Topical and facial herbs have been used for thousands of years to promote natural healing, treat skin problems, and enhance the appearance of the skin. Skin care can vary widely from person to person as there are different needs dependent on age, genetics, environment, diet, and climate. Be sure you consult with your naturopathic doctor, physician, or herbalist before starting a new herbal regimen.
Topical and facial herbs are, by definition, meant for external use. There are a variety of ways to use topical and facial herbs, including herbal salves & balms, poultices & compresses, and bath & foot bath. Try a variety and see which natural herbs work best for you and your skin!
Common Topical & Facial Herbs
Below is a list of some of the more commonly used topical and facial herbs. You might even have some of these herbs available in your kitchen!
Basil - Astringent, tonic, cleanser, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory.
Burdock - Stimulates blood flow, eliminates toxins, anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial.
Calendula - Cell repair, soothing, dry skin repair, calmative.
Chamomile - Healing, tonic, soothing, calmative, anti-inflammatory.
Chickweed - Anti-inflammatory, moisturizer.
Cnidium - Eczema, skin rashes, itchy skin.
Dandelion - Vitamins, clears skin.
Elderflowers - Antiseptic, antiviral, expectorant.
Eucalyptus - Antiseptic, antiviral, expectorant.
Fennel - Sun damage, wrinkles, vitamins.
Green Tea - Antioxidants, astringent, skin purifier.
Hibiscus - Emollient, skin softener, antioxidant.
Honeysuckle - Antibacterial, circulatory, healing.
Jasmine - Skin softening, for dry skin.
Juniper Berries - Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, antiseptic, for oily skin.
Lavender - Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, antiseptic, for all skin type.
Lemon Balm - Astringent, anti-bacterial, refreshes the skin.
Lemongrass - Astringent, tonic, anti-fungal, anti-bacterial.
Licorice Root - Anti-inflammatory, skin soother.
Peppermint - Anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial, astringent.
Rose Petals - Healing, anti-inflammatory, soothing.
Rosemary - Circulatory stimulant, toner, astringent.
Sage - Antioxidant, astringent, anti-bacterial.
Thyme - Antiseptic, anti-fungal, deep cleansing.
Yarrow - Astringent, healing, soothing.
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