Happy Chinese New Year and Happy Valentine’s Day! This year Chinese New Year starts on Feb 10, 2013. Here are a couple all natural skin and hair care recipes to get the New Year started right, and that are perfect for Valentine’s Day too!
White Tea Or Green Tea Infusion:
2 teaspoons of white tea or green tea
1 cup of water
Boil the water. Take it off the heat. Add the green or white tea. Cover the pot with a lid. Let the tea leaves infuse for 20 minutes to an hour or more. Strain.
The tea infusion will keep fresh for about 2-3 days in the refrigerator. For a longer shelf life, freeze the infusion in ice cube trays (and defrost cubes as needed). Or add a broad spectrum preservative (a preserved infusion will last a few more days to a week or more. I still recommend refrigerating infusions even when preserved). Use the infusion in a variety of skin and hair care. Green and white tea infusion is high in antioxidants and very hydrating. You can use it as a hair rinse after shampooing. Tea infusion is also wonderful as a bath additive. Use it as a toner or as a hydrating mist (keep your skin hydrated by misting your skin throughout the day). Use it in other types of skin care products, such as scrubs, masks, etc.
Here is a recipe for a clay based mask made with green or white tea infusion!
½ to 1 1/2 teaspoons of green tea or white tea infusion
1 teaspoon clay
1 drop of rose essential oil, rose absolute, OR ylang ylang essential oil
Mix the clay with the tea infusion. Add a single drop of rose essential oil, rose absolute, or ylang ylang essential oil. Mix well. Apply it to clean, damp skin. Leave the mask on for 10-20 minutes and rinse off.
Store the excess in the fridge, and use within a few days. I recommend using a mask 1-2 times a week. After masking, tone the skin (you can use green tea or white tea infusion to tone) and moisturize.
You can use any clay that you like. Some clays absorb more water than others, so start with ½ teaspoon of tea infusion, and then add more if necessary. Kaolin clay is a great clay for all skin types, and it is extremely gentle. If you have oily skin or blemishes try to use a more drawing clay like bentonite clay. Blue clay is excellent for all skin types too, especially those with dehydrated skin.
Rose essential oil and rose absolute are very expensive, but you only need a tiny amount to scent products. Since their scents are extremely potent, you could always dilute the essential oil or absolute with a carrier oil before adding it to the mask. Ylang ylang is much less expensive (but it has gone up in price in recent years). But you can use any essential oil or absolute you like (research essential oils and absolutes before use, since many are not recommended for facial use). Another floral essential oil you may enjoy is lavender.
Other Tea Or Rose Recipes You May Enjoy:
My recipe for a Green Tea toner (you can use white tea too): http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/594-eco-living-green-tea-toner
My Eco Living article on Rose cosmetics: http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/706-eco-living-rose-cosmetics
Cranberry Toner recipe, which is made with Rose hydrosol: http://www.allnaturalbeauty.com/articles/eco-living/67-formulating/686-eco-living-lis-cranberry-toner
About The Author:
Li Wong is the owner of Earth Alkemie, an all natural, vegetarian skin care and perfume company. She has a B.A. in Environmental Studies (Biology) and a M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy. Li has been crafting natural cosmetics and studying aromatherapy and herbalism since 2001. Environmental interests include conservation, botany, ethnobotany (uses of plants by indigenous peoples), mammals, organic standards in cosmetics, urban wildlife issues, environmental education and awareness, and public perception. She is the all natural beauty website’s Eco Living and DIY Natural Beauty Formulating Expert, and the anb’s mall Eco Living writer. http://www.anbportal.com/meet_the_all_natural_beauty_experts.htm
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