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Rose & Rosemary water


3 tbs. dried rosemary or 6 tbs. fresh rosemary
2 tbs. dried or fresh rose petals
4 cups water


Combine all ingredients in a small glass or enameled pan. Bring water to a simmer and add herbs/flowers. Shut heat and steep for 20 mins.
This process can be repeated using the same water and more herbs/flowers for a stronger scent. Cool to room temperature, then strain out the herbs. Put liquid in a bottle with a lid and dab on with cotton, OR put it in a spray bottle and spray on your face and body. This rinse will remove any traces of soap on your face. Refrigerate between uses. You can use any flower or herb of your choice
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Herbal steam

Bring 4 cups of water to a simmer and add 4 tablespoons of an herb like lavender to a teapot. Pour boiling water over herbs in teapot, cover teapot. Sit at table and cover head with towel, slowly pour steaming herb/water mix into deep bowl, do 1/3 of the water at a time. Allow the steam to build up around your face, but be careful of the hot water. The steam will do wonders for your face, skin is moister and younger looking, feeling. Do not steam longer than 20 mins. Use an astringent immediately after steam while pores are open, for best results.



Witch Hazel Astringent

Fill A glass bottle 1/4 full with dried Witch hazel leaves. Fill to the top with isopropyl alcohol. Cork or cover bottle and store in a cool dark place for three days. On the third day you will find that the liquid has turned green, now strain herbs through cheese cloth, return to bottle and cork. Store in cool dark place.