Three Ways to Incorporate Herbs Into Treatments

Here's how herbs can boost your spa's treatments. // Photo credit: Madeleine_Steinbach/iStock/Getty Images Plus

Herbal remedies have been used since ancient times to keep skin healthy and treat various skin conditions. In fact, skincare professionals and companies in Western cultures have been using them for decades. Herbs provide a wide range of healing benefits to the mind, body, and soul, and they are finally starting to get the attention they deserve from today’s savvy spa-goers. “The popularity of promoting herbs is a natural progression as consumers continue to seek out natural and organic ingredients,” says Szilvia Hickman, owner of Szep Elet, exclusive distributor of Ilike Organic Skin Care. “As the raw skincare movement continues to take hold, formulas that include well-known ingredients have become the trusted go-to.”  

Here, some skincare experts share ideas on how to effectively use them in your spa:

“In addition to using products made with herbal ingredients, we always recommend to our clients to complement the treatment with aromatherapy for an overall spa experience.”
—Szilvia Hickman, owner of Szep Elet, exclusive distributor of Ilike Organic Skin Care

“Spas can easily incorporate herbs into all aspects of the spa experience by offering herbal infusions (teas) or herb-infused steam in facial treatments or steam rooms, and by using herbal infusions, herbal tinctures, essential oils, and hydrosol-based skincare and bodycare products. An increasing number of spas are incorporating heated herbal poultices into their massage and body treatments. Poultices may include camphor, ginger, kaffir lime, lavender, lemongrass, and turmeric, depending on the guest’s specific needs, and can help reduce inflammation, promote circulation, relieve joint pain and stiffness, calm muscle spasms, and boost the immune system.”
—Kimberlee Geng, director of education, Americas & Caribbean, Aromatherapy Associates 

“Herbs can be woven throughout the entire treatment experience. For instance, sprigs of rosemary or mint can be used as decor for a clean, fresh look; herbal essential oils can be diffused in the air to invigorate the senses; and herb-based teas may be served to set the tone for the treatment. In the treatment room, herb-based formulas are ideal for aging skin and acne conditions. As part of the skin prep, herb-based cleansers and toners will soften skin cells, reduce cellular buildup, and start the exfoliation process. Throughout the treatment, be sure to talk to clients about the benefits of herbs and the impact they deliver to the skin.”
—Shannon Esau, director of sales and education, Rhonda Allison Cosmeceuticals

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