Every home needs a garden, and even if you only have space for a few pots on a windowsill or patio, try making yourself a homegrown garden this summer that’s stocked with plants with beauty benefits.
Stop heading to the drugstore for expensive and synthetic products that are laced with chemicals.
Instead, put your green thumb to work and make yourself a garden filled with these top 10 natural beauty must-haves.
Top 10 Plants For The Ultimate Beauty Garden
- Speeds the healing of burns and cuts
This is a beautiful flowering shrub that your garden needs. It’s commonly used in lotions and facial toners to heal and refresh skin, so keeping a lavender plant means that you can make your own! Use fresh or dried flowers to make an infusion that you can add to moisturizers, toners, or food.
- Astringent face wash
- Restores aging skin
Rose infused water acts as a mild astringent that makes an incredible face wash and toner. It helps all skin types look and feel better, but it’s particularly good for aging or mature skin. It helps to cleanse and tone, while helping to regenerate skin cells. When using rose petals for beauty products, both wild and cultivated varieties will do the trick, so plant your favorite.
3. Common Plantain
- Moisturizes skin
- Heals wounds and bruises
This is a plant that many people consider a weed, but that you’ll know to let stick around. The leaves from the plantain are rich in mucilage, which helps to moisturize the skin. Plantain even works well in helping to repair tissue damage from wounds and bruises, and can be prepared by putting leaves in water, or putting the oil in a cream or lotion.
4. Elder Flower
- Fades freckles, age spots and scars
- Conditions mature skin
The flowers of this wild tree blossom in late May through June and are usually used to make wine and desserts. However, the infusion of the flowers can be used to help treat skin by fading freckles, age spots, and scars. The extract is also anti-inflammatory and can help condition mature skin
- Cleanses oily and acne-prone skin
- Gradually darkens hair
This herb has a natural astringency that cleanses oily skin, but it can also be applied to hair. You won’t see any immediate results like you would with a chemical dye, but washing your hair continually with sage infused water will bring colour to your hair that isn’t damaging.
- Reduce inflammation
- Heals burns, sunburns
- Heals acne, eczema, skin abrasions
Extract the healing properties of this flower’s golden petals by suffusing them in water for several hours, and then applying the infusion to affected areas of skin. You can dab on pimples to promote healing, or wash your entire face with the extract water to soothe and cleanse the skin.
7. Burdock Root
- Dispels toxins
- Helps heal acne, boils, psoriasis, eczema
Unlike many other herbs, this one is meant to n=be taken internally, instead of topically. You can drink a decoction of the burdock root daily for up to a month to cleanse your skin of any persistent problems.
- Soothes irritation
- Tightens and moisturizes skin
This common vegetable is already present in most gardens as a food, but cucumber can be used in most creams and lotions to soothe and moisturize skin. Cucumber can also be used by placing slices over the eyes to tighten the skin, and lighten dark circles.
9. Aloe Vera
- Heals burns
- Moisturizes skin
While aloe isn’t strictly a garden plant, this one is a must have for any home beauty supply. It can be grown inside, and maintained with minimal effort and water. The gel that’s found inside the leaves is an amazing anti-inflammatory, and it is used to both calm skin and repair the tissue at the site of a burn. Aloe can even be used as a moisturizer, although it shouldn’t be used too regularly, as daily use of it tends to dry out over-dry skin.
10. Green Tea
- Improves skin
- Prevents acne
The green tea plant is usually thought of as a little more exotic type of plant, but it actually can easily be grown in temperate climates. Green tea leaves can obviously be made into a tea, or you can infuse the leaves in a cooler water and use it as a facial toner. This toner goes to work refreshing the skin, and clearing acne. When planting it, make sure to give it a sunny spot in a slightly more acidic soil to ensure that it grows properly.