Herbs used as cosmetics
Ayurveda: A art of healthy living
The function of ayurvedic herbs is to purify skin & eliminate vitiated Doshas from the body as they are mainly responsible for skin disorders & other diseases.Several herbs have been mentioned in Ayurveda which can be used to obtain healthy skin & glowing complexion. Various herbs for which description and usage can be found in ayurvedic inscriptions have been described in this section:
Common herbs used as cosmetics
Neem (Azadirachta indica):The herb has been found to have the properties of a Blood purifier, beauty enhancer.It is used for a number of medicinal purposes.Some areas where it can be uses in the treatment of common cosmetic problems are Skin cleanser.
Chandan - Sandalwood(Santalum album):From a very long time Sandalwood has been used as a Skin freshener & vitalizer.It's application on the face not only provides cure from common skin problems but also provides a glow to the skin.It is used as scrubs and face packs that were applied on face and whole body to remove dead cells, regenerate growth of new cells and gives a young look.
Hibiscus Rosa Cynensis (Jaswand or Shoe Flower):
Aloe Vera:With the traits that prevent aging and regenerate growth of cells this was used as a essential component to keep oneself fit and young and protect the skin and prevents and heals skin irritations.
Haldi (Turmeric):It was used as a face pack along with usher (vertiver) and also as an antiseptic.
Tulsi - Basil(Ocimum sanctum):This is the herb that is treated as one of the most sacred & useful plant in Ayurved & it has got application in the treatment of every disorder of the human body.No doubt is has got it's application in keeping the skin healthy.ayurved describes that tulsi has got properties of removing dark spots & scars from the face.It can be used as face packs when applied on the skin acts as a antiseptic & cleans the skin of any infection.
Face pack: Basil (stem/leaves) juice, lime juice and honey can work wonders to your oily skin.
Pimples: Blend crushed basil with mint (pudina) juice & lime juice. Apply this on your pimples.
Kesar - Saffron(Crocus sativus):This herb from the time immemoriable has been used for achieving a healthy & beautiful skin. Charak Sanhita a masterpiece text by sage charak has described Kesar as the most beneficial herb for the skin problems & its Skin cleansing actions.
Herbs used in cosmetics