You are probably well aware of the power herbs can have – aside from adding outstanding flavor to your favorite dishes, just a quick scan of the herbal supplements aisle at your local grocery or drug store proves the intense effect herbs can have on our health – helping with everything from immune system support to improving brain function.
It seems like a no-brainer that herbs can also help the largest organ in your body – your skin. When applied topically, certain herbs have the power to calm, tighten, heal and enhance the tone of skin – not to mention having a scent that is sure to please your senses. You can look for these substances in creams, lotions and other skin products, but you might also want to try a natural source straight from the spice rack!
As tasty as this herb is in your mojito, mint is one of the best herbs for your skin. Peppermint leaf powder can buff away dry skin and fight bacteria on the skin. Added to certain skincare products, it can also soothe itchy or infected skin because of its anti-inflammatory properties. Mint also contains vitamin A, which means it can strengthen skin tissue and help if your skin is oily.
Okay, this is a root, not an herb, but it’s still found in tons of herbal supplements and the natural foods aisle. Eating it is one thing – it has tons of antioxidants, most notably gingerol, which fights signs of aging and improves blood flow to the skin. It also smooths skin, improves evenness and gives it a little glow. But applying it topically is also great for many reasons. Its anti-inflammatory properties also help when applied topically to fight blemishes (killing bacteria-causing acne) and lightening age spots.
Chamomile is arguably one of the most common herbs used for everything from promoting sleep to calming babies with colic. But it can also have seriously awesome benefits for your skin, too. It contains the compound alpha-bisobolol, which reduces the appearance of fine wrinkles, and its antioxidants make skin look younger by fighting off those free radicals. Look for a face wash that contains chamomile, or apply cooled chamomile tea bags to your skin to reap these benefits.