Happy Spring — I have sunshine here today and warmer temps so it is finally starting to feel like spring around here after a long very wet winter. I have moss growing places I never thought it would grow haha — I am also learning about hops this year and speaking at the International Herb Conference in Michigan this fall. So more on that later in other posts. For now I am planning my skin care garden and using my spring veggies and flowers. Here are a few of my favorite “Spring” recipes.
Lettuce Cleansing Lotion
Lettuce from the garden or farmer’s market makes a wonderful facial lotion that suits sensitive skin types. This simple solution will also relieve sunburned or irritated skin.
1 /2 head fresh lettuce
4 cups water
Place the lettuce in a medium saucepan and cover with water. Bring the water to a boil and then lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely. Strain off all solids and pour into a clean container. To use: Massage a small amount of cleanser onto your face and neck. Rinse well with warm water. Store in the refrigerator.
Yield: 16 ounces
Fresh Carrot Mask
This is an ideal facial mask for normal to oily skin. Carrot juice is rich in Vitamin A, often referred to as the “beauty vitamin” because of it’s benefits to our skin and hair. You can make your own fresh juice or purchase carrot juice at the market or natural food store.
2 Tablespoons fresh carrot juice
2 Tablespoons powdered buttermilk
Mix together the juice and buttermilk until you have a smooth creamy mixture. To use: Spread on clean sin and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse well with warm water followed by a cool water rinse.
Yield: 1 ounce
Lilac Bath Oil
The name lilac is a Persian word for “flower”, and it was in that country where that the plant was first discovered. Lilacs are one of my favorite spring flowers and I have several bushes growing in my yard. I love the beautiful flowers and their delicate scent. The fresh flowers make s lovely bath oil.
2 cups fresh lilac flowers, removed from the stem
1 cup castor oil
Gently crush the delicate flower buds and place them in a clean jar. Warm the castor oil in the microwave but do not boil just warm to the touch. Pour the oil over the flower buds in the jar. Let the jar sit for 2 weeks. After the mixture has sat and you are happy with the scent. Strain the oil into a clean container and discard the flower buds. To use: Pour a tablespoon or two into your bath as you fill your tub.
Yield: 8 ounces
Happy Spring — For more recipes and ideas check out my book “Natural Beauty at Home”