Many natural ingredients have skin-soothing properties. Fennel is good for sensitive skin, while chervil helps moisturize dry skin.
The scent of fresh chervil or “sweet fern,” is believed to give one a feeling of well-being. It’s also an excellent herb for cleansing the skin, leaving it soft and supple. With fresh mint, this toner is naturally refreshing. Makes 8 ounces.
• 1/4 cup fresh chervil leaves
• 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
• 1 cup boiling water
• 1/4 cup rosewater
1. Place chervil and mint leaves in a bowl and pour boiling water over. Steep until completely cooled. Strain mixture and discard solids. Mix strained liquid with rosewater and pour into a clean bottle.
2. To use, apply to clean skin with a cotton ball or pad.
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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