DIY Herbal Hydrating Mist
Summer is here with its beautiful golden sunshine and unmistakable warmth. Being a fan of summer, I don’t mind the heat but I do mind the dryness that comes with sun exposure.
In order to keep the skin refreshed and hydrated, I’ve put together a lovely herbal hydrating mist to provide some much needed moisture. This mist is filled with amazing herbs to replenish and revitalize parched skin.
DIY Herbal hydrating Mist
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Our skin is made up of several layers and sublayers with the epidermis being the top layer. Underneath you’ll find the dermis and then a subdermal fat layer.
While drinking water is probably the number one thing we can do to keep the skin hydrated, product application, such as this hydrating mist can prove beneficial in refreshing the outer skin cells. In addition, foods such as celery and watermelon can plump up the skin cells from the inside out.
And did you know?
Watermelon contains high amounts of Lycopene which is good for providing a barrier for the skin from the sun while Vitamin A has been shown to be excellent for cell regeneration.
So, what’s in this herbal hydrating mist that makes it so hydrating?
The Goodness Inside
The highlight ingredient is chamomile hydrosol and to this is added herb-infused distilled water which makes this an incredibly refreshing spray. The herbal blend is entirely up to you but I’ve listed a few suggestions below for you to try.
Hydrosols can be used on their own but to make this mist a little more cost effective, it’s halved with herb-infused distilled water. There are tons of uses for hydrosols such as in facial cream, foot creams, facial toner recipes, cleaners, and more.
But what exactly is a hydrosol?
When plant material is steam distilled, two products are released, hydrosol and essential oils. Now what’s interesting is even though both of these come from the same plant, one is water based, while the other is oil-based, thus creating a phobic relationship.
One of the best things about using hydrosols is that they are considered safe to use around children and pets. They are in such a pure yet gentle form making them great additions to your all-natural lifestyle. The hydrosol I chose was from Plant Therapy but you can find them many places online.
And what was really cool, when I ordered it, they offered an add-on purchase which was a 5ml Lavender Fine essential oil for only $5.00. Great marketing on their part because how could I say no to that?
This is my first experience with a hydrosol but I know these are going to be popular my home. I’m super anxious to start experimenting with recipes and I’ve already got a Chamomile Hydrosol e-book in the works.
The wonderful thing about using hydrosols is the fact that they are pure plant material so you are getting a surplus of concentrated goodness. It doesn’t take much to reap the rewards and they come in many plant variations such as peppermint hydrosol, helichrysum hydrosol, or lavender hydrosol.
What’s more, you can combine different hydrosols to meet your needs.
The Amazing Chamomile Plant
Chamomile is an extremely versatile and useful herb. The many varieties have been used for centuries to treat everything from skin disorders to female problems and even fevers. The hydrosol used in this recipe is Roman Chamomile which is native to Europe and Asia.
Depending on what kind of DIY herbal hydrating mist you want to create will determine which herbs you’ll use to provide the desired benefits.
Here is a list of herbs and their possible benefits as used in this mist.
Basil-This is a fantastic anti-aging herb. It’s also good for acne due to its antiseptic properties and it contains antioxidants. For an awesome facial moisturizer, check out The Nerdy Farm Wife’s recipe for Basil Anti-Aging Face Cream.
In fact, she’s got an entire e-book dedicated to DIY Handmade Lotions and Creams.
Calendula-This herb has been used to treat skin wounds, rashes, inflammation, and it’s considered an antiviral. It’s an incredibly healing herb.
Fennel-This herb contains necessary nutrients such as copper, potassium, iron and zinc that are beneficial internally consumed. Applied topically, it might help with acne issues, possibly tighten pores and fight aging.
Lavender-This herb is such a valuable and multi-faceted herb. It can refresh, calm, and heal the skin all at the same time. On a personal note, I used this herb in essential oil form to heal a scar I had on my hand. Read more about Lavender Essential Oil.
Lemon Balm-This herb has been found to minimize cold sores, help with acne and rashes and it’s considered an antiviral. It is also considered an antibacterial and anti-inflammatory.
Peppermint-Truly an herbal treat, peppermint can reduce inflammation, soothe itchy skin, repel insects, and fight infection.
Rosemary-This herb is known to fight inflammation, lighten dark spots, tone skin, and reduce blemishes. It may also help with fighting free radicals.
Sage-This herb might provide inflammation relief, possible heal any skin issues, purify the skin, and even repel bugs.
Thyme-This is a great herb for repelling bugs but it can also be beneficial for promoting circulation which aids in cell production. In addition, Thyme is also an antiseptic, purifier and you might find it relieves minor skin abrasions.
Please keep in mind that people prone to epileptic seizures should be cautious when using Fennel, Rosemary, Thyme and Sage. Consulting your doctor is recommended. If you are pregnant or nursing, I recommend consulting a doctor before using any of these.
Recipes to Try
Peppermint & Lavender
Peppermint & Sage
Basil & Thyme
Calendula & Rosemary
Lemon Balm & Lavender
-For the herb-infused distilled water, use 1/4 tsp dried herbs and let sit for a few hours. If you’re using fresh herbs, it will only require a small amount.
-Once the water is infused, strain out the herbs and combine 2 oz of Chamomile hydrosol with 2 oz of herb-infused distilled water. Put in spray bottle and enjoy!
You can always throw a slice of lemon, lime,or grapefruit in the distilled water for an extra boost. Store in ice chest or fridge for a more cooling effect.
DIY herbal hydrating mist
This DIY herbal hydrating mist is easy to make and refreshing for treating dry and parched skin. What I love about all these herbs is the fact that no matter what combination you choose, you’re going to see skin improvement.
Most of these herbs are excellent at fighting inflammation which means if you suffer from redness or puffy skin, this hydrating mist might help relieve those symptoms.
That’s what great about DIY body care products, you can customize and make it your own. I’d love to hear your recipes, feel free to share them with us in the comments below.
Just a thought, these would make great gifts, especially for those with summer birthdays.
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