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Wednesday, May 12, 2010

A toner good enough to eat!

Rosemary, thyme, and mint.....what a delicious medley to infuse in a toner base. I've rough chopped these herbs and have them infusing in witch hazel and will add essential oils and hydrosol to make a wonderful astringent toner that is cleansing, toning, and tightening for the face. Each herb has astringent properties and thyme has wonderful antiseptic properties. On a plant walk with herbalist Christopher Hobbs, he mentioned the active agent in thyme is thymol. Thyme can be made into a strong infusion (like a strong tea by steeping it in hot water) and sipped throughout the day to help the body combat a cold or flu. Thyme can also be infused in oil and placed directly on finger and toe nails to kill fungal growth. It is a powerful antiseptic and antimicrobial herb.

This toner will be designed for oily and troubled skin. I plan on being my first guinea pig so I'll see how it works first hand. I've had it infusing for a few days and I'll be sure it infuses for at least 10 before I start adding essential oils and floral hydrosols.

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