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5 Herbs For Safe Summer Skin: Organically Protect Your Skin

| 7/18/2011 8:57:57 AM

B.WhiteBriscoe White is owner and master grower at The Growers Exchange, an all-natural online garden center that specializes in rare and traditional herbs for culinary, aromatic and medicinal use. He has been in business for more than 20 years. He is a member of many garden and nature-related organizations including the Garden Writers Association. When he's not tending his greenhouse or writing for his blog, Briscoe’s Seeds For Thought, he spends what little free time he has planning his next garden and playing with his dogs on his family farm in Charles City, Virginia.  

With temperatures heating up and summer in full swing, the one thing most people forget to consider is their skin. Whether you’re hitting the beaches, tending your garden, or simply driving with your windows down, your skin is constantly being pummeled with harsh UV rays. Rather than buying expensive, name-brand products full of artificial and synthetic chemicals to help restore your skin, why not go straight to the source and treat your skin right, the natural way? There are five herbs that will do wonders for maintaining your healthy skin this summer, without using the gooey mess you buy over the counter

7-18-2011 calendula
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Calendula has long been revered for its antibacterial, anti-viral and antioxidant properties and has been used to treat everything from indigestion to cuts and burns since the 12th Century. Tinctures, teas and poultices can be made from this wonder herb’s marigold-like flower petals, which contain extremely high amounts of beneficial A and C vitamins, carotenoids and natural flavonoids. Flavonoids are naturally occurring antioxidants found in plants that help repair cell damage from UV rays. Because the beneficial properties in calendula plants increase blood flow to affected areas and aides in the production of collagen proteins, researchers believe this is why the plant can help heal cuts, minor infections, burns and bruises so quickly. Recently proved to prevent dermatitis caused by radiation in patients suffering from breast cancer, calendula proves to be a very valuable herb for repairing and restoring skin.   

Super easy to grow in your own yard or garden, give this annual a try for a soothing summer salve. To make your own calendula treatment for after sun care, just harvest one to two cups of fresh calendula flowers and steep them in three cups of boiling water until the water has cooled. Strain the flowers from the infused water by pouring it through a coffee filter or cheesecloth and discard the used flowers.  Place the calendula water in the refrigerator to cool for an hour. Once cooled, you can apply it to affected areas with a soft towel.

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