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."
Make a strong infusion of fennel by pouring 120 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup of boiling water on to 1 tablespoon of the prepared herb and leaving it to cool; strain. In a pan blend together 2 teaspoons of arrowroot, 2 table- spoons of glycerine, 2 tablespoons of lavender water and the fennel infusion. Stir over gentle heat until the mixture is thick and creamy. Cool slightly and pour
into a screw top pot.
In a pan over gentle heat melt together 1 tablespoon each of cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and white wax. Add 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 tablespoon of a strong infusion of chamomile flowers. Make this by pouring 120 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup of boiling water on to 1 tablespoon of the prepared herb. Leave it to cool, then strain. When the hand cream mixture is melted, remove
it from the heat and stir until cold. Pour into screw top pots. This hand cream is for softening and whitening the skin while being also slightly astringent.
LADY'S MANTLE LOTION
Melt 2 teaspoons of carragheen moss in a little hot water. Add to this 2 tablespoons of glycerine, 4 table spoons of rubbing alcohol and 2 tablespoons of a strong infusion of lady's mantle. For the infusion pour 120 ml/4 fl oz/1/2 cup of boiling water on to 1 tablespoon of the prepared herb. Cool and then strain. Blend all hand lotion ingredients together well and pour into a screw top jar, adding a few drops of a herb oil to scent the lotion.
Good for dry rough skin, this hand oil can also be made using St John's wort. To 250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup of sweet almond oil add 25 g/1 oz of marigold petals and put into a clear glass screw top jar. Stand the jar on a sunny windowsill or in any other warm place and leave for 3 or 4 weeks, shaking the bottle once a day. At the end of that time heat the oil until the petals become crisp, strain and pour into jars.
COMFREY BARRIER CREAM
Work this cream into the hands thoroughly before commencing any dirty work. Mix together 2 teaspoons of kaolin, 2 teaspoons of sweet almond oil and 1 tablespoon of a strong infusion of comfrey made by pouring 120 ml/4 fl oz/1/2cup of boiling water over 1 tablespoon of the prepared herb. Leave to cool, strain and use. When work is finished, wash off the cream with pure
soap and finally use a herbal hand rinse."-The Herb Book by Arabella Boxer & Philippa Back
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