There is more to herbs than just grandma’s potions for curing rashes and stomach aches. Many herbs are essential constituents in the herbal beauty industry products as well as most Indian homes. Here are the top ten -
Scientific evidence suggests that lavender is helpful in alopecia areata or patchy baldness. Along with oils from thyme, rosemary, and cedarwood, it helps in over 44 percent reduction in hair loss after just 7 months of treatment.
The anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties of lavender make it ideal for treating acne and sunburns. Lavender is also beneficial in relieving insomnia, restlessness, stress-related headaches, fungal infections like candidiasis, scars, burns and eczema (a number of chronic skin conditions with a characteristic itching, redness, swelling and blistering rash).
Lavender oil acts as a toner for the skin and the advantage is that it suits all skin types.
2. Aloe vera has been used since time immemorial for skin problems like burns, blisters, frostbite, urticaria (an allergic skin rash), herpes, inflammatory skin disorders, psoriasis (chronic immune-related skin disease characterized by red thickened skin with silver scales), besides tooth and gum diseases. Aloe is rich in calcium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, zinc. The potassium present in aloe helps in the detoxification of the liver and kidneys. Aloe vera finds its usage in innumerable face packs, moisturizers, soaps, bath gels, shampoos, conditioners, toothpaste, face and skin creams, cleansers, sunscreens, shaving gels, baby lotions and wipes.
- Local application of aloe prevents aging and wrinkles
- Aloe, also helps in healing the skin and reducing scars. Regular application of aloe is known to prevent scarring and stretch marks
- Aloe is a very popular substitute for creams as a moisturizer for dry skin
- It is one of the main exfoliating ingredients in the organic skin scrub
- Aloe reduces dandruff and makes for a good conditioner for silkier and softer hair
- Some people use it to shrink warts
- Calendula is used extensively in face packs and soaps as a cleanser and for blemishes and acne.
- It is also used as a hair conditioner and cleanser.
4. Turmeric or Curcuma longa has been also known as the “Indian solid gold” because of its innumerable health and beauty benefits. Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal and anti-disease agent. Turmeric can be taken orally or applied on the skin. It’s beauty uses are many -
- Since ancient times, turmeric mixed with gram flour is used on the skin of Indian brides and grooms for a flawless complexion
- Turmeric is applied locally to treat acne, wrinkles, dry skin, oily skin, scars, pigmentation of the skin
- A pinch of turmeric added to castor oil and applied on scalp prevents dandruff
6. Tulsi or Ocimum basilicum is also known as basil worldwide. Holy basil or Ocimum tenuiflorum is a sacred plant to the Hindus. It is also known as the 'king of herbs'. Basil is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin K, vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium, and iron besides other antioxidants and phytonutrients. In the beauty industry, tulsi has found use in -
- anti acne face packs and creams
- Anti-lice and dandruff shampoos
- aromatherapy and perfumes
- Rosemary treats alopecia with a successful outcome as it reportedly stimulates hair growth
- It acts as a hair conditioner which softens the hair to make it more manageable and healthy
- In aromatherapy, rosemary relieves stress and improves memory and concentration
- The toning and moisturizing property of rosemary oil is used in reducing fine lines and wrinkles and even clearing acne
- Rosemary oil can be used in toothpaste, as it kills bad breath
8. Chamomile is an amazingly gentle, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, analgesic and soothing herb used widely in skin creams, shampoos, conditioners, soaps and body lotions. It helps in the treatment of eczema and contact dermatitis. Chamomile calms stomach upsets, colds and flu, muscle cramps and anxiety. Other than these -
- It fights signs of aging and pollution on the skin because of its restorative and hydrating qualities besides its role in treating acne
- Chamomile is used in makeup products, sunscreens, and cleansers
- It also finds usage in aromatherapy and herbal teas, as a nervine tonic and a general relaxant promoting sleep and sedation
- acts as a natural skin ointment against acne and eczema
- prevents the falling of hair, and
- acts as a hair conditioner
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