Botanical and herbal extracts in beauty products are becoming increasingly popular, and not just for their skincare benefits. The industry as a whole is shifting to a demand for more naturally-sourced, plant-based products, which is a good thing overall, but has also led to sustainability issues. Effective plants for use in skincare don’t just grow in exotic places. In fact, most of us are already growing some natural extracts or ingredients in our home garden, and we don’t even know it. Today’s article (sponsored by BodyAndEarth) will teach you what you need to know to grow a beauty and skincare garden of your own!
Growing an organic beauty and skincare garden can be a fun activity. At the same time, it will come with some fantastic beauty and skincare benefits. Though the beauty industry likes to depict botanical extracts with a certain mystique about them, the reality is that you can make your own extracts from plants that you can easily grow–and use them to make your own beauty products. So many easy-to-grow plants have known therapeutic benefits for a variety of skin issues – and you don’t need a huge piece of property to grow them.
You can grow a beauty and skincare garden as small or big as you need. Growing a beauty and skincare garden should be as simple as a few plants growing in pots hanging on a balcony or a windowsill. Here are the top picks of plants you can grow for beauty and skincare therapies:
The best herbs to plant for a beauty and skincare garden
1. Aloe Vera
Aloe Vera is not just a plant; it’s a miracle because it gives incredible health benefits. It is a luscious plant containing a gel best for skincare and healthcare. In addition, it contains Vitamins A, C, and E that help promote healthy cell growth.
Aloe Vera is used for many beauty and skincare products, including face scrubs, acne gel, body lotion, hand cream, shaving cream, and more.
- Climate: A warm climate is suitable for Aloe Vera to grow outdoor. Aloe Vera can grow wildly in tropical, semi-tropical, and dry climates.
- Soil and Fertilizers: Potting Aloe Vera in a pot requires well-drained and sandy potting soil.
- Watering: You need to allow the potting Aloe Vera to dry completely after watering.
Chamomile is a plant rich in chamazulene, alpha-bisabolol, and Apigenint – all help clarify and brighten the skin. The plant is used to alleviate irritation and reduce inflammation. It is suitable for all skin types. A home remedy comprising a mixture of chamomile, honey, and lemon juice help to brighten up and even out your skin.
- Climate: They require a cool environment to grow. Ensure that you are planting them under the shady areas.
- Soil and Fertilizers: It is considered a relatively low maintenance plant and grows best in dry soil.
- Watering: As it’s a drought-tolerant plant, chamomile needs less water. Ensure frequently watering during arid conditions.
Cucumber provides your skin with the delivery of the inflammation-fighting Vitamin C and caffeic acid – when applied on the face, helps rejuvenate your complexion. As well as this, cucumber is best for reducing swelling & puffiness, combating premature aging, and providing a base of hydration.
- Climate: Cucumber grows best at relatively high temperatures. Remember that the plant does not tolerate frost.
- Soil and Fertilizers: Chamomile plants need low nitrogen and require relatively high potassium and phosphorus levels. However, they grow best in the loose sandy loam soil.
- Watering: For better growth cucumber plant requires deep watering once a week.
Rose is considered one of the most famous botanical skincare ingredients. While some varieties require a certain level of skill to grow and cultivate, many (and some might already be growing wild in your yard) grow quickly and easily at home. Rose has hydrating properties, making it great for moisturizing dry skin. In addition, rose has astringent and antiseptic properties, helping minimize stretch marks, scars, wrinkles, and promote healing in wounds.
- Climate: Sunlight is essential for the rose to grow. You need to plant the rose in an area where they can get at least 6 hours of sunlight a day.
- Soil and Fertilizers: Rose plant grows better in well-drained and rich soil. Ensure you use good fertilizers and use a barrier against evaporation.
- Watering: Rose plant needs to be moist to grow. Ensure you water it daily but do not overwater it.
We cannot deny the many health benefits of lavender, including skincare benefits. Lavender helps reduce inflammation, redness, and brings relief to itchy skin problems like psoriasis and eczema. Additionally, lavender contains antimicrobial properties, helping prevent and fight infection. Lavender is also calming to the senses, nerves, and emotions and is known to promote sleep.
For these reasons, it makes great sense to include lavender in your beauty and skincare garden. You can use it in your own skincare remedies, and also offer your loved ones a lavender gift basket set to give them lavender’s many beauty and skin benefits,
- Climate: Lavender plants need full sunlight to grow well.
- Soil and Fertilizers: Lavender plants grow better in well-drained soil. As well as this, you need to use high-nitrogen fertilizers, ensuring the quick growth of rose plants.
- Watering: Water them profoundly but infrequently. Before watering again, ensure that the soil is completely dry.
So what are you waiting for? Plant your beauty and skincare garden today!
Not only will it be a fun activity to do with your friends or family, but you’ll also get to enjoy the fantastic therapeutic benefits that come with using natural ingredients on your skin. With just a few easy-to-grow plants, you can make your own extracts to create beautiful products that work wonderfully for your unique complexion. Who knows – maybe in the process, you’ll even inspire some of your loved ones to start their own gardens, too!
*Disclaimer. This content was sponsored by BodyAndEarth.