Facial Spas or herbal steams are an easy way to open pores and leave the skin feeling refreshed. This mix is specifically formulated for oily skin and skin congestion around the nose and chin. If you’re interested in other Herbal Steam/Facial Spa recipes, see The Practical Herbalist Remedies section.This is when organic ingredients are truly best. Pesticides reside on the surface of plants which would transfer to the steam, so avoid non-organic herbs all around and especially if you’re immune system is compromised by illness, stress, or allergies. For the procedure for doing an herbal steam, see The Practical Herbalist Herbal How To section.Read More
Summer is mosquito season in my neck of the woods. All of Oregon’s standing water during breeding season gives the nasty little buggers plenty of spaces to raise their families. The oil in this formula serves two purposes: it allows the essential oils a chance to linger on the skin and brings in the healing powers of calendula as an anti-immflammatory for existing bites. You may spray this formula on your skin after the mosquitoes have gone to bed to ease the itching from the spots they got to before you pulled out the herbs.Read More
Sunburns always seem to take the victim by surprise. It just didn’t seem like it was either hot enough or you were outside long enough to get the sunburn. Fortunately, there is a simple recipe with easy to grow garden flowers to ease the suffering. A thin coat of Aloe Vera gel can be used to help speed healing after the Sunburn Soother has dried on the skin.Read More
Green Tea has gotten a lot of press lately because it is full of antioxidants. Combine its healing properties for the skin with its delicate scent and you have the perfect base for an after-bath body powder. The addition of lavender and calendula lends a floral aroma that is alluring without being overpowering. Lavender is also a strong antiviral herb while Calendula is famous for its antibacterial properties.Read More
When my little one was really small, he got canker sores. I get them occasionally, usually when I’m stressed. The virus that causes these sores takes advantage of my suppressed immune system to rear their ugly heads.Read More
Honey is loaded with healthy properties, among them the ability to rejuvenate and heal the skin. As a facial treatment, honey removes acne without drying and helps smooth large pores; it’s great for teens and women facing unbalanced hormones late in life as well.Read More
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