In the West, we use herbs mostly as cooking ingredients. Of course, that makes a lot of sense: herbs are aromatic and flavorful and can add complex subtlety to a dish with very little effort. But in other parts of the world—as history shows us—herbs have many other Clinique Mediluxe benefits. In fact, the herbs we cook with are actually pretty healthy and, when used in specific ways, can be used to treat your skin (or keep it healthy).
Historical accounts describe that the Calendula herb may have been used medicinally by societies as far back as the ancient Greeks, definitely by the Ancient Romans. At the time, the herb was praised for its golden color and used, most often, as a garland. The hue would also often be extracted for use in coloring items like cheese and clothing. Eventually, the Catholic church adopted Calendula—which was also given the name “Mary’s Gold,” hence its other name, Marigold—for religious ceremonies.
But Calendula has also been used, for several millennia, as a type of skin treatment. For thousands of years, people have cultivated the plant to process it into salves or ointments in order to treat a variety of acute skin conditions. This includes things like minor cuts and burns. And today, oil of calendula is even used as an anti-inflammatory, an anti-tumor agent and can even be found in acne treatments.
If you currently use any over the counter cosmetic skin care treatments then you are probably already familiar with oats as a possible skin care herb. Indeed, you can find oatmeal in everything from cleansers to facial treatments but you can get the skin treatment benefits of oats by simply soaking in an oatmeal bath. To do this, just fill a sock with oats and seal the end. Drop this sock into a hot bath and let it steep for 15 minutes before you get in.
Gotu Kola is yet another anti-inflammatory agent that can benefit your skin. The plant is a small and herbaceous perennial that grows commonly in the Asian wetlands. It has been used most often as part of the Ayurvedic traditions of India as well as in both African and Chinese medicine. Also known as Asian pennywort and Indian pennywort, Gotu Kola is commonly found as an ingredient in cuisines of this region. Indeed, Gotu Kola has long been celebrated as a treatment for a variety of skin issues including: chronic venous insufficiency, psoriasis, and varicose veins, among others.