Dealing with rosacea and any other skin condition characterized by stubborn redness and irritation can feel like an uphill battle. Thankfully, there are a number of beneficial botanical allies, which seem like their intention is to tackle this kind of persistent inflammation. Let’s cover three key players: Oregon grape root, comfrey, and lemon balm.  

Oregon Grape

What is Oregon Grape Root Used For?

Oregon grape root is an attractive evergreen shrub that erupts into dazzling clusters of golden edible flowers each spring. The bark of the stem or the root reveals a canary-colored inner bark when scraped off, and it is this yellow substance that contains the plant’s most potent phytochemicals. The inner bark of Oregon grape root is that bright hue because of berberine. This unique active ingredient fights infection and both systemic and local inflammation and hosts powerful antibacterial and antifungal properties.

Oregon grape root cream, powder, balm, or extract can heal the skin from the inside out because of this herb’s effect on the liver. Berberine is a well-known liver booster that helps the liver to detox more efficiently and effectively. Oregon grape root makes it easier for the liver to clear out heat which leads to less inflammation on the surface of the body. Using Oregon grape root as a daily tonic in conjunction with other rejuvenating herbs helps ward off inflammatory skin issues from psoriasis to rosacea to acne.

As an antioxidant, it also helps to reduce free radical activity on the skin, making for a topical environment that is calm and soothing. Rapid Repair Fluid, Lipid Booster Flawless Facial Oil, and The Elixir – Skin Perfecting Fluid are great ways to give your skin a daily dose of Oregon grape root.

Comfrey in Bloom

The Benefits of Comfrey Root

Comfrey is a star multi-tasker of the herb world when it comes to waging war against dry, itchy, inflamed, and irritated skin. A prolific garden medicinal that is easy to grow and bears beautiful bell-like purple blossoms in the spring and summer, comfrey has myriad uses. What it’s best known for is being a wound healer and skin restorative.

What is comfrey used for? Think of comfrey as the skin-comforter. Locking in moisture, deeply penetrating the pores, and softening redness through its gentle strength, comfrey is an ally to those who deal with skin discomfort of any kind. The beneficial compounds found within the mucilage of comfrey root and leaf are ideal for giving the skin a new lease on life by increasing its ability to hold moisture, be flexible, and reduce any existing inflammation.

Comfrey contains allantoin, a constituent that promotes the speedy renewal and regeneration of skin cells. Allantoin is a magic bullet for brittle and stressed skin, offering it juicy elasticity and suppleness, which is a specific gift from this plant. Comfrey is the main staple ingredient in The Elixir, a moisturizing, plumping superfood infusion.

Lemon Balm - Hydrating Recovery Mist

Lemon Balm

How Does Lemon Balm Benefit the Skin?

Like most plants in the mint family, lemon balm is edible, simple and rewarding to cultivate, and highly aromatic, meaning that it releases its delightful lemony fragrance upon being crushed or cut. Its high essential oil makeup indicates that it has qualities that are both antibacterial and antiviral. Energetically, lemon balm is a beloved mood optimizer, its aroma as well as its chemical compounds offering an uplifting, sweet, and blissful essence to whoever encounters this cheery plant.

As a nourishing antioxidant, lemon balm restores a glow to the skin by powerfully penetrating the pores with its special cocktail of flavonoids, terpenes, and rosmarinic and caffeic acids. Its tannic content gently astringes or pulls together the tissues of the skin’s surface without drying them out, minimizing the appearance of pores and speeding and improving the healing of blemishes and irritated areas.

It is often specifically used to address viral concerns on the skin, such as cold sores. Lemon balm waves its magic anti-inflammatory wand over a vast range of irritating topical conditions to directly target redness. Lemon balm is the key ingredient in our Hydrating Recovery Mist, a light spritz used multiple times throughout the day that will restore, cool, tone, and nurture the skin.

Many of us are conditioned to depend on prescription drugs all of our lives. With modern medicines, drugs, and high-tech options at our fingertips, many people are finding themselves turning back to the simplicity of medicinal plants that started it all to heal the body and boost physical and mental well-being. Nature’s apothecary is beautiful, abundant, and free…want to learn more? The book Practical Herbalism, Ordinary Plants With Extraordinary Powers, by Philip Fritchey, MH, ND, CNHP is my favorite resource and an amazing guide to begin your journey of discovery into natural medicine and healing plants…

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