We all want healthy looking skin.
What should we do as concern increases
about synthetic chemicals in skin care products?

We should return to nature!

 

Natural Herbal Skin CareHerbs and flower preparations have been used for centuries for both men’s and women’s facial care, to help treat skin problems, improve skin quality and enhance the skin’s appearance.

Herbal skin care is extremely personal. You are unique and so is your facial skin. Depending upon your genetics, age, climate and environmental conditions, the best herbs to use for skin care will vary greatly.

The following chart gives an overview of some of the great facial herbs available -- a starting point to help you choose the best for your skin.

 


Herbs For Facial Care 

Basil Natural Facial Care
Basil,
Ocimum basilicum, a mild astringent, is a good cleanser and tonic for skin. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help with a wide range of skin problems including acne. Basil has been used for thousands of years as an anti-aging remedy due to the high antioxidant content which prevents free radicals from damaging skin cells. 

Good For: Toner; Mature Skin; Acne; Oily Skin


Burdock Facial Skin Care
Burdock,
Arctium lappa, rich in fatty acids that stimulate blood flow, increase blood circulation and eliminate toxins, has been used for centuries for treating all forms of chronic skin problems. The root is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties making it an excellent acne herb and natural acne treatment. 

Good For: Acne; Irritated Skin



Calendula Natural Facial Skin Care
Calendula,
Calendula officinalis, known for its calming, anti-inflammatory, and skin healing properties helps decrease skin irritation and inflammation of sensitive and acne prone skin. Effective in treating sun burn, acne, eczema, inflamed skin and rashes it also nourishes and softens skin. 

Good For: Astringent/Toner; Irritated Skin



Chamomile Natural Skin Care
Chamomile,
Matricaria recutita, with its emollient, healing, tonic, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, has a soothing and calming effect on troubled skin. It contains azulene which helps to reduce puffiness and cleanse pores of impurities. Chamomile in a facial steam may also be useful in relieving a tension headache, stress and chest tightness due to congestion.

Good For: Chamomile Astringent/Toner; Dry Skin; Irritated Skin; Congestion


Chickweed Natural Skin Care
Chickweed,
Stellaria media, useful in treating inflammatory skin conditions, brings relief from chronic itching caused by eczema, psoriasis and other rashes. Chickweed salve moisturizes dry or chapped skin.

Good For: Irritated Skin; Itchy Skin



Dandelion Organic Skin Care Acne
Dandelion,
Taraxacum officinale, root helps the body dispose of unwanted skin bacteria. A rich source of vitamins A, B, C, D and trace elements, the root is is beneficial in promoting clear skin and excellent for treating skin disorders such as acne. It is applied topically to treat eczema and other skin conditions.

Good For: Dandelion Acne: Irritated Skin


Elder Flowers Organic Skin CareElder Flowers, Sambucus nigra, is the oldest herb cultivated by man. They are mildly astringent and help soothe dry mature skin. Elderflower tea was used to fade freckles, age spots and skin blemishes. Elder flowers have been used for thousands of years to treat skin inflammation.

Good For: Acne; Mature Skin



Eucalytptus Natural Skin Care
Eucalyptus,
Eucalyptus globulus, acts as an antiseptic, antiviral, bactericidal, decongestant, expectorant and insecticide. Since the leaves contain a chemical called eucalyptol, which may help loosen phlegm, it is often used to help treat cold congestion and bronchitis.

Good For: Congestion


Fennel Natural Skin Care
Fennel,
Foeniculum vulgare, is a useful treatment for prematurely aged, sun-damaged and wrinkled skin. It can clear and tone skin, balance skin oils and reduce wrinkles. A great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, fennel seeds are known to have properties that help diminish the effects of aging.

Good For: Dry Skin; Mature Skin



Figwort Natural Skin Care
Figwort,
Scrophulara nodosa, is commonly been used in the treatment of skin problems that result in an itch or irritation, such as eczema or psoriasis. It has been used to speed the healing of burns and wounds. 

Good For: Irritated Skin


Green Tea Natural Face CareGreen Tea, Camellia sinensis, is naturally rich in a group of antioxidants called polyphenols. that help rejuvenate skin cells. A mild astringent, green tea is used to cleanse, tone and purify the skin. One popular folk remedy used is to place damp tea bags on your eyelids to reduce swelling, puffiness and dark circles. A mixture of green tea and honeysuckle called "pimple tea" is a popular Asian remedy for acne.

Good For: Acne; Toning



Helichrysum Natural Face Care
Helichrysum,
Helichrysum arenarium, is an excellent choice for anti-aging skin care formulations. An infusion of helichrysum can help heal scarring, minimize fine lines and wrinkles, calm inflammation and regenerate skin cells. It's natural anti-inflammatory properties, make it helpful for acne prone skin, irritated skin, and combination skin.

