this diy is near and dear to my heart. if you can believe it, it serves as a base for almost any diy beauty product you can think of – lotions, masks, oils, mists, rinses, etc. all-purpose products are right up my alley!
it’s an herbal extract base that can either be made in oils or in water. i love this herbal base because it packs an extra performance punch to whatever you’re making. if you choose to create these herbal extracts in water, you can add it to masks, face toners, hair rinses, body mists, etc. if you choose to create them in an oil base, you can use it in your lotions, body/hair/face oils, masks, etc.
for that reason, this “recipe” is extremely customizable, depending on your end use. for this post i’ll provide my favorite mix.
this diy requires very little active prep time and gives high performing results in return. sounds great, right?
first things first – decide whether you want to make a water- or oil-based extract… both perhaps?
for either, you will need:
- sterilized glass jar
- 2 cups distilled water OR carrier oils of your choice
- 5 to 6 teaspoons herbs of your choice
if you choose to use a water base, you can steep your herbal tea in 3 to 5 hours. to do this, either make a traditional “sun tea” or you can boil water and pour it over your dry herbs in the jar and seal it tightly for the allotted time. if you choose an oil base, leave your herbs submerged and tightly sealed for 3 to 5 weeks (it’s worth it).
easy prep; amazing results!
my favorite herbal infusion base is made of:
- dandelion root – source of A, B, C, and D vitamins; antimicrobial; antifungal; promotes clear skin
- rosemary – stimulates circulation; astringent; promotes hair growth
- raspberry leaf – tightens and firms; astringent; soothes irritation
- tulsi/holy basil – antioxidant; heals skin and scalp conditions (including psoriasis and eczema); fights signs of aging
- fennel – fights signs of aging; cleanses and tones; source of antioxidants and vitamins; treats scalp conditions; strengthens hair; prevents hair fall
- thyme – antiseptic; soothes inflammation; heals; deep cleansing; promotes hair growth
- chamomile – emollient; healing; antioxidant; anti-inflammatory; soothes dry and itchy scalp (*note this may lighten hair)
- peppermint – anti-inflammatory; revitalizing and stimulatory; clarifies and promotes circulation
- green tea – antioxidant source; soothes redness, inflammation, and puffiness; helps with fine lines; stimulates hair follicles
what are your favorite skin and hair care herbs? be sure to leave your ideas and advice for others in the crunchy community.
all my love.