medicinal Herbs for the Skin (Part 2)

medicinal Herbs for the Skin (Part 2)

Those who have sensitive skin know that dryness is its biggest enemy.

Dry air, higher or even lower temperatures worsen dry skin and the skin becomes more in need of hydration. Conditions, accompanied by dry skin, such as neurodermatitis and psoriasis, worsen when higher or lower temperatures prevail.

Plants such as echinacea, wild mallow, calendula and mint can help with dry skin. The skin needs support to remain elastic, tight and to strengthen its natural defense against pathogens. Wild mallow belongs to the oldest group of herbs used for its healing properties and especially for the skin and hair.
Mallow extracts are characterized as mild and are suitable for skin that is irritated or even cracked. Mallow has soothing properties, can make skin smoother and helps maintain soft of its texture. Mallow also has anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties. The form of compress or wash with mallow extract can help patients with dry skin, skin irritations, neurodermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and itching. In case of using the herb itself and not an extract, the flowers should be dried and a decoction prepared for external use (5-10 minutes in hot water or 5-10 hours in cold).

Calendula as an herb contains a complex of essential oils, carotenoids, flavonoids and saponins. Its ingredients have antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties. It also has anti-inflammatory, astringent and analgesic properties. Characteristic is the property of calendula to accelerate tissue healing and therefore it is used as an ingredient in preparations for minor injuries, injuries that are more difficult to heal, minor burns, eczema, irritations and neurodermatitis. Calendula, as an ingredient, is used very often in creams, tinctures and ointments. Recently, the use of mint and mint in beauty products is very popular. In the past, different types of mint were commonly found in toothpastes due to their taste, while today it is widely used in other preparations.

Of course, mint products are more suitable for oily skin than dry skin. In addition to essential oils, mint contains flavonoids, tannins and menthol. Their properties are characterized as anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, antispasmodic, analgesic and sedative. As part of phytotherapy, peppermint essential oils are often used for nausea, dizziness, lethargy and tachycardia. Echinacea is known for its ability to stimulate our immune system to protect us from colds and flu.

Initially, as found by Dr. When Alfred Vogel visited the Sioux tribe in North America, echinacea was used to heal wounds and diseases. who usually had skin signs. Its effectiveness in this area is attributed to its astringent, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. Echinacea is considered to locally stimulate skin cell structures. Echinacea extracts are used in cosmetics for sensitive and irritated skin. Echinacea creams are also used to fight neurodermatitis and acne. Finally, echinacea extracts can be used to protect and desensitize to sun allergies. It has been found that taking it one week before the summer holidays and during the period of sun exposure reduces or does not allow the appearance of skin signs associated with this allergy.