Why spend hundreds of dollars on anti-aging skin care products when you can grow an herb garden and get all you need to fight the effects of aging? In addition to enhancing the taste of food, many herbs also have strong anti-aging properties. And best of all, you can find many of them at your local grocery store year-round. Now that it’s summer, you can also look at a farmer’s market in your area where naturally grown herbs are for sale. Or, if you’re feeling ambitious and have the space, why not plant your own anti-aging herb garden?
The following are the top three herbs you can use to fight the effects of aging for younger-looking skin.
Mint: Consuming mint can soothe skin conditions like rosacea, eczema, and acne. You can also take a handful of mint, place it in two cups of hot water, and refrigerate the mixture for a soothing toner.
Basil: Like mint, basil can be enjoyed with meals, or it can be used as a simple anti-aging skin care remedy. To make a mask, finely chop one tablespoon of basil and combine it with one tablespoon of plain yogurt. Let the mixture sit for 10 minutes before applying it to your skin, then rinse off after 20 minutes with tepid water. This treatment mask will fight dullness and repair skin damage for a glowing complexion.
Sage: Sage helps to calm inflammation and eliminate impurities. This herb is especially beneficial for people who suffer from adult acne because of its strong antibacterial properties. Either add sage to warm water and use it as a compress or put sage leaves in boiling water to make an invigorating skin cleanser.
As an added bonus, if you’re looking for a natural remedy for hair loss, rosemary is the herb to try. To create a therapeutic hair oil, press rosemary with a spoon and let it soak overnight in a cup of coconut oil, jojoba, and olive oil. Apply to the roots of your hair, massaging the mixture into the scalp.
In addition to providing you with excellent natural anti-aging products, growing your own anti-aging herb garden will also provide you with an affordable alternative to expensive skin care products and herbs bought at the grocery store. Naturally grown herbs also don’t have the same preservatives and other chemicals present in store-bought herbs, making them even more effective as anti-aging skin treatments.
Plus, growing your own anti-aging herbs will give you the chance to get out and work in a garden, getting plenty of sunlight, which can help to improve your mood. Just remember to wear the proper clothing and apply sunscreen to all exposed skin a half-hour before heading out to work.