As I mentioned yesterday, I recently made a fresh batch of lotion using seasonal flowers and herbs, and dried flowers I have collected from my garden, and I’d like to share a jar with one of you!
I’ve been using this for a few days and am really happy with it. I’ve used it on my face, arms, hands, legs. It’s rich but not heavy and leaves my skin feeling smooth and calm. As with lotions in general, I think it’s best applied to freshly washed skin.
The ingredients are as follows:
*calendula, +elderflower, *chamomile, *lavender, *rosemary, purified water, *olive oil,
*jojoba oil, *coconut oil, *beeswax, evening primrose seed oil, vit E oil, *lavender
essential oil, rosemary essential oil, citric acid (a natural preservative).
For anyone interested, here is a little bit of information on the herbs I chose this time:
Calendula reduces inflammation and soothes the skin. It’s a wonderful herb for the general care of skin irritations of all kinds. “Calendula has been used for centuries to heal wounds and skin irritations. Calendula has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, astringent, antifungal, antiviral, and immuno-stimulant properties making it useful for disinfecting and treating minor wounds, conjunctivitis, cuts, scrapes, chapped or chafed skin, bruises, burns, athlete’s foot, acne, yeast infections, bee stings, diaper rashes, and other minor irritations and infections of the skin.” (mountain rose herbs – http://mountainroseblog.com/healing-calendula/).
Elderflower soothes dry skin and has anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Elderflower is a supportive tonic for all skin types, particularly mature skin. Reputed to soften skin, smooth wrinkles, fade freckles and soothe sunburn.
Chamomile might be best known for it’s soothing effects when taken internally, but it is also a gentle, healing herb when applied externally. It has been shown to be anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and calming to the skin, making it a helpful aid for soothing skin rashes, itchy skin, minor burns and sunburn. It may also speed healing of minor wounds and prevent bacterial infection.
Rosemary is one of the most useful herbs in my opinion! It is stimulating and aromatic, a culinary highlight, healing to the skin, scalp, hair, gums, muscles. There are so many uses for this herb. I chose it mainly for it’s refreshing smell and it’s antibacterial properties. Aroma-therapeutically, rosemary is shown to relieve stress and improve mental clarity. It is anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and has been shown to increase circulation.
Lavender has antiseptic, antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties and is soothing and stimulating. It’s a healing and gentle cleanser and tonic for all skin types. Aroma-therapeutic as well, it acts as an uplifting nerve tonic.
I use organic beeswax sourced from our friends at Old Blue Natural Resources.
To enter, please leave a comment below by midnight, Friday, April 15. I’d love to know – what is your most favored herb, whether for medicinal, culinary or other reasons?
You may also leave a comment over here for a second entry if you’d like. Thanks all! I wish I could share a bunch of them.
The winner will receive the 2 ounce glass jar shown above, of my Elderfloral Skin Creme, in a little block printed cotton drawstring pouch. Good luck!
Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Carrie! Your gift will arrive soon 🙂