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Garden-Grown Skin Remedies

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.

Read more: Beauty, Skin Care

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

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Melissa Breyer

Melissa Breyer is a writer and editor with a background in sustainable living, specializing in food, science and design. She is the co-author of True Food (National Geographic) and has edited and written for regional and international books and periodicals, including The New York Times Magazine. Melissa lives in Brooklyn, NY.

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3:25AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

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

6:04AM PDT on Mar 15, 2013

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

1:35AM PST on Feb 10, 2012

Good recipes, Thankyou!

12:27AM PST on Jan 23, 2012

Thanks for the article.

7:23PM PST on Jan 22, 2012

All within reach and not expensive.

12:05AM PST on Jan 22, 2012

thank you so much!!!

4:52PM PST on Jan 21, 2012

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

8:44PM PDT on May 30, 2010

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

4:23AM PST on Dec 6, 2009

Very cool...;-)

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