An herb or compound that contracts skin tissue, blood vessels, and other tissues, preventing the secretion of body fluids such as blood or mucus.
Astringents are typically used locally, as a topical application, to treat external wounds or to prevent bleeding from the throat or nose.
- Cinnamon (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
- Jasmine (Jasminum sambac)
- Sandalwood (Santalum paniculatum)
- Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)
This video shows you how to make your own herbal astringent.
- David Hoffman (2013), Holistic Herbal: A Safe and Practical Guide to Making and Using Herbal Remedies
- Rosemary Gladstar (2014), Herbs for Common Ailments: How to Make and Use Herbal Remedies for Home Health Care
- Ann McIntyre (1995), The Complete Women’s Herbal
- Herbs—Packed with Powerful Antioxidants—Oregano Ranks Highest