Red clover belongs to a class o herbs that purify the blooct Regular uM o red clover both as a uoajv and a tea benefits acne

Herbal antiseptic lotion Thyme is antibacterial and antimicrobial while witch hazel is a natural astringent. Yarrow and comfrey are both superb skin healers.

2 teaspoons dried thyme 1 teaspoon dried yarrow

1 teaspoon dried comfrey

'A cup (100 ml) boiling water '/i cup (GO ml) witch hazel

1 Put herbs in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Cover bowl and steep for 15 minutes. Strain.

2 Pour liquid into a bottle. Add the witch hazel.

3 To use, shake bottle well and upend onto a cotton ball. Wipe gently over skin. Store in the refrigerator.

Use within 10 days.

Detox tea

The humble dandelion is a powerful detoxification agent, helping rid the body of waste. Red clover and alfalfa are traditional digestive and kidney tonics.

2 teaspoons dried dandelion 1 teaspoon dried red clover 1 teaspoon dried alfalfa

1 teaspoon lemon zest

2 cups (500 ml) boiling water

Place herbs in a teapot and pour on boiling water. Cover pot and steep for 15 minutes. Strain. Drink 2 to 3 cups daily.

Sunburn and sun damage

Slice open a fresh aloe leaf as shown (see also page 'J3H) and »rap il around Ihe problem area like a bandage, so Ihe «el slls against your skin. Leave il for III minutes, or until skin reels belter, then rinse off. Moe vera has a long history as a first aid irealmenl.

While some sun exposure is healthy, helping to strengthen bones and balance hormones, too much damages skin. Observe common sun-sense, and wear sunscreen and protective clothing from 10 am to 2 p.m. Whenever sunburn does occur, these herbal remedies will ease the pain and speed healing.

Green tea body spray Green tea contains powerful polyphenols that protect skin and slow inflammation triggered by sun exposure. Feverfew reduces redness and lavender is healing.

4 teaspoons green tea 2 teaspoons dried feverfew 'fo cup (125 ml) boiling water '/« cup (60 ml) rosewater 10 drops lavender essential oil

1 Place tea and feverfew in a pot and pour on boiling water. Cover the pot and steep for 15 minutes, then strain and refrigerate.

2 Stir in rosewater and oil. Pour into a spray bottle.

3 To use, shake and lightly mist over skin. Store in the refrigerator. Use the spray within 10 days.

Ylative/ Americans called aloe/ vera; "the/ wand op heaven " and i<W it to heal' desert u^nburnA/ and treat scorpion/ bite¿/.

Cooling calendula bath Rice bran is an effective remedy for heat rash and sunburn. Antiseptic calendula is an all-around healer, while milk soothes.

'/» cup (35 g) dried calendula flowers '/« cup (35 g) rice bran 10-in. (25-cm) square piece of muslin string

1 Pile all the ingredients in the middle of the muslin square. Gather up sides and tie securely with string to make a bag.

2 Toss into the bath as it is filling. To use, squeeze herbal liquid over skin and use bag as a compress on sore spots.

Continue reading here: Kitchen sunburn cures

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