Aloe has a long history of use for soothing irritated and sensitive skin and was widely used as a treatment for wounds both internally and externally. The juice of the leaves contains many beneficial plant substances.
Avocados contain many valuable compounds that promote healthy skin. Avocados are a rich source of healthy fats (a perfect balance of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids), lecithin, Vitamin E, phosphorus, zinc, and potassium. The nutrients in Avocado oil, stimulate the production of healthy collagen. These nutrients are also anti-irritants, which are able to will help control the symptoms of eczema.
Balm of Gilead
The new leaf buds of the Balsam Poplar tree contain a resinous substance that is collected by honey bees. The honey bees convert this resin (as well as other resins gathered from other trees) into propolis. Propolis is a powerful antimicrobial agent that is used in the hive to stop infection and defend against molds and other pathogenic intruders. It has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. The resin, which coats the balsam poplar buds, has many of the same properties as propolis.
Borage Oil is a little known secret for keeping your skin healthy.Traditionally, borage was cultivated for culinary and medicinal uses, although today commercial cultivation is mainly as an oilseed. The seed oil is desired as a source of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), for which borage is the highest known plant-based source (17-28%). The seed oil content is between 26-38% and in addition to GLA contains the fatty acids palmitic acid (10-11%), stearic acid (3.5-4.5%), oleic acid (16-20%), linoleic acid (35-38%), eicosenoic acid (3.5-5.5%), erucic acid (1.5-3.5%), and nervonic acid (1.5%). It is a natural oil that not only restores moisture and smoothness to dry and damaged skin, but can also provide relief to those who suffer from chronic skin disorders, such as eczema and atopic dermatitis.
The wax has a film forming quality and acts as a moisture barrier to the skin while still allowing it to breath. It helps prevent water loss of the skin and keeps the skin from becoming dry in harsh conditions. It is also mildly antimicrobial.
Commonly called pot marigold, the flower has many beneficial uses both in food and as a flower infused oil. It helps sooth irritated skin and speeds up healing. It is thought to help stimulate the production of healthy collagen as well. It has great anti-inflammatory and wound healing properties, making it helpful in treating stubborn wounds, acne, ulcers, bed sores, varicose veins, rashes, eczema, and related conditions. It addresses sore, inflamed, and itchy skin conditions. Calendula massage oil also greatly heals, soothes, and softens skin, making it a good addition to massage oils or when preparing a carrier oil blend.
Black Current oil is a rich source of Vitamins B5, B3, and Vitamin C. The fruit and seed oil contains calcium, copper, phosphorus, iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, and zinc. It can help stimulate hair growth. It also contains strong anti-inflammatory properties and can stimulate circulation.
Castor oil is both anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant. It has a unique ability to penetrate the top layers of the skin and go into the deeper tissues. It can transport active plant properties to these deeper tissues. It is highly effective as a fast moisturizer, helping prevent fluid loss, and can help soothe itchy and inflamed skin. It can stimulate the growth of new hair in a damaged scalp.
There are various species of Chamomile used in skin care, each one with slightly different properties. It is one of the world’s most popular and best known herbs. It is very soothing to the skin and will stop an inflammatory response. One of the active compounds is alpha-bisabolol, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. It acts on the nervous system to help aid in relaxation and relieve cramping and restlessness. It helps speed up healing of wounds and abrasions. It reduces swelling and can help relieve the symptoms of eczema.
The major plant constituents in Chickweed are ascorbic acid, beta-carotene, calcium, coumarins, genistein, gamma-linolenic-acid, flavonoids, hentriacontanol, magnesium, niacin, oleic-acid, potassium, riboflavin, rutin, selenium, thiamin, and zinc. It has been used as the survival food of choice since it provides so many nutrients and skin healing properties. These plants are found in abundance in most fields anywhere in temperate climates. It has strong antimicrobial activity as well.
Comfrey Root and Leaf
It promotes wound healing, moisture retention of the skin, and acts as a soothing anti-irritant to skin exposed to sensitizing agents. The plant contains tannin, rosmarinic acid, allantoin, steroidal saponins, mucilage, inulin, pyrrolizidine alkaloids, gum, carotene, glycosides, sugars, beta-sitosterol, triterpenoids, vitamin B12, protein, and zinc. All of these compounds are needed for the maintenance of healthy skin. The main healing ingredient in comfrey appears to be a substance called allantoin, which encourages the rapid growth of cells.
Commonly called Purple Cone Flower. Several studies suggest that echinacea contains active substances that enhance the activity of the immune system, relieve pain, reduce inflammation, and have hormonal, antiviral, and antioxidant effects. It has been used to effectively treat gum disease and as a topical antimicrobial agent. It is astringent and mildly anesthetic.
Evening Primrose Oil
Evening primrose has proved to be an effective treatment option for people suffering from eczema. In a study, which included over 1,200 patients, evening primrose oil was remarkably suitable for relieving many of their symptoms, such as itching, redness and swelling. Evening primrose seeds have very high levels of the essential fatty acid "gamma-linolenic acid" (GLA), also known as "omega-6". The oil contains up to 15% gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) and 70% linolenic acid, which your body turns into GLA. It helps skin stay smooth and moist even in harsh environments.
This herb is an outstanding herb with many proven beneficial properties. It is astringent and toning to the skin. It is also effective in stimulating circulation and strengthening the veins and capillaries. It reduces scarring and stimulates wound healing. It strengthens the gums and is mildly antimicrobial. One of the compounds in Gotu Cola works to stimulate skin repair and strengthens hair, skin, nails, and connective tissue.
One of the most powerful anti-oxidants, it can significantly reduce free radicals which can damage skin and protect the cell’s DNA. It can kill harmful bacteria commonly found in the mouth and is a natural occurring source of bio-available fluoride. This type of fluoride will bind to the teeth without other possible harmful effects in the body. It also stimulates blood flow.
