Did you know that most, perhaps 75%, of all traditional medicines are refined herbal medicines? An example of this is the isolation of morphine from opium in 1806. This was the first time chemical methods were used to extract the active chemical components of a plant. The chemical processes used to isolate morphine led to the production of the widely used cough suppressant codeine. There are countless examples of commonly used medicines derived from a variety of plant materials, and some of them can often be found in your own backyard.
You should always consult your doctor for medical conditions before using any natural or synthetic treatment, but the purpose of this article is to inform you of the various botanical-derived remedies that can be considered to treat some of the most common skin problems. There are many advantages to using herbs rather than drugs derived from herbs. A standard drug consists of one or sometimes two medically active chemical compounds, plus carrier compounds and a buffer. Herbs and herbal formulas often contain at least dozens, and in many cases hundreds, of active ingredients. Many active ingredients act on the body and simultaneously on each other. This serves to make the primary active ingredients of the plant more effective. It also serves to prevent toxic reactions that can lead to side effects. Herbal remedies are more likely to correct conditions without causing additional problems.
Although there are many techniques for making herbal remedies, for skin and hair treatments and to simplify the home remedy process, I recommend purchasing the herb in the form of essential oil. Essential Oils are highly concentrated extracts of the plant and can be purchased in small dropper bottles from your local nutrition store or online. Just one drop of essential oil is usually equal to 1 full ounce of the herb.
Before applying essential oil to skin or hair, you should ALWAYS dilute the oil first. A carrier (or base) is used for this purpose. The carrier may be a natural oil such as olive, jojoba, apricot kernel or similar oil. You can also use your favorite unscented lotion, shampoo or conditioner as a carrier base. I often use organic aloe vera gel to treat skin ailments because of the extraordinary healing benefits of the aloe vera plant. I also prefer the use of aloe vera gel as it is not greasy and oily on the skin.
A good rule of thumb for diluting essential oil in a carrier base to treat a skin condition is to use about 8 to 10 drops of essential oil per 1 full ounce of carrier base. If you are using more than one type of essential oil, divide the drops equally into 1 full ounce of carrier base, for a total of 8 to 10 drops of various essential oils.
Below is a list of 40 herbs, each with a summary of their healing benefits. Choose from 1 to 3 herbs to use for the specific ailment you are treating and add the appropriate number of drops to your carrier base as described above. Stir or shake to mix the ingredients well and store in a tightly closed container. Apply to the affected area 2 to 3 times a day.
The largest natural source of alpha hydroxy acid. Moisturizing, soothing, hydrating and healing for all skin types. Aloe Vera has exceptional healing properties, is anti-inflammatory and soothes the skin, and can help heal cuts, scrapes, burns, radiation burns, and insect bites.
It is good for dull, irritated, inflamed skin, psoriasis and fungal infections.
Regulates hair and stimulates hair growth, anti-inflammatory, anti-spasmodic, anti-infective, antibiotic, very good insect repellent and also good for acne.
It is good for eczema, herpes, acne, psoriasis, skin infections, herpes, blisters, shingles and chicken pox. Antiseptic, antibiotic, antispasmodic, antifungal, antiviral, anti-inflammatory.
Perfect for boils, eczema and chronic skin and hair problems. It prevents the body’s own immune system from attacking the skin, killing streptococcal bacteria and many disease-causing fungi that infect cracked skin. Add shampoo or conditioner as a scalp treatment to improve hair strength, shine, body and combat hair loss, itching and/or dandruff.
Anti-bleeding, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, fungicidal. Perfect for burns, cuts, eczema, oily oily skin, bruises, soothing skin, inflammations, insect bites, rashes, sores, chapped dry skin, stretch marks and diaper rash.
Cleansing properties, antiseptic, anti-fungal, good for oily or blemished skin, natural astringent used in acne treatments. Relieves eczema, psoriasis, skin inflammation, dandruff, insect bites, hair loss, dry or oily hair, softens the skin.
Chamomile is excellent for severely infected skin as well as many skin conditions. It has anti-inflammatory effect, it is good for hypersensitive skin, eczema, skin rashes, acne, rosacea and allergic skin reactions. When used in shampoo, it brings out natural shine and highlights in the hair.
Birdgrass is great for wounds, abscesses, skin irritations and rashes. Chickweed has an anti-inflammatory effect similar to cortisone.
Good for infections, antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, warts, antiviral
An essential South Asian herb:
It is insect repellent, keeps mosquitoes, ticks, fleas and other insects away.
Renews skin cells. It is good for oily skin and hair, blemishes, mature, wrinkled or inflamed skin, acne, boils and puffy skin.
