5 Beautiful Wildflowers You Can Use In Your Beauty Routine
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We’ve long know of the various health benefits of plant extracts and herbs, with early evidence going back some 60,000 years to a burial site at Shanidar Cave, Iraq, where a Neanderthal man had been buried with eight species of plants, seven of which are still used for medicinal purposes today.
Today, organic plants and herbs are still used to treat a range of ailments, from chronic conditions to infusions in skin and beauty products. Visit any beauty website (like EcoDiva's!) and it’s likely that you’ll see a number of products containing natural extracts that help to moisturise, condition, cleanse, tone and anti-age the skin.
Considering we’re all concerned with health and wellbeing, it’s important to protect your body from the harmful ingredients that can be found in many commercial brands, and often the safest and most natural extracts can be found in wildflowers that are growing in our very own garden.
The cornflower (Centaurea cyanus) literally means ‘dark blue’ in Greek and has been long known for its healing properties. These beautifully blue wildflowers contain anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that have a cooling effect on the skin.
They’re often used to help with tired, itchy and puffy eyes, particular after a polluted day in the city or after staring at a computer screen all day. They’re also known for their skin benefits and toning properties and are used in cosmetics to help firm, tone and reduce fine lines around the eyes.
It doesn’t matter if you’re 15 or 65; acne can affect anyone at any age. The clogging of pores causes spots as well as the inflammation of glands located throughout the face, neck, shoulders and back. The excessive oil produced by glands combines with dead skin and dirt, resulting in the pimples and spots that none of us particularly want.
Wild pansy is a powerful astringent and anti-inflammatory, properties that provide a great treatment for acne. The flower contains salicylic acid (used in many acne treatments) and the tea can be used to make a cleansing wash that tightens pores and helps to remove toxins from the body.
To make the tea you will need 2 teaspoons of dried wild pansy and ¾ cup of water. Dip a cloth in the tea and use it to sooth the affected area.
You may have to encourage the growth of wild pansy in your garden—which is always a good thing as many species are in danger from the use of pesticides—as they’re not available as a commercial product. Plus they’ll look absolutely beautiful in your garden.
The Humble Daisy
For most of us we associate daisies with childhood and painstakingly made flower chains. This beautiful flower can easily be found in most people’s gardens, and recent studies have shown that specific extracts obtained from the flower can lighten the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of age spots.
The extract works by inhibiting the release of tyrosinase, the main enzyme that controls the release of melanin (the pigment that gives human skin, hair, and eyes its colour).
Red Clover is a common sight in many of our lawns and a popular food source for bees. It contains a chemical compounds called isoflavones that have anti-inflammatory properties, and this stunning flower can be used to treat minor skin irritations including psoriasis, sunburn, eczema and acne.
It can be made into a salve by using the dried plant with bees wax, olive oil, calendula and comfrey leaves.
Blue Violets are often used medicinally with the leaves containing salicylic acid, vitamins A and C, as well as antioxidants and antiseptic properties.
The main beauty benefits of these properties are:
- Vitamin C helps reduce free-radical damage and brightens skin.
- Vitamin A helps with skin regeneration and improves the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
- Antiseptic properties provide a natural disinfectant, the perfect ingredient for anti-acne formulas, eyewashes, mouthwashes and to stop bacterial infections.
Natural oils also provide moisturising properties that work well for dry, sensitive skin, and Blue Violets are even used to dissolve abnormal skin cells and growths, to heal wounds and in some natural cancer treatments.
The importance of wild flowers can never be underestimated as their beauty is part of the natural countryside and their health benefits have been revered for thousands of years. With many wildflower species in danger from loss of habitat and the use of pesticides, we can all protect beauty in all its forms by encouraging their growth in our very own gardens.
What wildflowers do you cultivate for beauty or for healing?