List of Herbs and Extracts Used in Skincare


Herbs are nature’s gift to us.

They are extremely versatile and have a multitude of uses, especially on the skin.

Herbal use is nothing new; it’s an old traditional art that is being revived again.

Essential oils, extracts, infusions, healing tinctures and topical poultices, there are so many reasons, why we just love to use herbs in our skin care formulas.

But you don’t have to take my word for it, just look at all they’re lovely skin care properties below:

  • Healing
  • Anti ageing
  • They cleanse the skin
  • Tone and tighten the skin
  • 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


AntibacterialCornflower, 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 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 all 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 an intoxifying blend of organic herbs and plant tinctures, that deliver penetrating healing and regenerative nourishment to damaged, sensitive skin.


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

  • Astringent
  • Stimulating
  • Removing impurities

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.

Or why not select one of my lovely herbal products instead, which are designed to help with skin health; restoring your skin back to its natural youthful glow. 

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