I’ve talked before about the amazing and multifunctional uses of herbs for health and wellness. We eat them all the time, soaking up their benefits. But herbs can do so much more than that.
They can work wonders for your skin. Whether you buy organic infused creams, cleansers, toners and oils, or simply make an at home facial steam or rinse…. there are a ton of ways you can harness the powder of herbs and plants to get soft, healthy and glowing skin.
In this post I’m sharing some of the best and most accessible herbs for your skin… as well as sharing my own DIY facial steam, and so many other ideas for herbal skin treatments. As always at the bottom of this post you can shop some of my top picks for organic herbal skin care products.
The magic of herbal skin care…
There are so many herbs and flowers out there than can work wonders for your skin. A ton of them are already in your kitchen, and are safe enough eat. They are gentle, and full of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can make you look and feel great.
Rosemary – This herb is full of a ton a vitamins and minerals that can benefit your skin in a lot of ways. It’s a facial superfood.
Chamomile – helps soothe irritated skin and hydrate. This flower is great to use if you have sensitive skin. You can boil the flower, or even easier, just use tea bags.
Sage – this herb is full of antioxidants as well as a ton of other vitamins and minerals, and has anti-aging properties.
Green Tea – has a lot of the same properties as sage, and some studies have shown it can help protect your skin from harmful UV rays.
Parsley – this herb is a natural astringent, which can help heal acne and unclog pores.
Calendula – another herb full of antioxidants. It’s been shown to help revitalize skin in a myriad of ways, and can even aid in healing wounds.
Thyme – studies have shown it can work better than store bought remedies at fighting acne. Try brewing it with green tea to create a purifying toner.
Rose – contains restorative and hydrating properties. Always make sure you use organic though to avoid pesticides and chemical sprays.
Mint – mint contains salicylic acid, which helps fight pimples, and also helps soothe inflammation and irritation and leave skin refreshed.
Eucalyptus – helps purify skin, another great acne fighter.
Aloe – aloe is a super hydrator and soooo soothing for your skin. Plus you can literally use crack open a leaf and rub the gel straight on your skin for immediate results.
Lavender – another great soothing herb, lavender also works as an antiseptic and helps clear your pores.
Lemon – lemon has a lot of vitamin C, which can help even your skin tone and produce collagen. Be careful though, too much lemon juice at once on your skin can irritate it or dry it out. Try infusing the peels in a oil or facial steam.
You can use many of these herbs fresh in a facial steam or rinse. And look out for organic and all-natural products, like cleansers, creams, toners and oils, made with these herbs, and a carrier oil, without weird chemicals you’ve never heard of. (check the labels!)
One important note: there is a big difference between essential oil and infused oil and it’s important to know what you’re using. Essential oil is highly concentrated plant essence that is usually extracted in alcohol. It’s way too concentrated to put directly on your skin, so if you’re using it, make sure you’re blending it with a gentle oil (like grape seed, almond or jojoba) or with your moisturizer. Infused oil is already diluted and it’s safe to use directly on your skin.
My experience with a DIY herbal facial steam!
I decided to try out my own little DIY spa experience this week and create an at-home facial steam. I used fresh herbs that I had at home, as well as fresh lemon and some other goodies I had at home.
I went for a mix of purifying herbs, as well as rosemary for hydration. Chamomile and lavender creating the soothing action…and I added a few drops of my calendula extract for some extra umph.
After thoroughly washing my face (but before moisturizing) I was ready to go.
STEP 1: Bring a large pot of water to a simmer/boil. Put all your ingredients in the base of a large bowl.
STEP 2: Pour the hot water over your ingredients.
STEP 3: Immediately sit with your face hovering over the bowl. Drape a large towel over your head and neck around the bowl to lock in the steam.
STEP 4: Relax for about 10 minutes and let the herbs do their work. (***tip: it was a little intense breathing in the essential oils and other smells, so I would peak my nose out the side to take some deep breaths. It got easier as some of the steam subsided.)
The results: I highly recommend! My skin felt refreshed, hydrating and sooo soft after the facial steam. I gently patted dry and finished off with my moisturizing night cream. The steam itself was also a lot more relaxing than I thought it would be, and I definitely plan to work this little treatment into my self-care routine more often.
Some of my other favorite recipes & ideas…
Soak your feet in water boiled with fresh mint to help remove dead skin and leave them feeling soft.
Try a DIY face mask of oatmeal, honey and mint, which with moisturize, purify and fight acne.
Brew some rose water (using organic rose petals!) to create a rinse for your face or hair to help with pH balance and cellular repair. Try this with sage too!
Try a detoxing facial steam with green tea bags, eucalyptus and lemon peel.
Use fresh aloe on your skin after a sunburn!
Take an herbal bath. Toss in a bunch of calendula flowers, mint and sage, and add lavender essential oil. It looks AND feels pretty.
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