7 Herbal Extracts that Benefit Healthy Hair and Skin
Do you believe in the healing abilities of herbs? We do! Some of the products here at Organic Moon have been blended with one or more of these Herbal Extracts. Following are the benefits of those herbs to assist you in understanding the beauty of our products.
Horsetail is a plant extract (not from an actual horse’s tail!) that boasts many skin benefits. It contains rich levels of silicic acid, which helps strengthen connective tissues, and antioxidants which fight free radical damage that breaks down collagen. Together, these ingredients equal diminished wrinkles for smoother, softer skin. It also soothes by being an anti-inflammatory and promotes skin healing with antiseptic and antimicrobial properties. Plus, it acts as an astringent to tighten pores.
Horsetail has been around for centuries, and was originally used in ancient medicine in China, Rome, and Greece to treat a variety of ailments. It was lauded for its ability to help heal wounds and calm skin inflammation. Horsetail grows in moist soil or wet meadows in North America, Europe, and Asia. There are over 20 known species of the horsetail plant, but only one is used for medicinal purposes.
What Are the Benefits of Horsetail?
Strengthens skin, smooths wrinkles
Improves skin healing
Antioxidants fight free radical damage
Burdock, a plant from the Thistle family, is native to the eastern hemisphere, but was later introduced worldwide. This prickly plant is usually recognized by its lovely purple flowers, and its broad, round leaves. The root of the Burdock plant has been used in traditional folk medicines and has been found to be quite useful in natural skin and hair care.
According to a study published in the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, arctium lappa fruit extract helps protect against chronic tissue inflammation and stimulates collagen synthesis:
"...Our data show that topical treatment with an A. lappa fruit extract offers an effective skin care regimen for mature skin. Matrix metabolism is significantly stimulated in vivo and wrinkles are visibly reduced. Together with our finding of reduced inflammatory markers following Arctiin treatment, we hypothesize that Arctiin counteracts the chronic inflammation in aging skin offering the first cosmetic treatment option that targets these subclinical processes in aging skin."
Burdock Root has astringent and antibacterial properties but is mostly used for its skin soothing benefits.
Burdock Root can help to alleviate skin irritation and itchiness when added to skin care formulas.
In hair care, Burdock Root can help to soothe itchy scalp, control dandruff, and regulate sebum production, resulting in a healthier looking hair and scalp.
St. John’s Wort
Prized for its various health benefits, St. John’s Wort is famous for its depression-reducing qualities. However, this multipurpose herb is so much more than a simple blues fighter.
Antioxidants and interleukins in St. John’s Wort decrease inflammation, making it a practical option for those suffering with aches and pains as well as skin conditions that cause inflammation.
St. John’s Wort has been used to treat diabetic foot ulcers along with other lesions. It may also help decrease the appearance of scars when used topically.
Treats Skin Issues
When applied to the skin, St. John’s Wort treats burns and scrapes by boosting blood flow to the affected area. When in creams it helps keep open wounds clean by killing microorganisms. It has also been known to help sooth sensitive skin.
Improves Skin Quality
Topical application of St. John’s Wort has shown to hydrate skin with its natural oils. Consistent application will firm up the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines.
Rosemary Leaf Extract
Rosemary is an herb in the mint family that includes lavender, basil, sage, and myrtle.
Rosemary contains wonderful healing properties and incredible benefits. I would like to introduce to you several amazing benefits of rosemary oil and extract for skin, and hair.
Rosemary oil is effective in stimulating blood circulation and getting rid of toxins; therefore, it is an ideal essential oil to banish cellulite.
One of the benefits of rosemary is boosting hair growth. Rosemary has been used to stimulate hair growth for ages. In a study in which 84 people with alopecia areata (a disease associated with hair fall generally in patches) participated, those who massage the scalps with rosemary oil for 7 months received the more significant result of hair growth than those who did not massage their scalp with any essential oils. However, we still need more evidence to prove whether rosemary treats hair loss and stimulates hair growth effectively.
Rosemary essential oil is proven to be safe and effective as the treatment for acnes and pimples.
The topical application of rosemary oil has been found to reduce the inflammation caused by acne. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3624774/
But that’s not all! It also reduces under-eye puffiness and improves circulation to give you glowing skin. Additionally, it fights against sun damage and free radical damage and tightens your skin to combat signs of aging.
