Guest Blog: Indie is the new Green by Jessica Gonacha – Make your own Herbal Facial Astringent

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Photo by Jessica Gonacha

Since you all seemed to love the cream recipe a few weeks back, I thought it would be fun to do another make-your-own body product this week.

I don’t know about you, but when I read the labels on skin care products, I get a little skeeved out. What is all that junk in there?

This recipe for facial astringent is lovely and will feed your skin pure goodness. Basically, you infuse vinegar with various herbs and flowers to make a good-for-your-skin astringent that balances the natural acid of your skin and gives you a lovely fresh glow!

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Directions: Bring 3 cups vinegar to a boil (white or cider), and remove to a bottle. (I like dark bottles, like cobalt or amber, to protect it from sunlight).

Add to vinegar:
1/2 oz. rose petals
1/2 oz. comfrey leaves
1/2 oz. chamomile flowers
(all can be dried or fresh– but make sure they are organic and have not been sprayed with pesticides!)

Let the flowers and herbs sit and infuse in the bottle for 10 days– shake the bottle daily.

After 10 days, strain the vinegar through cheesecloth or a fine mesh strainer and put back in the bottle. Add an equal quantity of water or rose water to the bottle. Now it’s ready to use!

Spritz on your face after washing for a lovely, softening treat.

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You can use pretty much any combination of herbs and flowers in your astringent. Some particularly good herbs to use are: lavender, calendula, rosemary, sage, and licorice. You can read more about the properties of different herbs at naturalherbsguide.com and herbaldiary.org. If your local health food store has a good supply of bulk herbs, you should be able to find everything you need, but you can also find a great selection online at mountainroseherbs.com and herbco.com.

Have fun!

GREEN CHALLENGE: Go on a bike-riding (or walking) flower-smelling mission! It’s the season for blooming flowers, so get out there and sniff ’em! Share your pictures at the Indie is the New Green flickr group.