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"Important

If you have experienced an allergic reaction to any products for the skin you should seek medical advice before using any of her herbal preparations described in this [blog].

It is recommended that all herbal infusions and decoctions for medicinal or cosmetic use be freshly prepared and used at once or within 12 hours of making up."


"Nowadays hands are subjected to fairly harsh treatment and tend to get neglected in one's general day-to-day activities. Cold weather, detergents and too much hot water ruin the skin of the hands and weaken the nails. Rubber gloves should be worn for washing up the dishes and where possible cotton gloves for working round the house. Suitable gloves should be worn when gardening, for protection against the weather as well as dirt. For those who cannot bear wearing gloves at any time use a barrier cream to smooth over the hands before doing any dirty work. Keep a bottle of hand cream near the sink in the kitchen for use after every washing-up session, and always wash your hands with a good pure soap.

Herbs can help to keep the hands in good condition, whether used on their own as a hand rinse or backing

up the effectiveness of other natural substances used in the preparations. These natural substances are almond oil, glycerine, oatmeal, ground almonds, carragheen moss, white wax, cocoa butter and arrowroot.


HAND RINSE

For a single hand rinse use an infusion of one of the following skin care herbs: lady's mantle, fennel, marigold petals, marshmallow, comfrey or chamomile flowers. Make up the infusion by pouring 600 ml/1 pint/21/2 cups of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of the prepared herb. For soothing rough, chapped hands make up the quantity first thing in the morning and

leave in a small bowl beside the basin. After washing your hands dip them into the herb rinse for a minute or

two before drying them on a soft muslin (cheesecloth) towel.


MARSHMALLOW CREAM

Make a strongdecoction of marshmallow root by soaking 25 g/1 oz scraped and finely chopped root in

150 ml/1/4 pint/2/3 cup of cold water for 24 hours. Strain well. Add 1 tablespoon of the decoction to 2 tablespoons of ground almonds, 1 teaspoon of milk and 1 teaspoon of cider vinegar. Beat together until well blended and add a few drops of lavender oil to scent the cream. Put into a small screw top pot. This is a good hand cream to use whenever the hands feel dry."-The Herb Book by Arabella Boxer & Philippa Back


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