Dried botanicals are a wonderful way to boost the aesthetics of your product and uplift the senses. Dried herbs and flowers add a sense of luxury to skincare formulations. Their unique plant compounds nurture and heal the skin, while their beauty and subtle scent nourishes the soul.
Dried botanicals have an almost endless array of uses. Make a tincture by soaking dried herbs and flowers in water with a small amount of alcohol, this can be used as a base for facial toners, room or linen sprays or for medicinal applications. Add a handful to your bathwater or mix with your bath salts for a luxurious element. Pop of a few drops of essential oils to a handful of dried flowers and place in the bathroom or by your bed for a subtle aroma. Or place a few in your clear glass essential oil roller or perfume bottle. And did I mention they make a lovely garnish on your dessert or cake or steep in hot water for a therapeutic tea?
It's common knowledge that a chamomile tea can help to reduce stress and calm the mind, but you may not know chamomile, when used in skincare formulations, can calm the skin also. Like many herbs and botanicals, chamomile is a natural anti-inflammatory and helps soothe irritated, sensitive skin and reduce redness.
Chamomile tea has been used for centuries by the Egyptians, Greeks and Romans to treat skin conditions and promote skin healing.
Make a tincture by steeping a handful in some water and alcohol, then use as a calming facial toner, body mist, or as an ingredient in water-based skincare formulas. Make up a tea and rinse your hair before applying shampoo to help alleviate itchy scalp and help treat dandruff.
Chamomile contains polyphenols and phytochemicals to promote cell regeneration and combat the signs of ageing. Full of skin-loving antioxidants, chamomile helps to prevent the oxidation of skin cells that attribute to aged skin. The anti-inflammatory properties of chamomile help heal skin conditions such as acne and eczema.
Roses have been used for centuries in beauty applications as well as medicinally. Revered for their sweet, floral scent and their beauty, roses are the epitome of romance and grace.
Steep a handful in distilled water and alcohol to make your own rose tincture. This can be used as a base for facial toners, air fresheners, linen sprays and all kinds of beauty formulations. Mix in with your bath salts or scatter in the bath for a luxurious element. Or pop in your essential oil roller bottle and pretty-up your perfume.
Roses contain unique plant compounds and anti-inflammatory components that help to reduce redness, heal blemishes and calm sensitive or problem skin. Naturally anti-bacterial and anti-fungal, dried roses, when infused into skin care formulations, help treat skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, rosacea etc.
Roses also contain powerful antioxidants to help repair cells and keep skin youthful and radiant. Furthermore, roses are known to have a calming effect on the mind, helping to alleviate stress and promote restfulness and calm the spirit.