In our quest for beautiful, glowing skin, we often turn to artificial cosmetics that do more harm than good in the long run whereas natural alternatives can give us lasting benefits. Herbs are nature’s gift to us. They not only add spice to our food but can also restore and improve our hair and skin quality.
So, here’s a list of herbs that can help you get that much sought-after glow.
Aloe Vera is a succulent plant species. One of the most effective remedies, Aloe Vera gel (contained within its leaves) has moisturizing, cooling and anti-inflammatory properties. The presence of vitamins C and E bestow it with the properties to nourish skin. You can use it as a moisturizer or as an overnight mask. You can also drink aloe vera juice for beautiful skin
German Chamomile has been approved for use on the skin. Chamomile exhibits anti-inflammatory and anti-irritant properties which help in healing the skin. It can fight ageing effects. Prepare chamomile tea, cool it and use as a face wash.
Violet flowers and leaves can be used for their medicinal properties. It is very useful in dry skin conditions. It can treat abnormal skin cell growth. It is anti-inflammatory and cool. Violet essential oil can be used topically but it must be diluted with suitable carrier oil before use.
Dandelion face serums are quite the rage in the market these days. It is an effective herbal medicine. Problems like large pores, spots and dry skin can be addressed with the use of this herb. A tea-like infusion of the flower can be prepared and used as a face wash
In Ayurveda, sandalwood is hailed as the Holy Grail of beautiful skin. It can help treat acne, rashes, sunburn and blemishes, and has a cooling effect on the skin. It can also be used as a natural remedy for lightening the skin. Usually sandalwood paste is applied to the skin. It can be mixed with certain other herbs for particular skin conditions.
It acts as an anti-ageing herb for the skin. It can heal the skin and displays anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties that can do wonders for the skin. Lavender essential oil must be diluted with suitable carrier oil before use.
The leaf, bark and twigs of this plant are used for medicinal purposes. Witch hazel has anti-microbial properties and can act as a toner when applied to the skin. Its anti-inflammatory nature can help fight skin problems like acne
Holy Basil is known by the name of Tulsi in India, its place of origin. It acts as a natural astringent for the skin. You can boil basil leaves in water, let it cool and apply on skin like a toner.
Tip: Always patch-test before you apply anything on your skin.