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Herbs for Skin Care and Hair Care
This is a short description on how to use Aromantic's dried herbs and
flowers for skin and hair care. A more comprehensive description of these
herbs can can be found in tthe The Aromantic Guide to the use of Herbs in Skin, Hair & Health Care Products. Please note that if you have or suspect
a medical condition, it is important that you consult your local GP before
using these herbs.
Birch leaves disinfect wounds and are considered to alleviate
most skin complaints, including cellulite. The leaves are used
externally as an astringent and antiseptic (the bark is even
more effective) for inflammations of the skin and for strengthening
the skin tissue.
From Flowers. Used for its healing and tissue regenerating properties
for all types of skin. Calendula is good to use in all cases where
cell regeneration is required such as in cases of sunburn and
sores where the skin is red and irritated. Also good as a regular
wash for spots and boils.
From Flowers. Chamomile herbs have well known sedative and relaxing
properties. Used in skin and hair care for its cleansing and
soothing benefit. Good for sensitive and irritated skin. Good
also for scalp irritations.
Herbs derived from aerial parts (gathered before flowering).
The variety of tannic acids in Cleavers have an astringent and
antiseptic effect and this makes the herb good for healing burns
and wounds. Use an infusion 20-25g per litre of water.
Comfrey Leaves have a high carbohydrate content and considered to rejuvenate
the skin and to have healing, soothing and moisture retaining
properties. They are good for rough, damaged skin and can, with
time, alleviate wrinkling and enable skin tissue to regain its
youthful elasticity. Allantoin promotes skin cell regeneration,
stimulates the growth of new cells and helps sensitive skin to
become more resilient, counteracting dryness and cracking. Should
not be used internally because of its pyrroliziden alkaloid content.
From flowers. Used as a Face Toner for its soothing and astringent
effect on the skin. It has antibacterial as well as antioxidant
properties and is successful when included in Eye products such
as Gels, since it has a gentle astringent effect, but also soothes
inflamed and irritated skin. It is very successful when used
for washing out wounds and for mouth ulcers.
Root and aerial parts. Considered to regulate and soothe the
skin and to enhance overall immunity. Use in Ointments,
Creams, Compresses and Toners for wounds, skin regeneration,
skin infections, and inflammatory skin conditions.
Flowering plant. An Infusion can be used as a Face Wash for oily skin and is added to a bath to relieve backache.
An astringent and antifungal herb, it is often used to treat slow healing wounds, insect bites. As a Gargle or Mouth Wash it can be used to relieve laryngitis, a sore throat, oral yeast and other oral inflammatory or fungal conditions.
The fresh plant is also often used as a whisking herb in saunas.
Whole plant. Often called the 'Beauty Herb', Horsetail
is considered to strengthen connective tissue and skin. Clarifying,
astringent, closes the pores and stimulates production of new
skin cells. Because of its high Silica content the whole plant
is used as an abrasive.
Leaves and flowers. According to herbalist Maurice Messegue,
Hyssop contains substances which protect the skin against sunburn.
Hyssop is anti-perspirant and astringent, like Sage, and can
be used in Deodorants.
Leaves and Root. Used in Skin Care products for its healing
effects. It is supposed to soothe, cleanse and heal dry, sensitive
skin. It reduces swellings, is good for chapped and broken skin
on the hands and feet, is a good astringent for large pores and
can be used in Anti-Wrinkle Creams.
Flowers. Lavender is considered to be Beauty product. Lavender
has many sedative compounds that can penetrate the skin. Good
for normal and dry skin, Lavender is used as a tonic for all
types of skin. Can also be used in Deodorant.
Whole plant (leaves). Effective in Creams and Toners for mildly
oily skin, cleanses and closes open pores, has an astringent
and soothing effect when used as a Face Toner or Facial Steam
for tired, sensitive skin.
