Natural Herbal Remedies for Skin

Grow your own herbal remedies with 6 herbs – aloe vera, chamomile, garlic, parsley, peppermint and rosemary for solutions to natural herbal remedies for skin.

Skin Health Hub Skin Health Natural Herbal Remedies for SkinAloe Vera

Aloe Vera is more than an interesting succulent. The leaves of this plant have a specific use with the gel commonly used externally to treat burns, sunburn and to help with the healing of minor cuts and abrasions.

It is easy to grow the plant yourself in a pot or window planter, just make sure it receives as much sunlight as possible.

To use, simply break a leaf of the plant off and squeeze the gel form the segment onto the wound or burn. The gel dries on the wound, sore or burn creating a barrier against bacteria. The gel can be used liberally without any side effects.

Chamomile

Chamomile is a plant with anti-inflammatory and soothing properties. Usually ingested as a tea, chamomile has the ability to relax the drinker, soothing away any anxiety and stress and is also great for helping sufferers of insomnia to aid sleep.

If you are looking to grow your own chamomile, the most popular variety is German chamomile (a. matricaria). This is an annual plant requiring replanting every year. In spring, scatter the seeds in beds of moist, but well-drained soil. Make sure the planting plots lie in a partially shaded area and clip a couple of times during the summer.

If you prefer to avoid annual planting, you can opt to plant perennial varieties e.g. Anthemis nobilis. Unlike the German chamomile, these do not grow as tall. They creep along the ground.

All forms of chamomile are best served as a tea. Simply snip the stems and hang them to dry. Store in a dark space in sealed containers for later use.

Garlic

Garlic is a much loved, yet much maligned plant. This plant is hardy and it will grow in most types of soil.

Garlic is an antibiotic and is used to fight off colds, stimulate digestion, and ease symptoms of whooping cough and asthma. It is believed that garlic also has the ability to reduce high blood pressure and decrease cholesterol levels.

This common kitchen herb grows easily, not from seed but from the separation of the cloves. Take each clove from a head of garlic and plant it in a sunny spot and harvest the plant in late summer.

The cloves can be eaten raw or added to recipes. While some herbalists encourage the eating of a clove or 2 a day during cold season, never ingest more than 10 raw cloves daily.

Parsley

Parsley is a common and popular biennial garden herb. Many use it as a garnish rather than for its medicinal properties.

Parsley is rich in vitamin B and potassium. It is a good diuretic and helps alleviate gall bladder problems, including gallstones. Parsley has been chewed for centuries to help with bad breath and eating a few sprigs may also decrease your body odor.

You can grow parsley outdoors but it grows just as well in a window box or a pot.

Seeds or seedlings can be purchased from a nursery. Plant the in full sun or partial shade. Water, weed and wait 12 to 14 weeks until the plant is established. You can then begin to pluck or cut the leaves close to the base of the plant. This will encourage further growth and an ongoing supply of parsley.

You can eat the roots, seeds and leaves. The leaves are the most popular part of the plant. Curly or Moss parsley tends to be bitterer than the Flat-leafed or Italian variety. Do not ingest if you are pregnant. You are also to avoid large amounts if you have kidney disease as it may increase the flow of urine.

Peppermint

This common garden herb provides the basis for a popular and soothing tea. Both the leaves and the stem of peppermint (Mentha piperita) are excellent sources of healing powers.

Although it is one of the easiest plants to grow, it is difficult to control so planting in pots may be the best option. You need a site that is in full or partial sun.

Leaves can be picked and used fresh or dry them for later use. The leaves can be used in tea to help with stomach ailments, release gas, helps with diarrhea symptoms, indigestion and menstrual cramps. Drinking a tea or releasing the scent may also act as a decongestant, reducing nasal inflammations, bronchial restriction and headaches.

Rosemary

Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) is another popular kitchen herb and spice. As medicine rosemary can aid you in your fight against bacteria, help you digest your food and even act to stimulate your thinking abilities.

A perennial, rosemary is a plant that can grow easily from taking cuttings of the flowerless stems of a bush. This hardy plant can produce strong, healthy shoots so you can strip the leaves whenever you want and use the leaves and stems in cooking or teas.

Rosemary teas can be used internally or externally. Internally, it can help improve memory and relieve migraines and headaches. Externally, you can use rosemary tea to rinse your hair for it helps rid the scalp of dandruff and stimulates hair growth.

There are many internal and external health factors which can be helped with the use of herbal remedies. Consider growing your own herbs inside and/or outside to ensure a supply of natural herbal remedies for skin.

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