10 medicinal plants for healthy skin

They grow very modestly along the wayside, in forests and meadows, look small and inconspicuous. But many plants, flowers and herbs contain healing powers that not only promote health, but also make you beautiful. Applied in creams, masks or lotions, many medicinal plants can conjure up a radiant complexion. We will tell you which plant is suitable for which skin type.

1 and 2) evening primrose and borage

When the seeds of evening primrose and borage are pressed, they release valuable oils rich in gamma-linolenic acid. Those affected by neurodermatitis in particular often have a lack of this fatty acid because their skin cannot produce enough of it itself.

A cream with evening primrose oil or borage oil not only provides enough fat for skin suffering from neurodermatitis, but also relieves  itching  and strengthens the skin’s own protective layer.

3) Aloe Vera

Aloe vera gel is found in numerous creams, body lotions and cleansing lotions. This is obtained from the thick, fleshy leaves of the  desert lily  . Aloe Vera helps the skin to regenerate and retain moisture longer. The gel is therefore particularly suitable for  dry skin  .

 Aloe vera can help with neurodermatitis, psoriasis or eczema, but also with  skin impurities such as pimples or blackheads. The cooling effect of the gel also provides relief from  sunburn  and insect bites.

4) Hamamelis

Hamamelis is also called witch hazel and has an anti-inflammatory effect due to its many tannins. It is a component of numerous creams and ointments for wound treatment, but also for eczema, neurodermatitis and psoriasis.

Hamamelis is also used in normal care creams and body lotions, mostly for dry skin. Hamamelis reduces the skin’s sebum production and refines the pores.

5) St. John’s Wort

At the summer solstice, St. John’s wort opens its bright yellow flowers and absorbs the power of the sun. If the flowers are then picked and placed in oil, this turns red and absorbs the active ingredients of the medicinal plant.

St. John’s wort oil has a calming effect on the skin and inhibits inflammation and bacteria. It also cares for brittle, cracked skin, scar tissue and helps with minor burns and bruises.

6) Zistros

Even the Three Wise Men knew what is good: in addition to gold and frankincense, they also brought myrrh as a gift to the baby Jesus at the manger. Myrrh is the resin of the cistus, a medicinal plant from the Mediterranean region. Myrrh was already used in ancient Egypt as a beauty and healing agent.

Today, the dried herb of the cistus is used instead of the resin. The extracts from it have a disinfecting, skin-soothing effect and are therefore particularly suitable for sensitive, impure skin.

7) Chamomile

As a medicinal plant, chamomile is a real all-rounder. It not only contains the essential oils matricin and bisabolol, but also the plant substance apigenin. The chamomile extracts nourish skin that has lost its balance and make irritated skin smooth and rosy again.

Especially sensitive, dry skin is gently cared for and moisturized by chamomile. A cleansing lotion with chamomile soothes the skin before  it falls asleep , a mask provides intensive care.

8) Arnica

The arnica flower prefers to grow at higher altitudes and is a protected species due to its popularity. The blossom of the bright yellow flower in particular is full of essential oils. These have a beneficial, smoothing effect on stressed, dry skin.

Cream with arnica harmonises stressed skin, smoothes, moisturizes and protects the skin from environmental influences.

9) sage

Sage is rich in tannins and essential oils. The medicinal plant not only helps with  sore throats  and excessive  sweating , but is also an important ingredient in skin care.

Due to its astringent, disinfecting effect, the sage narrows the pores and thus ensures a finer complexion. The anti-inflammatory effect also fights pimples and blackheads.

10) Ginkgo

The extract, which is obtained from the leaves of the ginkgo tree, is primarily used in medicines to treat circulatory disorders. However, many cosmetics also contain  ginkgo in skin care because it tightens the skin and thus prevents the formation of wrinkles.

In addition, the medicinal plant promotes cell renewal and blood circulation, giving the skin a radiant, fresh appearance. Ginkgo has an anti-inflammatory effect and protects the skin from free radicals. Because of its smoothing effect, ginkgo is primarily used in products for mature skin.


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