Despite it’s somewhat granny-ish associations, I have always loved lavender. Mum has always had a few plants growing in various gardens as long as I can remember, and the heady scent of the flowers, so much brighter than in toiletries, always goes straight to my head. Lavender is famous for it’s calming properties, but also boasts a wide choice of benefits when used in natural beauty products. It is both antifungal and antibacterial, acts as a bug repellent, calms inflamed skin, and is also an effective acne treatment. So, when I saw a recipe for a lavender skin toner in Simple Things magazine, I knew I had to give it a go.
I would recommend using fresh lavender if at all possible -I can’t comment on the potency of using dried flowers. You’ll need a hob top espresso percolator -buy an inexpensive one just for making herbal infusions rather than having the coffee and floral scents taint one another!
- Fresh lavender flowers
- Cider vinegar (raw if possible)