The world of home remedies is filled with old-fashioned herbal treatments that ease pain, soothe skin, and even treat the common cold. While modern science has tested some of these natural home remedies, many are still considered folk remedies that can be used with care. From the rose water of the Egyptians to heal blemishes and moisturize skin to green tea to fight inflammation, botanicals have been part of a holistic beauty routine for centuries. In fact, botanicals have become an important part of the practice of aromatherapy, which uses a combination of essential oils to treat both physical and emotional issues.
Each plant is its own storehouse of countless (think hundreds or thousands) of active compounds that work together in naturally occurring harmony. These complex combinations are then distilled and carefully combined to create powerful formulas that deliver various benefits to the skin. Turmeric, for example, is a powerful anti-inflammatory that has been used by ancient civilizations for nearly 4,000 years. Today it is a well-researched ingredient that helps to reduce dark spots and scars, reduce puffiness and brighten the skin. Another popular plant remedy, ginger root can ease indigestion, relieve nausea and calm the stomach. It is also anti-inflammatory and can boost circulation. The calming herb chamomile is a skin-soothing powerhouse found in everything from soothing eye pads to soothing sunburns. It is also a popular ingredient in anti-aging facial serums that can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Some botanicals are a must for every beauty cabinet.
For example, Cleopatra’s favorite beauty secret was her daily dose of rose water and oil, which can help reduce blemishes, balance skin’s moisture levels, and even soften and smooth the complexion. Other must-haves include tsubaki flower seed oil, which is sustainably sourced from seeds that would otherwise be thrown away and contains vitamin C for a more radiant complexion, and murumuru butter, used by Amazonian tribes to protect against environmental stressors and rich in in skin nourishing omega-3, -6 and -9 fatty acids and antioxidants. Other home remedies worth checking out include a spoonful of cinnamon to aid digestion and a cup of hot nettle leaf tea to soothe the skin.
Then there are the elderberries which can help fight the common cold and speed recovery from the flu. And don’t forget those extra black tea bags, which can be soaked in water and applied to the eyes to reduce puffiness and signs of fatigue. The list of beneficial plant ingredients goes on and on and the path to self-exploration is endless. We hope these tips on harnessing the power of plant-based ingredients will inspire you to build a more mindful routine that combines the best of nature with the latest advances in skincare.