Herbal Cream South Africa
How to make your own herbal cream South Africa for all your skin ailments.
Some of the most effective ingredients in your favorite bottles and tubes of natural skin care products started in the dirt. So why not try making your own natural herbal cream for a change?
Many herbs hold therapeutic advantages for your skin. In addition to successfully tackling skin issues, they can greatly improve the cellular firmness and health of the skin.
A friend of mine suffers from blotchy and itchy skin and asked if I could whip up a special herbal cream for her.
This recipe has a multitude of herbs which each have their own medicinal benefits. Feel free to leave some out or add your own.
So below this is all the herbs packed into my nutribullet which I used to powder and mix all my herbs.
As I mentioned feel free to remove some of the ingredients or mix with some other herbs. Try adding Nettle root or ashwagandha root to the mix. Although Nettle is mostly taken in tea form for skin health, more companies are adding this to their products. Along with its soothing and antioxidant properties, nettle extract can also help to stimulate the skin. Ashwagandha root has both antibacterial and antimicrobial properties which protect the skin from infections or acne. It also boosts the collagen in the skin which prevents it from ageing.
I didn’t weigh the ingredients and simply added as I saw fit. I also decided to keep this rustic and NOT strain the mixture afterwards as I wanted the herbs to stay in. You can however strain the mixture through cheesecloth or muselin if you prefer to not have plant material in your cream. Another reason I chose to do this is because I added freshly dried High CBD cannabis flower and I didn’t want to lose any of the CBDa. You can also use any other cannabis which has THC in it as this cannabinoid is also beneficial for skin and it won’t pass the skin barrier and make a person high.
From the bottom. Ingredients.
- Chamomile Flowers. Chamomile contains alpha-bisabolol, an influential compound which can diminish the development of wrinkles. It also heals skin irritations like burns and acne faster. Chamomile can be taken in the form of tea or you can use it as a face wash. However, it may not suit everybody’s skin and body. So use it with caution. In this mix I used about 5g.
- Wild Dagga. Wild dagga is used to treat skin rashes, itches and all skin problems like eczema. Used about 5g.
- Lavender. Lavender oil can benefit the skin in numerous ways. It has the ability to lessen acne, help lighten skin, and reduce wrinkles. 5g
- Cannabis. I used a High CBD strain and mixed in equal parts of decarboxylated flower (CBD activated) and non-decarbed dried flower (CBDa). Benefits are anti-inflammatory agents that can help treat conditions such as eczema and psoriasis, as well as reduce acne. I used about 5g of each.
- Rooibos tea. Due to alpha hydroxyl acid and zinc content, rooibos is able to revitalize and invigorate the skin. It can be applied directly on to the skin to help acne, pimples, sunburn, eczema, etc. Used about 5g.
- Tumeric. Studies have shown that curcumin, a chemical compound found in turmeric, can decrease UV damage and clear up acne when applied to skin. Used about 5g.
- Olive leaf powder. Using olive leaf extract for skin treatment can reduce inflammation, repair damage, nourish and hydrate skin while also slowing the effects of aging. 5g.
- Aloe Vera. Aloe vera contains antioxidants, enzymes, Vitamins A and C, and it is highly anti-inflammatory. It can help treat burns, acne and dry skin. 5g.
- Marigold calendula flowers. It’s often used as a complementary or alternative treatment. Calendula oil has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, and antibacterial properties that might make it useful in healing wounds, soothing eczema. 5g.
- 500ml coconut oil. Coconut oil helps bolster your skin’s protective barrier layer, trapping moisture inside and keeping skin supple and hydrated. Reduces inflammation. Coconut oil has anti-inflammatory properties, making it beneficial for irritated, chafed skin. Increases collagen production.
- 25g of beeswax. I added this just to give the cream a bit more of a base and keep it solid as coconut oil will begin to liquify at warmer temperatures.
- 10 drops of tea tree essential oil. Tea tree oil is a popular choice for treating acne because of its anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties. It’s thought to calm redness, swelling, and inflammation. It may even help to prevent and reduce acne scars, leaving you with smooth, clear skin.
- Blend herbs.
- Melt coconut oil in pot.
- Add herbs.
- Let it cook for 30mins, stirring occassionaly.
- Add beeswax at the end until melted in. Optional.
- Add a few drops of tea tree oil or another essential oil. Optional.
- Strain through cheesecloth. Optional.
- Pour into suitable container.
- Place in freezer to solidify quicker without herbs sinking to bottom of container.
- If you made a large batch store the individual products in the freezer or fridge to preserve the ingredients for longer.
Commercial beauty products may end up causing more damage than benefit to the skin. To attain optimal skin wellness natural options like herbs may be the best choice. They can heal your skin problems and give you a natural glow. So try out these herbs. Experiment. Have fun.
NB. Do a patch test first. Before you start to use a new product, place a small amount on the inside of your elbow and wait 48 to 72 hours. If you notice no redness, swelling, itching, or burning on that spot, it’s OK for you to use.