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."
"Cleansing of the skin should be followed by the application of a herbal skin lotion which will finally remove the last traces of cleanser or soap. Soak cotton wool pads in the lotion and wipe over the skin. Lotions, fresheners, tonics and rinses can be used on all types of skin and have a soothing, healing and refreshing effect. Cosmetic vinegars and astringent lotions are for occasional use only on oily skins as they have a very strong drying action.
A simple infusion of a herb makes an effective refreshing lotion. Choose from the following herbs, all of which are helpful to the skin. Many of them have extra qualities which may be needed for your particular skin problem. Use within 12 hours.
Lime (linden) flower has a slight bleaching action. It improves the circulation and smoothes wrinkles.
Lemon balm is also used against wrinkles.
Elderflower softens and whitens the skin and is goodfor spots.
Lady's mantle is used for large pores and freckles.
Salad burnet helps to soften and refine the skin.
Fennel is used against wrinkles.
Violet helps to keep the skin clear of blemishes.
Yarrow infusion is for use on oily skin and it is good for facial thread veins.
Parsley helps to fade freckles.
Marigold reduces large pores, nourishes and clears the skin. It is also good for spots and pimples.
Sage is for large pores and an oily skin. It is rather more astringent than other herbs.
Coltsfoot helps to reduce facial thread veins.
A skin tonic helps to revive tired, dull skins by improving circulation of blood to the skin. Herbs are especially good for this. They can be used in an infusion using 1 teaspoon of the crushed dried herb to a cupful
of boiling water. Leave to stand for 30 minutes, strain and pour into a screw top bottle. Choose from the
following herbs: chamomile and lavender flowers; dandelion, nettle, sage and horsetail leaves; rosemary,
yarrow and thyme flowers and leaves.
FRESHENER FOR OILY SKIN
Whisk up the white of an egg with equal amounts of strained lemon juice and a strong infusion of rosemary. Make the infusion by pouring 150 ml/1/4pint/2/3 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of the chopped herb. Leave the infusion to cool and strain it before adding it to the egg and lemon juice. Pour into a screw top bottle.
ROSEMARY FACE RINSE
Boil a handful of rosemary leaves and flowers in 300 ml/ 1/2 pint/11/4 cups of water for 5 minutes. Leave to cool. Strain and pour into a screwtop bottle. Use as a freshener on the skin and allow it to dry completely before applying moisturizer.
A simple astringent for oily skin, to be used once or twice a week. To 450 ml/3/4 pint/2 cups of white wine
vinegar add 2 tablespoons of dried rose petals, preferably those from the sweetbriar or eglantine rose. Leave to stand in a screw top jar for 2 to 3 weeks. Strain and add 250 ml/8 fl oz/1 cup of rosewater. A similar astringent lotion can be made using marigold petals in place of the rose petals and witch-hazel in place of the rosewater.
SAGE OR HORSETAIL LOTION
Make a strong infusion of either sage leaves or horsetail by pouring 150 ml/1/4 pint/2/3 cup of boiling water over 2 tablespoons of the chopped herb. Allow to stand until cold. Strain and add to an equal quantity of milk or cider vinegar. Pour into a screw top bottle. For an extra tightening effect on the skin add a pinch of alum with the milk or cider vinegar."-The Herb Book by Arabella Boxer & Philippa Back
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