When it comes to herbs for the skin and hair, we often think of aloe vera first. However, there are more herbs and plants all over the world that produce the same, if not better, benefits as aloe vera. They’re just not as known, so people rarely talk about them.
Herbal skin and hair treatments have been around for ages. Yet, many consumers are still clueless about the numerous other plants and herbs that can improve our skin and hair. People don’t know much beyond aloe vera, tea tree, and witch hazel. While those herbs are perfectly capable of treating common skin issues, the lesser-known ones deserve as much recognition, too. Besides, knowing about uncommon plants and herbs can give you more options on which ones to use for your ever-evolving skin and hair-care routine.
So without further ado, here are some lesser-known plants and herbs that can work wonders on your skin and hair:
This herb does more than put you to sleep (not literally, of course). Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties, so it can help treat angry and inflamed skin, too. One thread on Reddit even claims that chamomile works in treating cystic acne. Of course, more research is needed to prove that. However, it turns out that there has been a clinical trial showing how chamomile works against cystic acne. The herb’s flavonoids and essential oils are found to be able to penetrate into the skin’s deeper layers. Although more evidence is required to back up this clinical trial, the initial findings are promising. If you’d like to try a chamomile treatment, press a chamomile tea bag on the inflamed skin, and it’ll soothe the pain and swelling.
In addition, if eczema or an allergic skin reaction is your main problem, chamomile will definitely help you. Brew some chamomile tea and wash your face or skin with it. The teabag method will work as well.
Many of us know rosemary as the flavorful and aromatic herb that makes our food more savory. However, this herb deserves a place in your skincare kit as well. Rosemary can moisturize your skin and help it produce more collagen, allowing you to fight off signs of aging. It can also remove free radicals from your skin. Furthermore, it contains minerals that protect your skin against damage, such as sun exposure.
To use it on your face, dilute some rosemary oil in water. Then transfer it to a bottle to use it as your toner. You can also use the oil directly and massage it into your scalp to help your hair grow faster and get rid of dandruff.
Moringa (moringa oleifera), with its tree called the “drumstick tree,” “horseradish tree,” “ben oil tree,” or “benzolive tree.” It’s native to the Indian subcontinent and is also commonly found in the Philippines. Moringa is often used in food, but it has incredible benefits for the hair, too.
Moringa shampoos for hair loss are effective and affordable. The plant itself is rich in vitamins, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc, so it’s a complete package. It rids the skin and hair of free radicals, keeping them clean and healthy. It also contains hydrating and detoxifying properties, boosting skin and hair health. If you contract sores or a minor skin infection, moringa seed oil can help treat it.
Another Asian native herb, amla or Indian gooseberry, is also good at promoting healthier hair growth. It’s packed with vitamins, essential nutrients, and antioxidants. There are many ways to add it to your hair-care routine, such as consuming it directly or using amla powder, to name a few.
One of the most popular ways to use amla for hair growth is to mix it with reetha (Indian soapberry) and shikakai (Acacia concinna). Take equal parts of the herbs and soak them in water overnight. Add more water in the morning, and then boil it. Cool it down to room temperature afterward, and then mash all the herbs well with your hands. Strain out the herbs before using the mixture to rinse your hair.
Fenugreek seeds, a.k.a. methi, is another amazing vitamin-rich herb for your hair. It’s also filled with essential nutrients, such as potassium and nicotinic acid. Just soak the seeds overnight, and then make a paste out of it with some curd. Massage the paste on your scalp for at least 30 minutes before washing your hair.
Some people may think herbal treatments are primitive. Thus, they feel a little uncomfortable using it. However, these treatments may actually be better at taking care of your skin and hair. Remember, before shampoos, conditioners, and facials, herbs and plants were the only resources humans had for their wellness routine. So, they’re definitely effective and have paved the way for more advanced skin and hair treatments. Trust nature to take care of your beauty well.