Anti-ageing herb seeds

The human quest for a “fountain of youth”, for “eternal life” and “immortality” goes back centuries. New ideas and trends appear on a regular basis – and plants and their special powers very often feature in them. Anti-ageing, though, is generally not about this unattainable desire to live forever but simply about looking youthful and having attractive skin.

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Plants play an important role in anti-ageing because they contain a multitude of natural compounds that can combat skin ageing. Here are some of the ways plants can support anti-ageing:
  • Antioxidants: Many plants contain antioxidants like vitamin C, vitamin E and polyphenols, which can neutralise free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that cause oxidative stress and can contribute to skin ageing.
  • Anti-inflammatory properties: Some plants like turmeric and green tea have anti-inflammatory properties. Chronic inflammation is connected with premature skin ageing which is why anti-inflammatory plants can help to improve skin health.
  • Moisturising properties: Many plant oils like argan and jojoba contain fatty acids that can hydrate the skin. Effective moisturising is important for skin to look young and healthy.
  • Collagen-boosting properties: Some plant extracts like aloe vera and ginseng can stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a structural protein, responsible for the skin’s elasticity and firmness. Optimal collagen production can help to reduce the formation of wrinkles.
  • Protection from UV rays: Some plants contain natural sun protection factors like flavonoids and carotinoids. They can help to protect the skin against the damaging effects of UV rays, which can cause premature skin ageing and skin damage.
It’s important to note, though, that the anti-ageing effectiveness of plant extracts can vary according to the plant type and the compounds it contains. Moreover plant extracts should not be seen as a stand-alone anti-ageing solution. A healthy diet, plenty of sleep, sun protection and good skincare are also important factors in slowing skin ageing.

Here are seeds for herbs attributed with anti-ageing effects.