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Plant Your Own Beauty Garden
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You can grow your own beauty ingredients. Many herbs, plants and flowers that grow in your backyard can be used for your own essential oils and beauty treatments. Even if you don't have enough space for a outdoor garden, or you live in a city or a small apartment, you can still grow herbs on your windowsill.

Chamomile. Chamomile has anti-inflammatory properties and is calming ingredient for red, irritated and sensitive skin, sunburn and skin disorders like rosacea. It can be used for skin puffiness and puffy eyes. Soak a washcloth or cotton pad in a cooled cup of chamomile tea and place over eyes. It also makes a good toner and a soothing, warm bath.

How to Grow Chamomile.

Clary sage. Clary sage is a great facial astringent for oily skin. Sage extract combined with witch hazel can be used to control excess oil in oil-prone skin. Clary sage helps regulates sebum production. It is also good for acne, seborrhea, and dandruff and been used as a deodorant and a hair rinse.

Here's an article on how to grow clary sage.

Comfrey. Comfrey also has anti-inflammatory properties. It is an astringent as well as an emollient that heals damaged skin and promotes cell growth and can be used on acne.

How to Grow Comfrey.

Mint. In addition to being cool and refreshing, stimulating the senses and uplifting the mood, mint is also cool and refreshing for the skin. It’s often used in toners, shampoos, body lotions, facial masks and foot lotions, especially peppermint, because of its soothing effect. Rubbing mint oil on the face is often done to prevent pimples and treat skin rashes.

Growing mint.

Lavender. Lavender is well known for its calming scent. It’s often used in spas for massage and for its relaxing aroma. It has anti-bacterial properties and unlike other essential oils, lavender essential oil can be used directly on the skin. It is used for itchy scalps, irritated skin and skin disorders like acne, psoriasis and eczema, and on wrinkles and stretch marks.

How to Grow Lavender.

Lemongrass. Lemongrass is an anti-microbial, antibacterial and fungicidal herb, used as an astringent to minimize pores, limit secretion of oils, and clear up excess oil on the skin, thereby preventing acne breakouts. It is also used as a skin toner, for tightening pores, firming the skin and for wrinkles.

Lemon verbena. Lemon verbena has an uplifting scent and also improves the mood and when used in a warm bath, inspires sleep. It can be used to reduce skin puffiness around the eyes. It’s also used to clean, soften and tone the skin and makes a good massage oil because it stimulates circulation in the skin.

Growing lemon scented herbs.

Rosemary. Rosemary is an anti-inflammatory, disinfectant and astringent. It is often used in anti-aging products because it tones and firms sagging skin, giving it more elasticity. It reduces excess oil in the skin and is used to treat acne, dermatitis and eczema. It also reduces puffiness, stimulates blood flow and improves the complexion.

How to Grow Rosemary.

Rose. Rose hips oil is good for aging skin, helping collagen production and keeping skin supple. It's also good for the pores, sensitive and dry skin. Rosewater has astringent properties and works as a toner for dry skin.

Rose gardening.

Find out how to dry herbs for your homemade beauty treatments.

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