1. Chamomile

    Chamomile is a gentle herb known for its anti-inflammatory effects on the skin. It is often ingested as a tea to calm the nervous system and digestive tract, and is mild enough to be administered to babies with colic. It could help to reduce redness and can be soothing when applied to inflamed skin. Because it has been used so widely for such a long time, chamomile is one of the few herbs that has been included in clinical trials to look into its effectiveness in skincare. Most documented studies have been completed in Germany using a chamomile cream or ointment. In one trial with humans, chamomile was found to have an effect that was 60% as active as 0.25% hydrocortisone when applied topically. In another trial, the chamomile ointment was effective in reducing dermatitis following a single application of sodium lauryl sulfate (Brown & Dattner, 1998). Chamomile hydrosol like chamomile extract, it is known to offer anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidizing properties.

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  2. Calendula

    Calendula is a genus of about 15-20 species of annual plants in the daisy family that are often know as marigolds. The common name marigold refers to a larger group of plants that includes calendula. Calendula is most commonly known for its topical use as an infused oil for wounds and skin trauma, and is often used to sooth sensitive or irritated skin. Calendula has been show to help heal wounds faster, possibly by increasing blood flow and oxygen to the affected area, which helps the healing process. Calendula extract has moisturizing properties making it ideal for dry, irritated or delicate skin.

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  3. Aloe Vera Juice

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    Aloe vera has been historically used to heal wounds for various skin conditions, and is commonly used for burns and sunburns today. The plant is a succulant that grows naturally in subtropical and tropical locations, and will grow well in a pot here in North America with ample light and protection from frost. The aloe leaves contain a clear gel that is often used as a topical ointment. It is a common household remedy for minor cuts and burns, as well as sunburns.

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