Garden-Grown Skin Remedies

You can grow and harvest a variety of herbs that will beautify and balance your skin in the bath, as well as release a variety of aromas with aromatherapy effects.

Simply dry the herbs during the fall, then place the herbs in cheesecloth or muslin bags and tie them off. Herbs will then be ready to be dropped into a tub of warm water. If you donít want to grow your own, you can order online hundreds of herbs, muslin bags, aromatherapy oils, and books on herbs.

Here are some common herbs and their suggested uses for different skin types:

Dry, sensitive skin: Borage, comfrey, elder flower.
Mature skin: Chamomile, gingko, horsetail, lavender.
Oily, blemished skin: Calendula, echinacea, goldenseal, myrrh, sage, yarrow.

And while we’re on the subject of growing your own beauty products, here are two formulas that incorporate bounty from your garden.

Nature’s Garden Facial Scrub (for medium to dry skin)
l medium-size banana
2 egg whites
6 strawberries, hulled
2 tablespoons non-fat yogurt

Blend ingredients on high for 3-5 minutes. Apply to damp skin and leave for l0-l5 minutes.

Sandwich Mask
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1 large tomato
1 medium-size cucumber, chopped
1/2 large avocado, mashed

Puree the ingredients in a blender or mixer until smooth. Apply to skin and allow to dry. Rinse well and follow with a light toner and moisturize.

Adapted from Every Garden Is a Story: Stories, Crafts and Comforts by Susannah Seton (Conari Press, 2007).

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Melinda K.
Past Member 2 years ago

mayo on the face? Its like dipping your face in salad.... ;-)

Natasha Salgado
Natasha Salgado2 years ago

I'll be trying these skin recipes,than you!!!

Meg L.
Meg Lovara3 years ago

Good recipes, Thankyou!

KS Goh
KS Goh3 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Sonny Honrado
Sonny Honrado3 years ago

All within reach and not expensive.

Sheri L.
Sheri l.3 years ago

thank you so much!!!

Mandi A.
Amanda Adams3 years ago

Thank you so much! I'm excited to try this.

Agnieszka Marszalek

I like these mixtures. Will try when the occasion arises.

Jeff J.
Richard N.5 years ago

Very cool...;-)