These plants are more than just their good looks they also turn up in a range of beauty products.
WHAT IS IT? Related to marigolds, it is often used to treat minor wounds and cuts.
GOOD FOR An anti-inflammatory, it calms skin irritation. Look for calendula in body cream, lotions and soap.
PRODUCTS Wildcraft Illuminate Body Cream, 120ml, $22.00; wildcraft.ca. Anointment Calendula Soap, 100g, $7.95; anointment.ca. River City Herbals Organic Calendula Oil, 50ml; ecoideas.com
WHAT IS IT? Known as holy basil, it has been used to reduce stress and for clearer skin.
GOOD FOR This fragrant flowering shrub has antibacterial properties and is often used in Ayurveda (ancient Indian medicine) and modern cosmetics.
PRODUCTS Vapour Organic Beauty Multi Use Stain, $45.00; vapourbeauty.com.
Kauai Farmacy Tulsi Hydrosol, $30.00 (USD); kauaifarmacy.com. Hurraw Kapha Lip Balm, $4.99; hurrawbalm.com
WHAT IS IT? Arnica is a plant long used to soothe tired muscles. Keep it handy as garden season begins.
GOOD FOR Massage oils and salves which usually combine arnica with the familiar peppermint and menthol notes, we’ve come to expect from muscle creams.
PRODUCTS Tofino Soap Company Natural Salve, $32.00; tofinosoapcompany.com. K’Pure Naturals Happy Ending, 87g, $7.00; kpurenaturals.com. Weleda Arnica Massage Oil, $23.30; weleda.com.
This original healthy living article first appeared in the Spring 2019 issue of City Style and Living Magazine.
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