Organically grown aromatic herbs provide a variety of beauty aids. Summertime brings an abundance of fresh herbs for health and beauty. Many of these plants offer protection from too much fun in the sun.
To 4 ounces of apple cider vinegar, add
20 drops of Lavendula essential oil
Stir with a nonmetal spoon or stirring stick. Apply to affected skin using clean cotton balls soaked and strained with the solution. Use ever so gentle strokes, or dab each area using the cotton ball. Repeat every 60 minutes as needed to control pain. Drink several cups of water to assure hydration. Apple cidar vinegar maintains the ph. of the skin.
As the skin heals, a softening, or demulcent, herbal application of Althea officinalis, marshmallow root, will soothe and calm irritated skin. The skin will be radiant in a few days.
Skin Softening Blend
Simmer 3 tablespoons of Marshmallow root in a small pan containing 12 ounces of spring or distilled water. Simmer, uncovered, for 15 minutes, stirring 3 times. Remove from heat, cover the pan and refrigerate overnight. The mixture will thicken. Strain into a wide mouth glass jar. Add the following essential oils, or 10 drops of oil of your choice, and blend with a nonmetal spoon.
2 drops of Sandalwood
6 drops of Ylang ylang extra
5 drops of Rose, Moroccan
Allow to cure, covered, for 3 hours. Apply to clean skin. Refrigerate remaining blend. Use within 5 days.
Lips will also require protection in the summer. Here’s a lip balm you can wear throughout the year.
Measure 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil into a dark glass container with a tight fitting screw cap.
Add 4 drops of Carrot seed essential oil, Daucus carota. Squeeze the vitamin E oil from a capsule of Dalpha and mixed tocopherols into the combination. You can puncture the capsule using a heated sewing needle.
Cover and allow to cure. Add 2 drops of Lavendula, if desired.
Using a double boiler or heating element, melt 2 tablespoons of organic beeswax. Stir 2 tablespoons of jojoba oil; then add the jojoba oil, carrot seed blend. Remove from heat immediately. Stir well. Spoon into a wide mouth glass jar with a screw top. The balm will set as it cools. After completely cool, screw on the lid. Store at room temperature.
Apply to lips as needed to maintain softness and suppleness.
Sunlight brings out the freckles in me! Here’s a soothing blend sure to lighten your “SPOTS”.
Boil 1 cup of water in a small pot. Remove from heat. Add 2 tablespoons of fresh parsley leaves and 2 tablespoons of Calendula or Marigold flowers. Cover and steep 15 minutes. Strain and remove all plant leaves.
Melt 2 tablespoons of coco butter in a microwave or over a double boiler. Add the herbal infusion. Beat at high speed with a hand blender 1 minute.
Add 3 drops of lemon or lemongrass essential oil;
5 drops of Chamomile essential oil
Optional 2 drops of Marigold mint essential oil
Store in a wide mouth glass jar with a screw lid. Apply to freckles and brown spots 2 times daily onto clean skin. Refrigerate to ensure long term usage.
If you find the hot, summer days making you tired or grouchy, allow this cooling,
spearmint masque to turn your day into a happy one.
Cooling Spearmint Masque
Blend 1 cup of fresh spearmint leaves with 1 cup of cold water 1 minute at high speed. Refrigerate 2 hours or longer. Pour the cold contents onto a clean hand towel. Relax and apply the towel to a clean face for 15 minutes, or as desired.
Add 6 drops of Spearmint essential oil into 1 cup of cold water. Pour onto a clean hand towel and apply to a clean face. Avoid the eyes and any broken skin. Relax and enjoy!
Late nights and long days can affect the under-eyes. If you wake up to puffy under-eyes, use this opportunity to preserve the skin and delay aging, as well as reducing swollen under-eyes.
Puffy Eye Remedy
In 1 cup of boiled distill water, steep 2 bags of black tea for 5 minutes. Strain. Soak and strain 2 cotton balls. Apply to closed eyelids, or underneath closed eyelids. Remove and repeat 2 more times, totally 5 or 6 minutes.
Follow with a compress of cold water. Use a clean wash cloth, straining excess water before application. Compress up to 5 minutes. Remove cloth and pat dry.
In 1 teaspoon of jojoba oil, add 1 drop of Myrrh essential oil. Pat the blend under each eye. Myrrh is anti-aging, preserving skin quality and delaying aging, fine lines and wrinkles. What a nice way to start the day!
Now proceed to the other end of the body, the feet. Summer fun can lead to dry, cracked skin on the heels and feet. The following blend will both soften and heal this skin.
Cracked Heel and Skin formula
Combine the following essential oils in 4 ounces of jojoba oil:
4 drops of Patchouli
8 drops of Geranium
4 drops of Rose
6 drops of Orange or 16 drops of Neroli
Bottle in dark glass with a tight fitting screw top. Allow to cure overnight.
Apply to clean feet in the morning and at night. Immediately put on socks to help hold in the moisture. Patchouli is a great essential oil to heal cracked skin and regenerate new, healthy skin. Your feet will smell better too!
Instead of using talc powder on your feet and skin, here’s a healthy alternative.
Combine in an airtight container:
½ cup Cornstarch or Potato starch
½ cup Arrowroot
10 drops Rose or Lavendula essential oil
1/3 cup crushed, ground dry rose petals or lavender flowers.
Mix well and seal the container.
Allow to cure 3 days before applying to clean skin and feet
Both rose and, especially lavender essential oil, will soothe skin rashes from heat and sweating under the arms, behind the knees and underneath the feet.
Enjoy a healthy summer!
References: Mother Nature’s Herbal, Judy Griffin
Herbs for Health and Beauty, Judy Griffin