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Dear Ones,

Natural beauty is easily achievable with simple ingredients.

Witch hazel is extracted from a tree indigenous to North America: the hamamelis virginiana. Witch hazel has healing, toning, anti-inflammatory, and astringent qualities. It’s good for mature skin. And also for skin and scalp that is oily, blemished, and infected.

Flower or floral waters—rose water, lavender water, orange blossom water—are excellent when used for skin care. They have antiseptic, anti-inflammatory, cooling, and astringent properties.

Floral waters smell wonderful and can also be used as eau de toilette–a weak perfume. Modern lingo refers to this as a body splash.

Rose water can be purchased at most Middle Eastern markets, or make your own. Buy witch hazel at a discount retail store (Target, WalMart), grocery, or drug store.

Cleansing Lotion Recipe


1/2 cup (4oz) flower water or witch hazel
20 drops essential oil (optional; use in small amounts or not at all if pregnant,  nursing, or with certain health conditions)


Add all ingredients to a small bottle. Shake well before each use if essential oils were added.

To use, apply the cleansing lotion to the face and neck using a cotton ball. Remove using gentle motions.


Recipe from Aromatherapy Handbook by Erich Keller
Witch Hazel Jeff McMillian @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database