The witch hazel plant has quite a pedigree, offering healing properties as one of a number of its multiple uses. I have been a fan of witch hazel for decades, housed in my medicine cabinet as a staple, and as a foundation for other preparations such as this “Botanical Complexion Topical”.
Maintaining a growing garden leaves me susceptible to insect bites and nettle stings. I also prefer glove-free gardening and often stick myself on rose thorns, subjecting my skin to oxalates emitted from tomato’s protective glandular trichomes in addition to other prickers and brambles. Goddess only knows what microscopic goodies get under my finger nails and may be transmitted transdermally. The bright afternoon sun aids in the synthesis of Vitamin D3 and feels so good on my face, but irritates the Rosacea condition I have also been treating for 20 years. Providentially, witch hazel aids all these conditions.
This latest incarnation of my botanical toner is suggestive of The Mountain Rose Blog‘s recent recipe. I extracted a select combination of plant parts I have grown, dried, collected and prefer for fragrance and pH rebalancing. Most of my food and preparations are intuitive blends I have practiced repeatedly over the years. This forgiving process welcomes you to invent your own.
- Gather your chosen ingredients. The current batch contains varietals of the following:
Handful of rose petals
2 Tbsp. Rosemary
1 Tbsp. Comfrey Leaf
1 Tsp. Peppermint leaf
20 or so Lavender Wands
Small Sage bundle
1-2 Dried Persimmon slices
1-2 tsp. Lemon Thyme
1 tsp. Basil
6 gtt. (drops) Orange Extract if no fresh orange oil is available and…
*Overall amounts depend upon container size.
Put all ingredients into a glass jar. Fill with witch hazel ensuring herbs are immersed, allowing room for expansion. Add liquid extracts. Seal with a tight lid and put in a temperate location out of direct light for a minimum of a fortnight. Gently tilt jar daily mixing contents, returning to its undisturbed location.
- Strain extraction initially through a sieve.
- Allow contents to settle then re-strain through an unbleached coffee filter or fine cotton cloth.
- Transfer to a glass spritzer bottle or keep stored in sealed jar, applying to skin with a glass eyedropper, so as not to contaminate contents. Keeps well and yields enough to be shared. This fruity, refreshing toner regenerates dermal elasticity and stimulates the senses while promoting healing on a cellular level.
* The human body is in a constant state of flux so bear in mind that as individuals, we each have unique responses to products at different times. Use with care.