Three Plants You Can Grow to Use In Natural Skincare Preparations

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Using natural plant extracts in beauty treatments is something people have been doing for centuries, and even many expensive skin products harness the benefits of various plants. If you are interested in saving money as well as using organic, home made products on your skin, which will of course be completely vegan and cruelty free too, then you could try growing your own plants and making your own preparations. There are many plants used to soothe the skin, treat dryness, or help get rid of things like pimples.

If you want to get really into growing plants for beauty and create your own garden of skincare plants, or learn techniques like hydroponics to help you grow high quality plants at home, there are lots of resources online to help. To get you started, though, here are three great skincare plants that are very easy to grow yourself.

Lavender

Lavender is often used in things like aromatherapy because of its relaxing smell, but it is also a great plant to use in infusions and lotions for the skin. Lavender has non-inflammatory qualities, which means it can be very good for swollen pimples to reduce the swelling and pain. It has also been seen to help things like cuts and rashes heal faster. Lavender grows very well in the UK, and is a hardy, easy shrub that you can grow in your garden. When you wish to use lavender in a preparation, take the flowers from your shrub and either dry them, or use them fresh.

Aloe Vera

Aloe is a great beauty plant, and an ingredient in all kinds of commercial skincare preparations. It is a succulent plant, much like a cactus, and so can be grown with very little maintenance inside or outdoors. Inside the succulent leaves of the aloe vera plant there is a kind of gel which is easy to apply to the skin, or to mix in to your own lotions or ointments. This is a great treatment for sunburn, and can also be extremely soothing on dry skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis. Aloe vera doesn’t contain oil, so if you have oily, spot prone skin it can make an excellent oil free moisturiser, too. You can also consider using aloe on rough skin anywhere on your body to soften and smooth it.

Thyme

You may think of traditional thyme as a plant you use in cooking rather than on your skin, but recent studies have found it to be hugely effective in treating acne. Some believe it may even be better on acne prone skin than prescription or over the counter preparations that use benzoyl peroxide. There are various ways of applying thyme to the skin, however a tincture of thyme in alcohol is quite often used, or a thyme and witch hazel infusion.

These are three very easy to grow plants that can have versatile and highly effective benefits for your skin, so why not plant some today?

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