Herbal Splash Toner for Dry Skin
1/2 cup of boiling water
1/4 cup fresh parsley [ about 1 heaping tablespoon ]
Chop the parsley and place in a small bowl. Pour the boiling water over the parsley and let it cool. Strain out the parsley and pour the liquid into a small container. Apply to the face and neck area using cotton balls or cosmetic pads. You’ll be surprised at how well the parsley infusion plumps dry skin and fine wrinkles. Use it nightly before going to bed.
Rose and Rosemary Oily Skin Astringent
!/2 cup red or pink rose petals, fresh is best
6 sprigs of fresh rosemary
1/2 cup white vinegar
1 cup of water
Add all ingredients to a clean glass jar. Stir with a wooden spoon. Cap the jar and allow it to infuse for 7 days. Strain out the herbs and use the liquid on oily areas. Add a little of the astringent to a cotton ball and gently wipe on your face to control the oily shine. You can also cosmetic pads to apply the astringent. The vinegar and rosemary are antibacterial and will help clear up acne if used daily. Store the astringent in a cool area. Use within 3 months.
Chamomile Milk Soother
The skin around the eyes is sensitive, and the first part of your face to show the strain of fatigue and stress. Chamomile contains anti-inflammatory azulene, which reduces redness, while milk fats calm irritated skin. Ice cold milk constricts blood vessels, reducing puffiness.
2 chamomile tea bags
1/4 cup very cold milk
Soak tea bags in the milk for 5 minutes. Squeeze out excess liquid. Place tea bags over eyes. Rest in a quiet room for about 15 minutes.
Vinegar and Herb Bath for the Feet
2 tablespoon of dried rosemary
2 tablespoons of dried thyme
2 tablespoons of lavender buds
Combine the herbs in a small sachet bag or a tea ball kept just for the bath. Fill a basin with very warm water, toss in the herbs and add 1 cup of white vinegar to the basin or tub. Soak for about ten minutes, rinse and towel dry. You can also use this combination in the bath as well. I buy the small sachet tulle’ bags in the Dollar Store, 6 in a package for a dollar. I make up several of the herb combinations and add them to the tulle bags and have them ready when I need them.
Herbal Scalp and Hair Conditioner
1 teaspoon each, calendula, chamomile, lavender, and rosemary, you can use dry or fresh.
2 cups of distilled or spring water
In a sauce pan, add the water and the herbs, simmer over low heat for 30 minutes. Strain out the herbs and let the liquid cool. Pour over hair, massage in, rinse. This treatment helps remove the build-up of gels and sprays.
~ Blessed be, sweet ones