Anti inflammatory herbs for skin: Herbal Anti-Inflammatory Agents for Skin Disease
Herbal Anti-Inflammatory Agents for Skin Disease
J. Graf, MD
Department of Dermatology, New York University Medical Center, New York, USA
Herbs have been used in clinical medicine for thousands of years. However, it is only in recent times that we have been able to employ scientific methods to prove the efficacy of many of these herbs and to give us a better understanding of their mechanisms of action. This article will focus on the use of herbs in various dermatological conditions characterized by inflammation and pruritus. Topical preparations of many of these herbs are more commonplace in Europe. However, their availability is increasing in the US. As this is occurring we are witnessing a growing marriage between alternative and traditional medicines.
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The process of inflammation involves the release of vasoactive mediators and chemotactic factors such as histamine, leukotrienes, proinflammatory prostaglandins and lymphokines. These substances are responsible for the capillary dilation and increase in permeability, resulting in swollen, inflamed tissues.
Many herbs have demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity. Turmeric (Curcuma longa), the major ingredient of curry powder and prepared mustard, has a long history in both Chinese and Ayurvedic (Indian) medicine as an anti-inflammatory agent. The volatile oil fraction of turmeric has demonstrated potent antiinflammatory activity in a variety of experimental animal models, while curcumin, the yellow pigment of turmeric is even more potent in acute inflammation1. When used orally, curcumin inhibits leukotriene formation, inhibits platelet aggregation and stabilizes neutrophilic lysosomal membranes, thus inhibiting inflammation at the cellular level2. Curcumin is reported to possess greater anti-inflammatory activity than ibuprofen3. At low levels, curcumin is a prostaglandin inhibitor, while at higher levels it stimulates the adrenal glands to secrete cortisone4. Formulation difficulties due to the yellow color of curcumin has made topical use slow in coming. However, recent developments in technology may change that. The standard oral dose of curcumin is 250-400 mg, three times a day.
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra) has been used for centuries to treat inflammatory and viral diseases. The active part of the root contains glycyrrhizin, (a triterpene saponin), at concentrations ranging from 7-10%. It is converted to glycyrrehetic acid (GA) in the body. This herb has been used extensively in Europe as an anti-inflammatory agent, and in Japan as an antiviral agent with success in treating chronic hepatitis. It has been shown to inhibit the activity of proinflammatory prostaglandins and leuktrienes, and appears to have a cortisone-like effect making it useful as an anti-inflammatory5,6. In one study the effects of topical corticosteroids were significantly enhanced by the addition of 2% GA7. Another study reported that the use of topical ointments containing active isomers of GA exerted anti-inflammatory activity in a number of subacute and chronic dermatoses8. When compared, topical corticosteroids were superior in the treatment of acute atopic dermatitis. However, GA was superior when treating chronic conditions such as contact dermatitis, seborrheic dermatitis, psoriasis and other conditions characterized by inflammation and pruritus8. Although topical preparations are not available in the US, compresses can be prepared by adding 3 gm (1 tsp) of the extract in 150 ml of water. Orally, the dosage depends on the form in which it is taken. In powdered root form, the dose is 1-4 gm daily. In fluid extract form, the dose is 1 tsp before meals and as a solid extract, the dose is 1/2 tsp before meals. Generally speaking, although herbs have far fewer side effects, they do exist and caution must be exercised in patients with hypertension when using oral licorice root. Elevations in blood pressure have been reported. Much smaller doses, or none at all, should be used for patients with cardiac or renal histories.
Bromelain, a mixture of proteolytic enzymes from the stem of the pineapple plant, has demonstrated anti-inflammatory activity in a wide variety of conditions. It appears to inhibit the production of pro-inflammatory prostaglandins, induce production of antiinflammatory Series 1 prostaglandins, and reduce capillary permeability9. Bromelain is quite useful postoperatively as an agent to speed healing and reduce postsurgical pain and swelling.
Willow bark (Salix alba) contains salicin, known for its antipyretic and pain relieving activity since ancient times. Available in many forms, willow bark extract can be found in many topical and oral products primarily in health food stores.
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) has been used for centuries by Native North American tribes to soothe inflamed skin. Much of the anti-inflammatory properties of witch hazel extracts can be explained by the presence of astringent tannins, which enhance the soothing effects10. However, it is important to note that commercially available witch hazel extract does not contain tannins because they are lost in the distillation process. Nonetheless, it is still believed to be soothing when applied to inflamed skin.
Turmeric, Indian saffron (Curcuma longa)
250-400 mg, 3 times/day
Licorice root (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
1-4 gm daily
Bromelain, Pineapple (Ananas comosus)
80-320 mg, 2-3 times/day for 8-10 days19
White willow bark (Salix alba)
To make a tea: 1-2 tsp of powdered bark steeped in 1 cup boiling water for 8 hours19
Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana)
External decoction: 2-3 gm fine cut powdered bark in 150 ml water19
For external use only. If taken internally, GI and hepatic damage can occur18
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita and Chamaemelum nobile)
3 gm whole flower head, 3-4 times/day, between meals19
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
External: 100 gm/20 l hot water for sitz bath19
Oak bark (Quercus alba)
3 gm/day of cut herb. For rinses, compresses and gargles: 20gm/l water19
Walnut leaf (Juglans regia)
2-3 gm dried leaf/100ml water19
Fenugreek (Trigonella foenum-graecum)
Internal: 6 gm/day
Chamomile refers to two distinct plants. Matricaria recutita is known as German or Hungarian chamomile, and Chamaemelum nobile is known as Roman or English chamomile. Although the plants are not identical, they are used for the same types of conditions. The active constituents of chamomile include the terpenoids (bisabolol, matricin, chamazulene) and flavenoids (apigenin, luteolin)11. Studies have documented the antiinflammatory and soothing effects of creams containing chamomile in patients with various inflammatory dermatoses12. It is often used in a variety of cosmetic products and as soothing compresses.
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium), contains anti-inflammatory ingredients including chamazulene. Known for its antiinflammatory and anti-pruritic activity, it is used externally in the form of compresses and bath additives.
Oak bark (Quercus alba) contains a mixture of tannins including catechins, oligomeric proanthrocyanidins and ellagitannins. Due to their astringent, vasoconstrictive and cooling properties they make excellent soothing compresses.
The use of aloe as a medicinal can be traced back to 333 BC, and there are over 180 aloe species identified. It is widely used for the treatment of burns and wounds. The active component is a polysaccharide that forms a protective and soothing coating when applied to the skin. The ability of aloe to accelerate wound healing was demonstrated in a study with patients who had fullface dermabrasion20. Aloe vera was also found to be effective in the treatment of psoriasis21 and it has been used as a biologically active vehicle for certain ingredients.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis), derived from the marigold plant, is quite widely used in topical skin and hair preparations as a soothing ingredient. Its anti-inflammatory effects are a result of triterpene flavonoids and saponins22. It has been used topically as an antiseptic agent and applied to poorly healing wounds.
Capsaicin inhibits substance P, a peptide transmitter involved in pain transmission, cutaneous vasodilation, and the inflammatory process. Capsaicin has also been found to be effective in the treatment of plaque-type psoriasis23,24. It is worth noting that the first few applications of topical capsaicin often result in burning and stinging. These symptoms diminish with continued use. However, in both studies noted, the dropout rate was significant due to these reactions.
Other anti-inflammatory herbs
Walnut leaf (Juglans regia), extracted from the dried leaves of the English walnut, contains ellagitannins, whose astringent properties can be soothing to weeping lesions when used as compresses. There are many other topically applied antiinflammatory herbs that are used mostly in Europe and Asia, such as mallow (Malva sylvestris), wild pansy (Viola tricolor), and fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum) that contain several anti-inflammatory saponins.
The bioflavenoids, including quercetin and hesperidin, inhibit histamine release and mast cell degranulation, and support capillary integrity13,14. Quercetin (found in high levels in onions) inhibits phospholipase A2 and lipoxygenase enzymes. This results in the inhibition of proinflammatory prostaglandins and leukotrienes.
Essential fatty acids
The essential fatty acids are those fatty acids that are not synthesized or are poorly synthesized by humans. Historically, a diet rich in land animal fats results in much higher levels of arachidonic acid with a concomitant increase in proinflammatory prostaglandin synthesis. Conversely, a diet rich in fish will have the opposite effect, increasing anti-inflammatory prostaglandins. Several studies demonstrate marked clinical improvement in atopic patients using dietary supplementation with either eicosapentanoic acid (EPA), or gamma-linoleic acid (GLA)15,16,17. The most effective fatty acids include EPA, docosahexanoic acid (DHA) from fish oils, and GLA from plant oils such as borage, black currant, and evening primrose, since they bypass the desaturation enzyme steps. It generally takes several months of fatty acid supplementation before improvement is noted. There are anecdotal reports about the application of evening primrose oil to chapped, irritated skin, leading to clinical improvement and healing.
As our familiarity with herbal ingredients increases and we employ our known scientific methodology to study them physiologically, our ability to treat patients satisfactorily, with fewer side effects will be enhanced. Many more herbs are being studied for their therapeutic as well as preventative roles in traditional medicine, thus narrowing a gap that has been present for many years.
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Anti Inflammatory Herbs For The Skin
Do you suffer from sensitive skin conditions?
Maybe you’re looking for something to take the fire out of the itch?
Then botanical herbs for the skin may just become your new best friend.
Medicinal herbalists have long used botanicals to help soothe inflamed and maddeningly itchy skin patches that plague sufferers of skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Applied topically and taken internally, many herbs will help eliminate toxins in the bloodstream that appear to trigger inflammation. These can be applied topically or taken internally and will actively help to soothe symptoms such as rosacea, psoriasis, eczema, and dermatitis.
Soothing aloe vera
Applied topically, aloe vera has a wonderfully soothing and cooling effect on the skin; it is both an anti-irritant and anti-inflammatory.
