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Natural Beauty: Using Herbs

Natural Beauty: Using Herbs

Basil: 

Basil is highly antibacterial, if you have a break out or feel congested then boil fresh basil leaves (organic is always better) let them cool slightly and with clean hands break them a little so that the natural oils can be released and place on your skin. Lay down and let them cool on your face. You can also rub them into your skin a little if you think it's needed. 

You should feel immediately calmer, the skin should feel tighter cleaner and soothed. Do this as many times are you like, the best thing about simple natural beauty fixes like this is that you can do them as many times in a week as you like without punishing your skin. 

Another tip is to not throw away the water you used to boil the basil leaves. Mix a few drops of Tea Tree oil into it and store in the fridge for up to 3 days as a natural toner. 

Mint: 

Obvious one here is for fresh breath, we like to make our own tea using fresh mint, ginger and lemon in the morning to get started. Mint for oral hygiene, ginger our immune system and skin and lemon for our digestive system. 

We aren't saying it's an alternative for toothpaste but having it every morning is very refreshing and can only help with your breath and making sure it stays fresh. 

Coriander:

Like basil coriander is highly anti bacterial so great for breakouts or congested skin, coriander is also a good alternative to try if you are prone to skin disorders like eczema. It's also importantly full of Vitamin A which will help fight the signs of ageing. 

Try and make a paste out of fresh, organic and well rinsed leaves using a small amount of oil of your choosing and break down the leaves using the back of a spoon. Apply to your whole face or targeted area and leave for a minimum of 20 minutes. 

Chamomile: 

Chamomile has long been know for it's soothing properties, a great tea to drink if you are having trouble sleeping or have an upset stomach. 

We like to use chamomile as face freshener. Use a cool cup of tea to splash on your face if you are feeling dull or tired. You could also put it in a spray bottle as an alternative to a hydro-mist. The left over tea bags are great to pop in the fridge for 5-10 minutes and then pop on your eyes to help rejuvenate. Don't worry about getting a caffeinated version too as the small amount of caffeine will help with tired skin and eyes, just make sure you still well hydrated both internally and externally. 

Natural based products we love:

Aesop - Chamomile Concentrate Anti-Blemish Masque 

Pai - Echium & Argan Gentle Eye Cream 

Malin + Goetz - Peppermint Shampoo 

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