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  1. Plantago lanceolata, P. major

    Plantain is cooling, diuretic and astringent and traditionally has been used to treat skin inflammations and sores.

    In skin care preparations it is used as a paste compress. Used fresh it can be placed on insect bites and burns. Plantain also can be used to draw out toxins from wounds, and stem bleeding, and it can be incorporated into skin care products for conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

    Use an infusion of 30g plantain to one litre of water for skin care products




  2. Ananas sativus



    The juice and flesh of the pineapple is astringent and makes an excellent exfoliating face wash for oily or blemished skins. It contains bromelain, an enzyme that breaks down dead cells on the surface of the skin and helps to cleanse and close pores.


    Mixed with papaya and honey, pineapple helps to create a natural fruit acid peel. It can also be combined with freshly juiced citrus fruit and ground almonds for an exfoliating facial. Leave the mask on for fifteen minutes before rinsing off.





  3. Mentha piperita

    The leaves of mentha piperita are used in herbal remedies due to their antibacterial, astringent and anti-inflammatory actions.

    In skin care, peppermint leaves are cooling and revitalising. Peppermint is toning, closes pores, acts as an anti-inflammatory and clarifies the skin. Works best on oily skins.

    For skin care products such as toners and lotions, make a peppermint infusion: 25g peppermint leaves to 1 litre of water.



  4. Mentha pulegium



    Pennyroyal is stimulating, revitalising and deodorising. It helps to calm skin that is dry and itchy.


    It can be made into an infusion and added to bathwater and/or spritzed directly on to the skin. To make a pennyroyal infusion, pour 500ml boiling spring water over 250ml fresh leaves and leave to infuse for thirty minutes. Strain and pour the infusion into a dark glass bottle. Keep refrigerated and use within one week.


    Pennyroyal is also a good insect repellent and a body spritz made from the infused leaves should help to keep fleas, mosquitoes, flies and other summer pests at bay.


    Please note that while the suggestions above for infused pennyroyal leaves are safe to use, pennyroyal essential oil should be avoided due its toxicity.





  5. Pyrus communis



    Mashed pear is cooling and calming and makes an excellent face mask for normal skin types. It is also useful for treating sunburn. Smooth the mashed fruit on to the face or sunburned areas of the body and leave on for fifteen minutes before rinsing off with lukewarm water. A teaspoon of honey can be added to the pear face mask if desired.


    Place sliced pear on to sore eyes and lie down and relax for a few minutes. The eyes should feel soothed and refreshed afterwards.




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