It’s no secret that we all want to look and feel our best. At times, this can seem like an uphill battle when there are a lot of factors working against us: the weather, stress, environmental conditions, heat, cold, and so much more. And, these elements all take their toll on our body, hair, nails, skin, and overall wellbeing. So, what’s a girl to do?
Surprisingly, the answer to our problems might be growing in our own backyard: flowers and plants. When we combine these natural elements with the power of the mind and body, we can use their connection to heal and transform our our skin, hair, and more. While most of us associate flowers and health with allergies, many of our favorite blooms can impact our health and beauty in some fascinating ways.
The Benefits of Flowers and Plants
Yes, that simple flower bouquet can actually do more than lighten up your living room or office space. Studies are finding that simply being around flowers can improve our overall happiness, lower stress, increase productivity, improve moods, and even ease pain in hospital patients. There is also research out that shows flowers can help us beat back anxiety, depression, and negativity and findings show simply being exposed to green spaces can improve our memory, concentration, and help children with ADHD calm down. While these are great benefits for our overall well-being, plants can also benefit our skin, hair, and complexions in some surprising ways.
Many flowers, herbs, and plants have natural healing abilities that can be used to treat and manage a variety of beauty concerns. Often times, we see flowers dried or turned into essential oils to concentrate the healing and beneficial qualities. For a better idea of how we can use flowers in our beauty regimes, please scroll through the following small sampling of ways flowers and plants can benefit our skin, hair, and more:
- Dried marigolds– These common plants can be used to treat sunburns, heal wounds, ward off dermatitis, and even improve skin conditions like athlete’s feet.
- Oregano Oil– Not to be confused with the popular common Mediterranean spice, oregano oil can be used to treat acne, relieve rashes, calm shingles outbreaks, reduce inflammation, provide anti-aging benefits, treat calluses, and more.
- Bergamot– This plant belongs to the citrus family and is helpful when it comes to treating a wide variety of skin issues. A strong tea of bergamot flowers can be used as an astringent or to help strengthen your hair.
- Chamomile– This tiny fragrant herb is easy to find and grow. Besides encouraging beauty sleep, this little flower can be used to reduce puffiness around the eyes.
- Jasmine– This renowned beauty flower has been used for years in lotions, shampoos, soaps, oils, and more due to it’s skin and hair friendly qualities.
- Dandelion– This vibrant yellow flower, or weed to certain sects of people, is wonderful for the skin. The leaves and flowers can be used to create a tea that soothes itchy skin, redness, or eczema.
Now we know that our favorite flowers and plants are capable of doing some pretty amazing things, especially when it comes to our health, hair, skin, and more. Thankfully, we can use this knowledge and easy access to flowers to improve our beauty routines without losing sight of our principles and beliefs. So, the next time your skin is a little blotchy or you are feeling under the weather, take a few moments to gather your thoughts, slow down, and smell the roses. It might just be what your body needs.
How do you plan to take advantage of the benefits of plants and flowers for your skin, hair, and health? Thank you for reading this special guest post from Gwen Lewis!