Plant Index A - G

On this page, you'll find creative recipes and projects using herbs and flowers from aloe to goldenrod. Be sure to check out my Plant Index H-Z for more fun ideas!


Aloe Vera (Aloe barbadensis leaf) is cooling and soothing, and is helpful for mild sunburn, itchy, or irritated skin. Check the produce section of local grocery stores for large aloe leaves that can be used to make soap and skin-cooling products.


Arnica (Arnica  montana) is an anti-inflammatory herb that's excellent for bruising, sore muscles, arthritis, and pulled muscles. (Not for use on open wounds.)


Basil (Ocimum basilicum) has anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, antibacterial, and tick-repelling properties. Basil opens up the sinuses, helps headaches, can be used in baths for stress or pain, as a toner for acne, rubbed on bug bites, incorporated in a salve for joint aches, and used in anti-aging face creams. 

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Calendula (Calenduala officinalis) is a well loved garden flower that's included in many skin care recipes. It's a classic addition to diaper creams for babies and has antiseptic, anti-itching, and anti-inflammatory properties. It should not be used internally by pregnant women.


Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla) is antibacterial, antifungal, antiseptic, and anti-inflammatory. Chamomile is often used in lotions, creams, salves, and other products to help relieve rashes, irritated or red skin, and eczema.


Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) helps bruises, pulled muscles, broken bones, and tiny nicks heal faster. It contains allantoin which stimulates skin growth and soothes and protects skin. (Not for use on deep, open, or puncture wounds.)


Daisy (Oxeye, Leucanthemum vulgare; common or English, Bellis perennis) is a common weed found in fields and roadsides. Don't harvest plants from roadsides, as they can be contaminated with heavy metals and runoff. Shasta daisies (Leucanthemum x superbum) from the garden work equally well in body care recipes. Daisies were known in the past as a traditional wound herb for bruises, broken bones, eczema, inflammation, and infection.

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Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale) may be vilified by those who seek a perfectly green lawn each spring, but it is an important plant in multitude of beneficial ways. The flowers are enjoyed by a variety of pollinators and insect life. They are also a good source of lecithin, and when infused in oil and turned into salves, lotions and creams, act as mild analgesic (pain reliever) and healing agent for painful, chapped skin. 


Echinacea (Purple coneflower, Echinacea spp.) is a classic immune stimulant, that's also a nice anti-inflammatory for skin care products, lip balms, and first aid salves.


Elderberry (Sambucus nigra) is a classic immune stimulating antiviral used to treat colds and flu.

Elder Flower

Elder Flowers (Sambucus nigra) help heal wounds and have been used for generations as an aid to obtaining a beautiful complexion. 

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Elder Leaf

Elder leaf (Sambucus nigra) can be used in salves to cool and treat old injuries and burns.


Forsythia (Forsythia spp) is a common, bright yellow flowering shrub whose blooms are among the first signs of spring each year. Forsythia is cooling, anti-inflammatory, and combines splendidly with honeysuckle to fight viruses. The flowers can also be used in preparations for acne or skin flare-ups.


Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is warming, and often included in preparations for colds and flu, for treating stomach aches and upset stomach.


Goldenrod (Solidago canadensis) is used in salves, balms, and other products for achy muscles, is a soft natural colorant for soap, and is useful for the urinary system.