So much is studied about this plant in relation to it's health benefits when eaten, however, this plant that made its way west from the Indian sub-continent and conquered the globe, has centuries of traditional, medicinal and even magical use.
We like it because of it's potential to help in reducing the effects of acne, with its combination of antibacterial and antioxidant nutrients. It has been used to increase skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles. As said, this plant is mostly studied for its nutritional value and little scientific studies are available in relation to it's topical applications.
Burdock is a biennial plant native to Europe and Asia, which has been used for medicinal purposes for centuries. It's long roots have a number of different, powerful antioxidants, including phenolic acids, quercetin and luteolin.
These can help reduce inflammation of the skin, helping to treat conditions like acne and eczema. Its further antibacterial properties can also aide in these topical treatments
Besides the fact that it flowers beautifully, calendula, also known as marigold, has some wonderful effects on skin health. It has centuries of use for healing wounds, as well as treating acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Research suggests it is helpful in promoting skin health, hydration and firmness and a study in 2012 found it was a significant aide in treating diaper rash.
This plant's roots may benefit the skin of those of us who suffer from acne or eczema. It's compound that creates the sweet taste, glycyrrhizin (take note if you like scrabble!) also acts as a powerful antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial agent.
In studies it has been shown to significantly reduce eczema outbreaks. It's use as an acne fighting treatment has not yet been studied, although there is reason to believe it is effective in its treatments.
This is a powerful little herb. It tastes great, but it also has good effects on skin health. It has some powerful antioxidants and works as an anti-inflammatory. It can also increase the micro circulation of the outer layer of your skin and scalp, which helps your skin to stay healthy.
The effects on the scalp have been shown in studies to aide in hair growth for people who suffer alopecia.
This ubiquitous plant grows pretty much anywhere in the northern hemisphere. It's use in herbal medicine dates back thousands of years and is even recorded in Greek mythology. It's a versatile astringent that has been used in many healing recipes.
It has been used to dress cuts & wounds and to soothe inflammatory conditions of the skin, such as eczema, rashes and acne. In haircare it has a reputation for promoting hair growth and reducing dandruff. In historic reference books it's sometimes known as Militaris, for its use in the field of military medicine.