Urban gardening is a huge hit in Singapore and it has seen many rooftop gardens sprouting up. From where I sit in my office, I can spot the outline of a few plants in the opposite building like green tufts of hair sprouting out. Even if you believe you lack the green fingers to nurture and cultivate plants, that doesn’t mean you can’t start today! If you are willing to get your hands dirty, there is an added incentive for that since it has been found that certain plants that can be grown in one of these little spots of garden on the rooftops of metropolitan Singapore could actually leave you with glowing skin.
We are not kidding you since this has been something that has been done for decades and centuries by those before us. While they didn’t have the same fancy tools and gardening gloves to help them with the gardening, they have been utilising the fruits of their labour to answer many of their problems, be it for medicinal or beauty purposes. Take a read at our article and discover a few common plants that you can grow in your backyard or rooftop garden for the benefit of your skin. Even if you mess up, the experience would only serve as a learning lesson for the next time you plant your next seedling.
While bay leaves actually come from the laurel tree, did you know that you can actually grow them in a pot? So long as it gets the sunlight it requires and is housed within a comfortable container with adequate drainage, you can actually have a regular supply of bay leaves. If you are trying to figure out why bay leaves are so familiar, it is because they are regularly found in your Nasi Briyani as a spice. But when used outside of cooking, it has many benefits for your skin health. Not only do they detoxify the body, they actually reduce the effects of ageing on your skin, fight against bacterial infections, reduce inflammation and quicken the healing process of wounds. How you can get the best out of bay leaves it is by grinding them up and mixing them with your moisturiser before applying them topically. Due to the unique phytonutrients in bay leaves, you will find the irritation severely reduced and those blemishes and skin lesions that you are trying hard to avoid will be healed in no time.
Considered a beginner plant for most in terms of growing plants, the rosemary plant is perfect to start your gardening adventure. Commonly used as a reasoning for your Sunday Roast or even to make your bread much more fragrant, it is said that its use in culinary will help to bolster your immune system and improve memory retention. But when given the chance to be a part of your skin care routine, rosemary can actually be a great disinfectant when you have skin infections due to its natural antiseptic properties. Not to mention, any of that redness from breakouts would be reduced thanks to its amazing anti-inflammatory properties. How you can use rosemary for better skin is to infuse rosemary in your oil of your choice (like jojoba oil, almond oil or olive oil) and to mix that into your cleansers, moisturisers or masks for your skin to benefit from the amount of healthy nutrients and minerals and to ease the skin when it gets inflamed. It has also been suggested that the oil can be used as a massage oil to ease the wrinkles away and boost cell regeneration in your skin.
We don’t have to say much about this miracle plant since it has been known as the plant of immortality by generations before us. Most of us turn to aloe vera each time we wince from sunburn and that is because of the instant soothing relief we get when we apply aloe vera on our inflamed skin. Within aloe vera is also two hormones in gibberellins and auxin that help quicken the growth of new cells and this is also what would help reduce the appearance of scars left behind from past acne. Aloe vera is an ease to use straight from the plant — just slide the leaf open and apply the soft insides right onto your skin. More than just to treat your sunburn, it also has the capability to be a lovely moisturiser with vitamins C and E to keep your skin firm and supple. Aloe vera are a breeze to grow since they do perfectly in dry conditions. Just let them grow in a soil-filled pot that can be drained easily and water them sparingly to ensure they don’t drown in a sea of water.
Whether or not you have a green thumb, there are plenty of new products on the market that would help you tend to your crops efficiently. Worried about how your plants would survive in your absence, enlist the help of one or two of your colleagues and make it a group effort to keep your green babies alive. After all, two is better than one!