Finding the right body, bath, and hair products can be a daunting task, and trying to pick out the best option in a sea of labels with ingredients you’re not sure how to pronounce is never easy. However, with the help of Janice Cox and her book, Natural Beauty from the Garden, finding the right products to fit your needs is not only easy but fun! She joined us to share a little about some great plants to grow along with easy-to-make beauty products.
German Chamomile Tea Soother
- 1/2 c. fresh chamomile flowers or 2 chamomile tea bags (made from 100-percent chamomile flowers)
- 1 c. boiling water
In a ceramic or glass container, pour the boiling water over the chamomile and allow it to steep for at least three hours. Strain out the flowers and pour the resulting liquid into a clean container with a tight-fitting lid.
Yield: 8 ounces
To use: Apple to clean skin with a clean cotton pad, or spray on skin. Do not rinse off.
Garden note: Chamomile is a creeping herb, with the stems rooting themselves as they spread. It makes a fragrant lawn substitute and smells glorious when mowed.
Why chamomile? In Germany, chamomile daises grow in almost every garden. There is a phrase for this well-loved herb in that country – alles zutraut, meaning “capable of anything.” In fact, around the world, chamomile is often referred to as the “physician’s plant” because it has so many health applications. This aromatic evergreen has strong anti-inflammatory and disinfecting qualities, and is also soothing to wind-chapped or sunburned skin. This recipe will soothe and calm your complexion and can be made as easily as a cup of tea.
Love Apple Mask
- 2 Tbsp. yellow cornmeal
- 1 Tbsp. French green clay
- 1 Tbsp. fresh tomato juice
- 1 Tbsp. distilled water
In a glass or ceramic bowl, mix together all ingredients and stir well until you have a smooth paste.
Yield: 2 ounces, enough for one facial mask
To use: Spread the mixture onto clean skin, gently massaging with your fingertips. This will help exfoliate any dead skin cells and other surface impurities. Leave the mask on your skin for 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse with warm water. Discard any remaining mask.
Garden note: Tomatoes are some of the easiest garden vegetables to grow. Many varieties can be grown in containers or hanging baskets. Even if you do not have a large yard or garden, you can grow a pot of fresh tomatoes on your porch or patio.