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Emollient Herbs

Emollient herbs include herbs used externally to help soften, soothe and protect the skin. Much like demulcents (used internally), emollients break up hardness, dryness, and reatore the moisture barrier, repair damaged skin and restore the skin's natural softness. Many natural ingredients (emollient herbs) are typically added to moisturizing products in order to give them their emollient properties.

Sebum is an oily substance naturally secreted by the sebaceous glands in your skin and its main purpose is to make the skin and hair waterproof while protecting them from drying out. When the skin develops a dry condition, emollients can provide relief. Emollients are commonly found in bath oils, body and facial creams, lotions and ointments.

Your skin forms a protective layer that seals and locks out viruses and bacteria. Skin is exposed to many unforgiving factors like wind, sunlight or dry winter air that can diminish the oily layer of protection on our skin. The oils can be striped away by harsh soaps and frequent washing, and even as a side effect of some medications.

Dry skin can also be a sign of skin conditions like a common skin allergies like dermatitis. Psoriasis is a condition that causes dry, flaky skin that can crack and split and get infected. Skin dryness can accompany other health problems unrelated to your skin, such as diabetes or kidney disease.

Even without other treatments, emollients can be an effective treatment; moisturizing and softening your skin, repairing the external barrier, and helping to protect your skin.

Greece utilized beeswax, spermaceti, almond oil, borax, and rosewater while Ancient Egypt used sesame, almond, and olive oils as emollients. Modern emollients include petrolatum, zinc oxide, paraffin, mineral oil, glycerin, beeswax, olive oil, coconut oil, lanolin, cocoa butter, and synthetics like butyl stearate and diglycol laurate.

Jojoba oil is an example of a popular and commonly used emollient. Much like aloe vera, jojoba oil helps to keep the skin moist and pliable. Jojoba oil is similar to sebum, an oil that is naturally found in the skin.

Common emollient herbs include

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