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Use This Plant To Reverse Hyperpigmentation

Is hyperpigmentation a big deal? No. The discolored patches of skin known as hyperpigmentation may not be a major issue for some people. But for others, it can be a source of anxiety —especially for those with hyperpigmentation in noticeable areas like the face.

The good news is that with the help of a couple of spartan herbs, you can dramatically diminish dark and discolored skin spots by making an herbal salve. I’m going to tell you how to do that, but first, I want to talk about what hyperpigmentation is and why I’ve chosen these two particular herbs.

What is Hyperpigmentation?Use This Plant to Reverse Hyperpigmentation- dark spots on hands

Hyperpigmentation pretty much means “darkened spots of skin.” What causes hyperpigmentation is a surplus of melanin in the skin. These discolored spots can occur anywhere on the body. People with darker skin tones and people who spend a significant amount of time in the sun seem to be at a higher risk of having it. There are a few different types of this pesky yet common condition, like age spots (liver spots,) melasma, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.

There are several factors believed to play a role in the development of these dark spots: contraceptives, age, sun exposure, certain medications, hormone fluctuation, pregnancy, and Addison’s disease.

Hormonal changes are known to aid in increased melanin levels in the skin.

Hyperpigmentation Treatments

Of course, numerous hyperpigmentation treatments are available today, and most of them are designed to lighten or “bleach” the skin. One of the most popular treatments is hydroquinone. The problem is that hydroquinone has also been banned in many countries because of its side effects.

Expected side effects of this drug can include: skin irritation (burning and stinging), inflammatory reactions, redness, dryness, dermatitis, and Exogenous Ochronosis 

But let’s be real… they don’t ban drugs, even in other countries, because they cause skin irritation and dryness. There is a lot of hype about this drug possibly causing malignant melanoma and other cancers, though you will find arguments against those claims. But since 1996, many articles have been published on the carcinogenicity of hydroquinone. A literature search on hydroquinone indicates that possible long-term effects like carcinogenesis can and do happen.

If you’re reluctant to put shady chemicals on your skin, there are options for treating hyperpigmentation at home—Thankfully! This DIY herbal salve recipe combines two powerful skin-loving and lightening herbs with the natural moisturizing power of beeswax and olive oil.

Let’s talk about the herbs for a second.

Licorice Root for Hyperpigmentation

Licorice root can be an acquired taste for some, but did you know you can also use it topically? If you’ve never used licorice root for skin conditions before, you’re in for a treat. This all-in-one herb is a must-have for all hyperpigmentation home remedies.

One of the ways licorice root benefits the skin is through a natural chemical called Glabridin. Glabridin has been proven to inhibit the production of melanin cells and break down melanin already abundant in the skin. Further, licorice root shows significant potential to reduce damage caused by UVB, which is present in sunlight and tanning beds.

The glabridin in licorice root is unique and cross-functional, not only having the ability to inhibit melanogenesis but also the ability to reduce inflammation in the skin.

And if that’s not enough to turn you into a licorice root fan, you should also know that it can help reduce blemishes, red spots, fine lines, and wrinkles. Plus, licorice root is super hydrating.

Mulberry Extract for Hyperpigmentation

Mulberry leaf extract used in skincare? It may be surprising, but this common tree has a lot to offer to hyperpigmentation sufferers. Mulberry leaf (especially white mulberry) contains a bioactive constituent that slows melanin production by inhibiting tyrosinase enzymes responsible for melanin production. In addition, mulberry leaves contain betulinic acid, a potent anti-inflammatory and enzyme inhibitor. Mulberry leaves or mulberry extract also contains Oxyresveratrol, which you may have heard about as it’s become notably famous as a skin toning antioxidant. This bold herb can help turn back the hands of time, brightening and repairing aging and damaged skin, all while reducing the appearance of dark spots naturally and improving skin tone.

These two herbs make up the medicinal components of this hyperpigmentation skin salve. This salve takes a little time, depending on your extraction method but it’s not complicated. Besides, once you learn how to make an herbal skin salve, you can make them for years to come with other kinds of herbs.

Hyperpigmentation Herbal Salve Recipe

We will break this down into two parts.

