For centuries, herbs have been used for their medicinal, culinary and aromatic properties. Herbs add flavor to your favorite dish, garnish chic cocktails and they’re often essential ingredients in many over-the-counter medications.
When it comes to skin care, herbs also serve a powerful purpose - adding scent, function and healing elements to many of the beauty products you use every day.
Since herbs are such an important part of day to day life, we’ve picked 4 featured herbs that boast a variety of health and beauty benefits:
There’s a reason you can find lavender in a variety of night care products. According to Elisa Kosonen, Best Health Magazine, “the oil in its pretty flowers gives the herb a fragrant scent that provides a calming, soothing and sedative effect." In addition to its relaxing, sleep-inducing characteristics, lavender also has natural antiseptic properties and assists in stimulating circulation to support your body’s natural healing functions.
Lavender isn’t the only herb that will help you ease into a comfortable state of calm - chamomile is another go-to herb if you’re looking to relax. In addition to its calming properties, chamomile has regenerative, soothing and repairing qualities that make this daisy-like herb an extremely effective skin care ingredient.
Most commonly known as a favorite cold and flu remedy, echinacea has many other healing benefits that are worth taking advantage of. “Many studies support echinacea as an aid to enhance the immune system, reduce inflammation and provide antiviral benefits. It’s also particularly useful for lessening the symptoms of upper respiratory tract infections, sore throats and congestion" (Best Health).
This floral herb also has the ability to enhance the natural immunity of the skin, so when it comes to beauty products, Best Health magazine recommends our certified Biodynamic® Echinacea Recovery Cream from our Beyond Organic collection.
Last, but definitely not least - rosemary is another must-have herb for health and well-being. From easing digestive issues, to lowering blood pressure, this nettle-like herb is a powerful healer (WebMD). It also holds anti-inflammatory and natural astringent properties and helps slow the aging process by eliminating free radical damage.
Healthy skin is a reflection of what you feed your body from the inside. Healing herbs like lavender, chamomile, echinacea and rosemary are just a few of the many ingredients that you can incorporate into your diet (and skin care routine) for a healthy body and beautiful skin.
What are your go-to healing herbs? Tell us in the comments below.