Known as the ‘plant of immortality’, Aloe vera contains a plethora of anti-oxidants like beta carotene, vitamins C and E that improve the natural firmness of skin. It keeps the skin hydrated. It improves the skin elasticity, therefore minimizing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Argan OilWikimedia Commons / Helge Høifødt
Often referred to as liquid gold, argan oil is an organic product extracted from the kernels of the argan tree. It is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E. Its properties make it particularly beneficial for the hair and skin. Also contains anti-oxidants which help to heal damaged skin cells and reduce inflammation.
Rich in vitamins A, D and E, avocado has been used to treat some forms of dermatitis and arthritis. Long-term treatment with avocado oil helps relieve eczema. The high hydrocarbon content of the pulp and oil has great ability to heal and soothe skin.
BaobabWikimedia Commons / Damitr
Baobab oil has a balanced breakdown of saturated, mono-unsaturated and poly-unsaturated fatty acids with around 30% omega-6 and 3% omega-3. The oil also contains vitamins A, D3 and E. Vitamin A in combination with the essential fatty acids aids in the rejuvenation and renewal of cell membranes.
This low-calorie herb is rich with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. In addition, it offers essential nutrients including vitamins A, C and K, as well as manganese, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium and omega-3 fats. All these nutrients not only boost your immune system but can prevent acne, relieves itching, maintain healthy skin and shiny hair.
BearberryWikimedia Commons / Sten Porse, license: CC-BY 3.0
One of the little known secrets to bearberry is the hypo-pigmenting component. This component has a whitening effect on the skin, making bearberry perfect for those want to treat freckles, age spots, or vitiligo. Used regularly, bearberry can remove the most stubborn pigmented areas of the skin.
BeeswaxWikimedia Commons / Plantsurfer
Known mostly for its conditioning properties, beeswax has a number of benefits for the skin, including an anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, has been found to help encourage the healing of wounds. Contains a good source of this vitamin A, beeswax helps support cell turnover and reconstruction.
Borage SeedWikimedia Commons / Yummifruitbat
A non-fragrant, moisturizing plant oil that's a rich source of the essential fatty acid gamma linoleic acid. It has been shown to be a very effective agent for treating skin disorders and for alleviating inflammatory symptoms. Everyday use, borage oil has been shown to be very effective in treating the redness, inflammation, and moisture loss associated with dry skin.
Bulgarian RoseWikimedia Commons / Anton Lefterov
Traditionally used to calm and uplift. It is anti-inflammatory, cooling and soothing, and as such is beneficial for dry, hot, inflamed or itching skin and for many other inflammatory conditions, like conjunctivitis (although it would be rose water rather than the oil that is used for this). In addition, rose is excellent for scarring, treating broken capillaries and for mature skin types.
Has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations. Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immunostimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin. Plus, it stimulates the production of collagen at wound sites to help minimize scarring and assist with stretch marks.
Hydrates, improve skin elasticity and regenerate at cellular level. The high level of beta carotene in carrots acts as an antioxidant to prevent and reverse cell damage can be used to protect from sunlight, treat hyper pigmentation, wrinkles and stretch marks amongst other skin disorders. This oil has a toning effect on skin.
Chamomile is one of the seven most commonly used medicinal herbs. The plant's healing properties contain volatile oils (including bisabolol, bisabolol oxides A and B, and matricin) as well as flavonoids which strengthens the body’s restorative system.
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