Lately I have been looking at healing herbs for skin.
Herbs and extracts have really been gaining in popularity, which is partly due, to the controversy over the use of synthetic ingredients in skin care.
More and more people are going back to basics, and turning to nature for answers.
Using herbs to treat skin conditions and improve the overall health of the skin is nothing new, it is a practice that has been used for centuries.
But what is it about herbs and the properties they contain that have such an affinity with the skin? Join me as I delve deeper into the remarkable world of healing herbs:
HERBS FOR SKIN
Many herbs are naturally very moisturising, this is due to their high mucilage content.
Marshmallow is one of those lovely natural emollients that impart a lovely silky smooth feel on the skin; it is also perfect for calming and soothing a delicate stressed out skin.
Comfrey Symphytum Officinale also has very high mucilage content, offering instant moisturisation to a dry skin.
Herbs that are rich in mucilage, also act as natural humectants,
They attract and retain water in the top layers of the skin, keeping it naturally hydrated.
Nettle, Basil, Fennel, Sweet Thyme, Witch Hazel and Lime flower, are all perfect examples of herbs that have a cleansing and toning effect on the skin.
Calendula, Comfrey, Chamomile, Plantain, Manuka and Chickweed, are just a few of the wonderful herbs that can help renew and repair the skin.
Calendula, Rosemary herb extract and Echinacea are great for boosting cellular renewal, and Comfrey is a well known herb for stimulating cell growth.
Horsetail is also extremely regenerating, it’s not known as the beauty herb for nothing!
Red Raspberry, Nettle, Fennel, Yarrow, Burdock Root, Linden and Lime flower, are all herbs that make wonderful inclusions for an oily, combination skin.
They are extremely detoxifying, helping to pull impacted plugs from deep within congested pores.
Comfrey, Marshmallow, Calendula, Chamomile and Kawa Kawa, are herbs that soften and hydrate the skin,
This is also due to their high mucilage content, which holds and attracts water and has great moisturising properties.
Some herbs stimulate nerve endings and improve circulation,
Elderflower, Benzoin, Gum Arabic, Peppermint and Sage, are all examples of stimulating herbs.
It is important to note that whilst many herbs do have wonderful properties for the skin, many of them are just to active too be used on a sensitive skin, especially on the face.
Peppermint is one such herb; it contains menthol which can be to stimulating in large amounts.
Here at the Naked chemist, the aim is to harness the richness and diversity of New Zealand’s natural botanical habitat.
I have really managed to achieve this with a number of formulas, including A + retinol sleep complex, Naturelene treatment balm, Bio lipid complex and Miracle cleanse, all of which deliver healing energy below the skins surface, to begin to bring skin back to balance and health.