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Herbs Glossary

Updated on May 1, 2010

Herbs Glossary

Since ancient time women are using herbs and natural beauty care, to enhance their skin beauty. Even today, women are rediscovering herbs, minerals and herbal beauty tips to enhance the beauty and longevity of their skin. As a result today the market is flooded with natural skin care masks and scrubs. Most of these herbal beauty products can be prepared at home and comprise mostly the things that have their usage in homes. Preparation of these herbal beauty products includes herbs, minerals, fruits, vegetables and natural spices. Some of those are Honey, turmeric, lemon, curd, milk etc. Items of daily use can make you beautiful when prepared in required composition and work as a skin care remedy for you.

To look beautiful one need not to be born beautiful. With care and cure from various herbal beauty tips, anyone can look beautiful. Beauty care is must for every woman irrespective of her age and geography. Using chemicaly treated skin products can harm your skin beauty, whereas herbal beauty remedies irrespective of skin type and age are harmless. Herbal beauty products are also having many medicinal usages.

Various herbal skin beauty tips are available for healthy skin. So avoid chemical based products and start using herbal beauty products to enhance your beauty for long period.

Homemade skin care recipies are a blend of commonly used herbs and spices. To cure or enhance beauty, natural herbs can taken in various forms like juices, paste, powder, masks and packs etc. Few such substances are clove, cinnamon, black pepper, cumin, fennel, rock salt, turmeric, coriander, ginger, honey, licorice, garlic, onion, basil and mint.

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Some of the essential herbs for making herbal products at home are here.


Alcohol: Alcohol is an antiseptic. It is used in astringents and act as a solvent in oils.

Almond: Almonds are used in making face packs. It is a good cleanser and it nourishes skin. Almond is also used as almond oil. Almond oil is used widely to prepare homemade herbal products. Almond oil is good for skin beauty care.

Apple: Apple is a fruit and it is acidic in nature. Apple nourishes and keeps the skin glowing.

Apricot: Apricot is a fruit, rich in vitamin A. Apricot’s pulp is used as face masks. Apricot oil is used in nourishing creams for skin beauty care.

Avocado: Avocado is rich in vitamin. Pulp of avocado is used as Face masks and oil in nourishing creams.


Banana: Banana is used as face masks; it is very good skin tightening masks.

Barley: Barley is a wild herb. Barley has great nutritional value, as it is rich in Vitamin B and Iron. In addition, barley has lots of medicinal value. It cools body and strengthened the nerves.

Basil: Basil is popularly known as Tulsi. Basil has strong medicinal value.

Beer: It is used to wash face also, it prevents skin rashes. Beer is used to wash hairs and to set hairs.
Bicarbonate Soda: it is an acid salt of carbonic acid used for cosmetics and it is used to clean teeth.

Blackberry: Blackberries are good for anemic people. It is used in lotion for skin beauty care. These berries are rich in Vitamin C.

Borax: It is commonly known as Suhaga. It is a Colorless transparent crystal with detergent and antiseptic properties.

Bran: Bran is choker, used in bath softening. Bran is used in preparing masks for face.

Buttermilk: It is used as cleanser bleaching agent. It is good for oily skin.


Cabbage: Cabbage is rich in Vitamins and Minerals.

Calamine Lotion: Calamine lotion is an alkaline lotion to soothe irritated skin. It contains lime water, glycerin, zinc oxide and calamine.

Camphor: Camphor is white crystalline substance and is used as antiseptic. It can be used in two ways either camphor cake or camphor spirit.

Camphor oil: It is used in aching muscles and in massage cremes.

Carrot: Carrot is rich in Vitamin A. Pulp of carrot can be used in making face-cleansing mask. Carrot oil is used in nourishing eye creme and its juice is used in face masks.

Castor Oil: Castor oil is used in various hair products.

Clove: Clove is commonly known as Laung. Clove is aromatic spice used in making skin tonics and face masks.

Cocoa Butter: Cocoa Butter is solidified oil from roasted cocoa beans. It is used in massage creams for dry skins.

Corn Oil: Corn Oil is also known as Gram seed oil. It is a heavy vegetable oil, used to make body and face creams.

Corn Milk: Corn milk is rich in Vitamin A and magnesium. It is used on dry skins.

Cucumber: Cucumber is commonly known as Kheera. It is slightly astringent, cool, refreshing, and used in lotions, creams and masks.

Dried Milk: It nourishes skin and used in thickening face masks.

