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Natural Herbs to Benefit Your Skin

Bath and Body Recipes

Natural Herbs are a cheap and easy way to create a sweet smelling and luxurious bath to relieve stress and benefit your skin.

If you grow your own it is an even better way to keep costs down, while still enjoying the benefits of them and their oils.

FRESH, DRY, FROZEN

You can use them fresh, or you can dry them while they are in season, for use later.

Another great way to use fresh herbs for your skincare is to make an infusion. This needs to be used fresh (within 12 hours), or you can freeze it into ice cubes for future use.

The ice cubes have a double benefit as they not only give you a ready to use skin treatment, but the cooling effect of an ice cube used directly on your face is beneficial to your skin - cooling, hydrating and toning!


Herbal Infusions

Making a herbal infusion is very simple, but needs to be made fresh each time unless you intend to freeze some into cubes.

WHAT YOU NEED:

  • A tablespoon of dried chopped herbs - see list below
  • 250ml of boiling water (about 9 fl oz.)
  • A heatproof mug

    WHAT TO DO:

  • Simply place the herbs into the mug and pour over the boiling water.
  • Allow to infuse for about 10 minutes.
  • Strain and keep the liquid.
  • Ready to use once it has cooled.
  • Or you can freeze the infusion in ice cube trays for future use.

    HOW TO USE - FRESH:

  • Apply the infusion directly to the skin (usually face) a cotton wool ball or gentle cloth.
  • Allow to dry naturally.

    HOW TO USE - ICE CUBES:

  • Take the ice cube from the freezer and gently rub it over your skin.
  • Use them on your face, arms and neck.
  • This has a cooling, hydrating and toning effect as the ice cold quickens the blood circulation in the capillaries of your skin.

    NATURAL HERBS THAT ARE IDEAL FOR INFUSIONS:

  • Calendula
  • Chamomile flower
  • Elder flower
  • Lavender flower
  • Mint
  • Rosemary
  • Thyme
  • Yarrow

    Herbal Bath Recipes

    FRAGRANT HERBAL BATH BAG

    This is just the simplest of recipes.
    You can create this wonderfully fragrant bath using either fresh or dried herbs.

    There are a number of different herbs you can use.
    What you choose will depend on what you like, what you have and why you are having a herb bath!

    WHAT YOU NEED:

  • Muslin bag with a drawstring top,
  • OR
  • A heatproof container, and a sieve.

  • Approx. 375g of the herb of your choice.
  • Some common natural herbs that you might choose one or a combination of:
    Rosemary, marjoram, rose petals, lemon verbena, peppermint, mint, chamomile, bergamot, rose geranium, thyme, lavender, fennel, sage, lemon balm, basil, pine needles, angelica leaves, lovage.

    WHAT TO DO:

  • Place the herbs in the muslin bag or heatproof container.
  • Muslin Bag

  • Hang the bag under the running water as you fill the bath, or swish the bag around in the bath water.
  • In The Bowl

  • Pour boiling water over the herbs.
  • Allow to cool.
  • Strain the mixture through the sieve, retaining the liquid for use in your bath.

    Essential Oils

    You can also use Essential Oils in your bath if you do not have the natural herbs themselves available.

    Just remember that the essential oils are a lot more concentrated.

    No more than 5 - 10 drops in your bath is all that is needed. However, if you are using peppermint or eucalyptus in your bath, one drop would be sufficient.




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