This awesome guest post was written by Aamar Khwaja, Inventor of modgarden (Mod Garden). Aamar is a health advocate and on a mission to see everyone eat healthily!
For thousands of years, people have harnessed the natural power of plants for improving culinary taste, aiding digestion, improving hair quality, reducing inflammation—and even making your skin smoother and healthier!
Herbs and other botanical ingredients, such as vegetable oils and fruits, can be a fantastic alternative to all of the harsh chemicals that are typically found in synthetic commercial beauty products designed specifically for hair and skin.
Although using natural skin-care products is a fantastic starting point, growing these herbs at home will ensure that you are fully in control of the nourishment you’re providing your body—not to mention creating a great in-home garden that you can use for multiple occasions.
5 Herbs You Can Grow To Improve The Health of Your Skin
Here are some of our favorite herbs that can be grown in your garden to improve the health of your skin specifically.
Calendula, Calendula officinalis, is a well-known medicinal herb and ornamental garden plant that has been used therapeutically and ceremonially for thousands of years. Today it is used in Ayurveda, Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), as well as in Native American cultures.
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It is well-known for its calming and anti-inflammatory properties which help decrease any irritation and inflammation. It is particularly helpful for acne-prone and sensitive-prone skin types. Additionally, Calendula may offer relief to those suffering from sunburn, eczema, or rashes. Calendula can be prepared as a tea, tincture, or an infused oil. The fresh flowers are edible as well.
Chamomile, Matricaria recutita, contains healing, emollient, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used for many years for its calming effects on the nervous system and the digestive tract.
For those with stressed or inflamed skin, it can help soothe puffiness and inflammation while cleansing pores and other impurities. When used externally in a salve or a compress, Roman Chamomile helps to soothe puffiness and inflammation in the face. The flower dried can be utilized as a tea, tincture, or as a powder.
3. Holy Basil (Tulsi)
Holy Basil, Ocimum sanctum, is a potent herb that has been used in India for several thousand years as a natural way to combat colds, coughs, and skin conditions. Holy Basil promotes purity within the body and has cleansing and detoxification qualities.
Holy Basil often used in facials as a fantastic way to fight acne, eczema, psoriasis, and a multitude of other skin conditions. It can help condition the skin by improving blood circulation, thus ensuring that all the cells receive necessary nutrients and oxygen. Holy Basil is relatively easy to grow. Simply brew the leafs into a tea or eat a few raw leaves daily.
Lavender, Lavendula Officinalis, is a native plant of the Mediterranean but is now found throughout the world. It has a multitude of anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-fungal properties that is perfect for those of us suffering from acne or other related skin disorders.
With the ability to balance and calm levels of oil production, Lavender can reduce stressed skin, increase blood circulation, and promotes healing. Lavender can be used in teas, tinctures, or even added to baked goods. It can also be included in ointments and oils for pain and burn relief as well.
Peppermint, Mentha piperita, is a widely recognized herb that is well-known for a variety of reasons. Peppermint is certainly one of the most popular herbs that are used in teas and candies. For skin issues, the herb contains anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and astringent properties.
Peppermint can help to stimulate nerves and increase blood flow which can help restore damaged skin. Additionally, it can help cool the skin, thus toning and revitalizing the tissues. You can add Peppermint, dried or fresh, to teas and foods.
Luckily for those of us interested in pursuing alternative remedies and preventative tools for good health, there is a multitude of herbs that are extremely beneficial for skin health, not to mention overall immune system strength!
Purchase some seeds and start your own garden, whether it be in your backyard or on your back porch. Gardening within a small space is entirely feasible, especially with small herb gardens! Jump right in and learn more about these fantastic herbs and how they can positively benefit your health now and in the future.
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