Witch hazel (Hamamelis virginiana) is an inexpensive and excellent gentle astringent for oily skin. Green tea adds additional astringent and antioxidant properties; comfrey (Symphytum officinale) helps heal blemishes; and peppermint (Mentha ×piperita) and thyme fight bacteria.
- 1 cup distilled witch hazel extract
- 1 teaspoon dried green tea leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried comfrey leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried peppermint leaves
- 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
- Combine witch hazel extract and herbs in a glass jar. Stir well and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Place in a warm, dark place and allow the mixture to steep for one week. Gently shake every day to agitate the herbs in the liquid. Strain herbs from liquid, and pour into a clean bottle.
- To use, soak a cotton ball in the herbal astringent and wipe gently over your face after cleansing or whenever you could use a quick refresher.
Laurel Vukovic writes and teaches about herbs from her home in southern Oregon. She is the author of 1,001 Natural Remedies (DK, 2003) and Herbal Healing Secrets for Women (Prentice Hall, 2000).
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