Your fresh herbs probably have a permanent place in the kitchen and you use them while cooking or to make a delicious herbal tea. But did you know that you can also use your fresh herbs in your daily care? For example, you can use certain herbs to make a facial cleanser, but other herbs are suitable to use in a delicious hair mask. This way you don’t only have another use for your fresh herbs, but you are also sure that your care products are 100% natural and don’t contain any preservatives or artificial fragrances! Below we explain which herbs are suitable for use in personal care products and what their specific functions are.
Chamomile is a true super herb! Besides the fact that you can use it to make a delicious, calming tea, it also does wonders for your skin! Chamomile not only has a calming effect, but also has an antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and anti-itch effect. Skincare with chamomile is therefore ideal when you suffer from irritated, itchy skin. To use chamomile on your skin you can make an oil or cream with your fresh chamomile, but you can also come a long way with cooled chamomile tea. You can, for example, use cotton pads drained in chamomile tea as a compress against swollen eyelids or dark circles underneath the eyes. You can also use the tea as a cleansing tonic for radiant, nourished skin. Chamomile also makes hair shinier, so especially when you have dry, damaged hair, a hair mask with chamomile can do wonders.
Just like chamomile, you can not only use mint for making a nice tea, but this herb also has certain beneficial properties, which makes it suitable for use in care products. Mint has a soothing and calming effect on infected skin and therefore can therefore be used very well in skin cleansers. You can easily make your own caring face mask by mixing fresh mint with yogurt, honey, lemon juice and oat flakes. Due to its antibacterial effect, mint is also ideal to keep your mouth and teeth healthy. By regularly chewing on a few leaves of fresh mint you prevent tooth decay and it keeps your tongue and teeth naturally clean, reducing the risk of dental problems!
Lemon balm is also a true miracle plant with more uses than you might initially think. Because of its fresh citrus smell and flavour, it is of course very suitable for making a nice and fresh (iced) tea, but this plan can also be used to make several care products. Lemon balm has a strong antibacterial effect, so a facial toner with lemon balm can help against impurities of the skin. You can easily make such a toner yourself by mixing fresh lemon balm tea with alcohol and putting it in a spray bottle. In the summer, this plant also comes in handy as a remedy for those annoying mosquito bites: if you put a fresh leaf on the bite, it provides immediate relief. Moreover, mosquitoes themselves do not like the smell of lemon balm, so you could also place this plant in your bedroom in the summer to keep away the mosquitoes.
ThymeThyme may not be an herb that you immediately think of when it comes to care products, but this herb is also very versatile. Thyme acts on the immune system and can therefore be used against all kinds of infections, for example of the respiratory tract or the skin. Thyme is ideal to use when you suffer from a sore throat, because it works both disinfecting and soothing. Thyme therefore is a standard ingredient in a lot of cough sirops, but you can also make your own throat lozenges with this herb. If you suffer from acne, you can make a face mask with thyme and some yogurt. Because of the antibacterial and antiseptic effect of thyme, this mask makes your skin a lot calmer.