List of Herbs and Extracts Used in Skincare

Herbs are extremely versatile and have a multitude of uses on your skin.

The use of herbs is nothing new; it’s an old tradition passed down through the centuries, that is being revived again.

They can be found in the form of extracts, infusions, healing tinctures, and topical poultices.

There are literally so many reasons to include plants, herbs, and flowers in your skincare formulas.

But you don’t have to take our word for it, look at all they’re lovely skincare properties below:

Benefits of herbs in skincare

  • healing
  • anti ageing
  • cleanse the skin
  • tone and tighten
  • increase micro-circulation
  • help to calm an inflamed skin
  • remove impurities from oily skin
  • hydrate dry, dehydrated skin conditions
  • they offer antibacterial properties
  • some will help to control excess sebum and breakouts
  • they offer much-needed moisturisation and hydration

This article does a great job, of discussing how to get their lovely goodness into a formula.

Herbs and their healing properties

Antibacterial: Cornflower, Echinacea, Rosemary, Lavender

Antioxidant: Cornflower, Rosemary, Rose

Anti-inflammatory: Chamomile, Chickweed, Rosemary, Comfrey, Echinacea, Birch, Licorice, Calendula, Lemon Balm, St John’s Wort.

Calendula, Chickweed, Chamomile blend really well with Thyme and Lavender, making a lovely soothing formula.

Astringent: Astringent herbs will help to tone and tighten the skin, temporarily closing pores and improving the texture, this result is only temporary; however, it is impossible to permanently close pores that are either stretched through the release of excess oil or hereditary.

The following herbs make a great inclusion for toners.

Horsetail, Sage, Birch, Ladies Mantle, Lemon Balm, Rosemary, Sage, Witch Hazel, Yarrow, and Basil are great examples of astringent herbs.

The Naked Chemist range of products is all about harnessing the richness and diversity of New Zealand’s natural botanical habitat; to create a detoxifying blend of organic herbs and plant tinctures, that deliver penetrating healing and regenerative nourishment to damaged, sensitive skin.


We recommend you err on the side of caution when using herbs, from the following categories:

  • astringent
  • stimulating
  • Rdetoxifying – removing impurities

Why? Well as with everything in nature, too much of a good thing is not always good, the last thing you want to do is cause inflammation in your skin’s tissues, so learn how to use these herbs wisely.

Follow the link, if you would like to learn more about medicinal plants and their wonderful healing benefits in skincare.

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