More and more often, we find ourselves turning to food as an all-powerful medicine—just look at our articles on hormone balance, thyroid health, aging, PMS, and more. So it should come as no surprise that we're also interested in the healing properties of plants for the skin. While not a novel idea, all-natural skincare remedies have been largely replaced by synthetic beauty products with ingredients you can hardly pronounce.
But "as much as science has advanced over the years, tried-and-true treatments still endure," writes Mindbodygreen's beauty editor, Kayla Jacobs. "These time-honored plants are incredibly detoxifying and have potent anti-inflammatory properties, too." Below, read up on the two skin-soothing plants Jacobs swears by (and how to use them at home):
First on Jacobs's list is a little-known plant called neem, which is known for its antibacterial, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic properties. "It's highly beneficial for oily and acne-prone skin, too," she adds. Here's how she recommends using it:
Neem Face Water
- Boil two cups of water, and add fresh neem leaf powder. Reduce heat, and simmer for five minutes.
- Remove from heat, and let steep for 10 minutes; strain and discard leaves.
- Pour neem-infused water into a spray bottle. Spritz water on your freshly washed face twice a day.
Aside from being a great taco garnish, cilantro is "brimming with free-radical-destroying antioxidants, complexion-friendly minerals, and skin-boosting vitamin C," explains Jacobs. Use the following DIY face mask to smooth your complexion:
Cilantro Skin-Smoothing Mask
- Blend 1/2 cup of oatmeal, 1/4 cup of almond milk, 1/4 cup of chopped cucumber, and one handful of fresh cilantro for one minute, or until the mixture looks smooth.
- Empty the mixture into a glass bowl; apply to freshly washed face for 20 minutes, and then rinse.
Head over to Mindbodygreen for more skin-soothing plants, and share your all-natural beauty secrets below!