Since basil has anti-bacterial properties, it’s a great home-made, gentle treatment for acne, so I made some basil ‘tea’ with essential oils to use instead of a toner on my face for a few days. This mixture also seems to be a good natural makeup remover. I follow it up with my DIY moisturizer.
1. Prepare your tools and ingredients. You will need the following:
- Fresh-cut basil
- Cutting board
- Kettle (or you can boil your water on the stovetop)
- Lidded cup (you can also use a regular coffee mug and place a small plate over it as a lid)
- Tea Tree Essential Oil (optional)
- Peppermint Essential Oil (optional)
- Lemongrass Essential Oil (optional)
- Tea strainer (optional)
2. Collect your fresh basil (washed) and prepare your station while you’re boiling the water (I LOVE LOVE LOVE this kettle)
3. Cut the basil into as small of pieces as you can, and place it in the cup
4. Once the water has boiled, pour the boiling-hot water over the basil in the cup, and cover with the lid
5. Let it steep for 20 minutes, then remove the lid and add 3 drops of each essential oil (if you have elected to use them, and I strongly suggest you do: each of them have been selected for their acne-treating skincare properties)
6. Let cool completely. At this point, you can strain it into the final container with a tea strainer, or use it straight as-is by putting some of the liquid on a cotton ball or cotton round and wiping your face with it.
NOTE: You can store the mixture for a few days in the fridge to extend its lifespan if you add a little alcohol to it.
NOTE: The links to the products in this post and others are the ones I personally ordered and used, and are my favorite. You are of course, welcome to purchase them from another source, or try a different brand, but please ensure you read some reviews first, and get quality, organic ingredients, for something you will be putting on your body.