Topical & Facial by 1stChineseHerbsTopical 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 salves & balms, poultices & compresses, and bath & foot bath. Try a variety and see which ones work best for you and your skin!

Common Topical & Facial Herbs

Below is a chart of some of the more commonly used topical and facial herbs. You might even have some of these herbs available in your kitchen!

Herb Properties
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 Astringent, for dry skin.
Eucalyptus Antispectic, 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, antifungal, antiseptic, for all skin type.
Lemon Balm Astringent, anti-bacterial, refreshes the skin.
Lemongrass Astringent, tonic, antifungal, 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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