Comfrey is one of our favourite herbs for the skin here at NC, simply because it has so many skin-loving benefits.
It has a high mucilage content, making it a wonderful moisturising ingredient. It contains an important compound referred to as allantoin, which helps with cellular rejuvenation, making it a useful ingredient, if you need to treat wounds or reduce new scar tissue.
Although not exactly a herb, we believe this little ingredient certainly deserves a special mention; this is because Cucumber being both cooling and calming, is the perfect antidote for sunburnt and stressed-out skin.
Cucumber also contains a compound known as Silica, an important compound for building healthy connective tissue.
Balancing German chamomile
This is another wonder herb for the skin. Chamomile has many important components including the chemical compound chamazulene, which naturally reduces inflammation and calms an irritated, inflamed skin type; it is widely used as a topical application for inflamed skin concerns, including rashes, insect bites, burns, eczema, and psoriasis.
If you would like to find out more about the healing properties of this interesting herb, our article on the benefits of chamomile is worth a read.
This extract is one of those all-round useful herbs for the skin, helping to clear breakouts and skin eruptions; it is also extremely healing, helping repair sun-damaged, stressed-out skin.
This tea has many catechins, which have potent anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and anti-ageing effects benefits.
Applied topically green tea can also help strengthen the epidermis your outer layer of skin, speed up wound healing and inhibit melanin – an enzyme found in your skin that can cause pigmentation, which means fewer sunspots.
Studies have also found, that using a lotion or serum containing green tea 30 minutes before going out in the sun can reduce DNA damage and the risk of sunburn.
As you can see, some wonderful herbs have a real affinity with the skin, helping to calm and soothe inflammation.
Here at the Naked chemist, the aim is to harness the richness and diversity of New Zealand’s natural botanical habitat.
We have managed to fully achieve with bio lipid complex and nectar treatment balm, which delivers healing energy to below the skin’s surface, to anywhere that needs it.
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Best natural anti-inflammatory herbs
Many herbal remedies could have anti-inflammatory properties. However, the evidence to support the majority of these claims is lacking. Inflammation is the body’s primary defense mechanism against infections, wounds, and other forms of harm.
However, inflammation itself can be harmful in some cases. For example, many conditions can cause inflammation to remain elevated, resulting in tissue damage.
A range of anti-inflammatory drugs exist to help control inflammation in the body. However, they often have side effects and may not always be effective.
Natural compounds that are present in certain herbal remedies also have the potential to be anti-inflammatory. However, there is much less research in this area.
This article will list herbal remedies with the most evidence for their anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric typically comes in the form of a yellow powder from the root of the turmeric plant.
It contains a chemical called curcumin, which may have anti-inflammatory properties.
Several studies have shown that turmeric can help reduce inflammation and discomfort in people with arthritis.
It works by limiting the production of molecules called cytokines, which cause inflammation.
Researchers continue to investigate how curcumin affects inflammation in a range of other conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease. Curcumin has the most substantial evidence base for its anti-inflammatory effects compared with other herbal remedies.
Turmeric is available in the form of capsules, tablets, teas, pastes, and extracts. Methods of taking turmeric will vary, depending on the intended use.
Ginger, or Zingiber officinale, is a tropical plant that has long had a place in traditional medicines.
Ginger may have anti-inflammatory properties. There is evidence showing that many of ginger’s constituents can limit the production of cytokines and the activity of cyclooxygenase enzymes, which promote inflammation.
Research has found that the anti-inflammatory properties of ginger could be useful in treating several conditions, including arthritis and pain.
Ginger can be fresh or a dried root. It can also come in the form of tablets, capsules, and teas.
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Green tea comes from Camellia sinensis leaves. Research has linked it to a variety of health benefits, such as aiding weight loss.
Green tea has anti-inflammatory properties that could underlie some of these specific health benefits.
For example, there is evidence to suggest that a component of green tea could disrupt processes that cause inflammation in the arthritis.
Other studies have found that green tea can have a positive effect on inflammation in people with metabolic disorders. Researchers suggest that it may drive these anti-inflammatory effects.
Green tea typically comes as a hot or cold drink. It is also possible to buy capsules, tablets, and creams that contain green tea.
Many other herbal remedies may also have anti-inflammatory properties. Examples include:
- white willow bark
However, there is not much research available on these remedies. Without this research, it is not possible to say with certainty whether these anti-inflammatory effects exist, or if they are effective treatment options for people with inflammatory conditions.
While a greater evidence base exists for the remedies in this article, the research in this area is still in the early stages.
For example, scientists have conducted many studies into the anti-inflammatory benefits of turmeric. However, the quality of these studies is not high enough to support the claim that turmeric can effectively reduce inflammation in humans.
It is also important to remember that studies in this area tend to use highly concentrated forms of these herbal remedies.
In some cases, certain compounds are isolated. One example of this is curcumin from turmeric. This means that the effects may differ when taking different forms of the remedy.
Share on PinterestA person should discuss taking herbal remedies with a doctor as they can interact with certain medication.
As with taking any drug, there is the potential for side effects and complications to occur when taking herbal remedies.
As the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) do not regulate herbal remedies, the exact ingredients and quality of these products may vary. This also means that there is less reliable information on the safety of these products.
However, according to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health, turmeric, ginger, and green tea are generally safe.
That said, some potential side effects include:
- gastrointestinal problems
- liver problems
- abdominal discomfort
- sleep problems
It is also possible for these herbal remedies to interact with certain medications. For example, green tea can interact with certain beta-blockers such as nadolol.
It is important to discuss any herbal remedies with a doctor, who can advise further on drug interactions that may occur.
There is some evidence to support the claim that turmeric, green tea, and ginger have anti-inflammatory properties.
For people with inflammatory health conditions, consuming these herbal remedies could be useful for reducing inflammation.
However, more high-quality research will be necessary to confirm these effects. These herbal remedies are generally safe, but it is important to consult a doctor before taking them in conjunction with other types of medication.
11 Best Herbs That You Must Use for Your Skin Care
We all want glowing skin. In fact, a lot of people invest a lot of money in skincare products to get younger-looking skin. If you also have spent a lot of money on beauty products but didn’t get the desired result, it’s time that you look for solutions in your home. Yes, you should try herbs, spices, and other natural remedies for your skin problems. Read this article to find out which herbs are good for your skin.
Herbs and Spices That Are Good for Your Skin
Many herbs hold therapeutic advantages for your skin. In addition to successfully tackling skin issues, they can greatly improve the cellular firmness and health of the skin. Below is a list of herbs, spices, and some other options that are nature’s gift:
Chamomile contains alpha-bisabolol, an influential compound which can diminish the development of wrinkles. It also heals skin irritations like burns and acne faster. Chamomile can be taken in the form of tea or you can use it as a face wash. However, it may not suit everybody’s skin and body. So use it with caution.
It is one of the most effective herbs for dry skin. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral properties which can enhance the health of the skin considerably. The oil-soluble compound carotenoids present in calendula work wonder for your skin. It heals inflammation, psoriasis, rashes, age spots, dermatitis, varicose veins, stretch marks, and warts.
3. Holy Basil
Holy Basil is a culinary herb which has antifungal and antibiotic properties. It is very good for the skin. It is a wonderful skin tone booster which can revive dull looking skin. It can also help in soothing, healing, and rejuvenating the skin. Being rich in antioxidants and Vitamins A and C, this herb destroys the harmful free radicals and gives wonderful skin.
4. Aloe Vera
It is called the “Plant of immortality” owing to the numerous benefits it offers for the skin. Its anti-inflammatory properties can heal our skin. It can deeply moisturise the skin and acts as a protective barrier saving the skin from environmental damage. Its beneficial enzymes make it one of the finest herbs for skin. Aloe vera can treat blemishes, cleanse dead skin, and combat acne.
This wonderful spice is not new to us. We know you must have been using it in your skin regimen for long. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties help keep the skin free of blemishes and deeply nourish the skin. The antiseptic properties of turmeric can provide relief from acne. It can also soothe skin conditions like rosacea and eczema. This powerful spice is arguably the most potent remedy for skin problems.
Lavender can be used as a cure for acne and eczema. Lavender oil has a pleasing scent and it is very calming for the skin. It not only nourishes the skin but also helps in eliminating bacteria which tends to penetrate deep into the pores and cause pimples and flareups. Thus, it is ideal for healing and preventing acne. The antioxidants and antimicrobial properties help curb oxidative harm which can cause premature ageing of the skin.
It is an ayurvedic herb which is very beneficial for the skin. It is full of antioxidants which help in eradicating the free radicals that can trigger dark spots, wrinkles, blemishes, and fine lines. It has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antibacterial properties that help heal and prevent wounds and other skin irritants.
This unique herb with a strong aroma is also one of the best herbal remedies for skin problems, for it is jam-packed with antioxidants, iron, beta-carotene, and Vitamin C. It can give you soft and supple skin. Its juice can work like a charm for curing acne and outbreaks. It is an amazing disinfectant and a detoxifier.
Parsley is a miraculous herb for it can balance oil production, lessen inflammation and prevent skin discolouration. This flavoursome herb can fight acne. It can also help diminish fine lines and wrinkles.
This herb has astringent properties which can make your skin firm. It can also help you deal with acne and outbreaks. It has a high silica content which is a component of collagen, the element that keeps the skin supple and youthful. Thus, it is a great anti-ageing herb.
This antifungal natural ingredient is used to treat many skin disorders. This rich spice also comprises of antibacterial properties which can purify the build-up of cellular waste that is mainly responsible for skin ailments. It is full of iron, calcium, Vitamins B6 and C, and manganese which can help thwart oxidative impairment from free radicals that contribute to premature ageing.
Commercial beauty products may end up causing more damage than benefit to the skin. To attain optimal skin wellness natural options like herbs are the best choice. They can heal your skin problems and give you a natural glow. So try out these herbs. However, do consult a doctor before using them.
