Creating refreshing beauty mists are as simple as making tea. Most flower herbs should only be steeped to preserve their healing benefits. The beauty mist that I recently created was with two of my favorite herbs: catnip and calendula.
Catnip, also called catmint, is part of the mint family yet includes the leaf and flower of the plant. I’ve found catnip infusions to be very soothing to my skin and softening to my hair. Many use this herbal infusion to prevent split ends by doing hair soaks and also as a hair conditioner. I enjoy drinking catnip tea when I feel stressed as it is also a natural sedative. Here is an article that I recently wrote about catnip.
Calendula, also called marigold, is native to northern Mediterranean countries. Calendula is an edible flower that can be used in cereals, salads and salad dressings, rice dishes, and desserts. It is most commonly used for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties in cosmetics, yet is also antibacterial and antiviral. Calendula is wonderful for healing slow cuts or wounds while stimulating collagen production and minimizing scarring.
What you will need:
Essential Oils optional
Simply steep 2 teaspoons of catnip herb and 4 tablespoons of calendula in 16 ounces of boiled distilled water. I prefer strong infusions and leave the herbs to steep overnight. How long you steep your herbs is your own personal choice. Finally strain your infusion, add a few drops of your favorite essential oils (lavender and chamomile are both lovely), and transfer your DIY Skin Hair & Body Mist to a clean cosmetic spray bottle. Please refrigerate unused portions of your body mist, or keep a small 1-2 ounce bottle with you that you know you will use throughout the day.
I purchased both catnip and calendula from Mountain Rose Herbs. Enjoy!
(General Note: Please research new herbs to ensure there is no conflict with pregnancy or medical conditions before using.)
(Image by Dawn Michelle)