PART 3. THE REMEDIES
FACE AND HAIR CARE
The only upside to dry skin is that it comes with a somewhat simple solution. Because dryness is caused by a lack of hydration in the skin’s upper layer, natural oils and herbs work brilliantly to rejuvenate, rehydrate, and moisturize cells. Try these fast and easy treatments on other problem areas like elbows and knees, too. (And if you’re exposed to an arid climate or dry indoors, use a humidifier at night.)
Honey Moisture Mask with Hyssop and Lavender
YIELD: 1 TREATMENT
STORAGE: NOT RECOMMENDED
TIME: 15 MINUTES
This trio of skin saviors—hyssop, lavender, and honey—soothes irritation, nourishes parched cells, and calms inflammation. Over-the-counter aloe vera gel is a great substitution if you don’t have an aloe vera plant.
1 aloe vera leaf or 1 teaspoon store-bought alcohol-free aloe vera gel
1 teaspoon honey, warmed
1 teaspoon fresh hyssop leaves, finely chopped
2 drops lavender essential oil
1.Split the aloe vera leaf open lengthwise and scoop out the aloe vera gel.
2.In a small bowl, combine the aloe vera gel with the honey.
3.Using a fork or a small whisk, stir well.
4.Add the hyssop leaves and lavender essential oil.
5.Stir again to blend all the ingredients.
6.Using your fingertips, apply the entire mask to your face and neck.
7.Lie back and relax for at least 10 to 15 minutes.
8.Rinse your face with cool water when finished. Follow up with your favorite moisturizer.
9.Enjoy twice weekly for best results.
Rich Chamomile Facial Cream
YIELD: 30 TREATMENTS
STORAGE: GLASS JAR
TIME: 20 MINUTES
With rich oils and beeswax for a smooth, supple feel, this moisturizer makes the most of chamomile’s healing ability.
1 teaspoon dried chamomile flowers
½ cup boiling water
3 tablespoons almond oil
3 tablespoons avocado oil
1 tablespoon jojoba oil
1 ounce beeswax
2 teaspoons glycerin
10 drops chamomile essential oil
10 drops geranium essential oil
1.In a small bowl, combine the chamomile flowers and boiling water. Cover the bowl and steep for 15 minutes.
2.Meanwhile, in the top of a double boiler, combine the almond, avocado, and jojoba oils.
3.Add the beeswax to the oils and stir over low heat until melted.
Strain the chamomile-infused water, being careful to keep flower bits out of the liquid. Measure 1 ounce of the infusion. Discard any unused portion.
4.Transfer the oil mixture to a medium glass bowl. One drop at a time, add the chamomile infusion to the oil mixture, stirring with a small whisk until it thickens and cools.
5.Add the glycerin and mix thoroughly. Add the chamomile and geranium essential oils and mix again.
6.Transfer the cream to a glass jar with a tight-fitting lid.
7.With your fingertips, massage a small amount onto your freshly washed face, neck, and chest.
8.Use nightly before bed. Store in a cool, dark place.