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  1. Solanum lycopersicum

     

     

     

    Tomatoes are astringent, purifying, exfoliating, antioxidant and packed with vitamin C. They are excellent in pore-refining face masks and hair treatments for oily skin and hair.

     

    Tomato pulp can be combined with a little lemon or lime juice for an exfoliating face mask, avocado for combination skins and oatmeal for a soothing, cleansing mask.

     

    Tomato leaves can be made into an infusion for use as a skin toner. Pour 250ml boiling spring water over 250ml tomato leaves. Cover and leave to infuse for twenty minutes. Strain and pour into a dark glass bottle. Add 2.5ml vodka to the tomato infusion and store in the refrigerator.

     

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  2. Thymus vulgaris

     

     

    Thyme is antiseptic and stimulating. A thyme infusion is an effective mouthwash and deep cleansing facial wash for blemished skins. The infusion can also be applied to eczema, psoriasis, rashes and skin irritations.

     

    A thyme infusion can be poured into the bath for a revitalising soak and can be used as a facial steam. It can be combined with vinegar and used as a hair rinse.

     

    To make a thyme infusion, use 250ml thyme to 750ml boiling water. Infuse for thirty minutes. Allow to cool and pour into a clean, glass bottle. Refrigerate and use within one week.

     

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  3. Thea sinensis

     

     

    Tea is cooling, calming and astringent.

     

    Soak some teabags in hot water then squeeze them out and leave them to cool. Place the cooled teabags on sunburn and/or insect bites to soothe and help reduce inflammation.

     

    Cooled wet teabags can be placed over puffy or tired eyes for relief.

     

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  4. Helianthus annus

     

     

    Ground sunflower seeds are nourishing for the skin and make good face packs. Grind 250ml sunflower seeds and mix with enough milk to form a paste. Apply to dampened, clean skin and leave to dry for twenty minutes.

     

    Ground sunflower seeds can also be mixed with oatmeal and grated handmade soap to put into wash bags. Mix one part sunflower seeds, one part oatmeal and three parts soap. Place some of the mixture into a muslin wash bag for a nourishing, exfoliating body treat.

     

    Sunflower petals can be dried and ground and added to soaps, bath bombs and powdered bath milks as a filler and natural yellow colourant. It can be also added in this way to hair rinses for blonde hair.

     

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  5. Fragaria vesca

     

     

    Strawberry leaves are astringent and are especially good for oily skins. The ripe, mashed fruit can be used as a tightening, astringent facial mask. Apply to the skin and leave on for fifteen minutes before rinsing off. A strawberry facial mask can be enhanced with the addition of oatmeal, which cleanses, soothes and heals.

     

    To make an infusion with strawberry leaves, pour 750ml still spring water over 250ml leaves and infuse. Refrigerate and use within one week. Use the infusion as a face wash, or pour some in your rinse water.

     

     

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