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Common Botanicals and Their Uses
Botanicals with Anti-Inflammatory Compounds
- Parsley – This one can work both inside and outside the body. Eating parsley will stop inflammation and free radicals, which cause premature aging.
- German Chamomile – This is a super gentle herb that eases the pain and itching from eczema and is perfect for all skin types. It is super soothing to dry skin and the tea is a mild sedative. You can use this in either oil or water based infusions, such as massage oils, creams, toners, or lotions.
- Arnica – You have most likely seen plenty of creams and lotions that contain arnica, and they tend to be a bit pricey. Arnica is indigenous to the Northern part of the US, so you should be able to grow it everywhere except the hottest regions of the country. Arnica is known for stopping the cells that trigger inflammation.
- Cucumber – This is another one you can easily grow yourself. You can have fresh cucumbers for your salads, pickles for sandwiches, and plenty left over for your beauty products. Fresh cucumbers work to relive redness, puffiness and temporarily tighten the skin. You can use water infused cucumbers in lotions, and creams, even puree the flesh to make facial masks. Placing cucumber slices on the eyes is a well-known remedy for relieving puffy eyes and reducing those dark under eye circles.
- Chickweed – Many people think of chickweed as exactly that, a weed! But this common garden “pest” can be used in water or oil based infusions, and then made into creams, lotions, and salves. Chickweed is great for reducing redness and soothes itchy skin. Oh, and you can add chickweed in your salads as well!
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