Savour the word. You can almost smell it. A herbarium is a collection of dried pressed plants or parts of plants. In Lucia Care’s herbarium we shed light on the history of medicinal plants. Here you can read about the active ingredients of the classic invigorating medicinal products and their use in Lucia Care’s holistic skincare line.

Learn about Lucia Care’s medicinal herbs and active ingredients


    Rosmarinus officinalis

    Rosemary has been used as a medicinal plant since ancient times. It has been grown in Denmark since the 16th century. Historically, a decoction was used to treat colds and headaches. Rosemary is an evergreen shrub belonging to the lamiaceae family. Its narrow aromatic leaves can resemble pine needles. The taste is powerful and bitter, with a camphor and pine-like flavour.

    Active ingredients The wide range of uses for rosemary is due to its chemical composition. It contains more than 20 antioxidants that act as a cleanser and protect against free radicals. The plant leaves, shoots and flowers are rich in essential oils, including 1,8 cineole, which easily crosses the blood-brain barrier and has a proven positive effect on concentration and memory. In Lucia Care’s skincare line, rosemary helps to:

    • Boost the immune system in the skin
    • Protect with its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties
    • Revitalise body and mind with its regenerative properties



    Horsetail is an ancient plant that dates back to the Carboniferous period. Horsetail is said to be crying because it excretes water through its stems, which is why they typically have droplets of water on them. It has traditionally been used as a diuretic. Horsetail has strong roots and can grow as big as a small tree. As a herbal tea, it is known for its distinctive taste.

    Active ingredients Horsetail is a high-potency medicinal plant containing many minerals and as much as 70% silica. Silicic acid promotes the absorption and metabolising of calcium and protects the arteries from fatty deposits. The high silica content also inhibits the proliferation of skin cells that can occur with dry and scaly skin. In Lucia Care’s skincare line, horsetail helps to:

    • Stimulate the skin’s natural collagen production
    • Strengthen skin, hair and nails


    Calendula officinalis

    Marigold is one of the oldest known medicinal plants. It is mentioned in ancient papyrus as a wound-healing, anti-inflammatory plant. The orange or egg-yolk yellow marigold grows wild in the Mediterranean countries. The plant has been grown in Denmark since medieval times, where it is known as one of the most common summer flowers.

    Active ingredients Marigold contains natural oils, saponins, carotenoids and flavonoids. Saponins stimulate the skin’s collagen production and contribute to uniform, elastic skin. Deep-acting antioxidants protect the skin and cells from free radicals, which can originate from pollution, bacteria and damage from the sun’s rays, for example. In Lucia Care’s skincare line, marigold helps to:

    • Boost the springiness and elasticity of the skin, thus preventing signs of ageing
    • Reduce skin redness, with an anti-inflammatory effect
    • Protect the skin and cells from oxidative stress


    Matricária chamomílla

    As a medicinal plant, chamomile is something of a panacea. The little white flowers with the yellow centre are often used dried to make a curative tea. This medicinal plant has been of cultural and medical significance for more than 2000 years, and its name can be traced back to the 14th century. The pleasant, spicy aroma of the plant is widely recognised.

    Active ingredients Chamomile is rich in beneficial essential oils for your skin. The dried plant contains Vitamins A, B and C. It is a natural source of minerals such as silica and sulphur, which have warming and antispasmodic properties. Chamomile has traditionally been used as a mild sedative for the relief of insomnia, colds and stomach aches. In Lucia Care’s skincare line, chamomile helps to:

    • Boost the skin’s immune response with its anti-inflammatory properties
    • Prevent signs of ageing and cleanse wounds
    • Give your skin a nourishing vitamin boost
    • Calm your nerve-sense system

    Aloe Vera

    Aloe barbadensis

    Few medicinal herbs have been used as widely as aloe vera, which has been known since ancient times. Aloe vera belongs to the lily family and originates from Africa. In particular, the active leaf gel of the plant has been used externally to treat burns. Aloe vera is a succulent with tubular growth; it absorbs water in its thick leaves, which are attractively arranged like a rosette.

    Active ingredients Aloe vera contains a full range of vitamins: Vitamins A, C, E and several B Vitamins, as well as folate. This medicinal plant is also rich in important minerals such as zinc, magnesium and calcium. Aloe vera contains between 18 and 20 of the 22 amino acids we require – including the eight essential amino acids. Aloe vera is also a source of important, beneficial fatty acids that stimulate digestion, for example. In Lucia Care’s skincare line, aloe vera helps to:

    • Inhibit redness and inflammation
    • Relieve external stress on the skin, e.g. from sun damage
    • Regenerate with its moisturising, moisture-retaining properties
    • Prevent wrinkles and reduce signs of ageing


    Citrus bergamia

    Bergamot oil is extracted from the peel of bergamot, a citrus fruit. A pure essential yellow or green oil with a citrus scent is extracted from the fruit peel. Many will be familiar with the taste from Earl Grey tea. Bergamot is grown mainly in southern Italy and the actual extraction process uses cold pressing. Historically, bergamot oil has been used to reduce inflammation.

