Skin Care Salad: Using Herbs and Vegetables for Your Body

May 21, 2018 | By More

What to do with all that peppermint? Eating avocados and the remaining one might go off before you get to it? Put it on your skin and put all those nutrients to use!

As some of you may have heard me say enumerable times, what you put on your body is just as important as what you put in your body. The skin is the body’s largest organ and serves many purposes: it helps eliminate waste through perspiration; it can absorb ingredients applied topically in about 25 seconds; it is our first line of defence for invading potentially toxic substances and it regulates body temperature. Compelling reasons to give it tlc whenever possible.

Let’s take a look at what may be growing in your garden. Perennials like sage and peppermint are awesome for soothing sore muscles. You can add the fresh or dried herb to the tub for a relaxing treat! Peppermint is also stimulating, so a great choice for a foot soak for tired tootsies. Comfrey has been used for hundreds of years to help healing where bruises or cuts are concerned. Thyme can be used to create a face wash that helps control breakouts. Mix it with some diluted apple cider vinegar for a great treatment that helps balance the skin’s acid mantle, protecting it from infection. Echinacea is another herb that can be used to help acneic conditions.

So along with the apple cider vinegar, what do your kitchens cabinets hold? Coconut oil can be used to cleanse the skin and moisturize. It is antibacterial, so can also be used as part of a natural deodorant. Avocado oil is awesome as a facial massage base. It is high in vitamins A, B1, B2, D, E, and Beta carotene. Delicious food for dry skin. Olive oil: yes please! Along with a great consistency for these drying months, it also contain Vitamins A, D, and K, and E.

Of course, this is the tip of the iceberg when using herbs and kitchen ingredients for skincare.

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©2018 Heather Garrod is a Certified Aromatherapist and owner of Planet Botanix at 301 Bank St near Somerset. She gives workshops on creating natural bodycare and has been creating natural bodycare for over two decades. The shop offers natural alternatives to commercial products and features a holistic therapy clinic.

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