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Calendula, Aloe Vera and Lavender Plants… and an apple tree!

Calendula, Aloe Vera and Lavender: three essential plants to make natural cosmetics.

In the garden of my house, the arrival of spring is already beginning to be noticed. These are small signs that brighten our days and show us that another life cycle begins again. All trees and plants are in bloom: jars, roses, marigolds, orchids, camellias, rosemary, orange trees, lemon trees, apricot and plum trees.

Plants for Cosmetics

It is the ideal time to add some plants and trees to our garden. As I started making natural cosmetics a few months ago, we planned to add some plants here with nice medicinal properties: calendula, lavender and aloe vera. All of them plants that are used both in cosmetics and in the preparation of food and meals. We also added a fruit tree to the garden: an apple tree.

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Calendula

Of scientific name Calendula officinalis, calendula is better known as daisy, pot marigold or simply marigold. It has very cheerful and fragrant flowers and of varied colors, including yellow, orange and red tones. It is a 100% edible plant (leaves, flowers and stems) and can be consumed, especially in teas and salads.

Of Mediterranean origin, it is very easy to grow and maintain. It grows better if left on its own, without any kind of treatment. It does well in almost all outdoor environments and in all types of garden. Young plants give flowers from May to winter. 

Potent anti-inflammatory, healing and soothing for burnt and irritated skin, calendula’s properties list is big: astringent, analgesic, anti-inflammatory, antifungal, soothing, healing, anti-allergic, antiviral, skin toning and bactericidal properties and more! They can be used to make healing balms, creams and soothing soaps with medicinal properties.

We planted the seeds directly on the ground at the end of February, at the bottom of our baby apple tree and here’s what happened from March to June:

Lavender

It is impossible not to like it and its fragrance that pursues us to the smallest corners of our collective imagination. They are small, evergreen shrubs and the flowers are blue or violet in color, blooming from June to September. Likes poor, dry soils with sun exposure.

Lavender, or lavandula angustifolia in Latin, is known to be sedative, digestive, anti-rheumatic and anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, healing, relaxing, insecticide and reduces fatigue. The flowers are used crystallized to flavor jams, ice creams, vinegars, salads, infusions, soups and stews. In cosmetics, it is beneficial for inflammations and skin irritations, and speeds up the healing process of cuts, scrapes or burns.

We bought 6 small lavender bushes and planted on the ground with roughly 50 cm between them. They weren’t growing very much, so we added some composting material by May. Here is our lavender plantation:

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera is a species of succulent plant of the genus Aloe. It grows wild in tropical climates around the world and is grown for agricultural and medicinal uses. It is also used for decorative purposes and grows successfully indoors as a potted plant.

Its use in cosmetics is justified due to some evidenced biological activities, with emphasis on moisturizing, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, healing and antimicrobial properties.

Aloe vera fresh gel not only helps with healing and inflammation, but is also a mild tonic and non-greasy moisturizer.

Its healing properties can penetrate up to three internal layers of the epidermis and, therefore, help in the recovery of injuries caused by burns, especially sunburns. This very same property is also what facilitates the treatment of pimples so that regular use can reduce the frequency of acne. In addition, it provides better skin hydration and a healthier appearance.

Our aloe vera was planted on a big vase, we hope it grows healthy so that we can enjoy its immense properties:

Apple Tree

Apples are a popular fruit, containing antioxidants, vitamins, dietary fiber, and a range of other nutrients. They are rich in fiber, vitamins, and minerals, all of which benefit health.

They also provide an array of antioxidants. These substances help neutralize free radicals, reactive molecules that can build up as a result of natural processes, and environmental pressures.

If too many free radicals accumulate in the body, they can cause oxidative stress, and this can lead to cell damage. This damage can contribute to a range of health conditions.

Apples contain antioxidants, such as: quercetin, catechin, phloridzin, chlorogenic acid. Due to their varied nutrient content, they may help prevent or reduce the risk of several health conditions like cancer, obesity, heart disease, diabetes, and others.

Apple seed oil is a byproduct of juice processing, used in cosmetics. It’s made from the raw apple pomace.

