The 5 Best Herbs to Support Healthy, Glowing Skin from the Inside Out

The 5 Best Herbs to Support Healthy, Glowing Skin from the Inside Out
The 5 Best Herbs to Support Healthy, Glowing Skin from the Inside Out

Vibrant skin is a key component of overall wellness and beauty. When we’re happy and healthy, we shine from the inside out. When we’re not, it can affect our skin, and when our skin doesn't look its best, that can take a toll on our emotional and mental well-being. Luckily, herbs for skin can help support a healthy glow.*

Because some skin care products can be laden with problematic ingredients, it's valuable to remember the natural support available from plants.

In harmony with Mother Nature, Gaia Herbs offers premium herbal supplements that support your skin to promote radiance from within.*

5 Herbs for Skin*

Woman in nature that uses herbs for skin

Caring for your skin from the outside—cleansing and hydrating—and doing so with natural and safe products is an important part of skin care. But your skin can also be a reflection of what’s going on inside your body.

This is where a healthy lifestyle and herbs for skin come into play.* Below, we’ll discuss five skin-supporting herbs: Gotu Kola, Nettle Leaf, Horsetail, Burdock, and Red Clover.* These herbs can support your body and help you maintain healthy, glowing skin.*

We’ll share a bit about each one and how you can use it in your wellness routine through herbal supplements.

Before we do so, keep in mind that if you have persistent skin problems or are worried about changes with your skin, it’s best to see your doctor or a dermatologist. They can help you decipher if your skin concerns might be a symptom of a bigger issue.

That said, let’s discuss these wonderful herbs for skin.*

Gotu Kola

Gotu Kola herbs for skin

Gotu Kola leaf and root have long been used to promote healthy skin, hair, and nails.* In Asia, this herb was traditionally used for skin health as well as to support mental clarity.*

Gotu Kola supports the connective tissue that lines many of the external surfaces of the body, including the scalp and skin.* Along with supporting healthy connective tissue, Gotu Kola also supports blood vessel strength and healthy circulation.*

Although this green perennial is part of the parsley family, you probably haven’t used it in the kitchen. While you can find recipes that call for Gotu Kola, for most people, the best way to take advantage of this herb is to take a supplement.

Gotu Kola Supplements

You can find Gotu Kola in Gaia Herbs blends that support hair, skin, and nails (like Gaia Herbs Hair, Skin & Nail Support) as well as mental clarity (check out Gaia Herbs Mental Clarity Mushrooms & Herbs).*

We also offer a Certified Organic, concentrated, single-herb Gotu Kola Leaf extract.

Not only is it organic, but this herbal supplement is also purity-tested, vegan, and free of dairy, gluten, soy, corn, yeast, shellfish, peanuts, and sugar—because we believe that what you put in your body matters.

This liquid extract comes in a small, convenient size, making it great for use not only at home but also at the office or while traveling. If you’ve never used a liquid extract supplement before, it’s simple. Just drop the recommended serving in a glass of water and drink.

We suggest that adults take 30-40 drops of extract in a small amount of water three to four times daily between meals.

To learn more about Gotu Kola and other herbs, visit, the world’s first herb traceability platform. Here you will discover the origin of your herbs; how they were grown, harvested, and extracted; and see validation of your product’s level of purity and potency.

We verify at every stage of the Gaia Herbs seed-to-shelf journey because you deserve to know exactly what’s in your herbal supplement.

At Gaia Herbs, we are firm believers that the quality of an herbal supplement can only be as good as the quality of the herbs that go into it. That’s why we choose to grow many of the herbs in our products on our Certified Organic farm, where we can cultivate them exactly the way we want.

For plants used in our supplements that we cannot grow on our own farm or in the quantity that we need, our network of organic and sustainable communities allows us to source herbs from where they grow best.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle Leaf herbs for skin

Nettle also goes by the name “Stinging Nettle,” and if you’ve ever rubbed up against this plant, you’ll know why. Its leaves and stems have fine hairs that can feel like a little sting when you come in contact with them.

Nevertheless, this herb has a long history of traditional use. Today, it's primarily used to support upper respiratory health and healthy prostate function.*

Nettle also contains minerals that are important for maintaining healthy skin.*

So, while you’ll want to avoid rubbing up against Nettle when you’re out enjoying Nature, you can use this plant in your wellness routine by taking a Nettle supplement.

