Sage Astringent - for oily skin
4 Tbsp dried Sage
6 Tbsp 100 proof Vodka
1/4 tsp Borax
3 Tbsp witch hazel
10 drops glycerine
Macerate the sage in the alcohol for 2 weeks and then strain. Dissolve the borax in the witch hazel. Stir mixture into the alcohol. Mix in the glycerine and pour into a sterile bottle with a tight fitting lid. Shake before each use.
Avocado and Nettle Moisturizer
1 tsp Beeswax
2 tsp emulsifying wax
8 tsp hazelnut oil
4 tsp avocado oil
1/8 tsp borax
2 Tbsp strong nettle infusion, warm
4 drops cedarwood essential oil
Melt the waxes together. Warm the oils in a bain de marie and gradually beat them into the waxes. Dissolve the borax in the warm nettle infusion. Slowly beat this into the wax mixture. Allow to cool then mix in the essential oil. Spoon into jars and label.
Lavender Astringent - lavender has great antiseptic qualities.
3 parts lavender flowers
1 part powdered orris
sufficient cider vinegar to cover
Combine ingredients and leave to stnad for at least 2 weeks. Strain through a cloth or coffee filter and bottle. Dilute before using directly on the skin. Dilution: 2 Tbsp to a wash basin of water should be sufficient.
Chamomile and Cucumber Lotion - my mom made a similar one without the glycerine
2 fl oz strong chamomile infusion
12 oz cucumber
6 tsps glycerine
Finely chop the cucumber and squeeze out the juice (or use a juicer). Slightly warm infusion and stir in the glycerine. When thoroughly amalgamated, stir in the cucumber juice. Allow to cool and bottle. Refrigerate.