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Herbs for Skin Health
Some useful herbs include:
Echinacea (Echinacea angustifolia) is often used to clear up
mildly infected skin problems and teenage acne. It can also be used topically.
Sarsaparilla (Smilax officinalis) is a cleansing and detoxifying
herb, used traditionally for psoriasis, acne and rosacea. It can be drunk
as a tea or taken as a tincture.
Burdock (Arctium lappa) is considered to be a liver herb, and
helps with elimination and clearing skin problems. It is often used in
long standing cases of acne and psoriasis.
Chamomile (Matricaria recuitita) is a gentle nerve relaxant,
anti-inflammatory and healer. It combines well with plantain and nettle
for the treatment of eczema.
Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) is a cooling and strengthening
herb for the skin. It promotes healing and works well in a tea blend.
Nettle (Urtica dioca) is traditionally used as a gentle blood
cleanser and anti-allergy remedy. It is particularly useful for itchy,
allergic skin conditions and can be taken as a tea or tincture.
Research has been done in the last decade that continues to support the
use of many herbs in skin conditions. For example:
Oregon grape root
St. John’s Wort
Hypericum perforatum, Liquorice (
Glycyrrhiza glabra) have been shown to be effective in the treatment
of atopic dermatitis (Reuter et al, 2010).
Oregon grape root
Mahonia aquifolium, Indigo (
Indigo naturalis) and Cayenne (
Capsicum frutescens) are effective treatments for psoriasis (Reuter
et al, 2010).
Green tea extract (
Camellia sinensis) and tea tree oil (
Melaleuca alternifolia)have been investigated in the treatment of
acne (Reuter et al, 2010).
Podophyllin and green tea extract (
Camellia sinensis) are effective treatments for condylomata acuminata
(Reuter et al, 2010). Podophyllin is a resinous extract from the rhizome
of American Mayapple (
Podophyllum peltatum) or Himalayan Mayapple (
Balm mint and a combination of sage and rhubarb have been shown to be
effective in the treatment of herpes simplex in proof of concept studies
(Reuter et al, 2010).
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disease? Part 1: Atopic dermatitis, psoriasis, acne, condyloma and herpes
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Creams or lotions containing these herbs can help alleviate skin conditions:
Starflower (Borago officinalis) seed oil is soothing, healing
and anti-inflammatory. It is useful to treat inflamed skin such as in eczema,
psoriasis or dermatitis.
Chickweed (Stellaria media) is a cooling herb for hot, itchy
Chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is used by herbalists to reduce
redness and inflammation in itchy skin conditions. It combines well with
cooling peppermint for itchy eczema.
Pokeroot (Phytolacca decandra) may help to reduce redness and
scaling in psoriasis when used as in a prescription only ointment.
Calendula (Calendula officinalis) is used for its healing and
antiseptic properties to prevent infection and heal broken skin. It is
useful in acne, dermatitis, eczema and to heal wounds.
Tea Tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) essential oil has a strong
antibacterial action, and is extremely useful in treating acne, as a herbal
cream, gel or in skincare preparations.
Caution: Stopping the use of steroid-based creams suddenly can cause skin
conditions to flare up. Steroid creams should be withdrawn slowly and can
be used alongside herbal preparations. If in doubt, consult your doctor
or a qualified medical herbalist.
18 Herbal Remedies To Help Heal Summer Skin
Now is a a great time of year to get outside, soak in the sun, and breathe in some healthy, fresh air. But with all of that exposed skin, it also means you’re more vulnerable to sunburns, heat rashes, skinned knees, insect bites, and other assaults to the body’s largest organ.
The following herbal remedies can help to relieve the discomfort of cuts, scrapes, or other skin irritations. Many of these remedies can be found right in your pantry!
18 Herbal Remedies To Help Heal Summer Skin
Gel from the aloe vera plant has long been used to treat burns, scrapes, and other skin irritations. Its potent anti-inflammatory properties dilate blood vessels, speeding up the healing process. Prevents infection and scarring.
An infusion of this flowering herb can be used to stop bleeding from cuts and scrapes. It is also useful for reducing inflammation from pimples, rashes, and other skin irritations.
This member of the daisy family is a powerful anti-inflammatory and antibacterial for cuts and scrapes. It also helps to stimulate new tissue growth.
A dusting of this common kitchen spice can stop minor bleeding in a pinch – literally! It appears that cayenne pepper equalizes the blood pressure to keep the pressure from the hemorrhage area, allowing the wound to clot naturally.
Use chamomile essential oil to relieve rashes, burns, cuts, abscesses, and boils. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties work wonders.
Make a poultice of this common weed to cool and soothe minor burns, skin irritations, and rashes. Acts to relieve dryness and itching. It’s also edible and full of vitamin C!
This common kitchen spice can reduce pain and disinfect wounds as it has antimicrobial properties.
Another everyday household spice that reduces pain and disinfects wounds. Another tip: cloves and clove oil have been used for centuries to treat toothaches!
Salves and ointments from this flowering herb soothe burns, ulcerations, abrasions, lacerations, insect bites, and many other forms of skin irritation. Look for them
Apply oil from this popular garden flower to stop heavy bleeding.
Powder from this flowering herb has powerful antimicrobial and antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can also be sprinkled directly onto cuts or wounds to stop bleeding.
An extract of this herb can speeds healing of cuts by increasing collagen production in the skin.
Applying this natural sweetener to minor cuts and scrapes can help speed healing. It is also an effective antibacterial treatment.
Use the essential oil from this pleasant-smelling herb to relieve rashes, burns, cuts, abscesses, and boils. Its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties speeds healing and relieves pain.
Make a skin wash from the diluted essential oil of this fragrant evergreen to clean out cuts and scrapes.
St. John’s Wort
Known primarily as a depression cure, flowering herb also possesses anti-inflammatory properties.
Tea Tree Oil
This popular essential oil has strong antimicrobial with antiseptic properties and also reduces inflammation on rashes, burns, cuts, abscesses, and boils.
Makes a great all-purpose remedy for scrapes, cuts, abrasions, burns, itches, and other forms of skin inflammation, especially bug bites!
The above article is not a substitute for medical advice. We recommend only using the highest quality herbs and essential oils —a reputable source is Penn Herb Company.
Antioxidant and potential anti-inflammatory activity of extracts and formulations of white tea, rose, and witch hazel on primary human dermal fibroblast cells | Journal of Inflammation
Enzyme inhibition and antioxidant capacity
In comparison to the previous results for the plant extracts WH, WT and RT, the WTEG retained activity in all three assays, inhibiting collagenase and elastase by over 10% when diluted to 1%, along with a TEAC score of > 5 μmoles (Table 1). In contrast, WHD at 10% exhibited a high anti-elastase activity of ca. 41% with no detectable anti-collagenase or TEAC activities under the conditions used. The WHD does however contain 14-15% ethanol, although the final concentration of ethanol in the assay is very low (1.4-1.5%) accounting for some 10% of the elastase inhibition observed . All of the herb extracts, formulations or media that were used were assessed for catalase activity with no activity being detected. Thus, inactivation of the H2O2 by catalase activity by test samples in the cell assays can be ruled out.
Table 1 Summary of results from collagenase, elastase, and antioxidant capacity (TEAC) (N = 6, ± SEM).
Upon addition of H2O2 (0.5 mM) a significant decrease in IL-8 production was observed for all preparations compared to the media controls (p = 0.000) (Figure 1). The WT and the WH extracts exhibited the best activity ranging from 85-83% inhibition of IL-8 production. The RT extract showed the lowest inhibition which was in the range of 30-45%. For the WTEG and WHD products, the inhibition levels range from 47-58% and 36-63% respectively over the concentration range studied. Low concentrations of WTEG and WHD due to the necessary dilution steps used for the WTEG and WHD resulted in activity of circa 50%. An increase in activity might have been achieved had higher concentrations been possible. For WTEG and WHD a potential trend towards a dose response was noted but statistical analysis revealed this was not significant (p > 0.05).
Inhibition of IL-8 release by the WT, RT, WH, WTEG and WHW. Comparisons are against control values for (N = 6 ± SEM, *P < 0.05 compared with H2O2 control). Exact % values are given for clarity. Extracts (~) were tested at 100, 50 and 25 μg final volume, WTEG was tested at 6.25, 3.125 and 1.256% and WHD at 25, 12.5, and 6.25% respectively. Legend indicates volume added in assay to yield afore-mentioned concentrations.
A substantial amount of IL-8 is released during the experiment owing to experimental conditions. Addition of the extracts and formulations had no significant effect on this baseline IL-8 release (Figure 2) over the concentration range studied. In comparison, IL-8 release was greatly enhanced after addition of H2O2 to control samples. All test samples significantly reduced levels of IL-8 release upon addition of H2O2. There was no significant difference between the spontaneous secretion of IL-8 in the media control cells compared to the test controls (p > 0.05), which indicate low cell stress levels. Perhaps a reason for this is that in low FBS media, the cells utilise components of the extracts added. No significant differences were found between the pre- and post-H2O2 levels of IL-8 release for all test samples (p > 0.05) showing high levels of protection in each case.
Effect of treatment on IL-8 production without (wo_) and with (w_) H2
Cells were examined microscopically to assess the protective effects of each test sample against H2O2 induced oxidative stress (Figure 3). There is a visible difference in the control cells upon addition of H2O2, with loss of typical fibroblast appearance, the nuclei becoming condensed and staining dark blue, revealing the occurrence of apoptosis. In contrast, upon treatment with test samples, the cells appear to remain intact and retain their shape on exposure to H2O2 (Figure 3, image 2). The WT and WH treatments exhibit greater activity against H2O2 induced damage than the products WHW and WTEG (Figure 3).
Light microscope images of fibroblast cells (×400) with the extract and product treatments. (A–H) cells treated with 100 μg of plant extracts with and without 0.5 mM H2O2. (I–L) cells treated with 100 μg of plant extracts with and without 0.5 mM H2O2.
