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Best Herbs for Natural Skin Care

Updated: Mar 4

For thousands of years, people have turned to nature to support healthy skin and/or to deal with problematic skin issues. These time-tested botanicals have proven themselves to be some of our best allies.

The following are a few of the best herbs for natural skin care:

Calendula (Calendula officinalis

Calendula flowers are renowned for their gentle, skin-nourishing properties. They are an excellent addition to skin and scalp conditioning formulas and bring soothing, hydrating qualities to protective salves, diaper balms, and skin care recipes that are designed to neutralize irritations, itchiness, and dryness.

Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla

The use of chamomile in skin care has been documented for thousands of years. Since ancient times, people have added this gentle flower to both skin and hair care formulations, especially to soothe minor irritation, redness, etc. It is an excellent choice for cleansing washes and serums.

Horsetail (Equisetum arvense

Horsetail has high silica and collagen content, so it’s good at delivering nutrients and stimulating circulation, making it an excellent choice for all skin types and particularly good for the scalp. It is cleansing and soothing for skin issues caused by occasional inflammation. The mineral content in horsetail is also beneficial in strengthening weak nails, which are of course made from skin cells.

Lavender (Lavandula angustifoliaor Lavandula x intermedia

Lavender has been one of the most beloved skin care herbs since ancient times. It is often found in soaps, salves, soaks, and other skin care formulations because it supports and refreshes skin while providing a calming floral scent. It is an excellent choice for all skin types and is especially good for cleaning pores and soothing isolated irritation and inflammation.

Nettle Leaf (Urtica dioica)

Nettle leaves are astringent and contain silica and minerals, making them beneficial to both hair and skin. An excellent choice in cleansing washes and facial toners for all skin types, its astringent properties make it an especially good choice for dry skin, reducing redness, balancing sebum production, and supporting healthy skin elasticity. Nettle is also particularly useful in hair care formulations that stimulate circulation at the scalp and support hair follicle health. It is an excellent choice for overall hair health and soothing occasional scalp irritations. Nettle is wonderful for all hair types and can help keep sebum in balance so hair doesn’t become too dry or oily. 

Peppermint (Mentha x piperita

Menthol and menthone are the two primary compounds in peppermint. They provide a refreshing, revitalizing quality when added to hair and skin care formulas. Good for all skin types, peppermint’s natural cleansing and cooling qualities are particularly good for oily skin and soothing for occasional skin irritations. In hair care formulas, peppermint can stimulate the scalp and increase circulation to give an invigorating boost to healthy hair follicles and is also an excellent choice to address issues involving dandruff or an itchy scalp.

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)

Rosemary has long been studied for overall hair and skin health and beauty and is an excellent choice for all hair and skin types. It is often used in skin care recipes intended to balance sebum and soothe occasional irritation and redness. It is also known to stimulate circulation at the scalp, which in turn supports hair growth and shine can help to reduce dandruff and can ease scalp conditions.

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