5 Best Herbs for Natural Skincare

Our skin is literally our first line of defense, not only against the outdoor elements, but also things we don’t often think about like the detergents we use in our laundry, the chemicals in cleaners, and the daily exposure of air pollution. Air pollutants hurt the skin in a variety of ways; they can activate cell metabolism and inflammation, cause free-radical damage, break down healthy collagen, etc., all of which ultimately throws off the balance of the skin’s natural microbiome. When that microbiome is unbalanced, some people experience skin sensitivity, acne, rashes, hives, and redness. Others struggle with dry, itchy skin and an uneven complexion. Our skin is the first line of defense in our immune system. That’s why it’s important to give it all the support we can.

For thousands of years, people have used nature’s medicine to support healthy skin. These time-tested botanicals have proven themselves to be some of our best allies. You can use fresh or dried herbs in teas and tinctures for internal use or you can make your own topical skin formulations. In many cases, there are essential oils or hydrosols of herbs available that can also be a great choice and bring the wonderful side benefit of adding powerful aromatic qualities. The following are a few of our favorite herbs for the best natural skin care:

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


Chamomile: Chamomile has been used in skin care 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 cleansers and serums.


Lavender: Lavender has been one of the most loved 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.


Peppermint: Good for all skin types, peppermint’s natural cleansing and cooling qualities are particularly good for oily skin and soothing for occasional skin irritations and dryness.


Rosemary: Rosemary has long been studied for overall skin health, and is an excellent choice for all skin types. It is often used in skin care recipes intended to balance oil production and soothe irritation and redness.


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