Eggs: Egg is very useful aid to beauty. Yolk of egg is used to nourish and white is for drying and tightening. It is used in face masks and as hair conditioner.

Essential herbs for home made beauty remedies

There are many herbs for homemade beauty remedies. Herbs are the essential part of homemade beauty tips. Herbal beauty tips starts with knowledge of herbs. Some essential herbs for natural beauty care remedies are here.


Fennel: This herb is for cleansing of the skin. It is used in steaming water to cleanse the face skin. Fennel is also useful for slimming.

Fitkari (Alum): It is a powder of yellow or white in color. It has an astringent property. It is used in lotions and as a dry shampoo to remove sweat and dirt.

Fuller’s Mud: It is commonly known as Multani Mitti. It is clay rich in minerals. It is used in face masks for cleansing of the skin. It is also good for hair and used as shampoo.


Garlic: Garlic is an antiseptic.

Gelatin: Gelatin is a rich source of protein. It is useful for hair conditioning and diluted as setting lotions for hairs. It is also used in nail hardening creams.

Glycerin: It is used in face creams and lotions. It is good for dry skin as it holds moisture.

Grapes: Grapes are acidic in nature. It is good for skin cleansing and bleaching.

Groundnut Oil: It is also known as peanut oil. Groundnut oil is a vegetable oil used in face creams and body lotions.

Gum resin: Gum resin is used for stabilizing the creams.


Henna: It is also known as mehandi. Henna has a cooling property. It is used as hair conditioner and hair dye. Henna is also for hands and feet decoration by applying in various artistic designs.

Honey: Honey is useful for nourishing and softening the skin. It is used widely in face masks, creams and lotions. It is good for dry skin as it provides moisture to skin.

Houseleek: This herb is used as healing and astringent in lotions.


Jasmine Oil: It is an aromatic oil of jasmine flower. It is used as perfume in many herbal beauty products.


Kaolin: Kaolin is fine clay used for absorption purpose in masks.

Kelp: It is seaweed rich in minerals. It is used in masks. It is good for spotty skin.

Kohl: It is a black powder used to outline eyes.


Lanolin: Lanolin is a kind of fat. It is used for moisturizing and softening the skin.

Lavender: Lavender is flower with refreshing fragrance. It is widely used to have scented bath. It is good for nerves, cures cough and is ant paralytic. It is also used as mouth wash. Lavender oil is useful in headaches, relaxes joints and muscles.

Lecithin: Lecithin is highly nutritious powder. It is a soft yellow powder found in egg yolk and soybean.

Lemon: Lemon is rich in Vitamin C. It is acidic in nature and used as astringent and bleach. It is used in skin tonics and creams.

Lemon balm: Lemon balm is good for cleansing the skin.

Lemon peel: Lemon peel is rich in oil. This oil is aromatic oil and is used for face masks.

Lettuce: It is known as chuqandar also. Lettuce is rich in minerals, iron and vitamins. It has a cooling nature and it is good for sunburn reddish.


Marigold: Marigold is an orange color flower. It is a disinfectant herb. Marigold has a strong effect on ulcer and open sores. The flowers may be eaten raw or can be applied as a lotion. Marigold is good for oily skin as it reduces oil.

Marshmallow: Marshmallow is found on wasteland. It is one the best herbal cough remedies. On its external application, it reduces soreness in the breasts.

Mayonnaise: It nourishes skin and used as face masks. Mayonnaise is also a good hair conditioner.

Melon: It is used on dry skin for refreshing and cleaning the skin.

Milk: Milk is useful for softening and cleaning the skin. It nourishes skin well.
Mineral Oil: It is colorless and non-penetrating oil. It is used in creams.

Mint: This herb is famous for its scent. Mint tea is useful in proper digestion, revival of appetite. Also pepper mint and spearmint is a useful herb. It is used for scented bath; peppermint helps in curing skin problems.


Oak: Oak leaves used in bathing water for deodorant. It is relaxing and provides freshness to body.

Oatmeal: Oatmeal is cleansing and soothing meal. It is useful for cleansing of skin or in face masks.

Olive Oil: It is a vegetable oil Used in nourishing creams. Olive oil is useful in massaging for smooth and relaxing skin.

Onion: Onion is an antiseptic. Onion is useful for washing face to prevent blemishes. Onion mixed with honey makes a great anti – wrinkle cream.

Orange: Orange is rich in vitamin C. Orange juice is used as skin tonic and for making masks. Orange flowers are useful for fragrant water bath. This helps in preventing body odor. Also, extract of orange flowers in used in creams and tonics.
Dried Orange peel is useful in making face masks and facial scrubs. It is also used in tooth powders.


Papaya: Papaya pulp is useful for cleansing and softening of the skin. It removes all the dead cells of skin.

Parsley: Parsley is tonic for the urinary system. Parsley is useful for purifying the breath.

Peach: It is useful for moisturizing, nourishing and perfuming the skin. It is useful for making face masks for dry skins.

Peppermint: Peppermint provides tightening and stimulating effect in skin tonics and face masks.

Petroleum Jelly: It is a lubricating jelly used in cleansing creams and hand creams.

Pine: Pine is used in bath to refresh and soothe aching muscles. Pine oil can also add to the bath.

Plum: Plum is useful in cleansing of skin. Also used in masks, tonics and creams.

Potatoes: Potato has cleansing properties. It clears the skin. Using thin slice of potatoes on eyes can reduce puffiness and dark circles around the eyes.


Raspberries: Raspberries has cleansing properties. Use crushed fruit in face masks. Juice of raspberries prevents blemishes on skin.

Rose: Rose is use as fragrant in various masks, creams, lotions and tonics. Rose is rich in Vitamin E, which nourishes skin.
Rose oil is highly aromatic essential oil used in cosmetics.
Rose water is scented water made from rose petals, used widely in skin tonics, face mask and creams.

Rosemary: Rosemary has valuable medicinal properties. Rosemary is used in various tonics for heart, liver and it reduces High blood pressure. It is useful in treatment of nerves, digestive disorder and menstrual pains. Rosemary is used in lotions also, rosemary oil cures headache. Rosemary with honey cures coughing. Rosemary is a tonic for scalp and skin. Rosemary reduces skin wrinkles. Rosemary leaves and flowers when boiled in water make a good face wash. Regular washing of face with this solution keeps you young forever.


Salt: Salt mixed in equal quantity with bicarbonate of soda is an excellent tooth powder. Salt also makes a good scrub for the body to tone the skin and improves blood circulation.

Sesame Oil: It is polyunsaturated oil. Used in all cosmetics. It is very useful to prevent sun tanning as it absorbs ultra violet rays.

Soap Flakes: Soap Solutions used as emulsifying agent.

Stearic Acid: Stearic acid is a natural fatty acid. It is a crystalline white substance in wax form. It is useful in making creams and body lotions.

Strawberry: Strawberry has lots of medicinal value. In fever and excessive perspiration strawberry leaves work as good medicine. The plant is also helpful in curing diarrhea, over - copious menstruation, threatened abortion, risk of hemorrhage and digestive system. Strawberry contains maximum iron contents and cures anemia. Strawberry juice can be used to treat serious skin ailments. Strawberry juice is useful to treat discolored teeth by cleaning teeth with juice.

Sugar: Sugar is a very good face scrub. Lather skin with soap, then take handful of sugar and scrub, rinse off and apply lemon juice. This thoroughly cleanses and stimulates the skin.

Sulphur: Sulphur is a yellow powder used in acne preparations. It slows down the activity of the oil producing glands. Some people are allergic to sulphur so give a patch test on skin before using it fully.

Sunflower Oil: Sunflower oil is rich in Un – polysaturates. Widely used in creams.


Tea: Tea contains tannin that has soothing and healing effect. Tannin is used in sun creams as it absorbs ultra violet rays it prevents sun burning. Tea bags are soothing eye pads.

Thyme: Thyme grows wild on dry banks. Thyme has heavily scented flowers. Thyme has great cleansing properties. Thyme is a good digestive and a liver tonic too. It cures various illnesses like psychological disorders, headaches, hysteria, halitosis and various female ailments.

Tomato: Tomato is slightly acidic vegetable, containing potassium and vitamin C. Useful to treat blackheads, open pores and greasy skin.

Turnips: Turnip can be used raw, grated or boiled in cleansingskin care masks.

Turtle oil: Turtle oil is rich in vitamins. It is used in rich nourishing creams. It is effective oil but it smells very bad.


Vaseline: It is just like petroleum jelly.

Vinegar: Vinegar is acid. Dilute vinegars with eight times of water in it. Use this solution for softening of the skin.