The addition of plant extracts to cell media can produce oxidative stress indirectly and has been shown by Lapidot et al. , where the phenolics interact with ingredients in the media producing H2O2. However, microscopic examination revealed that the H2O2-treated cells resemble the controls indicating that any oxidative stress caused by extracts and media may be present but was not detrimental to the cell structure (Figure 3).
Cytotoxicity profiles for each test sample were assayed using the Neutral Red dye assay (Table 2). No significant cytotoxic effects were observed. No toxicity was observed for the products WTEG and WHD. For the extracts, an increase in concentration of WT resulted in increased viability indicating potential nutritive use by the cells which negates supposed low media levels.
Table 2 Cytotoxicity studies showing the % cell viability (N = 6, ± SEM) when treated with various concentrations of extracts and products using the neutral red assay.
The observed anti-IL-8 and antioxidant activity may be owing to the polyphenolic compounds within the extracts. In general, flavonoids from plants have been found to demonstrate antioxidant activity such as kaempferol and quercetin glycosides from Carthamus tinctorius which showed a reduction in oxidative stress and damage in osteoblastic cells . Fruit extracts from Momordica charantia L. have shown in vitro antioxidant activity against H2O2 induced damage in fibroblasts and keratinocytes . As mentioned previously many plant extracts (30 screened in total) including chilli pepper, basil and licorice as well as individual flavonoids such as apigenin, kaempferol and quercetin have led to a reduction in IL-6 release by macrophages. Many of these 30 plant extracts also exhibited a positive effect reducing TNF-α and COX-2 levels as well as increasing IL-10 secretion .
Flavonoids are thought to prevent the formation of ROS by inhibiting enzymes or chelating trace metals which can mediate free radical production as well as being free radical scavengers and upregulating genetic antioxidant defences . Tea contains both kaempferol and quercetin as well as flavanols or catechins up to 30% dry weight and other acids such as gallic acid, caffeic acid and coumaric acid  which may account for the high activity seen in this study especially as a freeze-dried white tea powder was used. Catechins are powerful bioflavonoids and green tea has been shown in vivo and in vitro to have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant activity  (cited by Coyle et al. ). Epigallo-catechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is a catechin found in green and white tea and has been reported to inhibit IL-8 gene expression in respiratory epithelium cells . EGCG and other catechins can also inhibit proteins involved in inflammation, including TNF-α and xanthine oxidase .
Witch hazel leaves and bark contain up to 10% tannins, which contribute to its astringent properties. Bark contains mostly hamamelitannins and catechols while the leaves have more proanthocyanidins, ellagitannins and some essential oils . Witch hazel has been used topically as an astringent and anti-bacterial treatment for skin to alleviate inflammation caused by acne and eczema. Hamamelitannin has been investigated and found to have a significant effect on superoxide anion radical induced damage in murine fibroblast cells and exhibited higher than the activity of gallic acid, used as a positive control . The witch hazel used in this study consisted of leaves and small twigs which suggest a lower amount of hamamelitannin. However, other tannins and polyphenols such as gallic acid may be responsible for the effects as they are strong antioxidants .
Rosa centifolia flowers are the primary plant constituents in the tincture supplied for this study and contain tannins, anthocyanins, and essential oils . A flower extract from Rosa hybrida was found to have significant anti-inflammatory and analgesic activity .
The WT eye gel used in this study is made up of several ingredients including aloe vera, eyebright, rose, and witch hazel extracts as well as sodium hyaluronate which may all contribute towards its activity. No antioxidant activity was observed for hyaluronate which is the major component of glycosaminoglycans which are responsible for the hydration of the skin and also in wound healing and scar formation meaning it stimulates fibroblast proliferation . All these factors may combine synergistically to demonstrate the effects seen in this study. For the witch hazel distillate, with only addition of water and alcohol, infer the activity arises from the WH. It is also important to note that the observed anti-inflammatory effects are still significant and justify the purpose for which they are advertised.
90,000 10 herbs for face beauty: properties, decoctions and recipes
face needs regular delicate
leaving. And they will help in this not only
store cosmetics, but
and medicinal plants. In its composition
they have a large number of useful
components that the skin needs:
valuable essential oils, vitamins, minerals.
A unique set of such elements
provides plants with properties,
necessary for normal, dry,
oily skin, as well as for a face with rashes,
age spots or age
changes.In nature –
solution for many problems.
medicinal plants are easy to prepare
comfortable home masks, scrubs, tonics.
They do not contain dangerous and aggressive
components that can harm
face. Therefore they can be used
even very young girls.
based on medicinal plants your
daily facial will turn
into a pleasant aromatic spa treatment,
which will prolong youth and beauty
Herbs to Maintain Normal Skin
you have normal skin type, this does not mean
what the care procedures will be for her
unnecessary. At least she needs
gentle cleansing and moisturizing.
keep soft, silky,
freshness and attractiveness of facial skin,
provide her food with wholesome
vitamins and minerals using:
perfectly restores and moisturizes the skin
from inflorescences of linden and chamomile.
2 tbsp. l. linden and 2 tbsp. l. chamomile, stir
dry mixture and grind in a blender.
Add 1 tbsp. l. fresh liquid honey and
1 tbsp. l. mineral water without gas. Apply
mask for 20 minutes, then rinse with warm
chamomile and linden complex:
disinfect the skin;
the need to relieve inflammation;
- contribute to
Healing plants for dry skin
the skin suffers from dehydration, lack of
minerals and vitamins A, B, C. And if
wrong or insufficient care
behind such a face, it will lead to an early
skin aging, itching, irritation,
peeling. To prevent such
manifestations, use decoctions and masks
from yarrow, hops, linden, and
be sure to put next to cosmetics
chamomile and nettles.
contains a large amount of vitamin
A, which is combined with beta
hydrolipidic layer of the skin;
her from ultraviolet radiation;
the appearance of age spots;
chamomile contains a large
the amount of vitamin C. It strengthens
blood vessels and positively
affects collagen synthesis, brightens
and evens out skin color, improves
Get rid of
helps against dry skin
Art. l. pour a glass of dry raw materials
boiling water, cover the dishes with a lid and let
brew for 30 minutes.Strain
and use to wipe your face twice
in a day. Store the infusion in the refrigerator.
within two to three days.
helps to reduce dry skin, strengthen
blood vessels and increase the amount of collagen
fibers. This action is possible
thanks to vitamins A and C, which
contained in this plant. Tanning
substances reduce inflammation, smooth
skin tone and organic acids
stimulate metabolic processes.
you have dry skin, try the product
nettle 2 in 1.
2 tbsp. l. dry raw materials with water so much
so that the mixture has a thick consistency.
The mass needs to be heated. Use
nettle gruel as a 10-minute
mask. After – wash it off with warm water.
10 minutes – maximum application time
nettle masks so as not to cause
Herbal medicine for oily skin
the problem of oily skin is
excessive shine, enlarged pores,
acne, a tendency to inflammatory
processes. To avoid such
troubles, should be thoroughly cleaned
and tone the face. Funds will come in handy
yarrow contains flavonoids and
astringent and bactericidal action;
formic acid contributes
maximum skin cleansing, disinfection
and fight inflammation.Vitamin K
improves microcerculatory processes
in the skin, and the essential oil heals acne and
reduces the activity of the sebaceous glands.
You can learn more about the benefits of yarrow.
oily skin and remove rashes will help
Art. l. dry herbs, pour a glass
boiling water, bring to a boil, cool.Strain the liquid and wipe your face with it
twice a day after cleansing the skin.
Mother and stepmother
for oily skin it is useful in that it contains:
substances that kill bacteria
and reduce skin inflammation;
which relieve acne and strengthen
oil that regenerates damaged
acids that regulate the secretion of sebaceous
glands and skin cleansers.
oily skin condition will help
with the addition of mother-and-stepmother.
Art. l. dry herbs, pour 100 ml of boiling water,
leave for 15 minutes. Chilled infusion
strain, add egg white to it
and 2 tbsp. l. lemon juice.
ingredients and apply to cleaned
face skin for 20 minutes. Wash off warm
Natural remedies for combined
combination skin is characterized by
(nose, forehead, chin) and normal or
dry cheeks.Oily areas of the face
suffer from excess discharge
sebum, and dry – from lipid
deficit. Normalize the state like this
skin and improve its appearance will help:
- St. John’s wort.
90,021 rose hips;
acids that regulate
the work of the sebaceous glands, destroy
pathogenic bacteria and shrink pores.Silicic acid prevents
the appearance of acne, stimulates the production
collagen and elastin. Thereby
dryness on the cheeks and cheekbones disappears.
Vitamin C slows down the aging process,
improves cell regeneration, refreshes
skin smooth and matte will help
This is a dry herbal mixture that is delicately
cleanses the skin, nourishes, improves its tone
and regulates the sebaceous glands.
2 tbsp. l. oatmeal, 1 tbsp. l. flax seeds,
1 tbsp. l. dry mint, 1 tbsp. l. horsetail and 1 tbsp. l.
sage. Grind the dry mixture in a blender.
Sprinkle 1 tbsp. l. collection and dilute with water
until the consistency of thick sour cream. Apply
on the face with massage movements, after 5
rinse with warm water for minutes. Leftovers
dry powder, it is advisable to store in
glassware and diluted with water
just before the procedure.
If the skin is sensitive: herbs for it
with a soft effect
peeling, itching, dryness, redness –
face such problems
women with sensitive skin
faces. She is very vulnerable due to damage.
epidermis arising from
adverse environmental factors
environment, stress or aggressive
the skin needs a sufficient amount
vitamins A, C, B3, azulene, calcium,
magnesium.These substances are found in:
sage contains essential oil,
tannins and valuable omega acids
(ursular, oleanic), which:
and refresh the skin;
the appearance of rashes;
- slow down
sage contains phytoncides – substances
which have a strong bactericidal
property and protect sensitive
skin from harmful microorganisms. More
information on the medicinal properties of sage
softening and moisturizing sensitive
skin worth a try
from sage and avocado.
start with a sage decoction: 2
Art.l. pour dry herbs with a glass of water,
minutes, strain. Mix 15 g of broth with
20 g avocado pulp, add yolk.
