The world of beauty can get scary sometimes- especially with all the questionable ingredients that are coming with our favorite products. Many skin care products have toxic ingredients, harsh chemicals and artificial colors that you wouldn’t want to have on your skin. Not even the so-called natural products are to be trusted. But, have you thought of having your own homemade skincare products?
The answer to your skincare woes might just be lying in your backyard. For centuries, herbs and flowers have been a great source of medicinal and beauty products. They can help in moisturizing, cleansing, healing and toning our skins. Some even defy age and help to reduce wrinkles. So, why not grow them?
To help you get started with your homemade skincare routine, we have prepared a list of top five plants you can grow at home for a variety of skincare ingredients. You don’t even need a green thumb, our guide will equip you with some important growing tips to help you grow and maintain these plants with ease.
So, let’s get started.
Top 5 easy to grow plants for homemade skincare ingredients
Rosemary isn’t just a staple for tasty winter delicacies, it is also a great addition to a home skincare routine. It does pretty much everything, from moisturizing dry skin to reducing anxiety and promoting focus. Rosemary’s woodsy, fresh and invigorating scent creates an aroma that improves mental alertness, improving focus.
Rosemary is rich in minerals that are useful for skin protection, fighting free radicals and preventing wrinkles- making it the best DIY anti-aging face cream ingredient. It is also a natural antiseptic that can be used for disinfecting your skin.
This aromatic herb is relatively easy to grow. It can be grown from a fresh stem cutting. You should place your seedlings in well-draining soil with plenty of sunlight and good circulation.
Growing rosemary in a container means you can bring it in during the colder months and take it out back during summer seasons. It is also important to prune the plant to keep it healthy and thriving.
Rose, a classic favorite in most gardens. Most garden roses are useful for making moisturizers for dry skin making it a great ingredient for a homemade dry skin cream.
They are also helpful to those suffering from acne and skin redness. Some studies have also proven that rose oils can be used to improve wound healing.
Roses can do well under a variety of conditions. They are also fairly resistant to diseases and require low maintenance. They do need a lot of sunlight, however. Therefore ensure that you choose a yard area that offers at least six hours of sunlight a day.
Make sure the spot you choose has rich, well-draining soil. Oh, and they need to be pruned too, for healthy growth.
It’s no surprise, this herb is found in most skincare products. It contains salicylic acid that helps in clearing skin pores and reducing acne. It is also an antipruritic agent that helps in calming irritated or itchy skin.
You can grind a few mint leaves into a paste or mix with oatmeal for a DIY anti-acne mask. It is a great source of Vitamin A which reduces oil production and strengthens skin tissue.
Mint can also be used to prevent bug bites.
Mint is quick to grow and thrives in areas that have enough water. So be sure to water regularly. It is also important to plant mint in a spacious spot as it spreads quickly. Ensure that you harvest the leaves often to encourage more growth.
Next time you are chopping some cilantro for your favorite dish, make sure to save some for your skincare routine since it is not only an aromatic herb but also a beauty powerhouse.
Cilantro is packed with a variety of antioxidants that help you deal with free radicals. It contains antifungal and antibacterial properties and can help soothe acne inflammation for acne-prone skin. It is also a great source of vitamin C.
Cilantro does its best in a sunny location with moist well-drained soil. You will also have to sow them regularly to maintain a fresh supply of cilantro.
Unlike other plants on this list, you might have to deal with pests when growing cilantro. Cilantro is affected by aphids, armyworms, and cutworms. So make sure to consult a pest control expert in your area for advice on the most appropriate pest control method to use.
5. Aloe Vera
This cactus plant is a must-have for homemade skincare. It is a miracle worker that helps in soothing inflamed skins and promoting fast healing of wounds. It is also packed with lots of minerals for hydrating, moisturizing and renewing skin cells.
However, be careful not to over-use aloe vera because, ironically, it can lead to dry skin.
How to grow
You don’t need a green thumb to grow this succulent. Aloe Vera is a low maintenance plant that does well in warm climates and plenty of sunlight. It doesn’t need frequent watering- watering weekly or bi-monthly is enough. It can also be planted in pots inside homes.
So, there you go. You can save a lot on your beauty products with these easy-to-grow plants in your backyard.
Growing these plants not only gives you an unlimited supply of skincare products, but also a chance to control the quality and purity of your skincare products. It is also a fulfilling experience to transform your own homegrown plants to homemade skincare products that heal your skin.