The use of plants in medicine dates back more than 5,000 years. Although we have made significant improvements in our science and technology, sometimes the simplest things are still the most effective. Plants contain many different healing properties, so in this blogpost we explore the top anti-inflammatory plants to help soothe and bring relief to your skin. If you suffer from irritated skin, here are some plant-based ingredients to look for in your skincare products.
Licorice root Is common among many home remedies for healing. Its anti-inflammatory properties help with skin discolouration and hyperpigmentation, and it is rich in antioxidants that calm redness and irritation. According to Chanchal Sengar, “You can aid treatment of severe acne, hormonal acne, eczema, psoriasis, etc. by using licorice on your face,” as per a study published on the NCBI. To read more about the benefits of licorice root in skincare products, read our blog here.
Aloe is undoubtedly the most common anti-inflammatory plant on the list. Not only is it great for helping cool sunburnt skin, but it's also been known to help with psoriasis treatments. This gel-like plant has calming properties that help promote skin healing. It is extremely hydrating and is packed with a list of great nutrients that promote skin cell turnover (a speedy recovery for any irritation).
Yarrow can be used on rashes and cuts to reduce inflammation. It contains flavinoids and salyicylic acid that can combat bacteria and tighten pores. This ingredient can singlehandedly reduce breakouts and leave the skin feeling soft and smooth. Due to its healing properties, this plant is often used to help heal acne scars and its impact extends to reducing fine skin lines.
Calendula oil is derived from the marigold flower, and it is known to help rejuvenate and restore the skin. The marigold plant contains high amounts of flavonoids and carotenoids which are antioxidants. These antioxidants help control breakouts, reduce swelling, and irritation on the skin. According to Zensa Skin, “Along with its anti-inflammatory benefits, its bacteria-fighting compounds reduce acne and prevent skin infections- whether it’s from a chronic skin condition (like eczema) or during the wound healing process.”
Also known as ‘Stinging nettle’, the Nettle plant has a long list of beneficial components. Vitamin B2, C, D, K and minerals such as calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, and copper are just some of what make up this powerhouse of a plant. Most commonly used to help heal and recover burn wounds, Nettle can also be helpful for those with psoriasis or eczema due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Anything packed with that many nutrients is bound to be good for you. 😊
Everyone loves a nice chamomile tea at night to help wind down, but the same calming benefits can be applied to the skin. The flower has several anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce redness and bumps on the skin. "Chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory, with the power to reduce redness, itchiness, and swelling, and it's a great alternative to cortisone," says Jessica Wu, MD, a clinical associate professor of dermatology at the University of Southern California medical school.
These are just some of the many plant-based remedies nature provides to us to help treat skin conditions without harsh chemicals. Everyone's skin reacts differently so please take caution if trying out new products and make sure to consult a dermatologist if you have any questions. If you’re looking for products that contain some of these wonderful anti-inflammatory plants, make sure to shop our skincare range here.