This past month, I’ve been doing a lot of teaching on the herb calendula in the June Herb Challenge here at Growing Up Herbal. I’ve been sharing a good bit of information as well as some great DIY recipes using this amazing herb, and today is no different.
Today, I’m sharing a recipe that I use for myself every single day… a DIY calendula infused facial toner.
A New Skin Care Regimen
Not long ago, my friend Christy of Windy Ridge Naturals gave me some of her homemade skincare products to try out to see if I liked them. I loved them! She let me try a foaming facial cleanser, a toner, and some moisturizing cream, all made from natural, organic, healthy ingredients. They were (are) amazing! I used them every night before bed, and the issues I’d been having with my face (dry, rough, uneven skin) disappeared! I was hooked on this new nightly skin care regimen.
Since I’m a DIY kinda gal, I decided to go exploring and see if I could come up with my own formulations. I wanted to be able to tweak my recipes and make as much or as little as I needed, when I needed.
Facial toner – check.
Moisturizer – check.
Facial cleanser… not so much.
Christy uses oils in her cleansers instead of soaps, but somehow gets it to foam like soap would. Seeing as how I’ve not yet figured out how to do that, I’m still working on the facial cleanser part of my kit. For now, I need to get more of the goods from her.
Anyway, I’m loving taking some extra time for myself each night before bed. I can do a quick run through of my skin care regimen or I can make it extra special… lighting a candle, diffusing some essential oils, taking a hot bath, and wrapping it all up with my skin care regimen. Whatever I have time for really.
So, since I’ve been doing all this teaching on calendula this month and because I told my Letters To Natural Mamas readers that I was gonna get a bit more personal as well as share some more herbal goodness for us moms, I decided to share the facial toner recipe I’ve been using here on the blog today.
Calendula Infused Facial Toner
First, make an herbal tea using 6 oz. of distilled water and 1/4 cup of dried calendula flowers. Let your tea steep for 20 minutes before straining and composting your herbs. Next, add 1 TBSP of aloe juice to your tea. Lastly, bottle and label it.
About This Facial Toner:
- Only a 25 minute prep time… most of which, you’re not involved in.
- This toner is not only hydrating to the skin, but slightly astringent, anti-inflammatory, and promotes healing of skin thanks to the calendula.
- It can be used for all skin types, except those with very dry skin as they don’t need astringents.
- Gentle enough to be used daily.
- Shake before use and follow with moisturizer
Store in PET plastic or glass bottle in the refrigerator for one week before making a new batch.