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Tuesday, October 5, 2010

HERBAL FACIAL TREAT....





Hello fabulous naturals!


It is no secret I am a herb fanatic ! I looove my herbs, and since incorporating them in my hair care and skin care regimen.  I have had great results.  I really believe using herbs in my hair has been one of the best things I have done besides going natural along with cutting out a few not so good hair care ingredients and a few other things.


For the past few month I have been using the oil cleansing method with Castor oil being my main ingredient mixed with a bit of Olive oil infused with sage.  I love this way of cleaning my face, and have had really great results.  Sage is great for those who have oily skin or  sensitive skin. The oil cleansing method has been around for quite sometime and lots of ladies use this method with great results .  And some even use different oils, such as grape seed oil, evening primrose oil, jojoba oil, etc.


From time to time I do a herbal facial stem treatment.  How, I came up with the idea  was one day after mixing lots and lots of herbs preparing to mix a herbal spritz.  I leaned over to get a good smell of the delightful herbs I was using, and the smell and steam hit me all at once .....and it smelled divine.  Ladies, when  those herbs are steeping it smells so good , the entire kitchen was on fire!  (lol) not literally.  And, I have heard in the past that steam used with caution can be great used as a facial treat.  So, why not add some beneficial ingredients , right?!?


So what I do is this:


Use about 2 quarts of water
1-2 cups of your favorite herbs
use a very large pot


Next:


Add your water to your very large pot and boil
Add your herbs to your pot of boiling water ( I use dried herbs) I'm sure you can do this with fresh.
Cover and turn off the heat allow your herbs to steep for a few minutes , give it a few stirs and remove from heat.


Now:


Transfer your pot filled with your lovely herbs on the counter , table which ever .  But somewhere you are comfortable.  Placing your face 6-7 inches above the pot.  Placing a large towel over your head allowing it to hang down around the pot.  Making sure to catch all of the nutrients ,vapors and goodness coming from the herbs you've added.  Making sure to keep a good distance from the pot. But, close enough to enjoy it comfortably. 


Great herbs that can be used , but not limited to:


Sensitive skin:


Calendula, sage, horsetail


Dry skin:


Calendula, Chamomile, Lavender, Rose hips, Dandelion, Parsley, Plantain, Peppermint, Rosemary.


Oily skin:


Lemongrass, Horsetail, Peppermint, Rosemary, Sage, Burdock, Parsley, Nettle, Thyme.


Lavender- Calming and sooo relaxing, great for circulation and stimulant.
Birch Bark-Inflammatory Qualities
Cinnamon Bark- Natural astringent, known to suspend excess oil on skin.

Great places you can order herbs online:
http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/
http://www.bulkherbstore.com/
http://www.texasnaturalsupply.com/



                                                                                                            ENJOY!!!

2 comments:

NaturalReview said...

Thanks for this post. I keep hearing about this method, and I really want to try it. This is great information to get me started.

zainab1 said...

@NaturalReview...You are quite welcome! give it a try, keep me posted on your resuls.
Thanks NaturalReview for stopping by, take care.