I love gathering and drying various herbs in the summertime. When I pour myself some tasty mint tea during colder months it still feels like summer. I enjoy that feeling, because mint flavour will always remember me of summer and fresh mint leaves that I pick straight from where they grow and have a long nice pause somewhere in the shade with a favorite book in hands.
Herbs are so healthy and there are so many ways to use them. Recently I've tried making frozen ice cubes for the face and it really worked! My skin looks so much fresher and smoother and purer. The recipy is very easy. Grab a pinch of herbs you have, pour a glass of boiled water and leave till the liquid cools. Pour it to the ice cube tray and use when it's done freezing. The ice cubes are so perfect in the morning. I usually wake up early and feel that my face doesn't wake up with me. After using these little miracles I always feel so fresh and so ready for the day and no more under eye bags too! I like to gently rub the cubes on my face, let it dry and then add my usual daily face cream. It feels perfect, I'm telling you! :)
The main advantage of such ice cubes is that they constrict your pores and make your face look smoother. Ever had these terrible brakouts on your face? Well, the ice cubes help to reduce those too (as for me, the marigolds helped the most). Ice reduces the rate of infection as well as gives skin an even texture. Actually you'll have different effect depending on what herbs you use. Here is a list of skin types and effects that herbs will have on your face skin:
Oily skin: green tea with a few drops of fresh lemon juice, frozen orange, grapefruit, tangerine slices or their juice.
Dry skin: frozen mint, parsley or sage.
Problematic skin: camomile, basil, linden blossom, marigold. Also, a glass of boiled water + a table spoon of Himalayan salt. (Don't forget to wash you face after using the salty water cubes).
Normal skin: marigold, parsley, sage.
Vitamin doze for all the types: blend strawberries, currants, grapes and a table spoon of any oil you have. Also, whole frozen strawberries are nice to your skin.
Be careful! Applying the ice cubes directly to your face may cause the delicate capillaries under your skin to break so wrap the ice cubes in some cloth or a napkin. Rub your face for a minute or so and avoid the ice cube sitting in one place. Also, don't use the ice cubes that are more than one week old. The fresher the better!
Here you can see what ice cubes I made this morning. I like having two or three different kinds and then switching between them every morning. Have fun experimenting and I hope it helps! :)