Changing lifestyle, new diseases and changing climate has increased the need for medicines in our bodies. But there is one thing that we can achieve naturally and that is natural skin care. Plants and herbs provide some of the most affordable, safe and effective treatment for common skin conditions and even some complex ones.
However, the challenge that most people have is getting access to these plants and that is why this article is dedicated to giving you the best skin care plants that you can grow in your home or garden. You know what you want to grow but don’t know how? Buy some good books on gardening and learn the best gardening techniques.
This ancient plant has many health benefits particularly related to skin care. It requires no processing before using and it is safe even for young children which explain why it is the most common garden plant. Aloe vera can grow anywhere, whether it is on the ground or in a pot. Also, being a drought resistant plant means it requires little attention and resources and can even go for days without water. Aloe vera is an excellent moisturizer, can heel burns and cuts as well as an anti-inflammatory substance. Its leaves can be eaten to ease digestion and prevent constipation.
Also known as calendula officinalis is another common skin care plant. Its yellow and orange flowers can brighten your garden. Being a perennial plant implies it requires little water to survive and can grow in any soil PH. It is known to treat any skin condition from acnes, blemishes, wrinkles and burns. Pollutice, a major component of this plant makes it ideal for use as an antiseptic substance.
Lavender (Lavendula Angustifolia)
Its delightful fragrance makes it a worthy addition to your garden. As a skin care product, it is mainly used as an antiseptic and antibacterial for damaged skin. Further, lavender flowers can clear acne as well as promote healing if you have a wound that is taking forever to heal. Lavender is also a relief for conditions like headache, depression and insomnia which can negatively affect your skin. For best results, add lavender powder to bathing water and leave it to soak for some time. Inhale the mixture as you take your bath and experience the healing power of lavender.
This is another perennial plant which grows in many conditions. Thymol, the substance that gives thyme it’s fresh smell is the main medicinal ingredient in this plant. Thyme is known to kill more bacteria that any other plant in the mint class, thus making it an ideal cure to bacterial related skin infection. This plant is the main ingredient in most medicines used to treat acne due to its anti-bacterial power. Further, thyme is also used for getting rid of bad breath, treatment of tonsils and laryngitis as well as a range of respiratory conditions. For best results, soak the thyme leaves in acid vinegar and eave it for two weeks. The resulting liquid can be applied as a spot treatment to get rid of pimples as well as to achieve better skin tone.
Also known as pot marigold, calendula is mainly used as an anti-aging plant. The main ingredient in this plant is the phenolic acids which are known to hinder the production of free radicals in the body. Free radicals are known to be the main cause of wrinkles, explaining why calendula is the best anti-aging product. Further, it is also known to treat crow’s feet.
These are some of the plants you should have in your garden if you want to get a youthful, flawless skin.