Apply the mixture to face, after 40 minutes
rinse with warm water.
effectively eliminates inflammation and
has an antiseptic effect.
Ascorbic acid smoothes and
tones the skin, and carotene promotes
her rejuvenation.Mint contains
flavonoids that activate regeneration
cells, saturate the dermis with useful
trace elements and stimulate the production
inflammation and tone up sensitive
skin will help
with mint and chamomile.
Art. l. mint mix with 1 tbsp. l. chamomile,
pour a glass of boiling water, cover
cookware with a lid and leave for 30 minutes.Wipe your face with the prepared infusion in the morning
and in the evening.
Important! Store hydrolat in the refrigerator
within 5 days.
Medicinal plants for problematic
facial skin suffers from excessive
fat content, constant rashes, post-acne.
She requires special care that
help to narrow pores, remove greasy
shine, prevent the appearance of acne.
Therefore, you should choose herbal remedies,
containing vitamins of group B, C, zinc and
salicylic acid.Among them:
- St. John’s wort;
wormwood contains organic
secretion of the sebaceous glands;
wormwood substances reduce inflammation,
kill bacteria and eliminate acne.
Vitamin C gives the skin elasticity,
strengthens blood vessels, tones, improves
face colour. About the use of wormwood in
cosmetology, you can learn more
the fight against breakouts is worth a try
from bitter wormwood
Art.l. dry herbs, pour a glass
boiling water, cover the dishes and
leave for an hour. Wipe down places
inflammation with a cotton pad twice a day.
Shelf life of infusion on condition of storage
in the refrigerator – three days.
Rejuvenation by herbal remedies
facial skin care requires a comprehensive
approach. To pause the appearance
wrinkles and maintain skin elasticity,
you need to take care of cleansing and
nutrition.Together with cosmetic
means, decoctions and infusions are useful
- rose hips;
contain an essential oil that:
aging processes of the skin;
blood circulation and nourishes the skin
which are also included in the chemical composition
hops, activate renewal processes
cells and stimulate collagen production.
Therefore, cone cosmetics
hops not only smooth out old
wrinkles, but also prevent the appearance
from hop cones.
1 tbsp.l. hop and plantain cones,
pour the dry mixture with a glass of boiling water,
minutes. Cool the finished broth and strain.
Wipe cleansed face twice in
– a real find for the tired and
loose skin. It contains vitamins
group B, which:
blood circulation of the skin;
- speed up
transportation of nutrients;
- contribute to
elimination of toxins;
elasticity of the skin.
Moreover, rosemary contains tannic
substances, amino acids, fatty acids,
phytosterols, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc,
which improve cell regeneration,
even out skin tone and pause
wrinkles and cleanse the skin of age
stains will help
with rosemary and apple cider vinegar.
equal parts fresh rosemary, apple
vinegar and purified water.Rosemary finely
cut with a knife, mix with water and
vinegar, leave for 2 hours. Use
mixture for rubbing the face once a day.
Natural cosmetics against freckles and
and freckles occur due to high
activity of melanocytes – cells that
produce melanin. The reasons for this
may be different: excessive exposure
diseases, system disorders
digestion.Women prone to
pigmentation should be used
cosmetics with SPF filters and avoid
complexion and prevent the appearance
new points will help herbal medicine:
even out skin tone and fight
pigmentation can be prepared, for example,
from licorice root.
Art. l. pour the herbs with a glass of boiling water,
leave overnight. Strain the infusion and
wipe your face with it in the morning and evening.
contains a valuable element –
koic acid, which:
the production of melanin;
risk of sunburn.
and nutritional products from medicinal
plants will help preserve youth
and skin health over the years.
Make daily care a pleasure
and see the healing power of natural
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90,000 Herbs for your skin
The most wonderful physician is nature, if only because it heals three-quarters of all diseases and never speaks badly of his colleagues.V. Cherbulier
Women know many beauty secrets and actively use them in everyday life. After all, it is important to be able not only to apply makeup correctly, but also to keep your body in order. To do this, they can use not only cleverly-wise cosmetics, but also the gifts of nature. Various beneficial herbs in particular.
About useful herbs
Women have been taking care of themselves for a long time. Any tricks and recipes were used. To get the effect, they used everything that was at hand.You probably know about the milk baths of Queen Cleopatra, you may have heard about the herbal baths of Countess Erzhbeta Bathory or how the body of the hetera Thais of Athens was anointed with oils.
Nowadays there is no need to go out on your own to collect herbs, dry them and prepare healing masks, compresses and rubbing from them. Already dried herbs are sold in pharmacies. Your task: to figure out which herbs are used for what purposes and to make of them what you need.
What are useful herbs for what
For dry skin: lemon balm, dill, yarrow, chamomile , parsley, rose flowers, dandelion, linden flowers .
For oily skin: St. John’s wort, coltsfoot, oak bark, string, sage, wormwood, calendula .
Beneficial herbs against wrinkles: rosemary, sage , coltsfoot.
Dandelion and parsley have a whitening effect.
But don’t think that’s all. There are a great many different useful herbs. It is simply impossible to cover everything at once. Therefore, if you have a familiar beautician, be sure to consult with him.
A few useful words about beneficial herbs
So that you have at least some idea of how beneficial herbs have an effect on the skin.
Chamomile. The queen among the healing herbs. It also has an anti-inflammatory effect, eliminates flaking, redness. Improves complexion and makes it matte.
Sage. Fights oily skin. Helps with acne, and thanks to tannins, which are in sage, dries pustules on the skin.Use with caution for those whose skin is prone to dryness.
Calendula. Everyone knows these flowers. Do you know what a strong natural antiseptic and disinfectant it is. A very useful plant. Usually used as a tonic for oily skin.
Linden. Linden blossom toner leaves the skin soft and velvety. Use for normal to dry skin.
Rules for the use of masks from useful herbs
All your “drugs” must be tested on a sufficiently delicate skin.For example, on the skin of the wrist. If you suddenly choose the wrong dosage or herb for your skin type, then only a small piece of skin on your hand will suffer, but not your face.
You cannot self-medicate, even with the help of beneficial herbs, if you have cuts, formations, fresh scars on your face. In this case, you are obliged to see a specialist before doing anything yourself.
All your healing lotions, rubbing in and masks from useful herbs should be prepared on the assumption that you use them for a maximum of three days, provided that they are stored in the refrigerator.
Masks made from useful herbs are not used constantly, but in courses. For 10-15 procedures. After 1-3 days.
There is no need to keep the mask of beneficial herbs for more than 20-30 minutes. After they are no longer relevant.
Use ceramic or glass dishes to prepare your own healing “potions”.
The easiest way to use a decoction of useful herbs is to freeze them in ice cubes and wipe your face with such a cube every morning.
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Anti-inflammatory herbs: a selection of effective | NUR.KZ
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Anti-inflammatory herbs are excellent helpers in the fight against inflammation of various kinds. Find out which herbs will effectively help relieve inflammation in the body, read the description and action of each plant.
Here are the best medicinal herbs (list):
Healing herbs: aloe
Describing the most effective anti-inflammatory medicinal herbs, you should definitely remember about aloe. The plant has a wide range of effects on the human body. It can be safely added to anti-inflammatory herbs for the intestines and the entire gastrointestinal tract. The sap of the plant kills streptococci, staphylococci, diphtheria, dysentery, typhoid sticks.
Here are the properties of the plant known:
- wound healing.
In addition, aloe leaves improve digestion and appetite, activate the secretion of food glands. Also, aloe juice has a tonic and immune-enhancing effect, enhances regeneration processes in damaged tissues.
Thyme plant: benefits and harms
My colleagues write in a scientific article that the juice of aloe tree is successfully used for gastroenterocolitis, gastritis, inflammatory skin diseases. I personally witnessed the recovery of a 35-year-old woman from cervical erosion.For a month, she daily inserted tampons soaked in aloe juice into her vagina.
Traditional and official medicine often uses anti-inflammatory herbs in gynecology, and aloe deservedly made it to the list of the best and most effective plants in the treatment of female diseases.
The plant is contraindicated in case of individual intolerance, severe cardiovascular diseases, allergies and acute gastrointestinal upset.
Herbs for joints: St. John’s wort
St. John’s wort has entered the herbs for inflammation that successfully treat joints.It is a tall, erect plant with yellow flowers, a delicate specific smell and a tart taste.
Lemon with honey: beneficial properties
St. John’s wort is known for such beneficial properties:
- reduces pain in rheumatism;
- heals any purulent inflammation: abscesses, ulcers, wounds, loosening of the mouth;
- relieves headaches;
- helps in the treatment of the liver;
- promotes the restoration of damaged tissues;
- relieves pain in the joints in case of inflammation;
Also, St. John’s wort has shown high efficiency in medical practice in the treatment of tonsillitis, influenza, ARVI. There are known cases of positive dynamics of the course of pulmonary tuberculosis when taking tincture and decoction of this unique plant. It is used in the form of drops, oils, decoctions.
However, I remind you: St. John’s wort is contraindicated in hypertension, pregnancy and children under 12 years of age.
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Anti-inflammatory herbs: chamomile
The most useful herbs, of course, include chamomile.This plant is known as a herb, which has sedative, anti-inflammatory and anti-allergenic effects. Chamomile also disinfects, helps to normalize sleep, stops bleeding, has choleretic and diaphoretic properties. Chamomile is at the forefront of the Herbal Antiseptic List.
