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Herbal Facial Toners, Astringents and skin Bleachers

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Lavender-flower Lotion—Splash on this gentle toning lotion to tighten and refresh your skin.

5 T lavender water

5 T witch hazel

5 T strained lemon juice

2-3 drops oil of lavender

1. Pour all of the above ingredients into a bottle. Close it with a cap or cork, then shake it vigorously to mix.

2. Shake well before use.

Mint Astringent—This gentle astringent soothes the skin and helps improve the complexion.

2 T chopped mint

4 T cider vinegar

2½ cups distilled water

1. Put the mint and vinegar in a lidded jar, cover and leave to infuse for 7 days.

2. Strain the mixture, then pour in the distilled water. Mix well.

3. Pour the mint astringent into a small bottle. Cover and label.

Shake well before using.

Tansy Skin Tonic—Tansy leaves smell fairly strong, but this tonic will invigorate your skin, especially if you keep the bottle in the refrigerator. Splash on this cool herbal tonic to start your day refreshed and invigorated!

1 large handful tansy leaves

2/3 cup water

2/3 cup of milk

  1. Put the leaves, water and milk in a small pan and bring to a boil. Simmer for 15 minutes, then allow to cool in the pan.
  2. Strain your tonic into a bottle. Keep this mixture in the refrigerator.
  3. To Use: Apply cold to your skin as a soothing toner or tonic.

Skin Bleacheers

Dandelion OilThis old country recipe uses the volatile oils in dandelion leaves to bleach freckles and other skin blotches. CAUTION: Use no more than twice a day.

6 young dandelion leaves, chopped

6 T castor oil

1. Place the fresh chopped leaves and oil in a small glass or enamel pan over low heat. Slowly bring the mixture to a simmering point, then simmer for 15 minutes.

2. Remove from heat. Cover and infuse for 4 or 5 hours.

3. Strain the mixture through a non-metallic strainer, taking care to press the leaves against the sides in order to extract as much oil as possible.

3. Bottle, cover, and label.