Important: any actions with the skin are best carried out under the supervision of a specialist. Plants, although they are a natural remedy, can provoke allergies. In addition, it is important to take into account individual intolerances and special requirements that problematic skin may have. In any case, these plants can be grown at home. They are not only useful, but also aesthetic.
From medicinal lemon balm, you can make a decoction for rubbing normal or oily skin in the mornings and evenings. And use the frozen broth as cosmetic ice for facial massage.
For growing on the windowsill, the varieties «Lemon Aroma», «Mojito» and «Freshness» are suitable. Plant seeds in any pot with nutrient soil and a layer of drainage at the bottom. This is a fairly unpretentious plant, but it will be better to put it on a sunny windowsill.
2 Aloe vera
Aloe is often used in the manufacture of cosmetics, as it contains a lot of vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants and enzymes. Masks from this plant are often recommended for acne and dry skin. It can be used on its own only externally, making sure that there is no allergy.
The plant is usually bought as an adult, as it is difficult to grow aloe from seeds. Once purchased, it is easy to propagate on your own. To do this, you need to break off one of the leaves at the base, process the crack with charcoal and put it in a dark place for a day. When the broken part dries up, the leaf is placed in wet sand to a depth of 2-3 cm. In this case, only the sand itself needs to be watered so that it does not dry out. After a couple of weeks, the aloe will take root and begin to sprout new leaves.
Lavender helps relieve irritation and get rid of skin flaking. To do this, you can make a decoction from it and wipe your face with it. Or mix the decoction with starch and apply as a mask.
Choose a sunny location to grow lavender at home. A window sill or an open balcony will do. Growing from seeds will take 2.5-3 months, so it’s easier to buy an adult plant and then propagate it with cuttings. From an annual plant, cuttings about 10 cm long are cut, inserted into moist nutrient soil and covered with a film or bag. Then they are removed to a warm place and aired once a day, adding a little water to the soil. After a couple of weeks, they will take root and take root.
From the bay leaf, you can make a decoction or infusion to wipe your face. And also grind and use as a mask. Bay leaf is recommended for the treatment of inflammation for 2-3 weeks, but not longer.
For growing on a windowsill and using in cosmetology, the Noble variety is suitable. It can also be added to dishes. Laurel is quite unpretentious and will grow even on the northern windowsill. You can plant it with seeds or cuttings, collecting them from an adult plant. Seeds are kept warm in damp gauze for 5-7 days. And when they germinate, they are transferred to the ground. The cuttings are inserted into the ground by 2 cm, sprayed with a spray bottle and covered with a plastic bottle or bag. Once a day they need to be aired and sprayed until they take root.
From Kalanchoe, you can make masks that will nourish, moisturize the skin, and it also helps fight wrinkles. There are only two types of medicinal Kalanchoe: pinnate and Degremona. They are easy to distinguish from decorative ones: the leaves are more elongated, buds grow on their edges.
Kalanchoe at home is rarely grown from seeds. Usually they buy an adult plant, and new ones are bred from it with the help of cuttings or with the help of buds. The cuttings are inserted into moist soil and covered with foil to create greenhouse conditions. Air once a day and spray from a spray bottle. And brood buds form on Kalanchoe independently and take root. It remains only to collect them and transplant them into another pot.