People have harnessed the power of nature's plants for thousands of years, so if you're not already incorporating them into your beauty routine, now's the time to start. Herbs don't just make your food tastier; they also smooth skin, add shine to hair, aid digestion, and reduce inflammation.
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"Herbs and other botanical ingredients—from gentle, emollient vegetable oils to fruits rich in skin-softening plant compounds—offer an alternative to the harsh chemicals found in many synthetically based commercial beauty and hair- and skin-care products," says Michael J. Balick, PhD, author of Rodale's 21st Century Herbal. "Equally important, they provide exquisite natural fragrances that uplift the spirit, rejuvenate the body, and add to personal allure."