Basil Blemish Gentle Facial Tonic

Basil Blemish Tonic

Calm and tone distressed skin with this gentle tonic!

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 handful fresh basil leaves

 

Directions:

  • Bring water to a boil over heat; add basil leaves
  • Let steep in water for 15 minutes
  • Carefully strain the leaves from the mixture and discard
  • Let the basil water cool
  • Apply to problem areas using a cotton ball or soft tissue

 

*Store in the fridge until water becomes cloudy/murky.  Discard at this point.

D.I.Y. Lavender and Marigold Acne Treatment

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Treat acne by using bright orange marigolds (which contain salicylic acid) with this D.I.Y. recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 10 rose geranium flowers (with leaves)
  • 8 marigold flowers
  • 20 lavender flowerheads
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 packet vegetable gelatin
  • 5 tsp. vodka
  • 20 drops tea tree oil

Directions:

  • Chop the flowers, leaves and stems of the geraniums; place in a bowl with the marigold and lavender
  • Bring water to a boil; pour over the flowers in the bowl
  • Let sit for 10 minutes (or until the water has changed to the colors of the flowers)
  • Place this combination into a blender; blend well
  • Strain the mixture using a small strainer or piece of cheesecloth into a bowl/container
  • In a separate bowl, dissolve the gelatin in 2 tbsp. of cold water
  • Slowly add the flower infusion water (from previous steps); stir well
  • Add the vodka and tea tree oil to the mixture; stir well till a gel forms
  • Pour the mixture in a pump dispenser or another type of bottle
  • Apply to acne areas twice a day (or as needed)

*When stored in the fridge, this mixture can last up to 6 weeks.