“This is for informational purposes only. Do not use any plants medicinally without consulting your doctor first.”
Adding succulents and cacti to your home help keep your fresh air and remove toxins from the environment. Plants absorb our respiratory waste (carbon dioxide), and they convert it into plant carbohydrates to build strong bodies that in turn create pure, clean, life-empowering oxygen for us to breathe. There are several succulents that have health benefits. Below are three succulents that I have growing in my home and that my family and I use when needed.
ALOE VERA: Leaves & juice of leaves
Aloe Vera gel is widely known to relieve sunburn and help heal wounds. But did you know that your favorite potted plant can be used for much more than sunburn relief and household décor?
Skin care:You can use aloe vera to keep your skin clear and hydrated. This may be because the plant thrives in dry, unstable climates. To survive the harsh conditions, the plant’s leaves store water. These water-dense leaves, combined with special plant compounds called complex carbohydrates, make it an effective face moisturizer and pain reliever.
An alternative to mouthwash: In a 2014 study published in the Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences, researchers found aloe vera extract to be a safe and effective alternative to chemical-based mouthwashes. The plant’s natural ingredients, which include a healthy dose of vitamin C, can block plaque. It can also provide relief if you have bleeding or swollen gums.
Peppermint is a hybrid cross between water mint and spearmint. It has high menthol content. Mint leaves collected from the garden can be added to tea as it steeps. Mint tea is known for its stomach soothing properties. It aids in indigestion, cramps, nausea, and colic. Peppermint oil can also be used to soothe a sunburn, or joint pain from arthritis.
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family. It gives off a tart, citrus scent like lemons. Lemon balm is a natural antiviral. When used to make tea, it’s great for fighting colds, flu, and fevers. It is also used to calm nerves and upset stomach, and to aid in headaches, as its properties naturally decrease blood pressure. Fresh leaves can also be crushed and applied to insect bites and stings. It acts as an astringent, and helps soothe and reduce swelling and inflammation.
These succulent and herbs above can be grown indoors and start out any many of the planters that are found on the Etsy shop Flymeawaycreations. To see all the different planters at the shop follow the link below: