Herbal Recipes for Oily Skin

Some very simple tips for looking after your oily skin with the help of herbs.

1. A very simple cleanser for oily skin is a lukewarm infusion made from Elder flowers, Yarrow, Sage, Lady’s Mantle, Calendula or Chamomile.

2. Cucumber Cleansing Milk – Grate half a cucumber and simmer it gently in a cup of milk for three minutes, cool, sieve, it will keep for a week in the fridge. For a gentle scrub that can be used daily take a small handful of fine oatmeal and add enough water, milk or buttermilk to make a paste. Use this to gently wash the face. This will also help prevent blackheads.

3.Fennel helps to remove dirt and impurities from oily skin.

4. Try this Buttermilk and Fennel cleanser – Heat ½ cup of buttermilk with 2 teaspoons of crushed fennel seeds slowly for 30 minutes DO NOT BOIL. Turn off heat and leave for 2 hours. Strain and store in the fridge for up to a week.

5. A basic PH balancing wash can be made very simply. Combine 3 cups herbal infusion with 1/3 cups apple cider vinegar. Use this restoring rinse after your regular cleansing (before moisturising). Apply with cotton ball or simply splash on (avoid your eyes.) Herbs that work well for oily skin are Calendula (Marigold), Geranium, Horsetail, Sage and Yarrow.