Plants are often only looked at as food or simply pretty, ornamental decorations. I’m here to tell you that plants offer much more, like curing ailments and cosmetic problems; and you don’t have to be a scientist to produce them.
I’m kicking off with a plant that you might think would come from exotic plantations in Asia or Africa. It’s one that we all can’t get enough of: Tea!
Tea leaves can be used to make your own natural mouthwash. Green tea contains fluoride and polyphenols that are antibacterial and anti-inflammatory. In China, green tea has been used as a natural remedy medicine for over 5,000 years! From sore throats, hangovers, and even bad breath.
Wet tea bags can help relieve sunburns and even cold sores when left on for a few minutes. It has anti-inflammatory properties that will reduce the burning sensation. This can also be used on tired, puffy eyes.
There are even some natural cosmetic stores that sell natural hair dyes that use tea to get rid of gray hair for those with natural dark hair and it actually works!
Of course you can drink the tea as well! There are so many different types of tea out there, all with different tastes, scents and effects. It’s amazing the effects on health that tealeaves can have, particularly when it comes to relaxation and relief of stress from a hard day.
Store brand cosmetics can be very expensive and don’t last very long.
It is also well known that they can be very dangerous to your health. Thanks to websites like the Skin Deep Database, the cosmetic industry’s self-regulating dirty secrets have been exposed and consumers are looking for natural remedy alternatives so that they don’t have to sacrifice their health for their beauty.
Olive leaves are packed full of antioxidants and are used in many high-end facemasks on the market. Looking for this ingredient when shopping for facemasks will point you towards safe, natural cosmetic products.
Aloe Vera is a resilient plant that can be used for many different medicinal and cosmetic purposes. It has anti-inflammatory and healing properties. Dubbed as “the plant of immortality” from ancient Egyptians, it may not turn back the hands of time, but it’s a wonderful natural cosmetic remedy.
Here are just a few of it’s possible uses:
- As a natural body micro dermal scrub with the insides of the leaves’ lining
- Speed-up the disappearance of bruises
- Replace skin moisturizers for dry skin
- Treat and prevent acne, psoriasis, or dermatitis
- Reduce the size of wrinkles
- Safer removal of make-up
- Drinking aloe in small doses acts as a detoxifier and aids in digestion!
Always remember, before trying out these natural remedies on your skin, you should always do a test run on a small spot on your body first and if you don’t have any negative reactions after 24 hours then go ahead and enjoy nature’s own pharmacy!