Grow a beauty garden at home :
Gardening has many benefits, but one that people often overlook is that your own garden can give you access to many natural beauty products that have cosmetic benefits without the health or environmental risks of the conventional stuff.
Using ingredients from your garden, you can cut down on the money you spend at the cosmetic counter, and you will have access to the freshest ingredients for your beauty regime. Your skin will love it, too.
Are you growing any of these top 10 fantastic natural beauty plants at your home?
1. Aloe Vera
Although Aloe vera is a garden plant, it can still be grown indoors in a pot. The gel inside its leaves can be used to calm and repair skin damaged by sun and heat as well as reduce inflammation.
Aloe can also be used as an oil-free moisturizer though regular use may over-dry normal to dry skin. Extract by cutting open the leaves and scooping out the gel inside. Aloe can be used on its own but also in creams and lotions.
Cucumbers contain a high amount of ascorbic acid, which is known to prevent water retention. Consuming these fresh from home or terrace garden will help to reduce bloating, but you can also place fresh slices over your eyes to help reduce overall puffiness.
If you happen to have a juicer, you can use fresh cucumber juice as a toner and rejuvenator for your skin. The moist flesh of cucumbers can be used to reduce puffiness, soothe irritation, and tighten the skin.
Roses are another beautiful plants which are often grown indoors as well as outdoors.
More than just a thorny beauty, Rose is great for maintaining skin health and beauty. Containing Vitamin C, it is very good in re-hydrating and soothing matured and aging skin.
A cold infusion of rose petals can be used as a facial toner and can ease redness from those displeasing acne and skin rashes – making it a great skin tonic.
Rose water is a mild astringent and toner that is excellent for all skin types but in particular, mature skin. It helps cleanse and tone while encouraging regeneration and boosting moisture levels.
Originally grown for use as a seasoning or for medicinal properties, calendula have become popular for their cheerful, bright yellow or orange flowers as balcony and outdoor home gardens.
Extracts from the golden petals of this flower soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and heal burns, sunburns, acne, eczema, and skin abrasions.
Use the oil or water infusion method for extraction and possible uses include balms, creams, lotions, toners, and rinses. It’s also possible to make a tincture from Calendula which can be dabbed onto pimples to promote healing.
Lavender is often overlooked as a beauty plant, but because of its many benefits, it is worth beauty plant.
Lavender is an antiseptic and antifungal, which help to speed healing and reduces scars from acne.
It also has anti-inflammatory properties, which help reduce redness and blotchiness in your complexion. You can make your own lavender oil and mix a little bit with your daily moisturizer to receive these benefits.
Tomato is now widely cultivated as an easy indoor plant or kitchen garden on terrace or backyard.
Tomatoes can hydrate dry skin and combat oily skin at the same time. If your skin is more on the dry side, crush up a tomato and apply the pulp to your skin. Let the pulp sit on your skin for a couple of minutes and then rinse off and pat dry.
If your skin happens to be on the more oily side, mix tomato paste with cucumber juice and apply it as you would a mask. Let the mixture sit on your face for 15-20 minutes before rinsing off.
To make those pesky pimples disappear faster, apply a bit of tomato paste directly on the perpetrator. This will help to draw out the excess oils as well as decrease the redness.
An infusion of Rosemary leaves can be used as an aromatic astringent for all skin types. It also helps in promoting healing by stimulating blood flow to the skin. Use an oil or water infusion of this herb in making massage oils, toners, creams, hair rinses, balms, and lotions.
Thyme is more effective at clearing acne than over the counter treatments using Benzoyl Peroxide. Scientists used a tincture (herb infused in alcohol) to conduct the study but if you’d like to use a less drying medium, try infusing thyme in witch hazel.
Fragrant and slightly astringent, the extracts from Violet leaves and flowers are juicy and moisturizing. Perfect for dry skin, Violets are also anti-inflammatory and help heal cuts and wounds.
Infuse fresh plant material in oil or water and use the extract to make creams, lotions, balms, massage oil, and toners.
10. Lemon Balm
A lemony and minty plant that works as a refreshing toner for oily and acne-prone skin. Use an infusion of the leaves as a toner or for use in creams and lotions.
Although this herb has natural astringency that helps to cleanse oily and acneic skin, you can also use it as a rinse for dark hair. Infuse the fresh or dried leaves in water and apply to hair daily.
Though it wont permanently tint your hair like chemical dyes, it can gradually darken hair. Grey or coarse hair may be resistant to picking up color though. Use in combination with rosemary, crushed black walnut hulls, nettles, and coffee for increased darkening effects.
Chamomile is a calming and healing herb that can be used for both skin and hair. In hair care, Chamomile is a natural lightener.
Use a water infusions of the flowers as a hair rinse or in leave in conditioners. If you want to increase the lightening power of Chamomile, use it together with a small amount of lemon juice.
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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.
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Using pebbles in a garden brings different colours and textures to the garden. Pebbles can also fill up otherwise empty space in the garden, leaving a visual that might be considered more interesting and aesthetic than simple dirt, soil or mulch.