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Skincare Recipe of the Month is a monthly feature where we share one of our favourite skincare recipes that you can make at home, usually using ingredients you will already have in your kitchen cupboards.

As I’ve been talking about acne a lot recently, I thought June’s skincare recipe would be along those lines aswell. So this month we’ve got a recipe for Marigold, Lavender and Geranium Acne Gel.

Bright orange pot marigold (calendula officianalis) flowers contain salicylic acid which is used in many over-the-counter acne treatments. They also contain anti-inflammatory and antiseptic substances, which make calendula a popular ingredient for many skin conditions.

Used over a period of weeks, this gel can significantly alleviate the appearance of acne, and reduce discomfort.

This is a great recipe for June because all the flowers used are popular in many gardens and should be in flower now.

Ingredients

10 geranium flowers, with leaves and stems

8 calendula flowerheads

20 lavender flowerheads

200ml water

1 sachet vegetable gelatine

2 tsp aloe vera gel

5 tsp vodka

20 drops tea tree essential oil

Method

  1. Roughly chop the flowers, leaves and stems and place them all in a large glass bowl.
  2. bring the water to the boil and pour it over the flowers to make an infusion. leave to infuse for 10 minutes, or until the water has taken on the colour of the flowers.
  3. Place the infusion and plant material into a blender and blend. strain the mixture through a piece of muslin into a clean bowl.
  4. in another bowl, dissolve the gelatine in 2 tbsp of cold water. Gradually add the flower infusion, stirring to separate any lumps. Add the vodka and tea tree oil and aloe vera, stirring until a gel is formed.
  5. Using a funnel, pour the gel into a clean, sterilised pot.

To Use

  • Apply to affected areas twice a day, or as frequently as needed.
  • Store in the fridge for up to six weeks.

Variations

  • If you have dry skin, you may wish to leave out the vodka as alcohol can be drying.

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Our third Ingredient Profile looks at Lavender.

There are quite a few varieties of lavender, many of which grow wild in the Mediterranean, and are cultivated in gardens across the globe. Lavender officinalis is said to be the most odorous.

Lavender is one of the most popular oils in aromatherapy, and has been used for its healing properties for hundreds of years. For centuries lavender bags have been placed in drawers and wardrobes to keep moths at bay. Revered for its antiseptic qualities by the Romans, they used it to bathe and cleanse wounds. The Latin ‘lavare’ means ‘to wash’.

Lavender is one of only two essential oils which can be used neat on the skin, the other being tea tree. However, as with all essential oils, there are some precautions that should be acknowledged. Some people who have low blood pressure could feel a bit dull and drowsy after using this oil. Additionally, it is an emmenagogue (promotes and regulates menstruation) so is best avoided during the early months of pregnancy.

Lavender appears to cleanse and soothe the Spirit relieving anger and exhaustion, resulting in a calmer approach to life. It has a sedative action on the heart and can help to bring down high blood pressure and calm palpitations. Lavender has long been known as giving effective relief from insomnia.

The pain-relieving qualities of lavender deal effectively with muscular spasm, and can be useful for sprains, strains and sharp rheumatic pains. A blend with marjoram can enhance this effect. Lavender can be beneficial to the respiratory system, and can deal with such problems as bronchitis, asthma, catarrh, colds, laryngitis and throat infections. As mentioned before, lavender is also useful with menstrual problems such as scanty periods, and may help in childbirth, relieving pain and speeding delivery.

Lavender is valuable for most skin types and conditions, since it promotes the growth of new cells and exerts a balancing action on sebum (the skins natural oil). It has a pronounced healing effect on burns and sunburn, and can be helpful in cases of acne, eczema and psoriasis.  Lavender is also an effective hair tonic, and may be of help in cases of alopecia.

Lavender truly is a wonderous herb!

At Freyaluna we love lavender and use it, in herb or oil form, in many of our products. You can find a full list of our products here.

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