1. Basil leaves + Camphor
Scientifically known as, Ocimum tenuiflorum, the leaves of basil have potent antibacterial, anticancer, antiviral, and antioxidant properties. You will be quite fascinated to read that holy basil has been traditionally used as a natural antidote to treat wounds that were a result of poison.
However, many Indian women apart from worshipping, use these leaves for maintaining healthy skin. Whether it is acne, pimples, or blackheads, basil can do wonders. Wondering how? Well, it is their natural nutrients and antioxidants. It purifies the blood, lightens the skin, shrinks the pores, and prevents breakouts.
Camphor, on the other hand, helps by eliminating the skin irritation and inflammation (that comes when a pimple appears). Very few know that camphor is one of the best home remedies for pimples. It’s lingering and distinctive aroma help in soothing frayed nerves. Camphor has an interesting history as well. Its traditional use is claimed to be as early as 500 – 600 AD. It was widely used in Persia for controlling plague. Since then, it has been employed for alleviating many skin problems like itching, pain, irritation, etc. To try the blend of these two ingredients and to apply on your pimples, follow the steps given below:
- Step 1: Take some fresh basil leaves and some camphor.
- Step 2: Grind the two in a mixer.
- Step 3: Apply the mixture on your pimples.
- Step 4: Leave for 20 minutes.
- Step 5: Wash off with cold water. Repeat the procedure thrice a week for best results.
Note: Before you try this remedy, do a patch test for safety.
How Does This Work?
The reason basil leaves work effectively on pimples is due to their essential chemicals and compounds namely volatile oils (methyl chavicol & linalool), cineole, methyl cinnamate, geraniol, citronellol, pinene, myrcene, terpineol, ocimene, and E-beta-caryophyllene.
Camphor contains some volatile chemical variants known as chemotypes. Further, the active compounds that help in the treatment of pimples are linalool, camphor, nerolidol, 1 & 8-cineole, safrole, and borneol.
The Remedy Is Not Good, If:
- You have hives.
- You are suffering from severe skin rashes.
- You have a migraine. The smell of camphor can worsen it.
- You have pimples on your lips. Do not apply this remedy.
When To See A Doctor?
It is natural that many go to the pharmacist to get relief from pimples that can be termed as the first level of defense. However, it is wise to remember, the nature of a pimple depends on the individual’s body and physical condition. Only a dermatologist can provide the right type of advice and options for treatment. In teenage, you are more prone to pimples. It is also true; many of the cases can be easily handled without prescription.