Herbal lotions can be used for washing, added to bath water, hair rinses or to scent water for washing clothes and laundry.
Pour boiling water over 1 cup of fragrant herbs – bergamot, lavender, lemon balm, sage, camomile, marjoram, mint, rosemary, sweet cicely or thyme – so they are just covered, simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes, let stand until cool then strain. Equal quantities of water and wine vinegar with sage and rue leaves and 1 teaspoon of ground ginger, make an unusual toilet water.
For an instant herbal bath, place a few herbs in a muslin (cheesecloth) bag with a spoonful of oatmeal to soften the water and hang the bag beneath the hot tap of the bath.
Herbal vinegars can be added to bath water, washing water, hair rinsing water or water used to wash clothes.
Camomile flowers make a delightful foam bath. Crush 4 tablespoons of dried camomile flowers and mix with 1 ¼ cups of milk and chill overnight. The moisturizing milk is then ready for use but must be stored in the refrigerator.
A tablespoon of herbal vinegar added to 2/3 cup of water or rainwater makes an excellent toner for greasy skin. For normal or dry skin, use 2/3 cup of rose water, 3 tablespoons of orange flower water and 3 tablespoons of glycerine to make a soothing skin tonic.
Mint has many cosmetic uses, including a skin toner. Infuse 2 tablespoons of chopped apple mint in 3 tablespoons of white wine vinegar for a week, shaking daily, then strain the vinegar and pour on 1 ¼ cups of boiling water. Leave to cool, then bottle, seal and label. Mint also makes a refreshing facemask. Simmer 4 tablespoons of chopped mint with 4 tablespoons of water for 5 minutes then remove form the heat and stir in 1 tablespoon of clear honey, 3 tablespoons of milk and 2 tablespoons of fine oatmeal. Leave to cool then apply to the face and leave for at least 15 minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water.
Successful Gardening ~
Kali S Winters