Natural astringent and antibiotic. It is good for mature skin, oily skin and acne. It stimulates cell regeneration.
It is one of the most valuable herbs in both cosmetics and medicine. Regenerates aging tissues.
Antiseptic, antibiotic, antifungal, infectious and antiparasitic. Renews skin cells. It is good for insect bites and rashes.
Perfect for acne, scar tissue, mature skin, stretch marks, blemishes, warts, old scars, dermatitis, broken veins and burns. Antibacterial properties.
Good for dry, mature, aging skin, acne, scars, reduce wrinkles, balance oily skin, heal all skin types. Anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, natural astringent.
Excellent antifungal with antibiotic properties that fight secondary bacterial infections.
It is good for wounds, scars and psoriasis. It stimulates the regeneration of skin cells and sub-connective tissue, has a beneficial effect on collagen and prevents its overproduction in wound formation, accelerates the healing of burns and skin grafts, and minimizes scarring.
Acne, athlete’s foot, tones and tightens the skin, is used as an antiseptic, disinfectant, detox and anti-infection. A good astringent for oily skin and hair, helps hair growth.
It is a natural antioxidant used in cosmetics to reduce swelling, especially around the eyes. It also has astringent properties.
Natural source of vitamin C and malic acid. It is used to treat wounds, dandruff and stimulate hair growth. It has antibacterial properties.
It is good for acne, bruises, cuts, wounds, dermatitis, eczema, inflammations, scars and cell regeneration.
It is used for sensitive, mature, aging skin and stretch marks. It is beneficial for dry, oily, irritated skin.
One of the most popular herbs, lavender is excellent for many skin conditions including dermatitis, eczema, sunburn, insect bites, infections, rashes, infected hair follicles, pimples, blackheads and mild forms of acne. Antiseptic, analgesic, antispasmodic, tonic, anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, anti-infectious, antitoxin and anti-parasitic
It is good for infections, acne, boils, warts; increases the shine and growth of hair and nails, is an antibiotic, astringent and antiseptic. It is beneficial for oily skin, hair and skin blemishes.
It is good for infections and acne. Natural astringent, antiseptic, anti-infective, anti-parasitic and anti-fungal. It is also good for enlarged pores.
It is beneficial for inflamed skin, boils, athlete’s foot, cracked skin, mature skin, wrinkles and ringworm.
Scar tissue increases flexibility and reduces stretch marks. A good facial emollient is great for general skin care, regenerating skin cells and toning mature, dry and sensitive skin.
St. John’s Wort:
Excellent antibacterial and antiviral properties for the treatment of burns, cuts, scrapes and minor skin irritations. It can also help herpes breakouts.
It is good for acne, scars, blackheads, athlete’s foot, eczema and other fungal infections. Antibiotic, anti-viral, anti-infectious, antiseptic, moisturizing, regenerates skin cells, helps regulate oil production of the skin.
Natural antiseptic, anti-fungal and antibacterial. Used for dermatitis, athlete’s foot, ringworm, parasites, rejuvenates skin cells, mature and dry skin, scars, eczema, inflamed, cracked skin, acne, removes dandruff, repels insects and relieves insect bites.
Natural antiseptic, antiviral, antitoxin, antibiotic and anti-infectious. It is useful for herpes, herpes and shingles.
Natural astringent, anti-infectious, antiseptic, astringent, antiviral and emollient. It regenerates cells, heals radiation burns more quickly, heals scars and is suitable for all skin types, especially mature, dry and sensitive skin.
It is good for infections, acne, skin care and hair care, It is natural anti-toxic and antiseptic.
Anti-infectious, antibacterial, antiseptic and anti-fungal. Good for Candida, acne, dry, sensitive, inflammatory dermatitis, scars, wrinkles, regenerates cells.
Used for scarring, acne, dry, aged, cracked skin, soothing as an aftershave, good for dry and oily hair and increases collagen’s water retention. Natural antiseptic, astringent and emollient. It promotes new cell growth.
Tea Tree is an important herb that is extremely beneficial for various skin conditions such as cuts, wounds, abrasions, rashes, insect bites, nail fungus, dermatitis, ringworm, thrush, lice, boils, herpes, acne and infections. It can protect the skin during radiation therapy, reduce swelling, heal scar tissue, control oil in the skin and dry out pus.
It is beneficial for acne, cuts, mature skin, oily skin, dry skin, infections, inflammations, renews cells, is good for saggy skin, softens and moisturizes.
Natural astringent that also tones the skin. For all skin types.
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