Skin Food – using herbs topically for skin medicine

How herbs have been used internally for thousands of years but how amazing they are on the skin & why!  

For thousands of years our ancestors have used certain parts of plants and fungi to heal the physical body, while also positively affecting our spiritual, emotional and mental states. Recently however, we’re starting to realise the extraordinary benefits particular medicinal herbs have on our skin, our largest organ. If our skin is dry, then so is our internal body, especially our lungs and gut, as after all, coughs, wrinkles and constipation aren’t the way of the glowing goddess. The perfect balance and wisdom of medicinal herbs can help get us there.

In days gone by a medicine man or woman would need to go foraging in search of just the right plant required. Nowadays however it’s very easy to obtain herbal medicine, either from a health practitioner, online or at your health food store.

Like most things, there are varying levels of quality available, so how do we know which ones to ‘add to cart’.

When choosing herbal medicine, in any form, ideally the herbs will have been grown organically, or at least ‘chemical-free’ and/or wild-crafted. Having them organically grown and manufactured onsite is rare and something I know I’m thrilled about at The Herb Farm.

But how to know which plants and products are the ones that will make your skin sing? To get the most out of your skincare, use herbal skincare remedies only after consultation with an expert who will take into consideration your own skin’s needs, and it’s tendencies. So why not make use of The Herb Farm’s quick online SkinConsult and then wait patiently for your parcel of skin food from the herb garden to arrive.

Some oil the magical herbs that are in one of my go-to products at The Herb Farm is PROTECTING SKIN DEFEND FACE CREAM. And let’s not pretend I like it only because it is natural. organic. (Yes, big tick. It’s also manufactured on site. Tick. Smells heavenly and opens my chakras. Tick. Affordable Tick. Made with love by a multi-generational family of herbalist and farmers. Another tick.) But also because watching my skin manufacture a new age spot every week is humbling, and the once indelible glow of my younger self actually fade with more time I spend outdoors on my one organic farm. Apart from using the produce in the kitchen – there’s not much else I’d rather be doing.


So I need to be conscious of choosing the right herbs to put on my skin. PROTECTING SKIN DEFEND FACE CREAM contains the following herbs so I know using it twice a day is going to allow me to stay outside doing the things I love without sacrificing the health of my skin.


We’ve know Calendula Officinalis has a great affinity with the lymphatic glands helping to keep us healthy on the inside, yet it also relieves many types of skin conditions that may cause dry and irritated skin, and soothes eczema, dermatitis, and dandruff. All due to its ability to promote the production of collagen, an essential protein for glowing skin, Calendula is a leader in sustaining soothed, hydrated skin. Perfect!


Camellia Sinensis (White Tea) Extract is the new skin superfood. Our favourite cuppa is fast becoming known as a miracle ingredient in the skincare world, due to its high antioxidant content. Due to this it has a nice way of minimising the visible signs of ageing, so by applying it topically it will be effective in boosting the immune function of skin cells and protecting them against the damaging effects of sun exposure. I’m in!


Btw, black tea has a much lower antioxidant content than green and white tea, due to the process of fermenting the leaves. Green tea is widely known for its antioxidant qualities, however the process of drying green tea leaves actually reduces the amount of antioxidants in the final product – so white tea is the unsung hero, having very high concentration of antioidants, making it highly effective anti-ageing agent. 

Sinensis Tea Image

Flowering Echinacea Purpurea (Flower) is another great herb to use topically, as it boosts our skin’s own moisturising properties, meaning less moisture is able to escape over time. And this means a reduction in fine Lins and wrinkles. Echinacea has the power to keep our immune system functioning well, so thereby will kill pathogens that cause our skin to ‘breakout’, and keep any existing breakouts calm without causing dryness.

Echinacea purpurea

Symphytum Officinalis (Comfrey Leaf) For millennia comfrey has been used in healing, especially to treat broken bones. In fact, the name comfrey comes from the Latin word Confervere which means ‘to join together, to mend or to heal’.

The ancestors were smart as the regenerative compounds found in comfrey root, especially allantoin, speeds up the natural replacement of cells and encourages new tissue growth. This recently discovered compound can help to keep skin looking youthful and less susceptible to the formation of wrinkles. Allantoin also acts as an emollient; a moisturising treatment that helps to develop a protective film over the skin cells, reducing water loss. It also allows the outermost layer of skin cells to shed more easily, creating a smoother, moist and improved skin.


Go ahead and take advantage of the generous 20% discount from The Herb Farm.

Use the code JANELLA20 at the checkout to receive your discount, and watch your skin defy then elements.


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