Herbs for the liver: which plants heal the liver
Chamomile flowers are successfully used for many diseases, including:
- inflammation of the genitourinary system;
- chronic, acute forms of gastric diseases;
- colds, coughs;
- skin diseases, abscesses, boils, wounds;
- migraine, toothache.
Also, you probably know that chamomile is good for diseases of the female genitourinary system.
Anti-inflammatory, bacteriostatic, antiallergenic properties are provided by the chamazulene contained in the herb. The plant is used in the form of aqueous extracts, infusions, teas, decoctions, essential oils, pharmaceutical preparations.
The plant is contraindicated in case of intolerance to plant components and infants up to 1 month.
Antiviral herbs: Weida dye
Some plants that treat humans have antiviral properties.Among the most effective is weida dyeing.
This is a species of biennial plants with simple leaves and small yellow flowers, which are collected in a paniculate inflorescence. The plant can have the following effect:
Dill: benefits and contraindications
In the article “Vaida dyeing” my fellow scientists write that the plant is good for:
- infectious diseases, measles;
- diseases of the spleen;
- skin lesions, decaying ulcers, burns;
- sore throat;
- tumors (at the initial stage of neoplasm).
In China, weida dye has been one of the healthiest herbs for centuries. Tea was prepared from the root, which was used to treat fever, sore throat, ulcers, boils, carbuncles. Complex decoctions of herbs, where the composition includes dyeing weida, are used in China for flu and colds. We have to admit that these tools are really effective.
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Anti-inflammatory herbs for the kidneys: yarrow
Which herbs will help with kidney diseases? The well-known scientific journal “Biology and Integrative Medicine” published an article in which the yarrow is recognized as an effective medicinal plant for many diseases (kidney diseases) in herbal medicine.
Hawthorn: benefits and harms to health
This medicinal herb is anti-inflammatory, hemostatic, antitumor, antiulcerogenic, diuretic, antipsoriatic, hepatoprotective, sedative.
The plant has the following medicinal properties:
- opens blockages, softens;
- has a diuretic effect;
- dissolves and also removes stones from the kidneys;
- Opens brain blockages, treats lethargy;
- Treats Bladder Diseases.
Also in the practice of my colleagues there is data on the use of yarrow for neurasthenia, lung diseases, rheumatism, anemia, dysentery, asthma, uterine diseases, obesity and a number of other diseases.
The plant is used in the form of decoctions, flower powder, infusions, fresh grass gruel, juice, oil extracts, ointments, extracts, soot after burning.
Yarrow is contraindicated in case of increased stomach acidity, pregnancy, heartburn, children under 6 years of age.
Bitter wormwood: medicinal properties, benefits and harms
Nature has given man a huge amount of medicinal herbs that will help maintain excellent health. Choose the most suitable option and be sure: medicinal plants will help to cope with almost any ailment.
Attention! The material is for informational purposes only. You should not resort to the methods described in it without first consulting your doctor.
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Chamomile tea: benefits and contraindications
Candidate of Medical Sciences Anna Ivanovna Tikhomirova
Reviewer : Candidate of Medical Sciences, Professor Ivan Georgievich Maksakov
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Herbs that make the skin beautiful – I am my beloved
For oily skin
Herbs are most often used to improve the quality of oily skin. The reason is clear: herbs contain a large amount of phytoncides, organic acids, tannins and anti-inflammatory substances. All of them have a beneficial effect on oily skin, heal it from problems.
Here is a list of herbs that are good for oily skin:
– Aloe. Disinfects and whitens the face, tightens pores, prevents acne.
– Birch. Reduces shine, tightens pores.
– Oak. Also tightens pores, prevents sebaceous secretions.
– Calendula. Effectively disinfects the skin, relieves inflammation, reduces rashes.
– St. John’s wort. Anti-inflammatory, reduces the appearance of acne and blackheads.
– Nettle. Removes toxins, cleanses the skin, makes it smooth.
– Linden. Cleanses the skin, reduces greasy shine, makes the face smooth and soft.
– Burdock (root): has a beneficial effect on oily skin.
– Mint. Reduces sebum, reduces greasy shine.
– Parsley. Effectively whitens the face.
– Plantain. Removes toxins, heals acne and acne.
– Chamomile. It is one of the best medicinal plants that has anti-inflammatory properties, treats acne and pimples, makes the skin smooth and improves its color.
– Rowan. Cleans the skin, removes blackheads.
– Tricolor violet. Cleanses the skin, removes toxins, relieves acne.
– Horsetail. Tightens pores, reduces oily shine.
Any of these herbs, which you find in the pharmacy, can be used to care for oily skin (you can read about how to use them specifically below).
For dry skin
Dry skin rather requires increased nutrition, therefore, various fats are mainly used to care for it.However, there are also medicinal plants that are useful for her. In particular, these are:
– Oregano. It moisturizes the skin well.
– Thyme. The same has moisturizing properties.
For skin prone to allergies and skin irritations
For skin prone to allergies, irritations and rashes, the use of herbs is necessary. Sometimes they are the only salvation. The following herbs relieve irritation well:
– Immortelle. Soothes the skin, has an anti-inflammatory effect.
– Lavender. Likewise, soothes irritated skin.
– Mother and stepmother. Eliminates rashes, makes the face smooth and silky.
– Sequence. An effective remedy for the treatment of allergies and facial rashes.
For aged skin
In this case, herbs are used to solve problems such as the appearance of wrinkles, age spots, sagging skin.
– Dandelion (root). Prevents the appearance of age spots, discolors existing ones.
– Rosemary. Smoothes wrinkles, rejuvenates the face.
– Chamomile. Prevents the appearance of wrinkles, prevents skin aging.
– Sage. Effectively tightens the skin, gives it a youthful look.
Rules for the use of herbs
It should be understood that herbs are not a panacea, but a good aid. Proper nutrition and a healthy lifestyle are much more important for the condition of the skin.
And one more thing: before you apply any plant, be sure to check its effect on you.Some medicinal plants can cause allergies, for example, even a seemingly harmless herb like chamomile. Everything here is individual, so you must first check the effect of the herb on a small area of the skin, and only when you see that it is harmless to you, you can use it for the face.
Buy herb at the pharmacy, read the instructions carefully and follow them. Some herbs need to be brewed like regular tea, this will be an infusion. Others must be boiled over low heat in a saucepan under a lid to make a decoction (this is indicated on the package).
Healing herbs in cosmetology are used in three ways:
First method. Brew the herb and drink it like tea.
Second method. Add infusion or decoction to any face mask.
Third method. Make compresses with an infusion or decoction of the herb.
Compresses for the face should not be hot, but slightly lukewarm. Take a small terry towel or napkin, soak it in the infusion / broth and put it on your face for a few minutes.After that, the skin will be smoothed, pinkish, fresh and beautiful.
Herbal masks and herbal compresses can be done twice a week.
You can drink herb like tea every day.
There is one more way of using medicinal plants. Make herbal ice cubes and wash your face with them every day instead of water. To make such cubes, prepare a decoction or infusion of the desired herb, sue. Then pour into molds and place in the freezer.
face mask recipes – Beauty – Home
Herbs have a beneficial effect on the skin, making it more youthful and elastic, have a mild soothing and anti-inflammatory effect.The use of herbs in cosmetology allows you to saturate the skin with all the necessary vitamins.
Herbal lotions cleanse and tone the skin, leaving it soft and velvety. Herbal steam baths have an excellent effect. Herbal decoctions can be added to the bath, or can be used in the form of lotions. They perfectly cleanse the face. Ice cubes made from herbal decoctions and infusions moisturize the skin, nourish it, making it more elastic and taut.
The most popular in cosmetology is chamomile.It is indicated for the appearance of inflammatory processes on the skin, as well as for minor injuries, abrasions and wounds. Chamomile tea is perfect for sensitive skin. Regular use will help make the skin look matte and firm. In addition, chamomile decoction is hypoallergenic.
How to cook:
Pour a spoonful of chamomile crushed into powder with half a glass of boiling water and leave for half an hour. Then drain the excess liquid and add a spoonful of honey.Apply to skin for 15 minutes.
Another favorite medicinal plant of many beauties is calendula. A decoction from its inflorescences is an effective remedy for inflamed skin. In addition, it is recommended for the care of oily, problematic and combination skin of the face, also, due to its pronounced antiseptic and antibacterial properties, it is indicated for skin redness.
How to cook:
To smooth the skin, relieve irritation and improve the complexion, you can gruel from a mixture of an equal amount of calendula, chamomile and hops, brewed with boiling water.Mix the cooled mass with a teaspoon of fat sour cream and hold it on your face for 20 minutes.
Perfect for those with normal to dry skin. A decoction from its inflorescences is indicated for the care of dry, mature, aging skin, due to the high content of essential oils, tannins and ascorbic acid. Ice cubes made from linden decoction tone up and refresh the skin well.
How to cook:
A toning face mask perfect for winter can be made by mixing two teaspoons each of linden extract, honey and lemon juice.The mixture is applied to the face and neck for 15 minutes.
A decoction of medicinal sage is effective for inflamed, problematic, oily and combination skin. In addition, sage can relieve acne and inflammation. It dries out the skin with an astringent and pore-tightening effect. St. John’s wort possesses almost the same qualities.
How to cook:
Pour a couple of tablespoons of sage with boiling water until a mushy state and cool to a temperature of 40C °.Add 5 drops of olive oil to the cooled mass and stir. Apply the mixture to your face, covering it with a damp cloth on top, for 25 minutes.
Refreshes the skin, relieves bags and redness around the eyes. Decoctions from this herb tone the skin and prevent the appearance of wrinkles. For flabby skin, ice cubes made from mint decoction will help. The triterpenoid in peppermint penetrates deep into the dermis and helps prevent excessive sebum production.
How to cook:
Taken one spoonful of mint and a series, pour 150 ml of boiling water and leave to infuse for 25 minutes under the lid. Give the mask a thicker consistency by adding a small amount of flour or starch, mix well. Apply the mixture to your face for 30 minutes.