Nettle Leaf Supplements

There are a few different ways to take Nettle on a daily basis. For herbal support for healthy skin, we recommend Gaia Herbs Hair, Skin & Nail Support capsules.*

 Gaia Herbs Hair Skin & Nail Support

This product contains a harmonious blend of herbs, including Horsetail, Alfalfa, Burdock root, Gotu Kola, and Nettle leaf, herbs that provide a source of antioxidants and minerals that promote the healthy growth of hair, skin, and nail tissue.*

The Nettle we use in this supplement is grown on Gaia Farm. Here, we grow many other plants, including flowering Echinacea, fragrant Lemon Balm, and brilliant California Poppy, all nourished by clear mountain waters and rich alluvial soil.

To enjoy the benefits of Nettle and the other wonderful herbs in Hair, Skin & Nail Support, all you have to do is take two capsules twice a day between meals.*

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Another way to add Nettle to your daily routine is by taking Gaia Herbs Nettle Leaf Phyto-Caps or our Certified Organic Nettle Leaf. Both of these formulas are concentrated, single-herb extracts.

Gaia Herbs Nettle Leaf capsules are an easy addition to your skin care regimen. Simply take one capsule twice daily between your meals.

If you prefer drinking your Nettle, try Gaia Herbs Nettle Leaf liquid extract. Shake well before dropping 30-40 drops of the extract into a small amount of water. Drink three to four times daily between meals.


Horsetail is usually found in moist habitats and prefers non-chalky soil. It spreads quickly by its spores and underground rootstock, and it can quickly invade a garden similar to bamboo.

One of it’s common names, Bottlebrush, refers to the scratchy nature of the stems as well as the shape of the plant. Horsetail contains silica, a mineral known to be essential in the development of healthy hair, skin, and nails.*

It is also a source of the flavonoids quercetin 3 glucoside and luteolin. The young shoots of this plant have traditionally been eaten in traditional Japanese and Native American cultures.

Horsetail Supplements

As we mentioned, Hair, Skin & Nail Support contains Horsetail and promotes the healthy growth of hair, skin, and nail tissue.*


A member of the Sunflower, or Compositae, family, Burdock can be found growing in field borders, roadsides, and empty spaces across China, Europe, Britain, North America, and several other landmasses.

Most people are familiar with the flowers of Burdock, which form globe-shaped clusters around the top of the stem covered with a dense alignment of stiff "hooks" that will cling to anything they touch.

The root is very delicious and is served in Chinese, Korean, and other Asian dishes prepared by peeling and cooking the whole root.

Burdock Supplements

Burdock is another herb that can be found in our Hair, Skin & Nail Support.* This herb supports healthy and vital skin with a clear complexion by promoting healthy liver function and supporting the detoxification process in the body.*

Red Clover

red clover herbs for skin

Red Clover is lovely to look at, widely cultivated, and known for its content of nutrients, including naturally occurring phytoestrogens. In addition to helping maintain lymphatic function, Red Clover helps promote healthy skin.*

Red Clover can also help maintain a healthy hormone balance, which is key to physical and emotional wellness during the menstrual cycle and menopausal transition.*

Red Clover Supplements

Add Red Clover to your wellness routine with Gaia Herbs Red Clover Supreme extract. This herbal supplement helps sustain lymphatic function and promotes healthy skin through a blend of Red Clover, Burdock Root, Yellow Dock, Licorice, Nettle, and more.*

Adults should take 40-60 drops of extract in a small amount of water three to four times daily between meals.

Mother Nature Is Your Skin's Best Friend

A couple in nature

Your skin is your body's largest organ. Fortunately, supporting it is easy once you know where to start—and that's from within.

Taking care of your skin is essential to maintaining overall health and vitality, which is why we offer multiple herbs for skin that help promote outer radiance as a reflection of inner health.*

To support healthy, glowing skin, opt for herb blends, like Gaia Herbs Hair, Skin & Nail Support, or single-herb supplements, like Gotu Kola Leaf extract or Red Clover Supreme.*

When you have vibrant skin that you are proud of, you'll feel more confident in most everything you do.