They grow modestly on the wayside, on forest and meadows, look small and inconspicuous. But in many plants, flowers and herbs are healing powers that not only promote health, but also make beautiful. Applied in creams, masks or lotions, many medicinal plants can conjure a radiant complexion. We tell you which plant is suitable for which skin type.
Evening primrose and borage
When the seeds of evening primrose and borage are pressed, they release valuable oils rich in gamma-linolenic acid. Especially those who suffer from atopic dermatitis often have a deficiency of this fatty acid because their skin itself can not make enough of it. A cream with evening primrose oil or borage oil not only provides sufficient fat for the neurodermatitis-plagued skin, but also relieves the itching and strengthens the skin's own protective coat.
Many creams, body lotions and cleansing lotions contain aloe vera gel. 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 well suited for dry skin. In eczema, psoriasis or eczema, but also in skin blemishes such as pimples or blackheads Aloe Vera can help. The cooling effect of the gel also provides relief from sunburn and insect bites.
The witch hazel is also called witch hazel and has an anti-inflammatory effect due to its many tannins. It is part of numerous creams and ointments for wound treatment, but also in eczema, atopic dermatitis and psoriasis. Witch hazel is also used in normal skin care creams and body lotions, mostly for dry skin. Hamamelis reduces the sebum production of the skin and refines the pores.
St. John's Wort
Always at the summer solstice, the St. John's wort opens its bright yellow flowers and absorbs the power of the sun. If the flowers are then picked and put into oil, it 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. In addition, it maintains brittle, chapped skin, scar tissue and helps with minor burns and bruises.
Already the Magi knew what was good: In addition to gold and incense, you also brought myrrh to the baby Jesus as a gift to the crib. Myrrh is the resin of cistus, a medicinal plant from the Mediterranean region. Myrrh was already used in ancient Egypt as a beauty and remedy. Today, instead of the resin rather the dried herb of the rockrose is used. The extracts of it have a disinfecting, soothing effect and are therefore particularly well suited for sensitive, blemished skin.
As a medicinal plant, chamomile is a real all-rounder. It contains not only the essential oils Matricin and Bisabolol, but also the phytonutrient Apigenin. The chamomile extracts nourish skin that is out of balance, leaving irritated skin smooth and rosy. Particularly sensitive, dry skin is gently cared for by chamomile and moisturized. A cleansing lotion with chamomile soothes the skin before falling asleep, a mask provides intensive care.
The arnica flower prefers to grow at higher altitudes and is protected because of its popularity. Especially the flower of the bright yellow flower is full of essential oils. These have a soothing, smoothing effect on stressed, dry skin. Arnica cream harmonises stressed skin, smoothes, moisturizes and protects the skin from environmental factors.
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 skin appearance. The anti-inflammatory effect also fights pimples and blackheads.
The extract, which is extracted from the leaves of the ginkgo tree, is used primarily for anti-circulatory drugs. However, many cosmetics also contain ginkgo in skin care because it tightens the skin and prevents wrinkles. In addition, the medicinal plant promotes cell renewal and blood circulation, giving the skin a radiant, fresh appearance. Ginkgo has anti-inflammatory and protects the skin from free radicals. Because of its smoothing effect, ginkgo is used primarily in products for mature skin.