For those of us who prefer the natural, tried, tested and true to the “fast food” way of modern life, nature has always had the answers to our needs. Since the undocumented days, herbs have been used to treat most of the medical and beauty problems that we can encounter, and until the end of time, this will remain the case as long as we care for our green heritage and preserve our herbal heritage.
The herbs can be used internally (as a drink or consumed fresh) or externally; as infusions, creams or oils. For the purposes of this article, I have grouped them into their functional categories, for ease of use. I’ve included simple recipes (which apply to all the herbs listed below the recipe), to help you get the job done. Good luck!
A date is coming up and Oh no! An ugly place! No problem, try the following:
Squeeze juice, fresh from the stem, leaf, seed, fruit or flower, directly on the spot to kill germs, cool inflammation and improve blood circulation.
Nasturtium and Evening Primrose (petals)
Aloe and Bulbinella (leaf)
Infusion, facial splash and facial steam. (As a daily cleansing treatment)
Making an “infusion” The standard recipe is: 1 teaspoon of dried herbs (3 teaspoons of fresh herbs) for 1 cup of boiling water, steep for 5 minutes, strain and cool. Apply to the skin with a cotton ball, or as a facial spray or facial steam.
Lavender and parsley. The flowers and leaves can be used for facial steamers.
Chicory – for inflammation, boils, and septic areas.
Patchouli and Bergamot: powerful, antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial, regenerates skin cells.
Mask, poultice or compress. (A few times a week or when the problem is really worrisome)
Make a face Pac (mask) or paste (poultice) or compress (Cotton soaked in liquid and placed on the face); The standard method is: the plant is crushed and a little water is added, left to act until it dries, and then washed.
Horseradish – (pasta) replace water with milk.
Nettle – (paste) remedy for acne and eczema.
Comfrey and fenugreek – (pasta) use leaves.
Calendula – (paste) (flower petals) brightens and softens the skin
Aloe – (paste) crushing the leaves (no need to add water) cures and prevents scaring.
Basil – (pasta) no need to add water, take the cat out.
Chamomile – (compress) reduces inflammation.
Chickweed – (poultice) relieves inflammation and causes boils to enlarge.
Borage – (Face Pac) made with cooked barley and bran.
Astringent (twice a week or before that big date, to look great).
Use an astringent to tighten pores, prevent sagging, and reduce a tired appearance. Make an infusion, the standard amounts are; 1 cup of herbs in 1 liter of boiling water, let it steep until cool. Apply to the face with a cotton ball.
Evening primrose: use leaves for oily skin, with blemishes, eczema and rashes.
Chamomile: uses petals, tones, clarifies, purifies and softens the skin.
Horsetail: clarifies the tones and purifies the skin.
Scented Geraniums – A mild astringent to cleanse and improve circulation.
Facial cream: (long-term treatment with cream twice a day)
Make your own face cream. The basic recipe is as follows: Use as a base a combination of honey, lanolin, glycerin and almond oil in equal proportions. Heat slowly in a skillet, when melted, add the crushed herbs in a ratio of 1/5 to 4/5 herbs and stir until the mixture is boiling. Simmer for 20 minutes, then strain, beat the mixture until thick, creamy, and quite cold. Form in pots and cover.
Bulbinella – relieves all skin problems.
Aloe – Use the sap from the leaf to make a soothing and healing moisturizer.
Myrtle – for blemishes.
Calendula and comfrey and Burnet salad for dry skin
Chamomile – for oily skin.
Facial oils: (long-term treatment with oil twice a day)
(Do as follows): Dry the grass. Add to a basic oil such as Almond, Jojoba or Sweet Oil (the ratio is ½ herb and ½ oil). Place in a closed bottle, leave to rest in a warm place (shake daily), strain after 10 days. Discard the herbs, repeat the process with fresh (dried) herbs until you have the strength you want. This should be around 4 to 5 weeks. The higher the herb-to-oil concentration, the more effective the mix will be.
Calendula – (flower petals) relieves inflammation, has antiseptic properties, heals and softens.
Tea Tree – is an antibacterial, soothes irritated skin. Most effective when mixed with Witch Hazel.
Pink: clarifies the tones and purifies the skin.
Evening Primrose: Helps lighten blemishes.
Scented geraniums: it is useful to balance the sebum in oily and dry or inflamed skin.
To solve a skin problem, it is not enough to apply products to the face, you have to clean the body from the inside. The benefit is cleaning the blood; the blood removes impurities and carries the necessary nutrients to the skin. There are two different ways to do this. The first to drink an infusion (tea) the second is to include freshly consumed herbs in your diet.