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Medicinal Herbs for Skin

Of all the products for skin care out there have you ever wondered if there are effective medicinal herbs for skin conditions? Let's look at the ingredients in some of the herbal skin care products on the market and see what they are really good for.
Balm of Gilead
This is included in products designed to treat eczema and repair damage. It was not one of the traditional medicinal herbs for skin. Although it has a long history as fragrant cologne, there are no known benefits for the skin's health.
This is included in herbal skin care products designed to moisturize, although the oil is not known for its moisturizing abilities. Once again, it is prized for its sweet scent. Unfortunately, the scent is known to cause headaches, trigger asthma attacks and cause other adverse reactions. No benefits for this one either.
Citric Acid
This is not one of the traditional skin care medicinal herbs. Yet, it is found in numerous creams, some of which claim to be "extra gentle." It is a weak acid, but it is still an acid. It is known to damage the skin, as well as the hair. There are extracts from citrus fruits that are non-acidic and provide the antioxidant benefits that products containing citric acid claim to provide.
Manuka Honey
This is often listed alongside other medicinal herbs for skin conditions. It is not, of course, an herb, but bees gather their pollen from plants and to many of us,traditional remedies do not necessarily have to be herbaceous.
Honey has longed been valued for its benefits to the skin's health and the overall health of the body. Scientific evaluation has proven that all varieties of honey have some antibacterial and antioxidant activity. Manuka is simply the most active variety.
Benefits have been seen when it is used to heal blemishes, acne, eczema and psoriasis. It has been recommended recently for treating the antibiotic resistant staph infections and for treating diabetes related skin ulcers. Many herbal skin care products contain some type of honey. Manuka is the one to look for.
Jojoba and Coffeeberry
These two are traditional medicinal herbs to treat skin injuries, burns and other conditions. They are, in actuality, the same plant.
Herbal skin care products containing jojoba have been shown to moisturize, but are also beneficial for treating acne. A component of the plant balances the production of sebum, the skin's natural oils.
Jojoba herbal skin care products have numerous benefits. It helps to reduce wrinkles and stretch marks. It lightens and helps heal scars. It is useful in treating psoriasis and other problems. For moisturizing, it has a dual benefit, in that it forms a non-greasy layer that prevents water-loss through the skin. It is also quickly absorbed by the skin's cells, to soften and nourish them.
It is one of the natural extracts that is rich in vitamin E, a necessary nutrient and beneficial antioxidant. Antioxidants help repair and prevent damage from the sun and pollution.