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8 Plants That Work Wonders For Your Skin

Aloe Vera plants in a florist's window. (Flickr)

Your skin is one of the most under rated characteristics when it comes to your looks and health. It is one of the first things people see when they meet you, and it is one thing that protects your entire body from outside toxins and other harmful elements. Taking care of your skin is important, but it doesn’t have to be expensive or difficult. This list of plants works wonders for the skin, both in terms of beauty and health.

1. Aloe Vera

Aloe vera has many beneficial uses when it comes to skin care, including moisturization and after care for sunburns. Aloe vera is also very effective at treating skin wounds. Research also suggests that you can also prevent and cure herpes naturally with aloe vera by applying it topically. Some research shows that those who treat herpes outbreaks by applying aloe vera cream heal from outbreaks faster and also have fewer recurrences of outbreaks.

2. Zucchini

Zucchini is a plant that contains many antioxidants, such as lutein and zeaxanthin, which can help to prevent aging. Oxidation of the skin can lead to signs of aging including wrinkles and liver spots. Zucchini helps to prevent oxidation from happening and thus can help people stay looking young as they age. Additionally, zucchini has many antimicrobial properties, which can help to keep the skin free from bacteria and lead to clearer skin that is less prone to breakouts.

3. Thyme

Thyme, a close relative of mint, is an aromatic herb that is popular in cooking but also successful in improving the look of skin. Thyme is rich in certain plant compounds called phenols, which have been linked to killing bacteria that cause imperfections in the skin such as pimples. In fact, researchers at Leeds Metropolitan University in the United Kingdom showed that thyme killed more zit-causing bacteria than benzoyl peroxide, which is one of the most popular ingredients in acne cleansers today. To use thyme, simply steep the dried herb in apple cider vinegar for several weeks, then strain. The resulting liquid can be applied topically as a treatment for many skin conditions.

4. Bay Leaf

Those who are suffering from skin wounds can look to bay leaf to heal faster. Bay leaf, a popular ingredient to bring out flavor and body in soups, boosts collagen cells in the skin and fights inflammation, making it an ideal method to treat skin wounds. It also has antibacterial and antifungal properties that can help it to prevent insect bites from getting infected. To use bay leaf topically, soak dried leaves in olive oil for one month. Strain and apply the oil topically to treat skin ailments.

5. Chamomile

If you are suffering from inflamed, red skin on your face, chamomile can help. This daisy-like flower that is white and yellow in color can be used for its anti-inflammatory properties to treat the skin condition dermatitis, which results in irritated, red skin on the face and other areas of the body. A study performed in Brazil also suggests that German chamomile can speed the healing of wounds more quickly than some medications. To use chamomile, dry the flowers from the chamomile plant in a warm oven for 12 hours, then soak them in olive oil for approximately one month. Strain the oil, and then apply to the desired area of the skin.

6. Onions

People with unsightly scars may be able to address them using onions. A recent study showed that onion extract gel can be successfully used to improve the redness, softness, texture and overall appearance of scars. Another study showed that onion extracts can be used for treating diseases associated with fungi. You can find onion extract gel online or in nutrition stores. This gel can be applied topically to treat the skin.

7. Marigold

Marigolds are pretty flowers, but they can also treat a number of different skin conditions. The main uses of marigolds include treating burns and sunburns, reducing inflammation in bruises, and improving the condition and overall appearance of ulcers. They have also been demonstrated to improve the skin condition dermatitis. Marigold extracts that are safe to use on the skin can be found at specialty nutrition and health stores.

8. Cilantro

Another popular herb to use in the kitchen, cilantro is not just for salsa. The herb has been shown to be an effective treatment for skin blemishes. Many people use extracts from cilantro to successfully reduce the appearance of pimples and other skin imperfections. To use cilantro on the skin, grind it with lemon juice to produce a thick paste. Put this paste onto the desired area of the skin, and let it sit for approximately five minutes before rinsing clean. Gently dry the skin and repeat once a day.


Using the plants above will help you to keep your skin looking healthy and beautiful. You can grow these plants in your own home at a low cost or purchase them for a small amount of money at many local produce and garden shops.