DIY Herbal Infusions 101

It’s no lie that we all love a relaxing spa day; the feeling of cold cucumbers pressed against your eyes, a silky smooth mud mask covering your face, and the tingle your skin gets when it’s massaged is irreplaceable. However, a day like this could easily cost hundreds of dollars and in some instances may not have the best products for your skin.

As an herbalist and aromatherapist, it’s easy to stick to the old-fashioned DIY spa days at home.  We would like to share with you just exactly what we do at our own at home spa days!  Welcome to the world of DIY Facials!  Below are a few DIY herbal infusions for your skin.  You can check it out here but for now, let’s discuss which herbs help the skin, hair, and everything in between!

Herbs which help the skin are a little bit different than herbs that heal the skin.  Lucky for our customers, Amber Blue Skincare products do a great balance of both.  Our products help problemed skin as well as cure it.  Your integumentary system (hair, skin, nails, sweat glands) has the largest organ in your body-your skin!  With all of this pressure to make your skin beautiful all of the time, it’s no wonder the integumentary system falls behind every once in a while and leaves a bump, mark, or scar on your skin.

The best herbs known to man to give your integumentary system the confidence, strength, and power to make your skin flawless are adaptogens.  These little guys work wonders and cure problems in your integumentary system.

  • Amla enriches hair growth and pigmentation. It strengthens the roots of the hair and helps maintain color and luster
  • Astragalus treats disorders of the skin including burns and tumors (skin tumors)
  • He shou wu helps maintain the color of one’­s hair and also helps diminish hair loss
  • Holy basil improves elasticity and removes wrinkles
  • Licorice is used topically for herpes, eczema, psoriasis, and allergic dermatitis
  • Schisandra relieves allergy-induced skin conditions
  • Shatavari root infused in oil is used topically to treat skin diseases

Referenced from Adaptogens: Herbs for Strength, Stamina, and Stress Relief, by David Winston and Steven Maimes (Healing Arts Press, 2007).

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