Herbs are being used in the beauty recipes since time immemorial. Although, lotion, serum or pills are handy solution to get a better skin but herbs are classic skin care solutions. Your skin is an outer reflection of your inner health. In that case, to clear up your skin issues, you need to clear up any underlying health issues. Humans know that different herbs can clear up breakouts and make skin glow. Here is a list of some herbs and spices that can be beneficial for your skin:
Oat straw is the stem of the oat plant while it’s still green. It is a great source of silica and calcium; it has been used for hundreds of years for skin problems and to correct imbalances in the blood sugar. Oat straw is most often made into tea or extracts and added to food. Oat straw tea contains six different B vitamins, vitamin A, vitamin E, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, iron, calcium, manganese, phosphorus, and anti-oxidants.
Horsetail’s other name is shavegrass - it works as an exfoliant and probably still is in use in some places. An astringent, horsetail is full of silica that supports the suppleness of the skin. It can be drunk in tea but is often dried, powdered and made into a poultice to put on the skin. It can also be added to a warm bath. Horsetail contains many nutrients and minerals. These include calcium, iron, manganese, silica and antioxidants. Besides being an antioxidant, horsetail is also anti-microbial, anti-bacterial, and anti-inflammatory.
The leaf and seeds of this plant are used for skin health. Alfalfa is full of carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is an antioxidant that is vital for the health of the skin, hair and nails. Alfalfa is also full of necessary trace minerals, vitamin K, chlorophyll and amino acids.
Nettle leaves are excellent when it comes to inflammatory skin diseases, especially in children. They clear up eczema and clean ulcers and wounds. Nettle contains vitamins C and K, B vitamins, as well as minerals like calcium, magnesium and iron, etc. It also has amino acids and antioxidants.
This is the fruit of the rose plant. Extremely rich in vitamin C, it is an all-purpose tonic. It can be taken as a tea, as capsules, as part of a mask or in a facial. It also makes an excellent jelly. Rose hips contain vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin B-complex, as well as minerals like calcium, iron, selenium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium, sulfur, silicon, and zinc.
Turmeric is derived from the rhizome of a plant that resembles the ginger plant. Turmeric is used to heal injuries and skin lesions. When it is eaten, it cleanses the blood. This also contributes to the health of the skin. Turmeric contains more than 300 naturally occurring components including beta-carotene, ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium, flavonoids, fiber, iron, niacin, potassium, zinc and other nutrients.
This micro-algae is bought as a dried powder and can be sprinkled on food or mixed with drinks. It is a great source of chlorophyll, vitamins B1, B2, B3, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium, manganese, amino acids, antioxidants, and proteins. Its ability to cleanse the blood and help circulation promotes skin health. Spirulina has 2300% more iron than spinach, 3900% more beta carotene than carrots, 300% more calcium than whole milk, and 375% more protein than tofu.