Herbs are very important to natural skin care because they can be used in so many ways. Taken as supplements they are valuable for their nutritional content. Herbs can also be infused into cosmetics and natural skin care products such as facial masks, soaps, shampoos, and serums. Herbs can also be used in diffusers and inhaled. You’re only limited by your imagination in the ways you can incorporate herbs into your natural skin care routine.
Herbs have nutritional value as well as medicinal value. Most people today are malnourished–severely lacking in essential vitamins, minerals and nutrients the body needs to maintain itself at optimum levels.
With the right nutrition and lifestyle, you can maintain your skin’s appearance and health without a lot of intervention. Plastic surgery and expensive beauty regimens won’t be ncessary.
Two simple herbs you can start using right away are alfalfa and parsley; alfalfa for instance, is an extremely nutritional herb packed with tons of vitamins and minerals our bodies need. This herb also helps the body use other plant based foods and supplements, so taking Alfalfa is like having a multi vitamin and concentrated vegetable all in one.
The herb parsley is a vitamin rich herb that can help make drastic differences in the overall health of your body. Did you know parsley has more vitamin C than citrus fruits, and is very high in iron, magnesium, and many other vitamins and essential minerals?
Another excellent herb which can help with overall health levels in your body is Kelp. This herb is also packed rich with nutrients and essential minerals, including natural iodine. The iodine in Kelp helps stimulate and regulate your thyroid, which has a great affect on your skin and hair.
Besides taking supplements you can drink herbal tea. Drinking tea forces you to slow down and relax which helps relieve stress. A great herb for women is lemon balm, especially for women experiencing the hot flashes and night sweats associated with menopause. Lemon balm is also good for anyone experiencing pre menstrual syndrome or stress due to frayed nerves. It’s available in teas, oils, tinctures, and soaps.
You can also incorporating herbs into your bathing routine. An herbal foot bath is a great way to slow down and relax while getting the benefit of the herb’s medicinal properties.
Practitioners of reflexology believe the feet are conduits to the body’s ailments. Each spot on the foot corresponds to a bodily organ, so an herbal foot bath will leave the recipient with an overall feeling of well being. There are several good choices for an herbal foot bath–-I’ve already mentioned the benefits of lemon balm. Some other good choices are:
You can either make a big pot of herbal tea and pour that into the foot bath or add a tincture of the herb to warm water.
After the foot bath, massage an herbal oil onto the feet. Rosemary is a good choice for this. Rosemary opens the heart to love.
Summary: Fragrant skin moisturizer with palm oils; cocoa butter
Melt the oils and butter in a double boiler. Mix thoroughly. Add the desired amount of fragrance oils. Again, mix thoroughly. Pour into a glass jar.