Makes 8 ounces
German chamomile (Matricaria recutita) is easy to grow almost anywhere. This sweetly scented herb is an anti-inflammatory and antiseptic agent, helping to relieve the sting caused by too much sun or wind. You can make this skin-soothing recipe as easily as a cup of tea. (If you don’t have chamomile flowers, you can make a spray from a few drops of chamomile essential oil mixed with a cup of water.)
- ½ cup fresh chamomile flowers
- 1 cup boiling water
- In a ceramic container, pour the boiling water over the chamomile; steep for at least 1 hour.
- Strain out the flowers and pour liquid into a clean spray bottle or other container.
- To use, spray on clean skin or apply with a cotton pad. Let tea dry on your skin; do not rinse.
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty from the Garden (Henry Holt and Company, 1999).
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