Searching for health superstars? You might not have to look any farther than your own backyard. Herbs have been used for centuries to boost, alleviate, and prevent conditions related to beauty and wellness. The key lies in knowing the benefits of each and how to unleash them. Consider three members of the mint family: rosemary, peppermint, and lavender.
Skin: The antioxidants in rosemary can help stimulate circulation and enliven skin by increasing blood flow and calming inflammation.
Try: Rosemary Lave body cleanser by Epicuren ($11 for 2.5 fl. oz).
Hair: Rosemary stimulates hair follicles, which may help hair grow longer and stronger. It can also cleanse the hair and scalp thanks to its antibacterial properties.
Try: Rosemary Mint shampoo by Aveda ($13.50 for 8.5 fl. oz). Aveda, Palm Beach Gardens (561-691-6999)
Skin: Lavender gets things moving by improving circulation. With more nutrients and oxygen, wrinkles and fine lines may be diminished, while added moisture quenches parched skin.
Try: Lavender Age Corrective Night Concentrate by Éminence Organic Skin Care ($66 for 1.2 oz.).
Skin Apeel Day Spa, Boca Raton (561-852-8081)
Hair: Think of lavender as a masterful multitasker. This hard worker does it all: deep conditions hair, keeps it shiny, and helps control dandruff, all while providing a calming aromatherapy effect.
Try: Lavender and Avocado Intensive Conditioner by John Masters Organics ($22 for 7 fl. oz.).
Ulta, Boca Raton (561-482-9050)
Skin: Peppermint always maintains its cool. The menthol in peppermint oil yields a cooling sensation while the oil itself nourishes dull skin and improves the texture of oily complexions.
Try: Morning Mint Body Butter by Archipelago Botanicals ($19 for 8 oz.).
Hair: Peppermint wins over every hair and scalp type, with greasy types drawn to its astringent properties and those with a dry profile appreciating its moisturizing prowess.
Try: Clear Head Mint Shampoo by Origins ($18 for 8.5 fl. oz.).