You can wash your face with chamomile to take advantage of its soothing, healing qualities. There are many varieties of chamomile, all bearing a cone-shaped yellow center, which contains the herb's active elements, says "The Complete Book of Herbs." According to Stephanie Tourles, author of "Organic Body Care Recipes," chamomile is good for all skin types. You can use a chamomile face wash to soften skin. It's also good for inflamed skin and conditions such as acne, eczema and psoriasis. A chamomile infusion can serve as a skin toner.
Boil the distilled water and add chamomile flowers. Remove from heat and let steep, covered, for 20 minutes.
Strain the chamomile infusion through a coffee filter set in a wire mesh strainer.
Let cool and set aside 1 cup to make chamomile face wash. Store the rest in an 8-ounce container with a tight lid. Chamomile toner will keep in the refrigerator for up to one week.
Chamomile Face Wash
Combine Castile soap, almond oil, 1 cup chamomile infusion and 15 to 20 drops chamomile essential oil in a large glass mixing bowl.
Stir thoroughly with the wire whisk until all ingredients are well combined.
Apply about 1 teaspoon to your face and neck with a washcloth or your fingers. Rinse with cool water. Apply chamomile toner to face and neck with a cotton ball. Follow with a gentle moisturizer.
Store the remaining chamomile face wash in a 16-ounce plastic bottle. Your face wash will keep at room temperature for one month, and in the refrigerator for up to one year. Shake well before each use.
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- "The Complete Book of Herbs"; Lesley Bremness; 1988
- "Organic Body Care Recipes"; Stephanie Tourles; 2007
Based in Bethesda, Md., Brigid Rauch has been writing about health and nutrition since 2007. Her work has appeared on websites for companies like Honest Tea. Rauch holds a master's degree in urban planning from University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a registered yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance and teaches classes in Ayurvedic holistic medicine for moms and pregnant women.
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