Persephone’s flower tonic- homemade astringent from your yard

Organic lawns are in full color with dandelions, violets, plantain leaves, and chickweed in the early spring. Did you know that these 4 wild edibles are perfect for a skin soothing astringent? Yes, a skin astringent made from the wild plants in your yard! If you’ve always wanted to try your hand at herbal body care, this recipe is an easy way to start!

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Violet leaves and blossoms are great for skin irritations and can help clear stubborn problems like eczema, psoriasis, and acne.”Plantain (see picture here) is an amazing herb for skin disorders as well, it also has drawing properties to draw toxins from the skin.

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Chickweed is good for relieving itch and soothing dry, irritated skin, and rashes.

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For the recipe you will need:

*a fresh handful of each: dandelion blooms, violet blooms and leaves, chickweed, and plantain (all organic)
*a pint mason jar
*1/4 c apple cider vinegar
*1/4 c rose water
*3 teaspoons witch hazel
*tea tree or lavender essential oil (optional)

**Note- if you want your astringent to be pink use a lot of purple violets!**

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Directions for the astringent:

-Place your earthly pickings in the mason jar.
-Set the kettle on and bring it to a whistle.

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-Pour the boiling water over the herbs until they are submerged, then cap the top.
-Let the herbs infuse for 2-4 hours.
-Filter out the herbs.
-To 1 cup of the facial tea add:
*1/4 cup vinegar (watch the tea turn pink at this step),
*1/4 cup rose water, 3 teaspoons witch hazel
*10 drops of tea tree or lavender essential oil (optional).
-I keep a small portion of the astringent in a half pint glass jar on the bathroom sink and refrigerate the rest; after a week I am ready to replenish with the refrigerated portion. It keeps in the refrigerator for about 2 weeks and keeps for about a week on the bathroom sink.
-Keep a cotton cloth and rubber band around the top, the metal rings will rust due to the ACV.

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To use:
-Use a cotton ball or cloth, dip into the astringent and wash face and neck in the morning and evening.
-The astringent can also be used on other areas of the skin to help ease rash, bug bites, sunburn, cuts, etc.

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In the picture above you will notice that the mason jar with violets is a knock out pink color, this is because the violet water mixed with an acid (ACV or lemon juice) turns pink! The more violets you add the pinker it will be.

“That’s all,”
Lisa

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3 Comments

  • May 2, 2014 - 6:03 pm | Permalink

    Awesome! We are doing the same thing over here. Your violets are so gorgeous. I just picked some for a violet eye cream. So happy that spring is finally here. It always makes me happy to see others enjoying the bounty that many folks just pass by. (Or destroy with weed killer..ugh.)

  • April 29, 2014 - 5:25 pm | Permalink

    This sounds lovely. Plenty to choose from in our garden too. must give this a go. Thanks for sharing.

  • April 28, 2014 - 10:49 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for posting the recipe. I will have to try this.

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