We believe that one of the most underrated herbs is dandelion. It is often overlooked due to its association with a stubborn weed, but one would be surprised at the multitude of benefits it provides to the human body, especially the skin. In fact, dandelions have been used as medicine for centuries due to their ability to treat skin disorders. Its roots, leaves, and flowers are all loaded with nutritious elements, allowing it to be the perfect ingredient in a skin treatment.
The dandelion sap and oil are often used for their inflammation-reducing and detoxifying properties. The plant itself is highly alkaline, making it excellent at combating bacteria that often causes eczema and acne. It can also treat acne by inhibiting microbial infections, meaning that it can help the pores stay clear while the irritated areas heal over. According to toxicological research, applying dandelion on the skin also increases hydration and collagen production, which can diminish dry and irritated skin.
Dandelions are full of antioxidants, such as beta carotene, polyphenols, and vitamin C. These are known to prevent cell damage, aging, and inflammation for the skin. Dandelions also contain vitamins A, B6, and K, all of which protect the skin from free radicals, or disease. The root of the plant is rich in potassium, calcium, and magnesium. These minerals hydrate the skin tissue and help give it a healthy glow.
With all of the benefits dandelions have for the skin, it was a natural choice for our massage cream, which gets applied to the whole body during a CBD massage. You are sure to feel the results - velvety, smooth, and nourished skin.
By Gloria Huang
Gloria Huang is a Vital Body Therapeutic intern, who is currently a fourth year student of Theater and Communication at UCSB. When she isn't writing for Vital Body or studying for her college classes, she is acting in theater productions and films.