Sunday, June 13, 2010

Got Poppies?

Poppies are in their glory right now! If you have an abundance of poppies, try making this superb simple "lotion" that will leave your skin as soft as silk! The way poppies grow, you'll easily have enough of this beautiful elixer to share with all of your friends - stock up on gift bottles!

Photo by Valerie H. Wilson

Poppy Lotion
1/2 cup fresh poppy flower petals (washed)
1 cup boiling water
1/8 tsp vitamin E oil (e.g. 1 capsule drained)

Place the flower petals in a glass or ceramic bowl. Pour the boiling water over them and stir in the vitamin E oil. Let the mixture cool completely. Strain and pour the liquid into a clean (sterile is best) container. To use: Splash or spritz the lotion on your face and body and gently massage into your skin. Do not rince. Yield: 8 ounces

Notes: This simple lotion will be very watery and would be close to what you would consider a toner or a body splash. The Vitamin E oil is added as a preservative and is excellent for your skin.  You could substitute a bit of glycerine as a preservative if you don't have Vitamin E on hand.

The Herb Quarterly Magazine
Summer 2010 Issue
Wildflower Beauty, p18
by Janice Cox

Original posting: June 2, 2010

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