Aloe Vera: this herb is renowned for its healing and moisturizing properties. It can be applied as a lotion instead of a cream or/and after a sun bath. It does treat severe, dry skin disorders such as eczema. It is a must in your first aid kit.

Marshmallow: a real softener for sensitive skin, it is rich in mucilages and polysaccharides that soften epidermal tissues, keeping them smooth and supple. You can use marshmallow in many ways to treat skin. Make an infusion with the flowers and drink to calm inflamed skin. Mix plant powder and beeswax for a soothing ointment.

Lavender: this versatile plant helps to balance levels of oil production in the skin and is also a wonderful skin tonic. Lavender water can be prepared by pouring boiling water into a bowl full of lavender heads. Leave to soake for a couple of days. Drain-off the lavender-infused water into storage bottles. Great as a toner after cleansing.

Rosehip seeds: its oil has outstanding regenerating properties. It is useful as an aftersun massage oil. Full of vitamins, it truly protects the skin against pollution.

Comfrey: this humble garden plant is rich in mucilages. Prepared from the leaves, comfrey can be used in infused oil or cream to soothe soared, cracked skin. It acts as a cell proliferator, stimulating the regeneration of skin.

Calendula: a versatile herb, it is perfect for dry and inflamed skin condition. Cold-pressed oil from the bright, orange petals of the flower makes an effective softener. Calendula cream blends well with essential oils such as rose and lavender.

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