There’s a myth going around that using ingredients from our favourite brands and retailers is the best way to attain perfect hair and skin. That theory isn’t real, though. In fact, in the popular herbs and spices found in your garden or kitchen, measures towards healthy skin and hair can be found.

You can quickly transform them into DIY face masks or hair conditioners, whether it’s using these natural tools directly on your skin (such as aloe vera or mint leaves, for example) or using the extracts and oils of these ingredients.

Ahead check out a few herbs, herbs and spices to keep handy for your next self-care day. 

These are top 11 herbs and spices that has great benefits for all skin types.

01. Chamomile

Chamomile is perfect to fade dark spots on the face and give your skin a radiant and youthful glow.

02 Cinnamon

Aside from having a nice scent, cinnamon can help clear up zits. It helps prevent the growth of acne-causing bacteria so it’s perfect to add to a face or body mask.

03 Thyme

A perfect ingredient for hair products, thyme is known for its ability to improve blood flow to the scalp and to help stimulate growth.

04 Turmeric

Known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties, turmeric is great for healing and calming your skin. It also helps the growth of your hair.

05 Calendula

Calendula repairs dry skin, reduces acne scars or wounds, and cures fungal infections that may cause acne or blackheads.

06 Rose Petals

Rose-infused products are popular for skin care, as the ingredient locks in moisture, on top of that provides a sweet scent. It also soothes irritated skin, so it’s a great refreshing spray.

07 Basil

Basil is a magic ingredient for both skin and hair as it is full of antioxidants and nutrients. With skin, it aids in clearing up acne, blackheads and pimples. In hair products, it helps to get rid of dandruff and promotes hair growth.

08 Witch Hazel

Serving as a natural astringent, witch hazel is a centuries-old cure-all for problematic skin: its helps fade scars, speeds up the healing of scabs and reduces redness.

09 Mint

A treasure trove of benefits can be found in mint, including cleansing and tightening skin, reducing puffiness around eyes and  oil reduction on the skin. It’s also popular in foot care products, as it aids severely cracked heels.

10 Lavender

Lavender is a multi-use tool that can fix a number of skin concerns, including acne and eczema; use it as a facial toner. In addition to soothing skin, lavender heals inflammation and burning associated with insect bites and mild burns.

11 Aloe Vera

Aloe vera, known for its anti-inflammatory effects, is good for staying cool, hydrated and plump skin. As it contains enzymes that fix dead skin cells in the scalp, you can also use it on hair, eventually leading to healthier hair growth.

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