Today we are highlighting the benefits of Rosemary, Manuka Oil, Chamomile, Aloe Vera and Basil in our last post of the 'Botanicals' series
Rosemary has a number of benefits for the skin, ranging from providing long-lasting hydration, supporting collagen development, to fighting off skin-damaging free radicals and acne. Rosemary’s primary reputation in skincare is its ability to remove excess oil. It has astringent properties, which can help refresh oily skin and hair without creating excess dryness. In the case of acne prone skin or eczema, this is also the herb to use as it has natural antibacterial and antimicrobial properties that removes dirt and bacteria that can cause breakouts and flare-ups.
Manuka oil is beneficial for a number of skin conditions including acne, blemishes, skin rashes, eczema, psoriasis, sunburn, and insect bites. Manuka Oil also possesses insecticidal properties which inhibits the diffusion of toxins and soothes the irritation and inflammation caused by insect bites and other infections.
Chamomile has clinically proven anti-inflammatory and repairing properties. It has a range of different properties including: antibacterial, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and antiseptic. It is also considered to be hypoallergenic with an ability to neutralise skin irritants. Chamomile is good for dry, red, hot and sensitive skin. In skincare preparations, chamomile is used for teething babies, toothache, acne and boils, allergies and rashes, earache, inflammations, dermatitis, eczema etc.
Aloe Vera when applied to skin has the ability to penetrate the skin’s layers and reach deep into the epidermis. You can apply the gel straight from the leaf to burns and scalds, insect bites and stings and it is especially soothing for sunburn. Burn clinics have found that aloe vera is much more effective other remedies. When applied to wounds, aloe can quickly stop bleeding and the antibacterial action of aloe stops inflammation. Men can use the gel from an aloe leaf as an after-shave lotion and for a quick and soothing treatment for razor cuts.
Basil is used in skincare to fight acne, eczema, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. It’s a powerful antioxidant which it helps in preventing early signs of ageing. Basil is also helpful in conditioning the skin by improving blood circulation.
Thyme has antiseptic and antifungal properties that cleanse, heal and soothe inflamed skin. Studies have shown that thyme has antibacterial properties greater than benzoyl peroxide, which is the active ingredient in anti-acne preparations.