10 Herbs For Beautiful Skin

When you think of herbs you probably think of food, and maybe herbal medicines, but what about skin care?

The first records of actual skin care routines (as opposed to simple washing) go back to the Egyptians in 3000BC.  Along with olive oil, honey, ostrich eggs and milk, herbs such as aloe vera, cinnamon, myrrh and parsley were some of the herbs used to keep their skins clean, soft and supple. They made scrubs, masks, soaks, creams and, lets not forget Queen Cleopatra’s favourite, a goat’s milk bath.

Rather than buying expensive skin care products you can make your own herbal remedies.  ,

There are herbs for every skin type and most will grow easily in a small garden. In fact, some of these herbs can be used for cooking, medicine and home cleaning as well.  Making your own skin products is another very good reason to start a small herb garden. (Find out how)

Here are 10 herbs that can be used in creams, cleansers, masks, scrubs or simply applied to the skin as an infusion.

Aloe Vera for Skin care Barefoot LifeAloe vera 

Excellent for dry, sensitive skins or skin irritations such as sunburn, eczema or chapped hands. Moisturizer, hydrating, tones and corrects texture, softening, healing. Dry-normal skins


Pot marigold - calendulaPot Marigold (Calendula)

Cleansing, healing, softening, hydrating, plumps skin, improves circulation, healing for acne and heals inflammations. Any skin type

Recipes:  Eczema Cream , Heavy Duty Handcream,   Calendula Ointment

Chamomile skin care Barefoot LifeChamomile

Lightens skin, softens, reduces inflammation, reduces under eye shadows, eases discolouration from sun damage. soothes acne, rashes and eczema. All skin types



Cleansing, healing, soothing, stimulates circulation, speeds cell replacement, antiseptic, normalises secretion of sebaceous glands. All skin types

Recipes: Lavender Hand Cream

Mint skin care Barefoot LifeMint

Cools and refreshes the skin, reduces the appearance of dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. Cleansing for blackheads. Normal to oily skin



Detoxifying, reduce the appearance of dark spots and hyper pigmentation. Dry, sensitive skins



Rose - Barefoot LifeRose

Reduces wrinkles, puffiness, broken capillaries, toner, refining. For older, crepey skins and dry skins

Recipes  Rose Petal Vinegar  Rose Oil for Older Skins   Rose & Oat Face Mask


rosemary herbRosemary

Collagen development, skin elasticity, toning, cleansing. All skin types




Tones, tightens pores, cell regeneration natural astringent for oily, acne-prone skin.



Thyme - an article by Barefoot LifeThyme

Astringent, antibacterial, cleansing. Oily and acne-prone skin



These are 6 other herbs that deserve a mention.

  1. Turmeric: Reduce inflammation and redness.
  2. Fennel: Cleansing, toning, reduces puffiness
  3. Comfrey: Cell regeneration, damaged skin and scarring
  4. Dandelion: Reduces the appearance of dark spots and hyper pigmentation
  5. Gotu kola: Promotes cell regeneration, damaged skin and scarring
  6. Oats – Exfoliator, softening

If you want to discover more about the world of herbs and many benefits of using them, join the Herb Club and immerse yourself in one herb a week.

The Herb Club Barefoot LifeTHE BAREFOOT HERB CLUB

Discover the world of herbs For just R39 per month

A weekly ebook covering one herb in detail


  • History, description and growing requirements
  • Culinary uses and recipes
  • Medicinal uses and recipes
  • Body and Bath uses and recipes
  • Home care uses and recipes
  • Garden uses and recipes






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