It’s easy to underestimate the power of plants.
For centuries the art of natural beauty, and combining healing herbs for cosmetic purposes, has almost been lost.
We have become dazzled by new synthetic, cosmetic ingredients, and over the counter drugs – touted as the next best miracle cure, often come with damaging side effects.
And we have been all too quick to discard old fashioned remedies.
Fortunately, beauty is going back to its roots, harnessing all the skin-loving benefits nature offers.
Medicinal Plants in Skincare
The biochemical compounds found in medicinal plants enhance your body’s own healing processes.
Their beautification and medicinal benefits can be traced back to the Egyptians and beyond. The oldest herbal prescription is still in existence today, which was written on a baked clay tablet.
There are herbal remedies for many skin issues, which involves mixing and manipulating certain plants—to cool, soothe, and treat your skin, they can be taken as tinctures – plant constituents extracted in alcohol, as a herbal tea, in capsule form, and added to creams in the form of infused oils, essential oils, or tinctures.
Medicinal Plant Remedies
Breakouts: Hormones, stress, poor diet, liver fatigue, and more could be the cause of your breakouts, it’s a minefield to navigate. Medicinal plants like dandelion, turmeric, and nettle are used for the liver. This is the organ that breaks down and excretes the fat-soluble hormone estrogen.
Poor liver function can cause hormones to build up in the bloodstream and play havoc with your skin. Try a blend of tea tree, niaouli, and lemongrass as a spot solution, discussed in the article how to eliminate acne with essential oils.
Moisturising: Comfrey and marshmallow do a stellar job of removing deep-seated inflammation, the mucilage from the comfrey and marshmallow roots are also extremely moisturising.
Muscle fatigue: Forget deep heat and Epsom salts: This year’s number one spice, turmeric reduces inflammation and helps with pain relief. It also supports the strength of muscle and bones and encourages circulation. Combine with arnica for combating its healing properties.
Sensitive skin concerns: Ingesting herbs like nettle and red clover will reduce inflammation in your body. Topically applying German chamomile, calendula, or allantoin can help alleviate and heal irritated skin conditions, all of these herbs you can find in our wonderful healing treatment balm.
To understand living plants, growing, gathering, and drying them, using them for healing is a learned art, passed down through generations.
My Grandmother, a keen herbalist, would turn to nature before she went to the pharmacy to cure an ailment, she passed her formulations on to me, and I treasure them and use them in my formulas.
Growing up, I used to delight in helping her collect herbs and prepare ointments and remedies; through my grandmother, I have been able to bring together the best of ancient tradition and modern discoveries.
I feel blessed to have been allowed to pass on these herbal recipes and remedies through this website to educate others; my philosophy is about transparency in beauty. Sharing this knowledge with my readers is my legacy.
Through the website and my skincare range, I hope to help others to achieve optimum skin health, using the healing power of nature, for now, and many years to come.
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.
Please do drop me a line in the comments, if you have any questions about herbs and their wonderful vitality.