Used as a Compress, in Lotions and Creams for oily skin, it
is supposed to be cleansing, clarifying and emollient and soothes
sensitive skins with surface blood capillaries. Can have a positive
effect on dry and sensitive skins. Used extensively in Hair Care
products where is supposed to counteract hair loss, prevent and
cure dandruff, reduce oily secretions and improve the quality
of dry, lifeless hair and stimulate the scalp. Best results in
hair are achieved through Rinses and Hair Packs (better than
Shampoos). Nettles may also be used in Deodorants.
Used for Skin, Body, and Oral Care as well as in pot pourri making. Considered to have a positive effect on the moisture content and elasticity of the skin and helps the skin to detoxify. Add the powdered Orris Root to Peeling Creams and as Peeling Grains to Soaps. You can also use it as a Tooth Powder. Simply dip your toothbrush into it and brush teeth or add 10% finely ground powder to Toothpaste Recipes.
Peppermint Leaves (Organic)
INCI Name: Mentha piperita L.
Peppermint cools, refreshes, stimulates and revitalises. It
is considered to restore elasticity to the skin, to tone tissue,
close pores, reduce swellings, counteract bad smells, reduce
redness and irritation and clarify the skin. It is good for oily
and large pored complexions. It is also commonly used for its
cooling and soothing qualities in products like Ointments and
Creams for the feet.
Leaves. Plantain is an effective topical treatment for a number
of conditions, namely: Wounds of all kinds - particularly
effective at removing the itch from bites and the sting from
cuts and grazes (Poultice, Ointment); Good for minor burns including
mild sunburn (Compress, Oil, Ointment); Insect bites (Cream,
Rose Oil, Rose Water and an Infusion made from Rose Petals are
used in Skin Care products for tender, dry, sensitive skin and
have a cleansing, astringent, toning, moisture retaining, stimulating
and soothing effect. When Rose is included in a Cream or Lotion,
it stimulates and protects the skin, while moisturising and hydrating
it. It gives a boost to all skin types, and is particularly beneficial
to dry, mature and sensitive skin.
From Leaves. Rosemary is used as a fragrant additive in soaps
and other cosmetics. An infusion can also be used as an invigorating
toner and astringent. Rosemary added to a bath strengthens and
refreshes, especially when used following an illness. Considered
to stimulate blood circulation and to restore elasticity to the
skin, Rosemary is also effective for lifeless and oily skin,
for blackheads and spots (antibacterial).
INCI Name: Salvia officinalis
Sage Leaves are used for Oily, spotty skin and for wrinkled, sagging complexions.
(Facial Toners, Lotions, Creams); Cleanses, stimulates blood
circulation, closes pores and restores elasticity. (Facial Toners,
Cleansers, Lotions, Creams). Sage Oil inhibits the action of
glands like the sweat and saliva glands.
John's Wort (Organic)
INCI Name: Hypericum perforatum
Flowers and Leaves. St. John's Wort soothes irritations of the skin with generally
beneficial effects as the herb has calming properties. While
St. John's Wort is soothing to the skin, it also makes
the skin photosensitive so the skin should not be exposed to
sunlight after St. John's Wort has been applied externally, such
as in a Cream, Ointment or Macerated Oil. Even taking it internally
may make fair-skinned people more sensitive to the sun.
Wild Pansy is healing, cleansing and soothing and is used in
Compresses, Baths, Steam Baths and in Creams and Ointments for
Skin Care. It is especially effective in helping to treat problem
skin. When combined with Comfrey, it is supposed to reduce pores
and rejuvenate the skin.
Leaves. Is well used in the cosmetic and toiletry industry in Face Toners,
Shaving Creams, Face Packs and Aftershave Creams. The steam distillate,
infusion or tincture of fresh leaves and twigs of Hamamelis is
used because of its astringent and anti-inflammatory effects,
and has also been recommended for certain skin conditions, insect
bites, bruises, etc. Its high tannin content has a strengthening
astringent effect on veins. It can be used as a Facial Toner
for oily skin and to control minor pimple formation.
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