Good For:  Mature Skin



Hibiscus Natural Face Care
Hibiscus,
Hibiscus sabdariffa, or Javakusuma, a natural emollient, is great for softening skin. A natural antioxidant, hibiscus firms and lifts the skin. The flowers contain a firming agent that has a natural Botox type effect that helps calm skin and smooth out wrinkles. Its high mucilage content helps hydrate skin.

Good For: Mature Skin



Holy Basil Natural Skin CareHoly Basil (Tulsi), Ocimum sanctum, is used in facials to fight acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. As a powerful antioxidant, it helps in preventing early signs of aging signs and makes the skin more youthful. Tulsi is helpful in conditioning the skin by improving blood circulation thereby helping cells receive the nutrients and oxygen.

Good For: Irritated Skin; Mature Skin


Honeysuckle Natural Facial Care
Honeysuckle, Lonicera japonica, flowers, and leaves help stimulate circulation and have antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that can help relieve skin rashes including eczema and psoriasis. Honeysuckle is also used to help treat and cure acne on the face and body. It has vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help nourish and heal the skin.

Good For: Irritated Skin; Acne



Jasmine Natural Skin Care
Jasmine,
Jasminum officinale, flowers have skin-softening properties and are beneficial to dry, sensitive or inflamed skin. Jasmine flowers have antibacterial and antifungal properties, nourish skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles and increase skin elasticity. Jasmine has been used for beauty purpose since the ancient Ming Dynasty in China.

Good For: Dry Skin


Juniper Astringent Skin CareJuniper Berries, Juniperas communis, have anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties that help balance skin oils, help with oily skin and have a healing effect on acne and inflamed skin conditions. Steam inhalations of juniper berries is an excellent treatment for colds, coughs and excessive phlegm.

Good For: Oily Skin; Congestion


Lady's Mantle Natural Skin CareLady's Mantle, Alchemilla vulgaris, possesses excellent tissue firming properties. It helps soothe, cleanse and heal dry, sensitive skin and rashes in skin irritations such as eczema. A good astringent to help decrease large pores, Lady's Mantle is often found in anti-wrinkle creams.

Good For: Mature Skin



Lavender Natural Skin CareLavender Natural Skin CareLavender, Lavendula officinalis, has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti fungal and antiseptic properties that can be helpful for those suffering from acne. Its ability to balance oil production makes it a great choice for those with combination skin. It helps calm stressed skin, increases blood circulation reduces local pain on inflamed skin, stimulates the growth of new skin cells and promotes healing. Lavender is a great herb for all skin types.

Good For: Dry Skin; Mature Skin; Oily Skin


Lemon Balm Natural Skin CareLemon Balm, Melissa officinalis, a mild astringent with antibacterial properties, is great for oily and acne prone skin types. It helps tone, balance and refresh the skin. It cleanses and closes open pores and has a soothing effect when used as a face toner or facial steam for dull, sensitive skin. 

Good For: Astringent/Toner; Oily Skin 


Lemongrass Skin CareLemongrass, Cymbopogon citratum, has astringent and tonic properties that help balance skin oil, minimize pores and firm the skin. An antifungal and antibacterial herb, lemongrass can help limit bacterial and fungal growth on the skin. 

Good For: Oily Skin; Acne; Astringent/Toner



Licorice Plantain Skin CareLicorice Root (Yashtimadhu), Glycyrrhiza glabra, is a traditional herbal remedy used in India and around the world. The root has strong anti inflammatory properties that will both soothe the skin and inhibit the production of irritants which contribute to skin conditions such as acne.

Good For: Acne; Irritated Skin



Marsh Mallow Root Natural Skin CareMarsh Mallow, Althaea officinalis, has anti-microbial and anti-inflammatory properties that soothe the skin and help calm irritation and inflammation. Valued for its ability soften skin, emollient marsh mallow helps skin maintain its natural moisture level without increasing oil production. It also tones down blotchy complexions and helps with blemishes.

Good For: Irritated Skin; Oily Skin; Dry Skin



Neem Natural Skin Care Acne Psoriasis
Neem
, Azadirachta indica, naturally astringent, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal has been recognized in ancient Ayurvedic texts. Its leaves and bark are used to heal rashes, minor wounds and a myriad of skin conditions.

Good For: Acne


 
Peppermint Natural Skin Care
Peppermint
, Mentha piperita, has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and astringent properties. It stimulates nerve endings and increases local blood flow, which may help with dry skin. Peppermint cools, refreshes and revitalizes, tones and clarifies skin. Peppermint leaf steam produces menthol vapors that may help relieve nasal and chest congestion.

Good For: Astringent/Toner; Dry Skin; Congestion


Plantain Natural Skin Care
Plantain,
Plantago major, rich in beta carotene (vitamin A), calcium and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), has both antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. It helps nourish, soothe and calm itchy, inflamed and irritated skin conditions as it draws out impurities. Plantain oil helps revitalize tired skin and is often found in anti-aging treatments.

