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."
"All types of skin respond to cleansing with a herb lotion and they are particularly good for oily skins. They are best kept in the refrigerator or a cool place rather than on the bathroom shelf. The lotions will keep for a few days only.
To 300 ml/1/2 pint/1 1/4 cups of fresh milk add 3 tablespoons of freshly picked violet flowers. Put in a pan and warm over a very gentle heat until it smells strongly of violets. Do not allow the milk to boil or a skin to form. Remove from the heat, cool and strain into a screw top bottle. Make other cleansing milk lotions in the same way using nettle or coltsfoot leaves or chamomile flowers.
FENNEL AND YOGURT CLEANSER
It is advisable to use a fresh live yogurt. To a 150 g/5 oz carton of natural (unflavored) yogurt add 150 ml/
1/4 pint/2/3 cup of a strong infusion of fennel. Make the infusion by pouring 150 ml/1/4 pint/2/3 cup of boiling
water on to 2 tablespoons of fennel leaves. Leave to cool, strain and add to the yogurt. Mix well and pour into screw top bottles. Store in the refrigerator.
Make up a medium-strength infusion of yarrow leaves and flowers by pouring 150 ml/& pint/3 cup of boiling water on to 3 dessertspoons of yarrow and leaving it to get quite cold. Strain and bottle. This is a good cleanser for oily skins. For other types of skin use lady's mantle, lemon balm or lime (linden) flower.
Cover a handful of chopped soapwort leaves and stems with water in a pan. Bring slowly to the boil and
simmer for 5 minutes. Cool and drain into screw top bottles. Use as a cleanser for all types of skin.
LADY'S MANTLE AND BUTTERMILK LOTION
Buttermilk is a beneficial cleanser for oily skins and mixing it with a herbal infusion makes it still more
effective. Mix together equal quantities of buttermilk and a strong infusion of lady's mantle. Make the infusion by pouring 150 ml/1/4 pint/2/3 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of leaves. Cool and strain before adding to the buttermilk. This is a good cleanser for those with spotty skins.-The Herb Book by Arabella Boxer & Philippa Back
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