If you go to any beauty counter, you’ll find rows of skincare products; some featuring plant-based extracts. You may find creams made with pomegranate seed oil, or anti-aging serums with ingredients like ginseng root. What this reinforces is the notion that plants can heal us in this way, and knowing this it’s not a far-fetched idea to imagine a garden where you grow your own plant-based skincare.

Yes! from Acne fighting thyme, to soothing aloe vera, and gently toning rose petals, this is just the tip of the iceberg of what skin-healing creations can sprout from your very own backyard. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, here are some skin-healing herbs to start growing..

Calendula (Calendula Officinalis)

Extracts from the golden petals of this flower soothe the skin, reduce inflammation, and heal burns, sunburns, acne, eczema, and skin abrasions. You can use the oil or water infusion method for extraction, and this can be used to make salves, balms, creams, lotions, and toners. Try making a tincture from calendula and dab it on a pimple, and watch it’s healing power.

Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis)

So if your climate is not warm enough to grow aloe vera outdoors, it does well as a house plant. It’s common knowledge that you can use the gel inside its leaves to soothe burned skin or reduce inflammation, but you can also use aloe as an oil-free moisturizer. Simply cut the leaves open and scoop out the gel. I wouldn’t advise this for everyday use, as it can dry out your skin. For daily skin care, it’s better to use aloe vera as part of a light lotion.

Echinacea (Echinacea purpurea)

Echinacea is a gorgeous flower that would look beautiful in any garden, but its looks aren’t all there is to love. The echinacea extract can help speed up skin regeneration, reduce inflammation, and treat acne. Yes! use a decoction of the roots or water infusion of the flowers as a toner or even to drink. You can also use the liquid to make creams and lotions or in treating blemishes.

Comfrey (Symphytum offinale)

Comfrey leaves and flowers have powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which make it a good option for treating inflamed skin. Infusions can be made from these parts for use as a toner or in creams and lotions. It’s especially good for promoting skin healing and treating eczema, psoriasis, acne, and other skin eruptions. Do not take it internally.

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