As you may well know, I've been on a skin care kick. It's involved a lot of research into raw ingredients and how my skin works with them.
One key base ingredient in the healing of skin is witch hazel - an astringent produced from boiling the leaves and bark of the witch hazel shrub with powerful anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties. This stuff is good for your skin. It helps with acne, bruises, swelling, and even an occasional ingrown toenail.
Pretty potent stuff, right? Well we can actually kick it up a notch by adding in some powerful herbal ingredients.
This astringent is rich in delightful ingredients:
Moisturizing and toning Rose Petals
Antiseptic and aromatherapeutic Jasmine Flowers
Elder Flowers, for detoxifying and brightening skin
Bee Pollen to soften skin
The healing power of Holy Basil
Lemon Verbena to reduce puffiness and stimulate circulation
Combine dried herbs in a jar. It should fill it up about half-way. I used equal amounts of each herb. Cover with witch hazel all the way to the top, leaving about an inch of room.
Place the steeping witch hazel in a cool cupboard for two weeks before straining out the herbs. The leftover liquid is herb-infused witch hazel ready for your astringent needs!
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