me foraging for herbs.
I have always suffered from psoriasis breakouts on my body, which continually flares and subsides, a cycle that can be difficult to treat.
Over the years, this has led me on a serious mission to harness anti-inflammatory herbs’ potent properties.
All with the aim, to bring much-needed relief to my inflamed skin, which I’d love to share with you now:
Anti-inflammatory herbs for dealing with flare-ups
Allantoin the wonder ingredient for sensitive skin
This amazing extract taken from the comfrey plant is extremely healing, making it the perfect choice if you have delicate, inflamed skin.
Allantoin is also an important healing agent; allantoin helps to stimulate new tissue formation – naturally encouraging cellular proliferation, which is why it is perfect if you want to treat conditions such as sunburn, eczema, psoriasis, or even acne breakouts.
If you have rough, dry skin, then allantoin should also be your go-to ingredient of choice due to its high mucilage content, giving it skin softening properties.
Calendula’s beautifying benefits
If you are looking for an anti-inflammatory herb to take the fire out of the itch, then calendula has to be it.
This really does have to be my sensitive skin herb of choice – I admit to of fallen in love with the beautiful yellow hue the delicate calendula officinalis flower creates, which is due to its high carotene content, which is what also gives the herb it’s excellent antioxidant properties, helping to fight free radicals that can lead to premature ageing.
Apply to the skin or add to your favourite oil, just like we did in bio lipid complex – wait 10 minutes, and then say aaahhh.
Manuka the multitasking extract
This should be a staple ingredient in everyone’s sensitive skincare range, because it truly has a real affinity with your skin, check out these list of benefits below:
- targets acne (cutibacterium acnes)
- potent Anti-inflammatory
Another potent skin healer that has also been used for centuries as a miracle cure for many skin conditions.
The high tannin levels in manuka make it the perfect tonic for helping to reduce inflammation.
Naturally healing kawakawa
This is a herb that has been used by indigenous Maori for centuries. The leaves are taken from a tree, and either made into a pulp or infusion to treat skin irritations and inflammatory conditions, such as eczema, dermatitis, and psoriasis, it is also great for dry and sunburnt skin.
Our nectar treatment balm utilises all of these wonderful herbs mentioned in this article, designed to work below the surface, strengthen and repair your skin’s natural protective flora.
Anti-inflammatory herb recipe
To soothe really inflamed skin, infuse the following and mix, then apply on your face day and night:
- calendula oil
- chickweed extract
- st. john’s wort extract
- vitamin E
- evening primrose oil
If you are keen to research anti-inflammatory herbs, this article looks at other healing herbs in more detail.