People use it for its fragrance, to condition hair, and calm skin inflammation. Some studies suggest that it’s also a good source of antioxidants and shows some potential as an anticancer agent. Another study found apple seed oil to be active against bacteria and yeast.

We planted our small apple tree in December, by digging a hole of 30cm of diameter by 30cm of depth. Some leaves have blossomed during spring:

Our apple tree

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6 thoughts on “Calendula, Aloe Vera and Lavender Plants… and an apple tree!

  1. Hello there! Thanks a lot for sharing this article on calendula aloe Vera and lavender plants. I’ve gone through the article and it’s a really detailed one, very educative and highly informative. I had no idea that these plants are essential in making natural cosmetics. The calendula plant doesn’t look like a common plant like the aloe Vera and to read here that it’s easy to grow is mind blowing. The lavender and aloe Vera is my personal favorite. Aloe Vera helps with the skin and now I’m reading it’s essential to natural cosmetics, really nice. Thanks for the enlightenment.

    1. Hello Sophie,

      (I don’t usually know a lot of people with same name as mine, so, happy to meet you!)

      I was also surprised by calendula! It’s such a resourceful plant! It can be used as a condiment on food, and has very good medicinal properties, namely for healing skin, that you actually see for yourself the results! To grow it, it’s almost like a weed!! Just keep it under control as it tends to overgrow, and you will have calendula forever! Besides it’s a pretty very colorful flower.

      Aloe Vera is more commonly known, but I also didn’t know how good it is for healing skin. I am still to make a lotion with it (lotions last for months and it’s hard to make a lot of experiences without throwing some stuff away, which I totally avoid to do), but I am convinced it will be a good addition for a body lotion.

      Lavender is a classic 🙂 it speaks for itself. In natural skincare, is a must, not only because it also has some nice medicinal properties, but most of all, because of the scent, and color (lavender buds are the most common dried herbs used in decorating natural soap).

      I am about to post a new article about plants used in natural cosmetics, keep checking my website 🙂

      Thanks for the comment and stay safe!

  2. Thank you for sharing this. For one thing,I know so much more about the health benefits attached to aloe vera and the reason most people have them on their garden. But I never knew the others are such beneficial too especially in terms of cosmetics this is really good to see and thank you for sharing this with us all

    1. Hello DarmiMaddie and thanks for your comment.

      If you check out the net, there are loads of applications for natural aloe vera gel. I haven’t tried it yet, as I was waiting for my aloe vera plant to grow so I could pluck one or two leaves. But I am sure many of them are great, and will become cheap ways to treat your skin better than any perfume store product!

      But yes, I’ve got surprised by calendula as well! Not so much about lavender as we see it being used in skin care everywhere 🙂 

      And there are even more plants that can impart their medicinal properties to skin care products, like rosemary or chamomile. Some of these products you can make at home and are so easy like this calendula healing salve or a lip balm

      I’m not going to say that they make miracles (they don’t!!), but they are strong conditioners, very good when it’s cold and your skin gets really dry and they help with skin regeneration or by relieving symptoms (like a burn or rash).

      Very soon I am going to write another post about plants for natural cosmetics, just come back to my blog in a couple of weeks.

      Cheers,

      Sofia

  3. Hi,

    From my research calendula is anti inflammatory and healing wonder of a plant is bright yellowy orange because of its high carotenoid content, which makes it an awesome skin regenerator. Alloe Vera is amazing at soothing and cooling. It’s also thought to speed up healing by increasing the amount of collagen the skin’s scaffolding wherever it’s applied. Lavender is very particular in its growing requirements. It needs full sun, little water, and little to no fertilizer.

    Thank you.

    Aluko.

    1. Hello Aluko and thanks for your comment…

      … which was a thorough explanation of what these plants can do!! Awesome research! That’s right, on top of that I can tell you that growing calendula is pretty easy, aloe vera requires some balance between sun and shade, and lavender…. well, we are still learning with it.

      They are all awesome additions to natural skincare products.

      Cheers,

      Sofia

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