The 9 Best Herbs for Making Skin Creams

What herbs to include in a skin cream recipe

No matter what the bottle says, all skin creams and lotions are based on a few simple ingredients. The percentages of ingredients are the only difference in the recipes.

All creams are a mixture of melted waxes, oils, and scent infused water. These simple ingredients are then vigorously mixed together, while the mixture is cooled. The result is a luscious cream, perfect for soothing and softening your skin.

The various herbs (or lack of them) included in a skin cream will determine what it is best suited for.

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    Aloe vera plant
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    Aloe is the perfect addition to skin cream. It provides soothing and healing properties and is usually tolerated by young and old alike.

    Use the clear gel inside the leaves, and remove any of the green outer layers before adding to your cream mixture.

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    Borage is a good ingredient to include in cream for dry or sensitive skin. Use borage for regulation of metabolism and the hormonal system

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    Beautiful orange calendula officinalis on stem
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    Probably the most commonly used herb by those who create herbal creams and salves, calendula is definitely a must-have. It is well tolerated by any age skin and is used for rough, damaged skin, as well as helping to provide a soothing protective layer to the area. This is the first herb to use for any salve or cream that is going to be used on a baby―especially in the diaper area.

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    Meadow of chamomiles (Matricaria chamomilla), close-up
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    Another gentle herb, chamomile is useful for any recipe that is going to be soothing and calming the skin. Perfect for babies and the thin skin of the elderly, chamomile is lightly scented and blends well with all other herbs.

    Use chamomile if you are specifically trying to soften the skin, when there is redness from chafing and irritation. It seems to calm the inflammation very quickly.

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    Often misunderstood, comfrey deserves a place in this list of herbs for salves. Comfrey heals the skin, a fact that no one denies. The problem lies in that comfrey heals so well, it can heal over an infected area, trapping the infection under healthy skin. Use comfrey in any cream that you wish to use on healing skin; skin that has no sign of infection present, and needs only to heal. You can also use comfrey cream on skin that is irritated.

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    High Angle Close-up of Yellow Dandelion Blooming
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    Dandelion is amazing as an emollient herb, perfect for the driest of skin. This is the must-have herb if making a cream for elderly skin. Dandelion has so many uses, it is hard to narrow down just the top few. 

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    Elderberries, Sambucus nigra
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    Used for any type of skin, elderflowers are especially nice for creams that will be used on mature skin. Elderberry is said to smooth wrinkles and soothe sunburn, this is a useful herbal flower to include in your recipe!

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    Close-up of Plants Growing
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    Once again, fennel surprises many of us. Not always used to the fullest potential, fennel is great for a cleansing cream. It is a very soothing herb, and the scent is relaxing.

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    Close up of field of lavender
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    Lavender is a gentle herb, great for any type of skin. Its lasting scent is both soothing and refreshing. We prefer using lavender as a common herb in almost all my creams. It holds up the other scents well and offers just the right amount of soothing and comfort to any skin condition.