Herbal Infusions for Skin Conditions

Craft these easy herbal infusions for soothing common skin conditions.

| April 2019

Photo by Getty Images/Anna-Ok 

Herbal infusions are really terrific for treating conditions like acne, rosacea, dryness, and so on. If your skin is troubling you, splash or rub some herb-infused water, vinegar, or diluted tincture on your skin after you wash it. Here are some suggested combinations:

  • Acne: peppermint and birch bark-infused vinegars with a few drops of lavender oil
  • Also acne: witch hazel extract infused with sage and lemon balm, plus 10 drops tea tree oil (per cup of infusion)
  • Eczema: strong infusion of equal parts chamomile, nettles, and calendula with about a spoonful of Epsom salts dissolved in it.
  • Dry Skin: rose-infused water with a spoonful of honey and a few finely ground almonds
  • Irritated skin: equal parts water and aloe vera juice. Infuse the water with comfrey and calendula.
  • Rosacea: water or vinegar infused with oatmeal (wrap some in a bag, like you’re making tea), chamomile and licorice.
  • Rough skin: vinegar infused with birch bark, rose, and chamomile flowers. You can also replace the birch bark with one or two crushed aspirin tablets.

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Excerpted with permission from Make Your Place: Affordable, Sustainable Nesting Skills by Raleigh Briggs, published by Microcosm Publishing, 2nd ed. 2018.

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