Natural Skin Care: Herbs and Spices Edition
When it comes to natural skincare sometimes all a person has to do is look into their spice rack or if they grow their own herbs, their garden. Humans have known for centuries that different herbs can be astringent or can help the skin hold on to moisture. They can clear up breakouts and make skin glow with health. Here are some herbs and spices to consider for skin care:
The aromatic leaves of this herb tone the skin and are especially good for the hair. It
stimulates hair follicles and is said to put off the graying of the hair and baldness when used as a shampoo.
This herb is famous for its gel, which is used to heal minor burns. Its promotion of rapid cell regeneration helps to heal wounds, rashes, fungal infections, and all types of skin problems, especially dry skin. Aloe vera can be made into a juice drink.
Oat straw is the stem of the oat plant while it’s still green and its sap is milky. It is a
great source of silica and calcium and has been used for hundreds of years for skin problems and to correct imbalances in blood sugar. Oat straw is most often made into tea or extracts and added to food to increase energy and reduce anxiety.
Horsetail, whose other name is cola de caballo, used to be used as an exfoliant and probably still is in someplace. An astringent, horsetail is full of silica that supports the suppleness of the skin. It can be drunk in tea but is often dried, powdered and made into a poultice to put on the skin. It can also be added to a warm bath.
The leaf and seeds of this plant are used for skin health. Alfalfa is full of carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that is vital for the health of the skin, hair, and nails. Alfalfa is also full of necessary trace minerals, vitamin K, chlorophyll, and amino acids.
This is the fruit of the rose plant. Extremely rich in vitamin C, it is an all-purpose tonic. It can be taken as a tea, as capsules, as part of a mask or in a facial. It also makes an excellent jelly.
Turmeric is derived from the rhizome of a plant that resembles the ginger plant. In a
compress, turmeric is used to heal injuries and skin lesions. When it is eaten, it cleanses the blood. This also contributes to the health of the skin.
Yes, this is Carrageenan, that additive that thicken, emulsify, and preserve foods. But, when applied to the skin Irish moss acts as a demulcent, which means it soothes inflamed or irritated skin.
This herb can also be drunk as a tea or used as a compress for skin problems such as acne and eczema. It soothes boils, bruises, warts, and canker sores.
This micro-algae is bought as a dried powder and can be sprinkled on food or mixed with drinks. It is a great source of chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and proteins. Its ability to cleanse the blood and help circulation promotes skin health.
Yellow Dock Root
Drunk as a tea or taken in capsule form, this mildly astringent root is rich in iron and can build and cleanse the blood. This makes it a good choice for skin conditions. Yellow dock root is also used in formulas to treat psoriasis and eczema.
Use the oil of this root externally to heal skin conditions that feature itching and scaling such as eczema and psoriasis. It also is used to treat ringworm, athlete’s foot, acne, and other inflammatory skin conditions.
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