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Use the regiment below to keep your skin fresh and healthy.
Steaming is essential for blemished skin to increase circulation, improve the flow of oils and promote the elimination of toxins. Moisture hydrates the skin and encourages cellular rejuvenation. Be careful not to burn the skin and choose from any of the following herbs to prepare a decongestant steam:
Place a handful of fresh or 2 tablespoons of dried herbs in a bowl of water. Pour over the herbs 1 litre of boiling pure spring water. Cover your head with a towel and steam for 5-10 minutes. Do not put your fact too close to the hot surface and remove the towel immediately if you feel any burning sensation.
When finished- drink at least one full glass of water (8oz) to replace lost fluids.
Avoid steaming if you suffer with Rosacea or if your skin is aggravated by hot humid climates.
For total body skin care prepare a warm bath using the herbal extract listed above. Add 5-6 generous handfuls of herbs to a bath tub of water. Try to immerse your back and chest in the water for 10-15 minutes.
For blemished skin use cool to tepid compresses to calm inflammation and to soothe your skin. Mix together dried or fresh herbs:
Make a strong tea using 2 tablespoons of dried herb or two handfuls of fresh herbs and cover with a pint of hot water. Allow the tea to infuse for 30 minutes then strain. Saturate a folded cloth with the tea, ring out the excess tea, then place over the blemished skin for 2 minutes. Repeat several times.
Blemished skin should be cleansed daily with gentle ingredients that do not irritate. A good cleansing routine is essential to clear away excess oil and impurities.
For the dried herbs use any combination of Marshmallow root, Yarrow, Mint and Lime flowers. Place the herbs and milk in a saucepan and allow steeping for one hour, next warm gently for 10 minutes. Leave to cool and then strain. Add a drop of rose oil. Keep in refrigerator and the cleanser will last for 4 days.