Wonderful ways to use herbs from your kitchen:
Chamomile (Matricaria chamomilla):
I drink at least 1 cup of chamomile tea to help sleep each night. It is known to calm the smooth muscle tissue and is also useful for nervous stomach, cramps, digestion.
I make a skin astringent with chamomile:
Steep 1 teabag in 4-6 ozs good water and cool (I have kept this in the refrigerator for 2 weeks). Add 5-15% of witch hazel, 1/2- 1 oz. I keep it in a small bottle in the refrigerator, for summer, it's soothing and cool.
Chamomile contains natural anti-inflammatories including apigenin (similar action to that of non steroidal anti-inflammatories NSAIDS ). It is also anti-spasmodic, antibacterial and anti-fungal, very soothing
for sensitive skin, skin inflammations and sunburn.
I also make a lavender bud, walnut leaf and comfrey leaf astringent. Many other herbs have anti-inflammatory, antibiotic, antibacterial, antimicrobial, anti-fungal, and other healing properties including:
marigold, mints- especially peppermint, sage, rosemary, thyme, echinacea, goldenseal, neem, rosewater, rosehips, lime (linden tea), and many more.
So right in your kitchen you have many herbs to make any number of skin astringents, without buying anything and in the time it takes to brew a cup of tea.
I began buying herbs in bulk where 2 ounces cost $3.05. That's a lot of evening teas and so much more. With the extra herbs I started making herbal bath bags for my brother. A lot of fun in the research and development area.
Have a pleasant tea time!