White Willow Bark Extract
Willow Bark Extract is used in cosmetics and personal care products for its astringent, anti-inflammatory, soothing and conditioning properties. It has been used for centuries as a treatment for headaches and other ailments due to its aspirin-like properties, as well as an antiseptic, according to The University of Maryland Medical Center.
Willow Bark Extract contains salicylic acid, a BHA that is a natural exfoliant and is used in many acne treatments because of its ability to help skin shed dead cells and clear pores; it can also stimulate new cell formation.
Willow Bark Extract also contains "phenolic acids; such as salicin, salicortin, fragilin, populin, triandrin and vimalin, as well as flavonoids, tannins (gallotannins and catechin-type tannins) and minerals," which all allow it to aid in skin rejuvenation.
Controls Oil Production
Your scalp produces a natural oil known as sebum. The rate at which this oil is produced is affected by several factors, including the ingredients of your hair care products. We’ve already learned how sodium lauryl sulfate in traditional shampoos can strip your hair of sebum, causing the scalp to overproduce.
White Willow Bark, in contrast, is a gentle cleanser, great for clearing out skin pores of excess oil. It helps to balance oily scalps while maintaining a healthy level of sebum for conditioning and protecting the hair strand.
Green Tea Leaf Extract
We're sure you already know that green tea has a lot of health benefits. But did you know that it’s also good for the skin?
More recent studies have focused on the potential for green tea to contribute to the health of the skin when applied topically. Here are some of the results:
Age DefyingThe rich number of polyphenols in green tea delivers antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties to the skin that can help to slow the aging process, maintain the vitality of the skin, and improve its natural tone and glow. Be wary, however, of age-reversing claims, as there are no definitive studies that link green tea with firming saggy skin, diminishing wrinkles, or erasing dark spots.
Acne ManagementThe catechins in green tea, especially EGCG, act as antibacterial agents that detoxify the skin and eliminate acne-causing bacteria. Additionally, green tea reduces the inflammation in the pores, which is associated with acne. Offering natural astringent qualities, green tea also decreases excess sebum production.
Sun ProtectionResearch has shown that green tea can reduce sun damage. This sun damage reduction is due to its ability to combat free radical damage, not by blocking ultraviolet radiation.
Skin Cancer EradicationSome scientific studies that evaluated the effects of green tea, both as a topical solution and as a dietary supplement, have shown promising reductions of tumors in epidermoid carcinoma and melanoma skin cancer types. This effect is due to the EGCG element in green tea that could repair DNA, protect against free radial damage, and boost the immune system.
Skin Disorder Treatment
Offering potent anti-inflammatory qualities, green tea can help to calm skin disorders such as rosacea and psoriasis.
Eye Puffiness ReductionDue to its caffeine content and anti-inflammatory properties, green tea is an ideal solution for reducing puffiness around the eyes and eliminating water retention.
Hair Growth StimulationSome studies suggest that EGCG, present in green tea, stimulates the hair follicle and encourages hair growth.
Dandruff RemovalGreen tea helps to remove the dry flakes on the scalp that are caused by dandruff while also improving the condition of the scalp.
Rooibos Leaf Extract
Rooibos is a plant that is grown and cultivated in only in a small area in the region of the Western Cape province of South Africa. Rooibos extract is extremely valued for its antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and free-radical scavenging properties.
How is Rooibos Helpful for Skin?
Rooibos is enriched with antioxidants such as superoxide dismutase and an array of vitamins like zinc, Vitamin D, calcium and potassium. The superoxide promotes anti-aging by reducing those troublesome wrinkles and the production of healthy skin cells.
The deeply purifying and anti-bacterial properties of Rooibos also help to reduce common skin disorders such as acne or eczema.
One of the lesser-known benefits of Rooibos is the stimulating effect it can have on your hair, as it works from the root to promote hair growth.
As an ingredient for skin care, it helps to protect the skin against oxidative stress (anti-aging effect) through its natural antioxidants, flavonoids, and phenolic acids.
As an Antioxidant Increases the skin's immunity, encouraging stronger skin. Neutralizes free-radicals that create wrinkles, hyperpigmentation, and the signs of aging skin.
As an Anti-inflammatory Reduces puffiness around the eyes, calms and soothes skin irritation.
Have you experienced other benefits from the herbs above? We’d love to here your comments and questions. Feel free to reach out to us.
Until next time, remember, “Your Skin Deserves Love Too!”