Beauty uses for your leftover herbs from the supermarket

Supermarkets usually carry a basic range of fresh herbs in the vegetable aisle. The common ones are parsley, coriander, sage, thyme, rosemary, basil and mint. Most of the time you won’t need the whole packet for your recipe and inevitably the leftovers will go slimy in the bottom of the fridge somewhere. 

All those bright green herbs are full of a few common nutrients that are wonderful for your skin if you eat them, but you can also use them for face packs, rinses or toners by combining them with some of your other groceries.

So, next time you have some leftover herbs, don’t leave them in the fridge to die. Whip up a herbal treatment for your skin instead! You can also grow your own windowsill herbs and make your masks and toners fresh as you need them.

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What are the important nutrients in herbs?

  • Vitamin A – Encourages cell growth and repair
  • Vitamin C – Antioxidant, boost collagen production
  • Vitamin E – Antioxidant that repairs UV damage and scarring
  • Vitamin K -Supports skin healing especially spider veins, bruises, stretch marks, burns and scars, brightens and firms
  • Beta Carotene – Converts to vitamin A in the human body
  • Calcium – Improves firmness and elasticity
  • Chlorophyll – Antioxidant, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory
  • Copper – Helps build collagen and supports melanin production
  • Iron – prevents anaemia but also brightens skin
  • Magnesium – Improves skin elasticity, supports the immune system, prevents acne
  • Manganese – Reduces inflammation, antioxidant.
  • Menthol – antibacterial, boosts circulation, cooling, soothing
  • Potassium – Electrolyte that regulates moisture levels in skin
  • Zinc – Anti-inflammatory, boosts immune function.

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Full of Vitamin A, C & K as well as iron, copper, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc & folate. It has antiseptic, anti-ageing, antioxidant, antifungal, and antibacterial properties.

Parsley will help to heal wounds and acne while firming skin and smoothing the complexion. It also brightens and has astringent properties.

Acne Treatment
1 handful of parsley leaves
1 teaspoon honey

Grind the parsley in a pestle and mortar. Add the honey and combine into a paste. Apply it to your spots or whole face. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water.

Dark Circles
1 handful parsley
1 tablespoon water
1 cotton pad

Mash the parsley and water together. Soak the cotton pads in the fluid and place them under your eyes. Lay back for 15 to 20 minutes.


Coriander contains iron, Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, manganese, magnesium, calcium, phospherous and potassium.

It has antifungal, antimicrobial, antibacterial and antiseptic properties. It is soothing and cooling on the skin and is anti-inflammatory.

Anti-Ageing Mask
1 handful coriander leaves
1 tablespoon aloe vera

Mash the ingredients together and apply it to your skin. Leave on for 15 minutes. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

Glowing Skin
1 handful coriander leaves
1 tablespoon milk
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon rosewater
2 tablespoons oatmeal

Blend the ingredients together and apply it to your skin. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Smoothing Mask
2 tablespoons oatmeal
1 tablespoon yoghurt
2 slices cucumber
1 handful chopped coriander

Blend until smooth and apply to cleansed skin. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Acne Treatment
1 handful chopped coriander
contents of 1 chamomile tea bag
1 teaspoon chopped lemongrass
1 cup boiling water

Combine the ingredients and leave to cool. Blend them together into a paste. Apply to your skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.


Sage contains Vitamins A, C, E and K along with calcium, potassium, iron, copper, zinc, manganese, magnesium and beta carotene.

It is an antioxidant, has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antiseptic properties and also helps to detoxify. It also improves circulation. Sage will also help to balance sebum production in oily skin.

Balancing Toner
10 sage leaves
1 tablespoon rose water
1 cup strong green tea

Brew the green tea and sage leaves and allow to cool. Remove the leaves and add the rose water. Use as a toner after cleansing. Keep it in the fridge in a clean container.

Anti-Ageing Face Pack
1 handful of chopped sage leaves
1 egg white
1/4 apple
1 teaspoon oatmeal

Blend the ingredients together and apply to clean, slightly damp skin. Leave on for 20 minutes and rinse with warm water.

Cellulite Treatment
1 cup Epsom salts
1/2 cup finely chopped sage leave
5 drops of sage oil

Grind the sage leaves fine and add the sage oil. Add the Epsom salts and mix together thoroughly. Take a warm shower and scrub your thighs and buttocks with the sage and Epsom salts while your skin is warm and damp. Use circular motions. Leave on for 5 minutes and rinse off with warm water.


