This cleanser will keep your skin soft and bright. It is a good alternative to soap because it contains two herbs beneficial to sensitive skin: fennel and elderflowers. If neither grows in your garden, you may substitute the dried version. Makes 6 ounces.
• 1/2 cup boiling water
• 1 teaspoon fresh fennel leaves or 1/2 teaspoon dried
• 1/2 cup fresh elderflowers or 1/4 cup dried
• 1 tablespoon honey
• 1/4 cup buttermilk
1. Combine water, fennel and elderflowers. Steep until cool. Strain mixture and blend liquid with honey and buttermilk.
2. To use, massage a small amount onto face and neck. Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry. Store in refrigerator.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty At Home (Henry Holt and Company, New York). For more information and recipes visit her website at www.herbcompanion.com/contributors
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