Skin care products can often be expensive, especially if you use them regularly. Using plants straight from your garden is rewarding and cost effective. It also benefits the long term health of your skin. People without garden space can also grow many plants indoors. Using ingredients direct from nature allows you to access the full benefits of plants. It also helps you cut the cost of achieving beautiful healthy skin.
There are many plants that are known to be good for skin care. Numerous skin care products make use of the benefits of these plants. However, products often use only diluted amounts of natural plant extracts and make up the rest using chemicals and preservatives. These chemicals are damaging to the long-term health of your skin. Organic products containing only natural ingredients are better for your skin, yet they can also very costly to use every day.
Instead, try using plants from your garden as the basis of your daily skin care regime. This saves you money at the checkout counter while adding vitality and health to your skin.
Easy-to-Grow Plants that are Good for Your Skin
Aloe Vera is one of the best plants for healthy vibrant skin. Many common products contain Aloe Vera. Using the fresh gel from an aloe leaf is much better for your skin, as preserved aloe has little of the fresh herbs’ skin care benefits. Aloe makes a great natural moisturizer for all skin types. It also soothes sunburn and irritated skin. There are different types of aloe, so make sure you get the true Aloe Vera. You will only need one plant to create an aloe garden, as it is a perennial succulent that will produce many young plants. It can be left to spread in your garden, or transplanted as it grows. Aloe Vera can grow in any garden of well-prepared soil. It tends to prefer a semi-shaded position. A fantastic plant for those with little garden space, as aloe grows well in pots.
Basil can help in the treatment of acne, blackheads, and scarring from pimples. Sweet Basil (Ocimum basilicum) is an annual herb that grows best when planted in spring or early summer. Basil is easy to grow in any vegetable or herb garden outdoors, but will also grow well in large pots indoors. Basil needs the sun to grow well, so make sure it is near a window.
Witch Hazel is a larger plant for those with garden space. It is a powerful astringent and is often used for its anti-inflammatory properties.
Lavender is great for your skin as it aids the healing of acne. It is very easy to establish in a garden or containers indoors. Lavender will grow from stem cuttings taken in the spring or from root divisions. They grow best in a nice sunny spot with good soil.
Echinacea, Gotu Kola, Radium Weed and Hyssop, all have powerful healing properties for more serious skin conditions such as psoriasis, sun spots, cold sores, rashes, and eczema. Gotu Kola is the best for growing in pots as it is a vigorous perennial that can be invasive in the garden.
Roses are a lovely edition to any garden that can spare the room. Some varieties grow well in large pots. Rose petals added to your bath water create a lovely fragrance while also soothing and healing dry skin.
Daily Skin-Care Regime From Your Garden
A natural cleanser that leaves you refreshed and relaxed
Pick a few handfuls of fresh lavender leaves and stems. Crush the herbs slightly to release oils, then place them in your sink or washing basin. Fill the sink with enough warm water to wash. Let sit a few minutes. Add two teaspoons lemon juice. Gently wash your face, neck, and hands in the water. Rinse with clean water.
Witch Hazel Toner
Prepare a basic witch hazel toner by simply boiling 1 teaspoon of leaves and twigs in 1 cup water for 10 minutes. Leave to cool. Wipe over face and neck with cotton wool. This quantity should last at least a week, so you don’t have to prepare it every day!
Simple remedy for acne
Crush a handful of Basil leaves in a bowl or mortar and pestle and add 3 tablespoons boiling water. Mix leaves and water and let steep for 20 minutes. Apply twice a day to a clean face, using a cotton bud. Best if made fresh each day.
Moisturiser straight from your garden
Aloe Vera is the simplest and most cost effective moisturizer you will find. All you do is pick a juicy leaf and massage the inner gel onto face, hands or body. Easy! Apply as often as needed.
Plants are Powerful
Always remember that plants can be powerful healing tools, and can also be dangerous if used without correct knowledge. Not all the plants in your garden are good for your skin. Some even have the potential to cause skin problems (see the list here). For example, Goldenseal will irritate the skin in high doses and Allspice can cause inflammation to those with sensitive skin. St-John’s-Wort is another well-known herb that may potentially cause skin sensitivity and encourage sunspots.
It is important to know the herbs you are using. Never use a plant that you have not identified. Always use plants in moderation, to begin with, to test that you don’t have allergies that may be aggravated by particular plants.
If you follow this simple advice you are well on the way to a fabulous and safe home grown skin care regime.
Growing your own healing plants is very rewarding. It also saves you money in the long run. Most importantly, your skin will thank you for giving it the best nature can offer. You will soon notice the difference, and people will ask you what it is that makes your skin so vibrant and healthy!