Everyone wants to live a healthy life. If you feel good then good things happen. You’re more productive, focused and have an all around better vibe. Part of being healthy is appearance. It is important to have healthy skin that you can be confident in. We’ve all tried creams, scrubs even pills to make our skin glow. Sometimes they work and sometimes they’re magic is short lived. And then you’re left feeling like you’ve wasted money and put something unnatural on your skin or in your body. Since the very beginning of recorded history medicinal herbs were used to promote health and harmony. They were presented in various forms such as teas, creams and salves. Native Americans often used wild flowers and plants to ail sickness while Europeans planted herbs in their gardens as used them medicinally. It’s easy to forget in an era of quick fixes that herbs can be useful. We’ve ventured away from the natural way of healing. This article is a guide to becoming more familiar with medicinal herbs that help promote healthy, vibrant and glowing skin. It will also provide step by step instructions to grow your own medicinal herb garden.
Medicinal herbs can be used to promote skin care from the inside out. They help maintain the skins natural glow. They can also be used to undo skin damage caused by daily usage. Often times we don’t even realize how every day stresses can damage the skin such as pollution in the air, makeup that we wear or UV light. By using medicinal herbs you can help rejuvenate and pamper your skin.
First I’ll tell you about medicinal herbs that you can find at your local grocery store or holistic stores. Then we’ll talk about how you can grow your own medicinal herb garden. Tea Tree oil is an herb produced from the oil in tea tree leaves. It has antibacterial properties that fight infection. This oil is best to be used on areas of your skin if you’re experiencing breakouts. It also helps lower inflammation. Another herb used to maintain skin vitality is Aloe Vera. Aloe is often found in the form of lotions and creams. It is a gel that is derived from the Aloe Vera plant and is useful to help heal cuts, soothe sun burns and sooth pain. The perennial chamomile is a popular herb used for relaxation, aroma, tea, insomnia and stomachaches. It’s used to help soothe nerves and grows 20 inches tall. It likes a lot of sun light and grows near fences. Evening primrose is a medicinal herb in which all parts are edible. The seeds produce oil containing a fatty acid called GLA. This oil has been proven to be beneficial in easing the symptoms of PMS and preventing the hardening of arteries. It grows to be 5 feet tall and has small yellow flowers. It is often considered a weed and can be seen growing on the side of highways.
Before planting your medicinal herbs you need to have the correct supplies. First you need to go to your local garden shop or florist and buy your medicinal herb plants. Decide which plants you would like to grow and benefit from. Then you need a spot of land with a good source of sunlight, a rake, shovel, mulch, fertilizer and a source of water. Find a place in your garden that is well drained and receives at least 5 hours of sunlight per day. I suggest trying to plant your herbs closer to your home so you can keep a close eye on the growth and maintenance. Also be sure to plant herbs with similar watering methods near each other. You don’t want to drown other plants that don’t require less water. Use your rake to clear any weeds, rocks or debris from the garden area. Then spread about ½ inch of fertilizer over the area in which you’ll be planting. Gently tap the dirt down and dig about 3 inches down to make room for the herb plants. Make sure you leave enough space between the holes to allow for growth. If you chose to use seeds, put them in cups with drains in the bottom. Water the newly planted herb until the area surrounding the roots is moist. Then put a 3 inch layer of mulch all over the garden area. Leave a 1 inch space around the herbs to prevent excess moisture buildup. Be sure to maintain your garden with care and attention. Don’t over water. Then sit back and enjoy your medicinal herb garden!