1. The Herbal Oil Base

You will need:

  • 1 cup of base oil (olive, almond, etc.)
  • 3 tbsp. dried licorice root
  • 1 tbsp. (or a small handful) of dried mulberry leaves crushed (preferably white)
  • 1 pint-sized jar with ring and lid.
  • A crock pot OR 4-6 weeks for the cold extraction method
  1. Place the herbs and olive oil in the pint-size jar.  Then secure the lid and ring finger tight.herbal oil in jar
  2. If using a crock pot, place a folded towel in the bottom of the crock as a buffer.
  3. Place the jar of herbal oil in the crock pot and fill three-quarters of the way with water.pouring water over jar
  4. Cover the crock and let it cook on low for 48-hours.
  5. Remove the herbal oil from the crock and let cool.removing herbal oil from crock
2. Making The Herbal Skin Salve

You will need:

  • Cheesecloth
  • 2 tbsp. beeswax pellets
  • Your homemade herbal oil
  • Double boiler or saucepan and heat-safe bowl
  • A container to store your salve
  • One half tsp. of vitamin E oil


  1. Double the cheesecloth and secure it on the top of the herbal oil jar with the jar’s ring. Pour the oil into a one-cup measuring cup. If you are a little short, add some regular olive oil. Use This Plant to Reverse Hyperpigmentation- jar with cheesecloth
  2. If you turn the jar upside down and remove the lid, the herbs will fall out into the cheesecloth, and you can squeeze any remaining oil out.Use This Plant to Reverse Hyperpigmentation- squeezing the oil out
  3. Place the herbal oil into your double boiler and add the beeswax pellets and vitamin E oil. This Plant to R
  4. Heat until the wax pellets have dissolved completely.
  5. Remove the hyperpigmentation salve from the heat and quickly poor it into your storage containers.  I used a small plastic container with a lid and jelly jar.  Store in a cool dry place. Use This Plant to Reverse Hyperpigmentation- colage

Simply apply the herbal salve to any dark spots on the skin and rub in twice a day. You can add 5-10 drops of essential oils if you want to make it smell good. This salve should keep for at least two years.

Do not let your pets lick your skin where you have applied the salve.

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Do you have a source for your dried herbs?

Try these:
Licorice Root powder

White Mulberry leaf

Hello Jan,

You can find dried herbs in grocery stores (Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target, Whole Foods Market) or online on Amazon, Etsy, and many Specialized Online Health Stores.

Many blessings and good health!

I don’t have mulberry leaves where I live, what else can I use?

Hello Lynne,

You can try our Arnica salve recipe instead:

Many blessings and good health!

I have very thin skin on my hands and my forearms. I bruise at the slightest touch. Would this recipe help? Or can you suggest another to build up my skin?
Thank you in advance!

Hello Anette,

You can try our Arnica salve recipe:

Arnica has been used to treat wounds and ease pain by being applied to the skin as a cream, ointment, liniment, salve, or tincture. It is frequently applied to wounds like sprains and bruises.

Many blessings and good health!

I have access to a fruitless mulberry tree (not white). Would those leaves work for this recipe?

Hi Barbara,

Yes, you can use its leaves instead.

Many blessings and good health!

how long before I can expect to see results?

why doesn’t someone reply to the questions, makes me feel they just want to sell you the product and nothing else !!

Hello Emm,

Thank you for your comment.
Different people react differently when it comes to herbal remedies. You will have to experiment a little, as everyone’s body is different. You can apply this salve to your dark spots twice a day.

Many blessings and good health!

please set up dispensary. cannot access ingredients.

Hello Patty,

You can find the ingredients in grocery stores (Walmart, Trader Joe’s, Target, Whole Foods Market) or online on Amazon, Etsy, and many Specialized Online Health Stores.

Many blessings and good health!

Good one. I don’t have any dark spots but there is a mulberry tree a half block away, even in the city in the North East USA.

Hello Tom,

Thank you for your comment!
We are glad to hear you enjoy the article.

Many blessings and good health!

I have sprained the back of my ankle.
What will help?

Hello Kaye,

We are sorry to hear this and we hope you’ll feel better soon.
Dried comfrey leaves are used as a poultice for treating sprains, joint pains, muscle pains, and bruises.
A comfrey ointment, oil, or poultice will work well. For the steps in making a comfrey ointment and poultice, you can read the article below:

Arnica is also deemed effective as a remedy for sprains and pains associated with osteoarthritis. Below you can find a recipe for Arnica salve:

Many blessings and good health!

I just completed the first step. I sourced my herbs from Amazon. I’m letting things cool over night and I’ll complete the salve tomorrow. Very excited!!!

Hi Laura,

It’s nice to hear you’ve tried our recipe! We would love to know if you’re pleased with the finished product.

Many blessings and good health!

My jars of herbs in oil are currently in my crock pot on low with a towel underneath. I had thought it would just heat the water so was surprised to see the water simmering. Since it needs 48 hours I wanted to make sure this is ok.

Hi Barb. Good question! Crockpots can cook at different temperatures. You do want the herbs to macerate into the oil. This is a quick extraction method. However, we don’t wish to destroy the volatile oils. A very low simmer is probably okay, but it’s too hot if it begins to look closer to a boil. If you think it’s getting too hot, turn it down to the “keep warm” setting if your crock pot has one. You can also remove the lid or leave it partially off the crock. You’ll also want to watch the water levels and add HOT water if it starts to evaporate.

Best of luck… I hope you love your salve. 🙂

I made this salve and have been using it for 3 months now. It is amazing how it’s diminished spots….thank you!

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