Hear me, ye who be blighted by the heavy gloom of winter’s passing; there be four things you must find to lift your curse most foul-
Just kidding. No curses being cleaned here, just faces.
You will need:
- A few sprigs of sage
- Forsythia flowers (if you don’t have access to forsythia, dandelion flowers will do!)
- A heatproof container
Start by picking your flowers and herbs and filling your jar with plants. Use a heatproof container such as a mason jar. Make sure you don’t have any bugs hitching a ride!
Set your jar of plants aside and heat yourself some water- it’s time to make some tea. Pour the hot water over the plants, filling up the jar, and let it sit. The tea will change color as it steeps and cools.
Once the tea is cool, strain the liquid into a bowl and throw out the spent plant matter onto the compost heap. It’s ready to use!
To apply, dip a washcloth into the brew, gently washing the face, then follow with holding the tea-soaked cloth to individual places such as the forehead, cheeks, chin, and so on, for one to three minutes apiece to let it absorb well into the skin. Allow to air-dry.
Don’t hang on to any extra – make a fresh batch every day. Alternatively, make in bulk, freeze into cubes, and dethaw tea as needed.
- Violets? Useful for problematic skin, cooling and soothing, reducing redness.
- Thyme? Astringent and antiseptic, directly tackling the bacteria that causes breakouts.
- Sage? Astringent, soothing and anti-inflammatory, reduces oiliness.
- Forsythia? Reduces redness, anti-inflammatory.