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Holistic Skin Care: Herbs and Spices to Try Out

Featured image for "Holistic Skin Care: Herbs and Spices to Try Out" blog post. Horsetail plant.

When it comes to holistic skin care sometimes all a person has to do is look into their spice rack or if they grow their own herbs, their garden. Humans have known for millennia that different herbs may be astringent or might help the skin hold on to moisture. They could clear up breakouts and potentially make skin glow with health.

Herbs and spices to possibly consider for holistic skin care

Oat Straw

Oat straw is the stem of the oat plant while it’s still green and its sap is milky. It is a source of silica and calcium. It has been used for hundreds of years for skin problems and to potentially correct imbalances in the blood sugar. Oat straw is most often made into tea or extracts and added to food.


Horsetail, whose other name is shavegrass, used to be used as an exfoliant and probably still is in some place. An astringent, horsetail is full of silica that may support the suppleness of the skin. It can be drunk in tea but is often dried, powdered and made into a poultice to put on the skin. It can also be added to a warm bath.


The leaf and seeds of this plant can possibly be used for skin health. Alfalfa is full of carotene, which is converted to vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is an anti-oxidant that is vital for the health of the skin, hair, and nails. Alfalfa is also full of necessary trace minerals, vitamin K, chlorophyll and amino acids.

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Nettle leaves may be beneficial when it comes to inflammatory skin diseases. They could clear up eczema and potentially clean ulcers and wounds. When nettle leaves are used in a tea or tincture, their stinging hairs are neutralized.

Rose Hips

Rose hip plant.
Rose hips.


This is the fruit of the rose plant. Extremely rich in vitamin C, it is a potentially beneficial all purpose tonic. It can be taken as a tea, as capsules, as part of a mask or in a facial. It also makes an excellent jelly.


Turmeric is derived from the rhizome of a plant that resembles the ginger plant. In a compress, turmeric is used to possibly heal injuries and skin lesions. When it is eaten, it may cleanse the blood. This also might contribute to the health of the skin.

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Irish Moss

Yes, this is carrageenan, that additive that thickens store-bought ice cream. When applied to the skin Irish moss may act as a demulcent, which means it could soothe inflamed or irritated skin.

Burdock Root

This herb can also be drunk as a tea or may be used as a compress for skin problems such as acne and eczema. It might soothe boils, bruises, warts and canker sores.


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This micro-algae is bought as a dried powder and can be sprinkled on food or mixed with drinks. It is a potentially great source of chlorophyll, vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins. Its ability to possibly cleanse the blood and potentially help circulation could promote skin health and be potentially useful in holistic skin care.


The aromatic leaves of this herb could tone the skin and may be especially good for the hair. It might stimulate hair follicles and is said to potentially put off the graying of the hair and baldness when
used as a shampoo.

Aloe Vera

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This herb is famous for its gel, which is used to potentially heal minor burns. It may promote rapid cell regeneration that could help to heal wounds, rashes, fungal infections and all types of skin problems. Aloe vera can be made into a juice drink.

Yellow Dock Root

Drunk as a tea or taken in capsule form, this mildly astringent root is rich in iron and could build and potentially cleanse the blood. This could make it a good choice for holistic skin care. Yellow dock root is also used in formulas to possibly treat psoriasis and eczema.

Sarsaparilla Root

Use the oil of this root externally might heal skin conditions that feature itching and scaling such as eczema and psoriasis. It also is used to treat potentially ringworm, athlete’s, foot, acne and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Eucalyptus Oil


Eucalyptus is known for having potentially antibacterial properties. It may help cleanse pores of impurities that may cause pigmentation, dull skin, and breakouts. There are also skin care products that contain eucalyptus that may be used as drawing salves to potentially support overall skin health.

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