It contains Vitamin A, C, E and beta-carotene as well as potassium, calcium, manganese and magnesium.

Thyme has antifungal, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antioxidant properties. It helps to heal acne and eczema by reducing damage due to inflammation. Vitamin C boosts collagen production and elasticity.

Soothing Acne Mask
1 tablespoon chopped thyme leaves
3 cm thick slice of cucumber

Grind or blend the thyme and cucumber together. Add a little water if the mix is too thick. Apply to acne and leave on for 15 to 20 minutes. It will kill bacteria and soothe inflammation. Rinse with cool water and pat dry.

Anti-ageing Mask
1 teaspoon yoghurt
1 tablespoon chopped thyme
1 teaspoon rice flour or ground rice.

Let it sit for 5 minutes to allow rice flour to soften. Apply to clean skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.


Rosemary contains Vitamin A and C as well as potassium, calcium, copper, magnesium, manganese and zinc.

It is anti-inflammatory which alleviates swelling, redness and pain. Rosemary improves circulation which will provide the skin with fresh blood and oxygen. Antioxidants improve and stimulate cell repair and regeneration. It lightens dark spots and pigmentation. If used as a rinse or treatment, rosemary improves condition.

Acne Treatment
1 teaspoon chopped rosemary leaves
1 teaspoon honey
3 cm cucumber
Blend the ingredients together into a paste.  Apply it to spots and acne. Allow to sit for 15 to 20 minutes and rinse with cool water.

Hair Rinse
1-litre water
1/2 cup chopped rosemary leaves
5 drops rosemary essential oil

Boil the leaves in the water for 10 minutes and allow to cool. Add the rosemary essential oil once the water is lukewarm. Allow the water to cool to room temperature and use as a final rinse after washing your hair. It will restore shine and treat dandruff.


Basil contains large amounts of vitamin K, as well as vitamin A, C and E, manganese and magnesium. It contains antioxidants that help to repair and protects skin from environmental and free radical damage.

It is a natural detoxifier and cleanser. It is antibacterial, relieves pain and calms inflammation. Basil is most commonly used as a cleanser or a treatment for acne and skin infections. It also helps to even out the complexion and reduce the appearance of dark spots.

Basil Cleansing Tonic
20-30 fresh basil leaves
1 Chamomile tea bag
1 cup hot water
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
Cloth or teatowel for straining.

Steep the chamomile tea in the hot water and allow to cool to room temperature. Grind the basil leaves into a paste. Add a little water to the leaves to make them easier to grind. Place the pulp in a cloth and strain out the juice. You may have to squeeze the pulp a bit to get enough juice. Add the juice to the chamomile tea and add the vinegar. Keep the mixture in the fridge and use on a cotton pad after removing makeup.

Basil Blackhead Scrub
10 basil leaves plus a little water
1 teaspoon turmeric
1 teaspoon plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon coconut flour or rice flour (grind rice in a coffee grinder)

Mash the leaves with a little water to make a paste. Add the turmeric and plain yoghurt and mix together. Add the flour and leave for 5 minutes to thicken slightly. Use the paste as a scrub in areas where you have blackheads or enlarged pores. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse away with warm water.


Contains Menthol, vitamin A, C, calcium, salacylic acid and magnesium. 

Mint is cooling, antibacterial and soothing to the skin. It reduces itching and irritation while lightening scars and discolouration. Mint improves circulation, tones and has astringent properties.

Clarifying Moisture Mask
20-25 fresh mint leaves
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon yoghurt
1 teaspoon honey
2 tablespoons oatmeal

Mash the mint leaves into pulp with a little water. Put the mint juice in a small bowl and add the olive oil, yoghurt, honey and oatmeal. Allow sitting for 5 minutes to become sticky. Apply to cleansed skin and leave on for 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water.

Mint Toner
30 fresh mint leaves
2 cups hot water
3 tablespoons rosewater

Boils the mint leaves in the hot water for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool. When it reaches room temperature, strain the leaves out and add the rosewater. Store in a glass bottle or jar in the fridge. Use as a toner after cleansing for bright, even skin.

Well, there are a few things that you can do with the fresh herbs in the supermarket!

Let me know if you have tried any of these recipes or if you have one of your own.


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