By Stephen Roshy
Want to grow plants that can make you more beautiful? Just learn about the plants you can grow for beauty therapies. Must Read!
If you visit any beauty counter, you will see rows of products containing natural extracts for moisturizing, conditioning, cleansing, toning, and anti-aging. Even though some of them sound exotic, other plants like Green Tea, Rose, Chamomile, Aloe Vera, etc., can be grown in your garden (some of them can be grown indoors too) and they all have some great skin benefits. Plant extracts are portrayed with a certain mystique about them, but in real life, they can be easily grown and processed to make your own beauty products. These plants can be grown in the garden or on a windowsill easing many skin issues– from acne to toenail fungus. Here are the top picks for plants you can grow for beauty therapies:
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera can be grown both indoors and outdoors quite easily. The gel inside the plant’s leaves can be used to repair skin damaged by the sun and reduce inflammation. Aloe Vera gel can also be used as an oil-free moisturizer. The gel can be extracted by cutting open the leaves of the plant and scooping out the contents. The gel can be used on its own and also mixed with creams and lotions. *This gel is edible too.
2. Green Tea
It may seem like an exotic plant, but the green tea can be easily grown in most temperate zones. Growing the plant requires a sunny spot and slightly acidic soil. The green tea leaves can be grown for both, consumption and beauty products. Mostly known for its antioxidant abilities and ability to improve the condition of aging skin, it has also been shown to control oil production, control bacterial growth, and reduce inflammation. An infusion can be made of fresh or dried green tea leaves and used in creams and lotions or as a facial toner.
A calming and healing herb, Chamomile can be used for both the skin and the hair. Chamomile is a natural lightener for the hair. Water infusions of the flower can be used as a hair rinse or conditioner. The addition of lemon juice can increase the lightening power of Chamomile. Chamomile also has anti-inflammatory properties and a calming effect on red, irritated and sensitive skin or sunburns.
Mint is one of the easiest and most popular herbs to grow. Plants in the mint family have vigorous growth habits and can be grown without much care. Once grown, Mint has several benefits in addition to being cool and refreshing. It stimulates the senses, uplifts the mood, and is also refreshing for the skin. Used in shampoos, lotions, toners, facial masks and various other creams, mints are great for the skin. Rubbing mint oil on the face can also help prevent pimples and rashes.
Also known as pot marigold, Calendula is easy to grow and healthful with its edible orange and yellow blossoms. Calendula is a cool season plant, and it can be started indoors under grow lights 6-8 weeks before the last frost or seeded outdoors after the last frost. Extracts from the petals of Calendula can be used to soothe the skin, heal burns, and reduce inflammation, acne, eczema, and skin abrasions. Oil or water can be used for infusion to extract the plant to make balms, lotions or creams. A tincture can also be made that can be dabbed on to pimples to heal them.
Used in spas for massage for its relaxing aroma, Lavender has excellent healing effects on the skin. Its antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties make it beneficial for those with skin irritation and inflammation. Lavender oil is also known to help speed up the healing of cuts and burns. Lavender flowers can be used fresh or dried to make an infusion to use in creams or lotions.
Also Read: Homemade Shampoo Recipes From Your Garden
Stephen Roshy is an experienced writer as he has been providing informative content for different industries. Currently, he writes for www.greenrxinc.com and providing information on Mole Control St. Louis You can find him on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.