Nettle is widely used in dermatology to treat skin rashes, trophic ulcers, furunculosis, acne, dermatitis.Nettle also restores elasticity to the skin.
How to cook:
A mixture of nettle and milk perfectly increases skin turgor. To prepare it, mix a spoonful of dry nettle powder with the same amount of warm milk, adding half of the raw yolk. Apply the mass to a homogeneous state on the face for 15-20 minutes.
Plantain, containing the glycoside aucubin, is capable of providing wound healing, bactericidal and astringent effects.The flavonoids included in its composition restore the cells of the epidermis.
How to cook:
To soothe irritated skin, give it freshness, smooth out all wrinkles and irregularities, you can use gruel from a mixture of plantain and mint taken in equal amounts. Add a dessert spoon of honey to the herbs and apply on the skin for 15 minutes.
Rich in flavonoids, tannins and organic matter.Thanks to them, as well as the antioxidant arbutin glycoside, this plant is able to reduce the rate of melanin pigment production, which allows the skin to whiten.
How to cook:
You can remove age spots with a bearberry mask. To do this, grind a spoonful of dried herb into flour and pour boiling water to a state of gruel. Close the container with a lid and leave everything for a quarter of an hour. Then add 3-4 drops of rosehip or sea buckthorn oil to the resulting broth, mix well and apply on cleansed skin for 20 minutes.Do the mask a couple of times a week – it perfectly tones, nourishes the skin and promotes cell regeneration.
The chemical composition of the horsetail allows it to significantly improve the condition of the skin, activating the synthesis of collagen and the processes of cell metabolism. Silicic acid contained in this herb is a constituent of connective tissues, skin, hair, nails.
How to cook:
It is easy to rejuvenate the skin, tighten pores and get rid of dead cells with the help of horsetail decoction.Pour 2 tablespoons of the herb with half a glass of hot water, add a spoonful of honey and a tablespoon of carrot juice. Gauze moistened with the mixture is applied to the face for 15 minutes.
Medicinal herbs useful for the skin of the face and personal care – Blog Three and Night
Nature, a delightful source that gives us a wide variety of medicinal plants, not only for the health of the body, for nutrition, prevention of diseases, health of the skin, hair, muscles, joints, bones.In addition to all this, many, many herbs are a real treasure for youthful facial skin, a kind of beauty salon, where you can pick up herbal remedies for various ailments.
Herbs have anti-aging, prophylactic and anti-inflammatory properties. So, what herbs will be useful to us, how to use them for our own good, in order to stay young for a long, long time. Let’s find out for ourselves and share with others!
Aloe – for acne and oily skin care.
Butterbur – control of the sebaceous glands.
Immortelle – against various kinds of inflammation on the face.
Birch – for oily skin.
Oak – removes greasy shine from the face.
Oregano – for moisturizing.
St. John’s wort – has anti-inflammatory properties, useful against acne and acne.
Calendula – invaluable for inflammatory processes, rashes, allergies on the face, soothes irritated skin, moisturizes.
Nettle is one of the best care products for oily skin with cleansing properties.
Lavender – Soothes irritated, tired skin.
Linden – against greasy shine on the skin.
Burdock (root) – useful for oily skin.
Mother and Stepmother – makes the skin smooth and silky, eliminates breakouts.
Peppermint – used against oily and greasy secretions.
Parsley – has bleaching properties.
Plantain – Treats oily skin and acne.
Dandelion – against age spots.
Rosemary – smoothes wrinkles, has a rejuvenating effect.
Chamomile is the best anti-inflammatory and regenerating agent: it stops the aging process, prevents the early appearance of wrinkles, heals any acne and acne.
Rowan – has a highly effective cleansing effect: removes blackheads.
Thyme – essential for moisturizing dry skin.
Series – used to treat allergies and various rashes on the face.
Sage – has a lifting effect, makes the skin radiant and youthful.
Horsetail – Recommended for oily skin care.
All these beneficial herbs for the skin are just the tip of the iceberg in the vast sea. In fact, there are many more of them (in medicine, there are more than 2,000 names of medicinal plants), but these 20 will be enough for home cosmetology.Perhaps you know 90,035 ancient names of herbs, here are the recipes from them .
Indications for the use of medicinal plants
Herbs for acne : aloe, immortelle, St. John’s wort, calendula, lavender, coltsfoot, plantain, chamomile, string.
Herbs for oily skin : aloe, butterbur, birch, oak, nettle, linden, burdock root, mint, plantain, horsetail.
Herbs for dry skin: oregano, calendula, thyme.
Anti-wrinkle herbs: coltsfoot, rosemary, chamomile, sage.
Herbs with a cleansing effect : mountain ash, nettle.
Herbs against age spots: dandelion, parsley.
Rules for the use of herbs
1. The simplest solution to any skin problem is to buy the herb corresponding to the indications (in the form of a dry collection) at the nearest pharmacy, study the instructions, brew, and use the resulting broth as intended. Healing herbal infusions and decoctions for the skin can be added to any face mask.
2.The most effective solution is to collect medicinal raw materials on your own in the forest, field, at a summer cottage – in any place that is located at a sufficient distance from the city, factories and factories, industrial zones, major highways.
3. Check the grass for allergens to your skin.
4. A very crucial moment is how to properly prepare herbal decoctions for the face (or infusions). To begin with, the plant needs to be chopped: chop fresh grass with a knife, and dry enough to grind it in your hands.Then pour the resulting powder (1-2 tablespoons) with boiling water just removed from the heat (glass). All this is best done in glass or ceramic dishes. If after that the drug is closed with a lid and left for half an hour, the output will be a fragrant and very useful for the skin infusion of herbs. If we put it to languish in a water bath for 20-30 minutes, in the end we will get no less healing broth. It remains only to strain both products and add to cosmetic home masks.
5.In general, any natural product face mask that you are used to making at home can be made with herbs. To do this, it is enough to replace the liquid in their composition (water, juice, milk) with decoctions and infusions from medicinal plants in the same quantities as indicated in the recipes.
6. Herbal face masks are recommended for problem skin – every other day, for oily skin – twice a week, for dry skin – once every 7 days. If decoctions of herbs for the skin are used as a common prophylactic agent (against premature appearance of wrinkles, to prevent the formation of acne, etc.)then it will be enough to do such masks once every 10 days, since they are very powerful and effective in their effect on the epidermis.
7. The skin can be treated not only with herbal masks. Another way to use medicinal plants for this purpose is daily washing. The same prepared infusion or broth is poured into a basin with filtered warm water (1 glass of raw materials per 500 ml of water): it is enough to wash your face with the resulting solution twice a day.
8. If there is no time to do such procedures, then you can wipe your face several times a day with a cotton pad dipped in a prepared herbal decoction.
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Herbs for oily skin
What herbs are suitable for oily?
Birch Leaves (Betula)
Nature of impact
Birch leaves have a rich composition: essential oils, phytoncides, vitamin C, carotene, vegetable glycosides, tannins, nicotinic acid and other elements.Cosmetic products containing birch preparations refresh well, cleanse, whiten and rejuvenate the skin. With their help, you can remove the capillary pattern and restore the elasticity of the skin, get rid of acne.
Application of birch
2 tablespoons of chopped juniper needles and 1 tablespoon of birch leaves pour 0.5 liters of boiling water. Cook the mixture for 5 minutes over low heat, covered. Let it brew for 1 hour, then strain and squeeze.Soak a napkin in this infusion and cover your face. Leave for 15 minutes. Do the mask every other day, the course consists of 7 procedures.
Marigold flowers (Flores Calendulae officinalis)
Nature of impact
Calendula is rich in vitamins and minerals. Oleanolic acid and beta-carotene in calendula normalize metabolism and sebaceous glands. Coumarins are powerful anti-inflammatory effects. Essential oils maintain the moisture balance in the skin. Calendula helps to satisfy almost all the needs of oily skin: mattifies, reduces inflammation, has an antibacterial effect, and tightens pores.In addition, it helps to get rid of acne and heals effectively
Application of calendula
Prepare an infusion of calendula (pour 1 tbsp of dried calendula flowers with 1 glass of boiling water, let it brew for 30 minutes, then strain). Take 2 tbsp. l. infusion and 1 tbsp. l. oat flour. You can make your own oatmeal by crushing the flakes in a coffee grinder. Combine the flour with a warm broth, and stir thoroughly until smooth. Apply the mask to the face.The exposure time of the mask is from 20 to 30 minutes. The procedures are carried out 2-3 times a week.
2 tablespoons of dried calendula flowers pour a glass of cold water. Bring to a boil over low heat and simmer for 10 minutes, and then infuse for an hour. Strain and bring the broth to the original volume. Wipe the skin with the resulting product 2 times a day.
Yarrow Herb (Herba achilleaea millefolii)
Nature of impact
The plant contains tannins, which have anti-inflammatory, bactericidal and astringent effects.Tones the skin, soothes irritation. Effective for seborrhea of the face. Heals pustular acne, relieves allergic reactions on the face. In addition, yarrow contains vitamin K, which increases the strength of the capillaries.
Application of yarrow
Compress for rash and irritation
Pour 1 tbsp. l. dry or fresh raw yarrow with a glass (200 ml) boiling water. Leave to infuse for 40 minutes. Then, in this infusion, moisten gauze folded in several layers, cover the face and stand for 30 minutes.Rinse your face with cool water. The course is 10-15 compresses.
Nourishing face mask
Dry raw materials (20 gr.) Are crushed and poured with half a glass of boiling water. Add 20 g to the mixture. sour cream and 10 gr. potato starch and mix. The mask is applied in a thick layer on the face for 20 minutes. After the procedure, wash your face with cool water.
Purifying face mask
Mix 1 tbsp. l. infusion of yarrow with 1 tbsp. l. bran or oat flour.
Apply the mask to cleansed skin and leave for 15 minutes.Then rinse with cool water and apply a nourishing cream.
