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You can use fresh or dried herbs to make infusions with medical properties: these can be applied externally or used with compresses or internally. They have been in use for thousands of years.
Here isa brief list of common plants,with good medicinal properties and benefits and recommended for use in herbal infusions.
Several have cleansing and toning qualities that make them useful in any long-term natural skin-care program; all are suitable for any type of skin.

Calendula. Use healing calendula alone or in a half-and-half mix with lavender or chamomile for its anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and antiseptic capabilities. Internal Uses: For mucous membrane inflammations, spasms of the Colon inflammation of the mouth, throat, gastric, duodenal and intestinal mucosa, dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation) splenic and hepatic inflammations, congestions. Excellent as a mouthwash after tooth extractions.

Chamomile Flower. Anti-fungal, soothing and cleansing, chamomile flower is the best way to reduce frequent inflammation. The infusion is especially recommended for the fragile skin around the eyes. Chamomile Tea is used as a mild sedative, and is good for insomnia as well as many other nervous conditions. It is suited to teething children and those who have been in a highly emotional state over a long period of time. Except for the small risk of allergy, Chamomile is very safe to herbs to use.

Elder Flower. A gentle cleanser, toner, and astringent, elder flower may also be used to reduce inflammation.Elder flowers are traditionally used to treat influenza, colds, mucus, sinusitis, feverish illnesses and other upper respiratory tract problems, as well as hay fever.

Lavender Flower. Though slightly drying, lavender soothes, reduces inflammation and cleanses.
Lavender is used internally for indigestion, irritability, anxiety, exhaustion, tension headaches, migraine and bronchial complaints.
Pure, undiluted lavender essential oils can be applied immediately on a burn, it reduces the pain quickly and promote a rapid healing

Lime (or Linden) Flower. Similar to chamomile, lime flower is very calming. Its mildly toning, anti-inflammatory effect is beneficial for aging skin.he flowers are traditionally used for hypertension, their general sedative effect, calming the digestive system, reducing respiratory mucus in colds and flu, boosting the cardiovascular system, as well as to relieve headache and migraine complaints.

Mallow. Gentle anti-inflammatory properties make mallow a wonderful way to soothe and calm irritated skin.
Marshmallow leaf is used internally to treat inflammation and ulceration of the digestive tract, oral and pharyngeal mucosa with associated dry cough. It relieves irritation of the mucus membranes of the mouth, throat and gastrointestinal tract and helps with respiratory complaints including bronchitis and asthma.

Mint. Use to tone the skin. Mint tea used to reduce headaches, particularly pre menstrual headaches. Aids the respiratory and circulatory systems.
An anti-inflammatory and an antiseptic. Great for indigestion, flatulence, varicose veins, headaches, migraines, skin irritations,rheumatism, toothache, and general fatigue.

Rosemary. Antiseptic, toning and vitalizing, rosemary improves blood circulation in the capillaries. Use alone or in a half-and-half mix with yarrow for a more astringent effect. It is used with great success for dyspeptic complaints, flatulence and to stimulate appetite and the secretion of gastric juices.
It is also used as supportive therapy for rheumatism and circulatory problems.

Thyme. A strong anti-bacterial herb, thyme is an effective skinwash for acne or infected eczema. Use alone or in equal parts with chamomile and/or calendula to soothe and heal. Good for sinusitis and asthma. Eliminates gas and reduces fever, mucus, and headaches. Good for chronic respiratory problems, colds, flu, bronchitis, whooping cough, and sore throat. Used also to relieve coughs, and whooping cough. Externally, for sprains and strains

Yarrow. Particularly good for aging or damaged skin, yarrow is recognized as a toner, stringent and antiseptic. internally, this herb is used for colds, flu and measles, as well as to clear gastric excess mucus and dyspepsia.
The flowers are used for loss of appetite and mild, spastic problems of the gastrointestinal tract and to protect against strokes and heart attack.

How to make a simple herbal infusion: Use one generous tablespoon of dried chopped herbs or petals to 250 ml of boiling water. Place the herbs in a mug and fill it to the brim with water. Cover and infuse for 10 minutes, strain, reserve the liquid, and allow to cool before using; if used externally, apply with cotton pads or in a mister and leave to dry naturally.
How to storage an herbal infusion: An infusion only has a shelf life of about 12 hours, so don’t be tempted to bottle large quantities. However, you can freeze a strained and cooled infusion in an ice-cube tray and keep it in your freezer for up to three months. To use, simple rub a cube directly on your face, neck and arms for a cooling and hydrating effect. This also has a toning action because it quickens the blood circulation in the capillaries of the dermis.
Elder and camomile infusion
Dosage: 150 ml of the warm infusion three or four times a day. This
infusion can be given to young children.
Properties: promotes sweating, detoxifying, sedative, anti-inflammatory.
Good for: digestive system, respiratory system, nervous system, immune
system, endometriosis, premenstrual syndrome, psoriasis.
2 tbsp dried elderflowers
1 tbsp dried camomile flowers or 1 camomile teabag
250 ml boiling water
Sugar to taste
Pour the boiling water over the elderflowers and camomile flowers or
camomile teabag and cover. Leave to infuse for 10 minutes. Strain and
sweeten with sugar or honey.
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