One of the great aspects of gardening/homesteading is the ready access to home-grown ingredients. Food is the first category that comes to mind, for good reason. Who wouldn't be seduced by the idea of tree-ripened peaches, fresh-picked blueberries and aromatic oregano? However, if you stop there you are missing out on the full potential of what your garden can do for you.
Skin care is always a hot topic. The global skincare industry is projected to reach $135 billion, yes BILLION, by 2021. How much will you contribute to that number, and are you getting the most bang for your beauty buck?
A good, high-end toner full of natural, skin-loving ingredients can cost you twenty to thirty dollars, and even more. Why spend that much when it's so easy to make your own at home? For the price of one bottle of a designer toner, you can make five or more bottles of the same quality. The recipe I'm about to share with you has no preservatives, emulsifiers, artificial colors or artificial fragrances. It's 100% great for your skin. Don't you deserve it?
Homestead Glamour Comfrey Rose Toner
Ingredients: witch hazel
comfrey leaves, fresh or dehydrated
1. Fill a glass container with an air-tight lid about half full of comfrey leaves.
2. Pour witch hazel to the top, cover and put in a dark space to steep for 2-3 weeks
3. Strain witch hazel
4. Pour 40z of the infused witch hazel into a clean 8 oz bottle.
5. Top off with rosewater and store in a cabinet or drawer.
Growing your own assures that your ingredients are fresh and therefore of maximum potency. If you aren't in a space to grow your own skin-loving plants yet, you can order them online and have them shipped to you. Making a designer toner yourself means that you have more money to spend elsewhere or stick into a savings account. In my case, less money on quality skincare means more money for fruit trees, herbs and new blueberry varieties.