Goldenseal is a powerful anti-microbial both internally and externally and will kill many gram positive and gram negative bacteria. It is also mildly anti- inflammatory.
This oil most closely resembles the oil that is naturally produced in the body. It helps treat and eliminate cradle cap, a common skin condition suffered by infants. It contains almost all of the essential vitamins and minerals needed by the body to produce healthy hair and skin. It will eliminate buildup sebum in the scalp and will help control and eliminate dandruff. It has natural anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties as well.
Lanolin forms a film barrier on the skin that allows the skin to breath while absorbing moisture from the air. It transports this moisture into underlying tissue structures, providing needed moisturization and emolliency. Lanolin is one of the best emollient oils for dry and damaged skin. It will stop or prevent stretch marks and heal cracked skin on hands and feet.
Myrtle is an astringent herb that tightens the skin and helps diminish wrinkles. It is capable of eliminating foul orders. It soothes the skin and can help prevent infection due to its anti-microbial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties. It also contains hormone stabilizing compounds.
The extract of the olive leaf contains powerful anti-oxidant’s, and anti-inflammatory compounds. It promotes venous health and stimulates blood flow and reduces venous inflammation. Olive leaf extract helps prevent oxidative stress which speeds up the aging process. It helps eliminate damaged DNA while offering protection to healthy DNA. Helps prevent degenerative diseases associated with aging.
Olive oil offers many of the same benefits as the leaf extract, but, in a less concentrated form. Olive oil contains four major antioxidants which allow it to work as a cleanser, moisturizer and protector of the skin. Helps reduce stretch marks and maintains skins natural elasticity. Olive oil is one of the most versatile natural oils.
Oats are effective in fighting dull, flaky dryness as they contain polysaccharides, which become gelatinous in water. They form a fine protective film when applied on skin. Oats act as a natural moisturizer by removing the dead skin cells. It contains beta-glucan that forms a fine film on your skin as well as penetrates deep into the skin to provide much needed deep moisturizing to your skin. It enhances the healing of wounds and shallow abrasions. It improves collagen deposition and activation of immune cells within the skin. Oats have anti-inflammatory properties and are suitable for all skin types. They are clinically effective in healing dry and itchy skin.
Plantain has been the traditional herb of choice in treating any kind of blood poisoning and detoxification of venomous bites. It has compounds that will dismantle many toxic substances. It contains an epidermal growth factor that helps repair damaged skin bruises and even broken bones and will hasten wound healing. It also has antimicrobial properties. It can sooth sun burnt skin when applied to the skin because of it cooling affect and can stop itching as well.
Rose has natural antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. It will reduce puffiness in the skin and around the eyes. It also helps soften and smooth the skin. Rose water can help sooth rosacea and eczema.
Rose Hip Seed Oil
The first major confirmation of its capabilities came in 1983, when the University of Santiago conducted research on 180 individuals. These tests studied people with extensive facial scarring, acne scarring, deep wrinkles, UV damage, radiation damage, burn scars, surgical scars, premature aging, dermatitis, and other skin related problems. In these tests, rosehip seed oil regenerated the skin, reduced scars and wrinkles, prevented the advancement of wrinkles and aging, and helped skin to regain its natural color and tone. Since this time, other universities and labs have also completed studies, also yielding positive results. Another well-known study in 1988 was conducted on twenty women between the ages of 25-35 with extensive premature aging to their skin. Their skin was wrinkled, and had sun spots from overexposure to the sun. After four months of applying rosehip seed oil daily, their wrinkles and sun spots had almost completely disappeared, and the skin had a fresher and healthier look. Rose hip seed oil is full of Compounds similar to Vitamin C and many other essential fatty acids which nurish and rebuild skin tissue.
Rosemary helps fight damage done by free-radical formation. It will help moisturize skin and support the growth of collagen. It stimulates circulation has antimicrobial, antifungal and anti viral properties. It contains vitamin B6, manganese, iron and calcium. It also promotes hair growth and thickness.
Sage is loaded with calcium and vitamin A which helps tighten skin and prevent wrinkles. It controls the production of sebum (natural oils found in skin) so that neither too little is secreted nor is too much secreted. Sage is mildly antiseptic and anti-inflammatory. As a rinse for hair it promotes shine, and can stimulate the growth of new hair. It can also be used as a rinse to darken graying hair. It is a rich source of essential vitamins and minerals.
Shea Butter is a skin superfood. It is full of vitamins A, E, F and offers UV protection (SPF 6). It contains a compound that can protect against skin mutations caused by damaged DNA. It is a rich moisturizer and powerfully anti-inflammatory. It protects the skins natural oils from UV damage. It reduces stretch marks and can prevent their formation if used during pregnancy. It contains high percentages of essential fatty acids.
Slippery elm bark powder is a soothing powder that can be applied to skin or incorporated into powders to help protect the skin and keep it soft. It has some anti-microbial properties as well.
St. Johnswort Oil
St. Johnswort oil has many traditional uses. It heals damaged skin and can prevent scaring. It has compounds that will stop the transmission of pain in the peripheral nervous system. It therefore stops the pain of skin burns and abrasions bruises and scrapes. It has strong antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. It can also lessen the aches and pains associated with tired or sore muscles. It also improves the health and tone of the vascular system and can regenerate tissues.
Witch Hazel can reduce swelling and is astringent able to gently clean and tone the skin. It has antiseptic properties and will destroy harmful skin bacteria. It removes excess oil from the skin and will unclog pores. It will also reduce itching that is associated with eczema and other skin disorders. It can relieve the swelling and puffiness around tired eyes.