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Discover which secret herbs can be used to maintain beautiful, healthy skin. Herbs have been used for centuries to help treat skin conditions, improve skin quality and enhance the skin’s appearance.
Many women spend a fortune on skin care products. There are products on the market for every skin problem out there and most of these products are not cheap. It is easy to become inundated with choices and brand names, but it’s not so easy to make a choice on what to purchase for your particular skin type or skin ailment.

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We all want healthy looking skin and many of us are concerned about what we are actually putting on our skin. Consider herbs or herbal products for a natural, healthy alternative to pricey treatment products. Make your own skin care products, with home grown herbs or herbs purchased from the health food store. Maintaining healthy skin will ensure proper skin performance and improve your skin’s appearance.

Chamomile

Chamomile grows as a plant and comes in many different varieties.  It is the chamomile flower that is used for medicinal purposes. Traditionally, chamomile is dried and used to brew chamomile tea or in potpourri. Chamomile is considered a safe herb to use on the skin of adults and children. Its anti-inflammatory and contains antimicrobial properties that are excellent in treating inflammatory skin ailments such as eczema, common diaper rash and psoriasis. Chamomile can also be useful in the healing of wounds, as its extracts are thought to hurry the healing process. Chamomile can be used as part of your daily skin regimen as it is soothing and gentle and can inhibit inflammation of the skin and skin infections.

Lemon Balm

Lemon balm, once thought of only in the culinary world, has many medicinal uses. Lemon balm leaves are traditionally used to brew teas and drink mixtures. Lemon balm leaves are very aromatic and add wonderful flavor to many culinary dishes. Surprisingly, lemon balm works wonders medicinally as well. Washing cuts or scrapes in a bath of lemon balm tea acts as an antiseptic, while using it on bug bites or skin inflammations can be quite soothing. Additionally, lemon balm has potent anti-bacterial and anti-viral qualities that can be beneficial in the treatment of cold sores and herpes simplex virus.

Red Clover

Red clover has many medicinal uses; the flowers and flower blossoms of red clover are used for medicinal purposes. For skin conditions, red clover is used externally as an ointment or salve. Red clover is useful in treating a variety of skin ailments including: eczema, acne, psoriasis and rashes. Women who are pregnant or nursing should avoid red clover because its properties may mimic that of estrogen. Likewise, women with a history of breast cancer should also avoid red clover.

Rose Water

Rose water has long been admired for its natural beauty and skin care benefits. Rose water is frequently used in the treatment of various skin ailments. Rose water is highly regarded as a superb skin toner, as it is a natural astringent. Rose water is also an excellent cleanser due to its anti-inflammatory qualities. Washing with rose water daily can decrease the appearance of clogged pores, which can lead to pimples. Rose water also has the ability to act as a disinfectant, cleansing the skin of bacteria that may lead to skin irritations or infections. Additionally, it is said that rose water, when applied hourly, may prevent sunburn.

Sage

Regular use of sage oil or sage itself can have a rejuvenating effect on the skin.  Rubbing sage oil on the skin can help to renew skin cells, thus preventing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Additionally, sage can be helpful in the treatment of several skin ailments including acne, eczema, psoriasis and chapped or cracked skin.  Traditionally, sage oil is obtained from sage leaves and used in skin care products.  Sage oil can be applied directly to the skin to treat common skin conditions as well as cold sores. In addition, sage can be a successful insect repellent.

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