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Herbal Skincare

Summer living may be easy, but chances are your hair and skin will appreciate a little extra TLC during the sun-drenched months. Don an herbal face mask while you stretch out with a good book, soak your sunburned skin in a soothing herbal bath, or nourish your hair with a warm oil pack while you pick flowers or herbs in the yard.

Must-Have Herbs

Before getting started, you may want to stock up on some of these skin and hair care friendly herbs

Agrimony: cleansing, soothing
Arnica Flowers: revitalizing, softening, moisturizing
Calendula Flowers: cleansing, moisturizing, softening, soothing, revitalizing
Chamomile: calming, cleansing, soothing, softening
Comfrey Root: cleansing, moisturizing, softening, rejuvenating, soothing
Dandelion Leaf: cleansing, revitalizing
Elder Flowers: cleansing, revitalizing
Hop Flowers: softening, soothing
Horsetail: cleansing, calming
Hyssop: soothing, cleansing
Lavender: calming, cleansing, moisturizing, softening, rejuvenating, soothing
Linden Flowers: calming, cleansing, moisturizing, softening, rejuvenating, soothing
Marshmallow Root: softening
Nettle Leaf: cleansing, moisturizing, softening
Peppermint: cooling, cleansing, refreshing
Rosemary Leaf: cleansing, rejuvenating, refreshing, conditioning
Sage Leaf: calming, cleansing, moisturizing, softening

Blemish and Blah Skin Steam

BlemishBlemish-prone skin can flare up in the summer. Use an herbal steam to calm the skin and to keep pores beautifully clean.

Place a handful of skin-soothing herbs like linden, yarrow or chamomile flowers in a large bowl. Wash your face as you boil enough water to half fill the basin. Pour boiling water over the herbs. Draping a towel over your head to form a tent, lean over the steam for about 10-15 minutes. Rinse your face well and pat dry.

Spearmint: conditioning, refreshing, revitalizing
St. John’s Wort: cleansing, soothing, promotes blood flow to the skin, moisturizing, softening, soothing
Thyme Leaf: calming, cleansing
Yarrow Flowers: cleansing, promotes blood flow to the skin, decreases inflammation, moisturizing, softening

With these on hand you can make endless variations of your favorite recipes.

Try these herbal recipes:
» Summer Mask
» Herbal Sunburn Soother
» Herbal Spritzer
» Herbal Hair Restorative

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