Vitamins: Vitamins are valuable for skin and hairs. Vitamin A is useful for dry skin and acne. It also has soothing property. Vitamin B improves health of skin and hairs. Vitamin C heals acne. Vitamin D absorbs in skin and gives healing effect. Vitamin C has healing effects. Vitamin F cures dry and chapped skin. It is often used in face and skin creams.


Wheatgerm Flour: It is used as body massage when mixed with double cream. It is useful for cleansing and softening.

Wheatgerm Oil: It is rich unsaturated oil, rich in vitamin E. It has healing properties.

Witch Hazel: It is made from alder bushes. It is widely used in skin tonics for its astringent properties.


Yeast: Brewer’s yeast is rich source of Vitamin B and Protein. When taken internally, helps acne and dryness of skin scalp. Powdered Brewer’s yeast is used I cleansing facemasks.

Yarrow: Yarrow has grayish, feathery, ethereal–looking leaves and small daisy–like flowers. Yarrow has been used for headaches, fever and influenza. It also cures diarrhea and excessive menstruation.

Yoghurt: It is fermented liquor made from milk; natural yoghurt contains enzymes. It is used as base for cleansing and cleansing facemasks.


Zinc Oxide: It is a heavy white powder. It has mild astringent and antiseptic properties. It is used as dusting powder with benzoated lard to make soothing ointment. Calamine lotion contains a small quantity of zinc oxide.

Many benefits that can be taken from lime (Citrus Aurantium). One of them is to make the skin become white and smooth. Benefits of this to be a good news for the woman who crave white and smooth. Lime is a basic ingredient of traditional medicine in the beauty of Indonesia.

In general, lime fruit rich in vitamins and minerals for good health. In the 100 gr of lime, there are 51 calories, 0.9 g protein, 0.2 g fat, 11.4 g carbohydrate, 0.5 g minerals, calcium 33 mg, 23 mg phosphorus, 0.4 mg iron and askorbat acid 49 mg.

In addition to the chemical substances of lime that has a higher vitamin C, lemon also contains citric acid, amino acid (triptofan, lisin), oil atsiri (sitral, limonene, felandren, lemon chamfer, kadinen, gerani-lasetat, linali-lasetat, aktilaldehid, nildehid) resin , glycoside, citric acid, fat, calcium, phosphorus, iron, sulfur vitamin B1 and C. Meanwhile, leaves, fruits and flowers contain oil fly. Taste sour lemon that can help to clean the nicotine in the mouth, teeth and people who love to smoke. In Indonesia, lemon is often used to overcome various kinds of diseases such as dysentery, constipation, hemorrhoid, menstruation is not regular, diphtheria, whelk, vertigo or dizziness headache, hoarse voice, cough, body odor, increase appetite, prevent hair fall, dandruff, flu , fever, too fat, tonsil, Anyang-anyangan disease (urine pain), nosebleed, nose and sore. Lime is also effective to prevent the occurrence of kidney stones. Lemon contains citric high, while many people with kidney stones have a low citric content.

Skin bleaching

Human skin has a color that is not equal to one another. In addition to genetic factors, there are also some other factors, such as climate and weather. Skin of the face is the most important, especially for women. Therefore, women do make some effort to become the face of white skin clean and interesting. Originally, both in medical and beauty salon, whiten the skin is done by peel the die skin cells using products with active ingredients, with just consume and smear the body (the parts on the body) with some lime, skin becomes more white. In addition to nutrient-rich, orange is also rich in substances such as bioflanid, atsiri limonen oil, citric acid, acetate linalin, and fellandren that can cure the disease cough, reduce fever, increase sexual passion, and make sound tuneful. One of the benefits of lemon in the field of beauty is the womb that vitamin C can make the skin become white, smooth, and fast. The fruit has vitamin C contents that are useful as antioxidants. Vitamin C that has a L bond in each its molecule, good for bleaching the skin color.

Herbal Ingredient to Whiteing Face Skin

To get the white skin and smooth of the face, there are two ways that can be done. “For bleach and refine the skin and to lessen the pore, can be done in two ways.

First, by consume lime. Because by consume lime, the actual vitamin C which being absorbed by the body will more optimally.

Second, by apply the lime to the skin of the face and body that being cooled, regularly every day.

Other Lime Benefit

For you who want to look slim, the benefit of lemon can also be tested. Every morning, noon and night, try drinking the lime juice with a mixture of water and a little sugar. In this way, you trimness will awake. In addition, lime can prevent you from various diseases as described above. While for the hair, lemon can also eliminate dandruff.


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