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How to Make Your Own Astringent

All-natural beauty products are hard to come by and can be expensive. Concoct your very own blend of herbs to get rid of oil and dirt naturally.


  • Step 1: Boil liquid Pour water and witch hazel into a saucepan and bring it to a full boil over medium heat.
  • Step 2: Remove from heat and add herbs Remove the water mixture from heat and pour in the nettle, chamomile, calendula, comfrey, eucalyptus, peppermint, and lavender. Allow to sit for 2 to 3 hours.
  • TIP: You should be able to find all of the herbs at your local natural foods or health store. Call to make sure they have everything you need before heading out.
  • Step 3: Strain Strain the liquid to remove all herbs -- you may need to strain more than once.
  • TIP: Cheesecloth or a mesh sieve will give the best results when straining.
  • Step 4: Add lemons and steep Add the lemon peels to the liquid and reheat to a full boil. Remove from heat and allow to steep for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Step 5: Remove lemons add potassium Remove the lemon skins from the liquid and stir in the potassium sorbate. The potassium acts as a preservative.
  • Step 6: Pour into a bottle Pour the liquid into a sterile bottle and put it on your bathroom counter for easy access. Use it to remove oils and give your skin a beautiful healthy glow.
  • FACT: In "The Tale of Peter Rabbit," Peter Rabbit's mother prepared him a tea made with chamomile to calm him down after visiting Mr. McGregor's garden.

You Will Need

  • 1 c. distilled water
  • 2 c. witch hazel
  • 1 tbsp. nettle
  • 1 tbsp. chamomile
  • 1 tbsp. calendula flower
  • 1 tsp. comfrey
  • 1 tsp. eucalyptus leaves
  • 1 tsp. peppermint leaves
  • 1 tsp. lavender buds
  • 1 tsp. lemon peel
  • 1/4 tsp. potassium sorbate
  • Sterile bottle
  • Cheesecloth or mesh sieve (optional)

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