Good For: Irritated Skin; Mature Skin



Red Clover Natural Skin Care
Red Clover,
Trifolium pratense, a natural anti-inflammatory, has been used for centuries to help with many types of skin problems. It is one of the most useful remedies for children with eczema. It is also useful for the treatment of other skin conditions such as psoriasis and acne.

Good For: Irritated Skin; Mature Skin



Red Raspberry Natural Facial Skin Care
Red Raspberry,
Rubus idaeus, leaves act as an astringent by tightening the top layers of skin. Great for people with oily skin or those suffering from acne, raspberry leaves can relieve irritation and improve tissue firmness.

Good For: Astringent/Toner; Oily Skin



Rose Petal Organic Facial CareRose Petals, Rosa spp, has healing properties that are useful in treating mild inflammation. It's has a cleansing, astringent, toning, moisture retaining, stimulating and soothing effect. It's moisturizing and nourishing qualities give a boost to all skin types. Rose is particularly beneficial to dry, sensitive skin, it is also great for mature skin as it may help to prevent wrinkles and fine lines.

Good For: Astringent/Toner; Dry Skin; Mature Skin
 


Rosehips Organic Facial Care
Rose Hips,
Rosa spp, are packed full of vitamins and minerals. The oil contained in rose hips is useful for treating dry and mature skin. In a facial steam, rose hips may be included to reduce signs of aging and provide moisture.

Good For: Mature Skin


Rosemary Natural Skin CareRosemary, Rosemarinus officinalis, stimulates blood circulation by improving blood flow to the skin. As an invigorating toner and astringent, rosemary helps restore elasticity. Great for dull, lifeless or oily skin, it antibacterial properties help with blackheads.

Good For: Astringent/Toner; Dry Skin; Congestion


Sage Natural Skin Care


Sage,
Salvia officinalis, rich in antioxidant, astringent, and antibacterial qualities, soothing sage leaves are great for oily skin and for wrinkled, sagging complexions. Sage cleanses, stimulates blood circulation, closes pores and restores elasticity.

Good For: Astringent/Toner; Oily Skin


Self Heal Herbal Skin Care
Self Heal,
Prunella vulgaris, high in antioxidants and tannins, has anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and astringent properties. It has long been used topically to treat acne, rashes, scarring, eczema and skin irritations.

Good For: Acne; Astringent; Irritated Skin



Speedwell Natural Skin Care
Speedwell,
Veronica officinalis, is a soothing herb that helps relieve chronic skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis. It has some astringent properties and helps relieve itching.

Good For: Irritated Skin



Thyme Natural Antiseptic Skin CareThyme, Thymus vulgaris, has antiseptic and antifungal properties that cleanse, heal and soothe inflamed skin. Thyme is often used for deep cleansing. Studies have shown that thyme has antibacterial properties greater than benzoyl peroxide, which is the active ingredient in anti acne preparations.

Good For: Acne; Astringent/Toner; Oily Skin; Congestion


Witch Hazel Astringent Natural Skin CareWitch Hazel, Hamamelis virginiana, leaves are astringent and help deep clean oily skin. It can soothe red, irritated skin while helping to prevent acne. Witch Hazel can be used for all skin types but is especially great for combination skin.

Good For: Oily Skin; Astringent/Toner


Yarrow Natural Skin CareYarrow, Achillea millefolium, flowers are used for their astringent, healing and soothing effects on the skin. Yarrow strengthens skin tone and can be used for problem, oily skin, large pores, and wrinkles. Its strong soothing properties can be helpful to those suffering from inflamed skin or chronic redness. Yarrow steam may also help relieve inflammation of mucous membranes and bronchial tissues.

Good For: Astringent/Toner; Oily Skin; Congestion


Using Facial Herbs

Dry Herbal Facial Scrub

Natural Herbal Scrub
Using a scrub about once or twice a week will stimulate circulation and help slough off dead skin cells. The exfoliating action of an herbal scrub will leave facial skin feeling soft and looking radiant. If you have sensitive skin, be extra gentle. Scrubbing too vigorously can leave unsightly blotches, although these will fade with time. If you have sensitive skin, be extra gentle.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup oat flour
  • ⅓ cup dried ground herbs (pick one or use a mixture)
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar 

Directions

  1. Grind herbs in a clean coffee grinder.
  2. Combine the oat flour, herbs and sugar in a very clean jar or container
  3. The scrub can be stored in a tightly sealed container in a cool, dry location for 2 to 3 months
  4. To use the scrub place some a small amount in the palm of your hand. Add enough water** to make a paste. Apply the paste mixture evenly over your face, avoiding your eyes. Massage the gently into your skin, using circular motions. Rinse thoroughly.

 **You can substitute a good organic facial oil, yogurt or honey for the water. 

 

Organic Facial Astringent TonerMake your own herbal face rinses,
steams and toners using the
guide above for your skin type or issue!

 

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