Your skin is the largest organ in your body but as such it can also be subject to any number of issues, including minor irritations like acne, cuts and scrapes on up through more serious conditions like psoriasis and skin cancer. While there are a number of over the counter and prescription remedies for some of these problems, there are also a number of natural treatments to choose from if you want healthy, glowing skin and eight of the best herbs for this are discussed below.
Calendula or marigold has long been used as a skin tonic due to its ability to help regeneration skin tissues and to reduce inflammation and irritation of the skin. This can make it especially useful as a treatment for skin damaged by sunburns or by the aging process.
Aloe is a traditional remedy for wound healing and the regeneration of skin after burns, but it is also effective as an anti-inflammatory and can soothe down skin irritations, which makes it useful in treating frostbite, psoriasis and dermatitis.
St. John’s Wort
When used topically in a cream or lotion, St. John’s Wort can calm skin irritation and is effective as a treatment in burns, bruises, cuts, open wounds and nerve damage. It has strong antiseptic and antibacterial properties, so it can also help prevent infections.
Peppermint can be applied to the skin in a cream, lotion or massage oil, its cooling and freshening properties stimulates and revitalizes it, reducing redness and irritation, shrinking pores and restoring youthful elasticity.
Green tea can also be applied topically to the skin. Its antioxidant properties work to help fighting signs of aging and it can also be used as an effective acne treatment, since its natural antimicrobial properties can kill of the bacteria which causes acne in the first place.
Chamomile has a long history as a skin tonic and contains a compound called alpha bisabolol that helps to promote healing and regeneration of the skin. It is an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory and is great for treating sunburns, rash, eczema and allergic dermatitis.
More than just calming and soothing the skin, active ingredients in lavender can help prevent degeneration of the skin tissues, and can spend the healing of wounds. It is good for an array of skin disorders including psoriasis, eczema, burns, rashes and acne.
Comfrey’s active ingredient in allantoin, which can protect the skin against oxidative damage and also help it to regenerate. When used in a poultice, it is a great remedy for issues like abrasions and lacerations.
Your skin is incredibly important and is one of the most visible parts of you, so it is to your benefit to keep it nourished and supported. The herbs mentioned above will keep your skin healthy and treat an array of irritations and disorders as effectively as anything from the pharmacy, and usually at a much more reasonable cost!
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