Herbal infusions have medicinal properties and can be used to treat certain ailments as well as cleanse and tone. Herbal infusions can be used on all skin types.
Popular Herbs used for Herbal Infusions in Skincare
Calendula (Merigold flower) – Merigold is antiseptic, anti-fugal, anti-inflammatory and healing to the skin. It can be used alone or with a 1/1 ratio of lavender and/or chamomile. This flower is contains a high percentage of flavonoids, saponins and triterpenes. Calendula is often used for treating wounds and burns.
Chamomile flowers – Best known for its amazing anti-inflammatory properties (often used to alleviate itching and rashes). It is anti-fungal, soothing and cleansing. This flower is often used to treat and cleanse the skin under the eyes. Chamomile is also healing and helps to accelerate healing of burns, wounds, acne scars and so forth. Drinking chamomile tea can fight against aging due to the high anti-oxidant content.
Elder flower – Astringent, anti-inflammatory, cleansing and toning.
Lavender flower – Anti-inflammatory, soothing, cleansing and slightly drying to the skin (making it perfect for acne prone skin). There are many other benefits. Read more here.
Lime flowers – Mostly known to be good for aging skin. It is soothing and anti-inflammatory.
Mallow – This ingredient is gentle to the skin and is therefore perfect for sensitive skin. It is anti-inflammatory, soothing and calming. Often used to soothe rough and dry skin.
Mint – Excellent toner. Great for treating acne because of its anti-inflammatory properties.
Rosemary – Rosemary is an antiseptic. It is often used as a toner. It improves blood circulation of the skin. It contains a range of nutrients such as iron, calcium, antioxidants and vitamins.
Thyme – It is anti-bacterial and often used to treat acne. Chamomile and Thyme act together as an antifungal agent to reduce eczema symptoms.
Yarrow – Great as a toner, astringent and antiseptic. Mostly used for aging or damaged skin.
How to Make a Herbal Infusions for Skin
A Simple Infusion
Use 1 heaped tbsp dried chopped herbs to 250ml boiling water. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes, strain and leave the mixture to cool. Apply with cotton wool balls or fine spray bottle. Leave your skin to air dry. (shelf life 12 hours)
Ice Cube Infusions
This is easy, just freeze the mixture above (the simple infusion). Ice cube infusions can be kept for 3 months in the freezer. To use them, you simply rub them directly on your face and neck. On top of all the benefits above, the ice cubes also hydrate, cool and improve blood circulation.
Infusions for Compresses
Compresses are often used to: tone, improve blood circulation, hydrate, calm inflammation and heal damaged, aging skin.
You will need:
Two large bowls
Two face cloths
1 tbsp of your choice herb above
1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
1 tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar
1 Litre cold water
3 cups boiling water
face cloth into the hot infusion after waiting 15 minutes. Squeeze out excess
water and lay the towel on your face. Leave on for 1 minute.
second face cloth into the cold mixture, squeeze out excess water and lay the
towel on your face. Leave on for 1 minute.
process twice, ending off with the cold water to close the pores.
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