Mask, tightening pores
Mix 2 tbsp. l. infusion of yarrow with 1 tbsp. l. honey. Stir well.
Apply several layers of the mask to the cleansed face or soak the gauze in the solution. Then put on your face for 20 minutes. Wash off with water.
Sage Leaves (Folia salviae officinalis)
Nature of impact
Sage leaves contain vitamins, phytoncides, alkaloids, essential oils, tannins.Sage extract is good for disinfecting and soothing inflamed skin. It also promotes cell regeneration. Sage normalizes the sebaceous glands and fights acne.
Application of sage
Mix equal parts linden, chamomile and sage flowers. Pour 2 tbsp. l. this collection is 1 glass of boiling water. Let it brew for 30 minutes, strain and freeze.
Rub the face with cubes of this ice twice a day.
Place 15 g in a dark vessel.sage herbs, pour 150 ml of alcohol or vodka. Insist 8 days in a cool dark place.
Wipe problem areas with acne or acne daily.
Rhizomes of Badan (Rhizomata Bergeniae)
Nature of impact
The healing properties of the plant are explained by the presence of a number of active substances: tannins, phytoncides, flavonoids, iron, magnesium, copper. Badan is able to heal wounds, thanks to the antimicrobial properties of badan, infusions are made and used for acne.
Application of badan
1 st. l. pour badan rhizomes with 1 cup boiling water, leave for 30 minutes. Cool and drain. With the prepared infusion, wipe your face in the presence of acne.
Mix the badan rhizome with vodka in a ratio of 1:10, leave for 7 days in a dark bowl, shaking occasionally.
With this tincture, diluted in half with boiled water, moisten the napkins and apply on the face in the form of a mask for 10-15 minutes 2 times a week, avoiding the eye area.
Burdock root (Arctii radices)
Nature of impact
Burdock has a truly unique composition. In burdock, nature has collected fiber, flavonoids, alkaloids, essential oils, fatty and organic acids, inulin, tannins and a whole vitamin complex. Burdock juice has the strongest bactericidal effect. In general, burdock is known as a wound healing, drying and rejuvenating agent.
Application of burdock
Pour 50 g of burdock leaves with 500 ml of boiling water.Insist 4 hours. After straining, it can be used to make cosmetic ice (pour it into molds and send it to the freezer overnight), masks, lotions, tonics.
Wipe your face with cotton pads soaked in the infusion. You can also take 1 glass orally three times a day to eliminate acne.
Mix 100 ml of medical alcohol or vodka and 500 ml of freshly squeezed burdock juice and lime honey. Insist for 2-3 weeks in a tightly sealed dark container.
Apply after straining to heal wounds and ulcers on the face with compresses.
Bring 250 ml of milk to a boil, add a full tablespoon of dried burdock roots, boil for 1 minute and leave to cool, then add a tablespoon of oatmeal and one spoonful of lemon juice. To mix everything.
Apply the mask to previously cleansed skin, massage and rinse with cool water.
Siberian cedar (Cedrus)
Nature of impact
Cedarwood essential oil is actively used in cosmetology, as it has an antiseptic, bactericidal, antioxidant, normalizing secretion, stimulating hair growth and deodorizing effect on oily and aging skin.It is also effective for oily hair. It is used as an antiseptic for oily skin and acne. It has antioxidant properties, rejuvenates, increases skin turgor.
Application of cedar
Take cedar needles, nettle herb, mint, chamomile flowers, valerian herb, birch leaves, flax seeds. These components are mixed, then the collection is poured into 3 tbsp. l. boiling water so that it turns into porridge. The composition is heated with steam for 15 minutes.
The gruel is carefully applied to the face, making sure it does not get into the eyes. Then wash off the mask.
Mix 2 tbsp. l. flax (buckwheat, rye, oatmeal) flour, 2 tbsp. l. cedar resin and 1 tbsp. l. honey. Apply the mask to cleansed skin for 5-10 minutes. Wash off with warm water.
Herb Thyme (Serpylli herba)
Nature of impact
Thyme products for facial skin: allow you to quickly eliminate redness and pinpoint inflammation; reduce the incidence of acne, irritation and blackheads with oily and problem skin; tighten pores, regulate sebum secretion; help get rid of acne; have an antiparasitic and drying effect on acne; matting the face, removing the oily sheen and unhealthy looseness of the oily and combined type of skin; normalize skin pH; stop the manifestations of rosacea, peeling and rashes of various origins; tone the epidermis, improving the complexion of dull, dry, aging and dehydrated skin.
Application of thyme
1 st. l. Dried herb thyme pour 0.5 liters of hot water and boil. After that, reduce the heat and boil the broth for 20-25 minutes. To prepare compresses and masks, you need to cool and strain the broth. The finished product is stored in the refrigerator for no more than a day.
Remove the freshly cooked hot broth from the heat and place on a heat-resistant stand. Cover the pot with a towel to protect against accidental burns to your hands, neck and chest.Bend over the saucepan with the broth, cover your head with a second towel and hold your face over the steam for 10-12 minutes. Then take off the towel, dab your face and immediately start peeling and applying the mask.
Mix 2 tsp. thyme herbs and 1 tsp. plantain herbs. Grind dry plants to a powdery state, add 1 tsp. cosmetic yellow or white clay. Moisten dry mass with thyme broth. Massage the mask onto the skin. After 6-8 minutes, wash off the mass and apply a moisturizing cream for oily and problem skin.
Take 1 tbsp. l. rye or oat flour, dilute them with 1.5 tbsp. l. infusion or decoction of thyme, add 3-4 drops of bitter orange oil. After steaming the skin, apply the mask to the skin. Wash off with warm water after 15-20 minutes. Apply cream.
Grind half a banana with 1 tbsp. l. cottage cheese through a sieve, add 2 tbsp. l. warm broth of thyme. Spread the mask over the face and leave for 30-40 minutes. Remove with a warm damp sponge.
Wormwood herb (Artemisiae absinthii herba)
Nature of impact
Cosmetics based on wormwood regulate the secretion of glands, relieve inflammation and redness, have bactericidal properties, stimulate renewal, smooth wrinkles, treat acne.Wormwood contains essential oil, organic acids, tannins, phytoncides, glycosides, saponins, minerals, vitamins A and C.
Application of wormwood
Pour a tablespoon of dry wormwood herb with a liter of boiling water, leave for 15 minutes.
Place your face under the steam and cover your head with a towel. Keep it this way for 3-5 minutes with normal skin and up to 12 minutes with oily skin.
1 st. grind a spoonful of dry herb wormwood on a coffee grinder, pour over with boiling water, brewing a thick gruel.Then add 1 tbsp. shea butter and 1 ampoule of vitamin B2. Distribute the mixture along the massage lines, leave for 15 minutes. Wash off with warm water. Repeat the procedure once a week.
2 st. l. decoction of wormwood and combine with 1 tsp. clay. Then add 1 tsp. viscous vegetable juice of aloe. To stir thoroughly. Wipe the face with thermal water, then spread it over the integument with a generous layer, paying special attention to the cheeks and forehead. You can wash off after 15 minutes. Repeat therapeutic manipulations 2-3 times a week and preferably in combination with moisturizing procedures.
1 st. l. oatmeal and 1 tbsp. l. grind wormwood herbs on a coffee grinder, pour over with hot green tea, mix the resulting gruel thoroughly. Then add 1 tsp. freshly squeezed lemon juice. Distribute the mixture in a circular motion on steamed integuments, bypassing the eyelids and nasolabial triangle. Keep up to 15 minutes .. Repeat the procedure 3-5 times a month.
Blue cornflower flowers (Flores centaureae cyani)
Nature of impact
Cornflower contains many biologically active components – tannins, organic acids, mineral salts, vitamins A and C, fatty oils, mineral salts.When using cosmetics based on cornflower, the elasticity of the epidermis increases, which helps to smooth expression and age wrinkles. Excessive fat content of the integument is eliminated. The complexion is evened out – yellowness and age spots disappear. Redness, inflammation and irritation of the skin caused by acne disappears. The pores are cleared and narrowed, making it possible to defeat the blackhead problem. Cornflower is indicated for the preservation of the beauty and health of oily, problematic skin prone to irritation.
Application of cornflower
To prepare the mask, you need to take 2 tbsp. l. cornflower flowers, pour half a glass of water. Bring to a boil over low heat and boil for 1-2 minutes. Cool, but do not filter. Add 15 drops of lemon juice, 1 tsp. honey, 2 tbsp. l. rye flour. To mix everything. Apply the resulting mixture to cleansed face skin. Leave on for 20 minutes. Then wash off with warm or cool water. The mask can be applied 2-3 times a week.
Infusion for eyes
2 h.l. Pour cornflower flowers with 1 cup boiling water. Insist covered for 1 hour. Then strain. With the resulting product, rinse the eyelids in the morning – before applying decorative cosmetics and in the evening, after the cosmetics are removed. Compresses for the eyes can also be made from the resulting infusion. It is necessary to moisten cotton swabs in the resulting infusion, apply them to the eyelids. Keep for 15-20 minutes.
3 st. l. Pour cornflower flowers with 3 cups of boiling water. Leave covered for 1 hour. Strain.Wet a soft cloth or towel with the resulting infusion. The infusion should be warm. Put on face, avoiding the eye area. Leave on for 15 minutes, then remove the towel.
Alder fruit (Alni fructus)
Nature of impact
Healing properties of dried alder cones in cosmetology: exhibits anti-inflammatory effect, helps to fight acne, reduces excessive sebum production, heals seborrhea, tones and vitamins the epidermis, and reduces skin porosity.
Application of alder
Brew 20 g of dry alder fruits in 200 ml. boiling water. Put the saucepan on the stove and boil. Strain and combine in equal proportions with heated water.
Use a decoction for washing 2 times a day.
Grind the washed fresh alder leaves and combine with 20 g of natural honey and 20 ml of milk.