Gifts from the Garden (Kyle Books, 2013) is food writer Debora Robertson’s inspirational collection of more than 100 pretty and practical projects for any green-fingered crafter wanting to make the most of their garden’s bounty throughout the seasons. From the edible to the decorative, Robertson presents original ideas to suit every occasion. Use the following excerpt to make your own natural face toner with the antiseptic properties of dried marigold petals.
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Marigold Face Tonic
Marigold petals (Calendula officinalis) have natural antiseptic properties and have been used in preparations to promote clear complexions for centuries. This mild toner is suitable for all skin types.
• 1 tablespoon dried marigold petals (Calendula officinalis)
• About 1 cup witch hazel
• 4 tablespoons rose water
• 2 tablespoons glycerine
• 1 teaspoon benzoin tincture (natural preservative)
• Pretty bottles, ideally made from dark glass
1. Place the marigold petals in a glass or ceramic bowl and pour over 1 2⁄3 cups boiling water. Cover and leave the mixture to infuse for 3 to 4 hours. Strain the infusion through a sieve lined with muslin into a bowl. Measure and stir in an equal amount of witch hazel, followed by the rose water, glycerine, and benzoin tincture. Use a funnel to decant into cold, sterilized bottles.
2. The tonic will keep for up to a month, or 2 months if stored in the fridge. Makes about 2 1⁄2 cups.