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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 Used in 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.
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Of scientific name Calendula officinalis, calendula is better known as daisy, 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, a strong skin wound healer, 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. Unlike many other plants and their medicinal claims with lack of human clinical studies, calendula is filled with
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:
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. However, most of these clains lack human clinical trials to be backed up. It is believed that lavender acts as a anti-depressant as it is able to enhance mood and lift mild anxiety, and there is cientific evidence that it helps with insomnia.
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. They are yet to give blooms. Here is our lavender plantation:
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:
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