I've been seeing a lot of toner recipes on Pinterest lately and wanted to try a few out. I especially wanted to use some of my herbs that I grew this summer in our small garden. The first recipe you'll see listed is actually one that a friend and I came up with while brainstorming natural recipes together. Its a great one for acne. The sea salt really helps to dry up your problem areas and lavender and tea tree are both well known to help your acne troubles with their wound healing capabilities. I did find this one to be on the drying side of the spectrum, but I think if your having quite difficult acne issues that this is the one to use.
Acne Fighting Toner
3 oz witch hazel
1 tsp sea salt
5 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop tea tree essential oil
Combine all ingredients into a spray bottle and shake well. Salt will dissolve.
The second toner, I have not personally tried yet, but lemon balm is antibacterial making it a good option for acne fighting toner as well. It is refreshing, stimulating and tension releasing. It can also help regulate periods. This toner will not be as drying as the one above, so if your acne is milder I would choose this one.
Lemon Balm Toner
1 clean hearty sprig of lemon balm (dried is fine)
3 oz of witch hazel
Insert lemon balm into spray bottle cover with witch hazel. Allow to steep for 10 days. Remove lemon balm and discard.
This third toner was actually a mistake. I meant to make a thyme toner, but instead made rosemary and I'm about half way through the bottle and really like it! I read here that its great for acne too! And it not only fights acne but lightens dark spots as well as toning the skin and easing dryness! I think I'm liking this toner more than the others as far as skin care benefits go! Although rosemary is often used to help hair growth as it stimulates the hair follicles, so if you have facial hair issues, maybe steer clear of this one. As for me I'm actually trying to grow out my eyebrows, so this is a plus!
1 clean hearty sprig of rosemary (dried is fine)
3 oz of witch hazel
Insert rosemary into spray bottle cover with witch hazel. Allow to steep for 10 days. Remove rosemary and discard.
I'm still dealing with some acne, not nearly as bad as it was, but I'd still like to be using an acne fighting toner. Next, I want to try this recipe, I'll let you know how it works!
Will you give any of these recipes a try? Which one would you choose and why?