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.
In honor of the blooming herbs here in the Hill Country garden I dedicate this post to the topical uses of Borage, Yarrow, Vitex, Calendula...
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I am a Texas native, an artist, a foodie, and an herbalist. I studied under Nicole Telkes Wildflower School of Botanical Medicine in Austin. I mostly focus on developing and producing body care products using plants I grow or purchase organically.
I’m a nutritionist to dear friends and family, I understand food sensitivities and intolerances and how foods can affect cognitive and physical health. I once suffered from GI illness and through studying alternative means of healing and applying discipline to my wellness plan have overcome chronic inflammation and pain. I was fortunate to heal myself outside of the typical medical model of prescriptions and think many of us can, too. I believe we have the power to heal our bodies. We are all introduced to a myriad of pollutants each day. We are eating, applying them, or inhaling them with little thought. I aim too reduce this minefield by producing toxin free products that are beneficial, nutritive, and easily absorbed through the skin. We all need a little help navigating through today’s exposures. My mission is to help reduce pollution in people, one product at a time. Thank you for joining me in my herbal adventures!
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we all grow up
Verbena (Vervain) Loving Spring
Cactus in Bloom
Spring in the Hill Country 2010
Flowers for Mum
reaching towards the sun
Briar and Basil in the Greenhouse
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