    Active ingredients As a citrus fruit, bergamot is a natural source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C in particular is one of our most powerful antioxidants that binds toxins and viruses in the body, to be broken down into the liver and excreted through the kidneys. There is no evidence of healing properties in bergamot oil, but it is particularly popular as a fragrance and in aromatherapy. In Lucia Care’s skincare line, bergamot helps to:

    • Calm the skin and contract mucous membranes
    • Invigorate the nerve-sense system with its fresh citrus scent


    Cedrus atlantica

    The essential oil from cedar has a long history of medical use to calm the mind. For millennia, cedar oil has been used in embalming, medicine, cosmetics and perfume. Cedar oil, derived from coniferous trees in the arborvitae genus, has an almost warm, masculine and earthy fragrance with a deep pine scent and a hint of fresh citrus.

    Active ingredients The carefully cold pressed cedar oil contains essential oils. These essential oils are antiseptic, astringent and soothing. Since the aroma of cedar belongs to the group of base notes that focus a fragrance, it is often found in blends for meditation.  In Lucia Care’s skincare line, cedar helps to:

    • Soften skin with its anti-bacterial properties
    • Calm your body and mind with its fresh, woody, citrus fragrance
    • Create a positive and relaxing atmosphere

    Pure and active ingredients in Lucia Care

    Hyaluronic acid – The true master of moisture

    Hyaluronic acid is a natural part of the body’s connective tissue in e.g. skin, joints and eyes, but with age the body’s level of hyaluronic acid decreases. Hyaluronic acid binds moisture in the intracellular structure of the skin. It is nature’s own anti-ageing agent, and its unsurpassed properties to attract moisture promotes fresher, smoother and softer skin with increased elasticity and reduces wrinkles.

    Almond oil – The vitamin E bomb

    Almond oil has a high content of unsaturated fatty acids such as the essential fatty acid linoleic acid (GLA) promoting a deeper absorption of the oil. Almond oil contains vitamins A, B and E, minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Almond oil is softening, moisturising and nourishing for the skin and is widely used in skincare for sensitive and dry skin due to its gentle skincare properties.

    Olive oil – The golden drops

    Olive oil is extracted from the stone fruits of the olive tree and has a naturally high content of the good unsaturated fatty acids such as linolenic acid (GLA) and contains a group of antioxidants, polyphenols, which have health-promoting effects. The olive oil softens, adds moisture and suppleness and strengthens the skin’s natural elasticity and gives it a radiant glow. 

    Sunflower oil – The oil of light

    Sunflower oil is extracted from the seeds of the sunflower. It is a symbol of warmth and light. The oil has a high content of vitamins A, D and E and is rich in lecithin and unsaturated fatty acids, making it nourishing and conditioning for skin and hair. Sunflower oil softens and forms a protective layer on the skin, which helps to retain moisture.

    Shea butter – Spreadable wellbeing

    Shea butter is gently extracted from the nuts of the shea tree and has been used in Africa for more than 4000 years as the absolutely essential ingredient in skincare to protect against dehydration, degradation and eczema. Shea butter is a cold-pressed plant-based fat and contains vitamins A, E and F as well as a particularly high content of essential unsaturated fatty acids, nourishing the skin. Shea butter has a pronounced moisturising and softening effect and is therefore particularly suitable for very dry skin.

    Vitamin A – The beautifying elixir

    Vitamin A is a superhero ingredient in skincare, improving skin texture, balancing impure skin, reducing wrinkles and sun damage such as pigment spots. Vitamin A regenerates, revitalises and de-stresses the skin cells by increasing hydration and plumpness and improving the glow of the skin. Hydroxypinacolone Retinoate is a unique formula of vitamin A, which is extremely potent and also significantly more gentle on the skin than other vitamin A formulas.

    Vitamin E – A powerful antioxidant

    Vitamin E is a natural and strong antioxidant protecting the skin cells against free radicals that damage and degrade the skin. Vitamin E is important for our fat metabolism and is often found in plants rich in unsaturated fatty acids. Vitamin E helps keep skin elastic and supple.