The plants you can grow in a polytunnel can offer more than just food. If you are clever and industrious, you can also grow a range of plant with other uses. For example, you can grow crops which you can use in your skin care routine. There are plenty of useful herbs and flowers that are beneficial for your skin. Below are just five examples that you should consider growing in your polytunnel:
Using Chamomile in Your Skin Care Routine
Chamomile tea, brewed and then cooled, can be used as a simple facial cleanser which will brighten your complexion and help heal any skin blemishes. Chamomile contains a compound called alpha-bisabolol which is long been an ingredient used in the cosmetics industry. It has strong anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties.
Using Mint in Your Skin Care Routine
Mint not only smells nice, it is also great for those who suffer from acne, or oily or itchy skin. Mint is high in salicylic acid, which can help with excessive oil and also soothes and calms itchy or infected skin. Cool mint tea can be used as an astringent wash, or you could mash mint leaves with oats and honey to make a wonderful facial mask to keep skin clear and glowing.
Using Lavender in Your Skin Care Routine
Lavender is another common polytunnel plant which is wonderful for use in a skin are routine. Not only does lavender smell wonderful, it also has a range of useful properties. The fresh or dried flowers can be used to make facial steams, toners or moisturising creams and is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and will soothe irritated skin and help prevent scar tissue from forming.
Using Thyme in Your Skin Care Routine
A natural anti-bacterial, thyme can not only be used to flavour a range of delicious home-made recipes in your kitchen, but can also be a great addition to your skin care routine. Scientists say that it can clear acne more effectively than many of the conventional treatments on the market. Infuse a green tea with this useful herb and use it as a facial wash to beat those blemishes.
Using Rosemary in Your Skin Care Routine
Rosemary is another great polytunnel herb with amazing properties that make it an excellent addition to your skin care regime. It can help moisturise your skin, keep it elastic, and protect it from external damage when used in a range of washes and other skin care products.
Do you use polytunnel plants in your skin care routine? Let us know your favourite natural skin care recipes in the comments below. Check out our grow guides to learn more about growing the above flowers and herbs, and other useful polytunnel plants.
Elizabeth Waddington is a writer and green living consultant living in Scotland. Permaculture and sustainability are at the heart of everything she does, from designing gardens and farms around the world, to inspiring and facilitating positive change for small companies and individuals.
She also works on her own property, where she grows fruit and vegetables, keeps chickens and is working on the eco-renovation of an old stone barn.