Rosemary Facial Toner
Rosemary contains a number of phytochemicals that exert a variety of effects on skin. Rosmarinic acid, for instance, a phenolic compound similar to caffeic acid found in coffee, has antiviral, antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Hesperidin is a readily-absorbed antioxidant flavonoid that is also found in citrus fruits. Another antioxidant flavonoid found in rosemary is luteolin, which also inhibits inflammation. The herb also contains salicylates, which are not only anti-inflammatory but also analgesic (pain-relieving). In fact, these organic acids, which are stored in the leaves and stems of many plants, are metabolized from salicin, the precursor to aspirin. (You can search the latest evidence-based findings in the medical literature here.)
The German Commission E has approved the topical use of rosemary to relieve joint pain and to enhance circulation. Rosemary essential oil is also used in the food and cosmetic industries as a stabilizing agent and preservative.
This simple formula removes dirt, oil and makeup, leaving skin feeling fresh and clean.
1 cup boiling water
2 tablespoons organic dried rosemary (or 4 tablespoons fresh)
1/4 cup organic witch hazel
4 drops rosemary essential oil
Place the rosemary in a small bowl and pour the hot water over the herb. Cover and let stand for an hour; strain and reserve liquid and discard herb. Combine the reserved infusion with the witch hazel and essential oil. Transfer the toner to a clean glass bottle and label. To use, apply the toner to freshly washed skin with a cotton ball or pad. Follow with moisturizer, if you wish.