We made it! It’s officially summer and it is time to get our chill on. But just because the weather is so nice, doesn’t mean it can’t be bad for your skin. Obviously, the sun can severely damage your skin if you don’t wear sunscreen, but there are other things like sand and salt water that we expose our skin to in the summer that can also be dangerous for our skin.
But there’s good news! There are a handful of plants you can grow in your very own garden that can help you properly take care of your skin this summer. So if you have a bit of a green thumb and want to have great skin, be sure to add these plants to your garden!
Lavender is great for your skin while also being very easy to grow. When added to creams it can act as an anti-inflammatory and can help the skin heal. It also has sedative properties so it can help you fall asleep on those hot nights. There are plenty of recipes for lavender based skin cream online, so just do a little googling and find one that sounds right for you.
Thyme has for years been used medicinally. Thyme tinctures can be great for healing acne, and it’s also great for rashes or sunburns. It’s also packed with antioxidants that can help slow down the aging process and keep your skin looking healthy and glowing.
Similar to thyme, lady’s mantle has been used medicinally since the middle ages. It is loaded with antioxidants, tannins, salicylic acid, phytosterols, essential oils, and even Vitamin C. The antioxidants specifically can reduce the free radicals in your body that lead to cell damage like premature aging. While the salicylic acid it contains naturally can do wonders for acne, bug bites, sunburns, and rashes.
They aren’t just for Valentine’s Day and apologies, folks. Roses are actually a great skincare tool. They can moisturize your skin and can help blemishes heal. They even have anti-inflammatory properties! Plus there are a bunch of different varieties and colors or roses. So they’re great for any garden.
Like many other plants on this list, Rosemary can help moisturize your skin. But it is also very helpful in promoting collagen development and skin elasticity. It is jam-packed with the kinds of minerals your skin craves after a long day in the sun. You can at rosemary to cleanser, use it in an oil infuser, or simply just dilute it in water.
Echinacea is beautiful flowers that would look great in any garden. But it’s great for your skin as well. It can reduce inflammation in the skin, combat acne, and speed up your skin’s healing process. It’s also been shown to help hydrate your skin and even reduce oxidative stress. Simply add it to homemade creams to start reaping the benefits.
Speedwell is a gorgeous flower that is packed with vitamins, tannins, and an iridoid glycoside known as “aucubin” that has been proven to have anti-inflammatory properties. Speedwell extract has also been used to produce various eczema creams. So it’s great for treating rashes, chafing, or even full-on cuts.