The list of beneficial properties of herbs for the skin is too long and there are many ways in which medicinal plants are included in home-made products. Chamomile tea bags, for example, applied to the eyelids will soothe and relax, while massage oil of plantain, calendula and chicory will help treat dry skin. I prefer when it is possible to use fresh plant material, although dried plants are more common.
Marigold (Calendula officinalis) - use flowers that are antiseptic, antifungal, anti-inflammatory, healing and soothing, for dry and tight skin, as well as for inflamed breasts.
Chicory (Stellaria media) - use the parts protruding above the ground to relieve eczema, rashes and itching
Oman (Symphytum officinale) - suitable for wound healing. In folklore, it is called the "connecting bone" because of its obvious ability to accelerate the healing of broken and sprained bones. Care must be taken when handling this oil - it can be poisonous if swallowed.
Ginseng (Panax ginseng) - the roots are useful in combating wrinkles and visible scars on aging skin. Increases cellular functions and prolongs cell life.
Ruibos (Aspalathus linearis) - the leaves of the South African "red bush" are very soothing for dry skin, and especially for eczema.
Plantain (Plantago major) - the leaves accelerate the healing of burns and wounds. It also helps with insect bites, blisters and other local irritations.
St. John's wort (Hypericum perforatum) - the oil extracted (usually by prolonged soaking in olive oil) from the flowers and sometimes from the leaves of this herb, is anti-inflammatory, mainly due to the content of hypericum. Soothes muscle aches and tendon pain. St. John's wort is an excellent remedy for bruises, burns, minor wounds and hemorrhoids. As its flowers bring a red color to the oil, the addition of St. John's wort oil can give a light pink hue to your final product.
Hamamelis virginiana - the leaves and bark of this herb are soothing, astringent and anti-inflammatory. This is not the same product that is sold in pharmacies.