Herbal-Infused Vinegar Astringents
Herbal-infused vinegars are excellent, easily made astringents that can be highly therapeutic, depending on the herbs used. A little patience is required, however, since they must infuse for 6-8 weeks before being ready to use. But once they are made, they will keep for many months without refrigeration; I have even made herbal-infused vinegars that were still good after 3 years. Use caution when applying these to the face, since a strong vinegar solution can make the eyes burn or water.
The herbs to choose from are endless. Some common favorites are lemon balm, rose, mint, evergreen tips, witch hazel, calendula and oak leaf. Layered cuts with bangs for long hair You can use any of these alone or in combination.
To use, moisten a cotton cloth or cotton ball with the vinegar and wipe gently over the face. Full-strength vinegar may be too drying for your skin, in which case you can mix 1 or 2 teaspoons of water with 1 teaspoon of vinegar before applying it. You can also use the vinegar as a splash by adding 1/2 -1/2 teaspoon vinegar to a pint of cold water in a bowl and splashing it onto your face; this feels especially refreshing. Another technique is to mix 1 part vinegar with
1 part rose water in a spray mist bottle for use as a spritzer. Not surprisingly, many of these herbal vinegars are also delicious on salads or wherever vinegar is called for in recipes. Herbal-infused vinegars are often high in calcium and other minerals, depending on the herbs used, which can help promote health and beauty from within. Keep in mind, however, that certain herbs, such as witch hazel and oak bark, are very astringent and not very tasty.