zondag 3 september 2017

ELDERFLOWER FACIAL SERUM

This is a luxurious recipe that can potentially protect the skin from sun damage. It’s not a sunscreen, but it can protect your skin from oxidation and UVA damage. It has a soft and silky feel to it, without being oily. Use it daily in the morning and at night.
To use, simply place a small amount of serum on your fingertips and rub into your face, neck, chest, and anywhere else that receives a lot of sun. You don’t need to use a lot; this recipe may last two people an entire sunny season.

This serum can also be used to hydrate and rejuvenate your skin. I use jojoba oil in the recipe because I love its silky texture— but it is expensive. If you wish, you can substitute grapeseed oil, apricot kernel oil, or almond oil.
Because calendula is a light and oddly shaped herb, I recommend using a scale to accurately measure it.

1. The first step is to infuse your oil. You can do this with a double boiler or slow cooker. Take care not to let the oil get too hot and “fry” the herbal material. An ideal temperature for the oil is 100˚F of 37° Celsius.

2. Double boiler method: Put 1 to 2 inches of water in the bottom pan of a double boiler. (Alternatively, fill a pot with 1 to 2inches of water and place a tight-fitting bowl on top.) Place the jojoba oil, elderflowers, and calendula into the top. Heat over low until the oil is warm to the touch, then turn off the heat and cover with a lid. Repeat this warming and cooling process every hour or two for 24 to 48 hours. (However, you don’t need to tend to the pot overnight—you can let it restwhile you sleep!)

3. Slow cooker method: Place the jojoba oil, elderflowers, and calendula in a slow cooker, yogurt incubator, or other lowtemperature applia nce that can maintain the oil temperatur at 100˚F. Allow to infuse for 24 to 48 hours.

4. Strain off the herbs from the oil through several layers of cheesecloth. Add the rosemary
extract and the essential oil, and stir well.

5. Put the oil into bottles with a treatment pump. You could also put it in a traditional tincturebottle with a dropper or any other small, decorative bottle that seals well.

Zie ook https://sites.google.com/site/kruidwis/kruiden-a/sambucus

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