Here’s a list of flowers/herbs that will work wonders on your skin
Alfalfa – Medicago sativa
High in calcium and magnesium, vitamin C, E, K and beta-carotene, alfalfa is a superfood for body and skin.
Aloe – Aloe vera
Aloe gel is a “first aid” for many skin conditions, including burns, wounds, inflammations. Cools, tones, moisturizes skin and enhances overall immunity.
Ashwagandha – Withania somnifera
Indian Ginseng or Winter Cherry, this herb has tonic and immunity building properties. Tones skin, soothes inflammation and irritations.
Basil – Ocimum basilicum
Uplifting, refreshing and invigorating for skin and mind
Blackcurrant Leaf – Ribes nigrum
Astringent and antioxidant, leaves also contain vitamin C, beneficial for strong immunity, healthy blood circulation and strong capillaries. Tonic for skin and body.
Calendula – Calendula officialis
True skin-healer with anti-inflammation and anti-bacterial qualities. Able to heal rashes, inflammation, scars.
Camphor – Cinnamomum camphora
A fragrant compound from an evergreen tree in China and South East Asia, that cools, disinfects and soothes skin.
Chamomile – Anthmis nobi
Calming, Soothing, Healing
Coriander - Coriandrum sativum
Stimulating and detoxifying, good for clearing skin
Cornflower – Centaurea cyanus
Astringent and anti-inflammatory, corn flower is soothing for skin around eye area.
Dandelion – Taraxacum officialis
Tonic and cleansing yellow flower and leaves are one of the key remedies to detoxify liver and kidneys. Very helpful in relieving skin conditions such as eczema, skin irritations, acne.
Echinacea – Asteraceae
With strong anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, echinacea build’s skin’s resistance to harmful environment, strengthening its immunity
Fennel – Foeniculum vulgare
Sweet and protective, detoxes and deep cleanses skin
Frangipani – Plumeria cuba
Intoxicating, sweet and exotic, this tropical flower is a jewel of South Pacific. It is soothing, relaxing and calming for nerves, while toning and firming for skin.
Gotu kola- Centella asiatica
High in antioxidants, the herb promotes wound healing and enhances skin’s elasticity and tone.
Green tea – Camellia sinensis
contains high doses of Vitamin E, C and B, essential for health and beauty, natural anti-oxidant and protector from bacteria
Hibiscus – Rosa sinensis
a wonderful and versatile ingredient for skincare. They moisturize and soften skin, improving complexion and natural glow. Hibiscus relaxes face muscles, keeping wrinkles at bay. Also the flowers has shown some natural sunblock properties.
Honeysuckle – Lonicera
High in vitamin C and biofavonoids (antioxidants), honeysuckle has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory, soothing effect on skin
Jasmine – Jasminum officinale
Romantic and Aphrodisiac, sweet, floral aroma and balancing, calming and moisturizing effect on skin
Jiaogulan – Gynostemma pentaphyllum
It is used in traditional medicine for its adaptogenic and anti-inflammation properties, in skin care and beauty industry for its anti-oxidant and anti-aging effect on skin.
Kaffir Lime – Citrus hystrix
Astringent leaves with cleansing and purifying properties
Lemongrass – Cymbopogon citratus
Antibacterial and refreshing , great for balancing oily skin
Linden – Tilia
Linden flower blossom is nerve tonic, with calming and gentle properties. Excellent as an infusion for eye compress
Milk Thistle – Silybum marianum
Pink Flower has a strong detox and cleansing properties, particularly beneficial for healthy liver function. It contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, which inhibit skin aging and damage from UV rays.
Mint – Mentha piperita
Refreshing, Antimicrobal and Invigorating
Monoi de Tahiti – Gardenia taitensis
Monoi de Tahiti is an infusion of pure virgin coconut oil and the flowers of Tiare Tahiti or Tiare Mahoi
Nettle – Urtica dioica
Tonic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory nettle is full of vitamins, iron and calcium and amino acids. Taken internally as tea / infusion, detoxes, builds immunity and prevents inflammatory processes. Soothing and detoxing for skin, when applied externally and very helpful for reliving eczema, acne, skin irritations.
Parsley – Petroselinum crispum
Fragrant and refreshing, parsley has strong diuretic and expectorant properties. It detoxes and brightens skin, especially beneficial for eye area to reduce dark circles and puffiness
Peony – Paeonia
Peony activates the natural defense mechanisms of skin, tonifying and firming the epidermis. The extract of petals has a regenerative, softening, moisturizing, firming, anti-inflammation effect.
White Lily - Lilium candidum
Used in TCM as a nourishing ingredient, white lily bulb moistures, softens and brightens skin.
Ruth Swissa will be sharing her knowledge about the most beneficial flowers for your skin in the upcoming blog posts. Stay tuned!