Herbal remedies have been used for thousands of years to treat minor ailments and to maintain good health. Drugs often contain the same substances as plants but in a much altered state, which is a contributing factor to side effects experienced. Paracelsus, founder of modern toxicology, was even quoted saying "For every illness there grows a herb nearby".
Many plants have healing compounds that provide relief from common skin complaints such as minor cuts, abrasions, bruising, psoriasis and eczema. Herbal topical products are applied directly to the skin and their soothing effects can even help with arthritic pain and circulatory disorders such as varicose veins.