French herbalist Pierre Jean Cousin made a list of the most beneficial plant infusions that can be used internally and also externally as applied compresses on the skin. When used externally they have powerful cleaning, toning and finally healing.
Using herbs is an old occupation perhaps as old as human life itself. It looks like using herbs is just as natural as breathing … yet there are very sophisticated methods of combining and processing powerful plants almost like preparing magic potions. However, making herbal infusions in water is not one of these, rather is one of the most common and effective methods of using herbs on a daily basis.
Basically, infusions are made from leaves, stems, and flowers while decoctions are produced from roots, bark, and seeds. The most common way to determine the proportions for an infusion is based on the following rule: one teaspoon of dried herbs or two teaspoons of fresh herbs for one cup of water.
There are many techniques for preparing herbal infusions, none is based on modern research though, it is entirely inherited from our parents, grand parents, grand-grand parents … up to a point in history where extraordinary healing systems have been created. This is another discussion though … The fact is that, either used internally or externally, infusions have been used successfully for thousands of years.
The most common way of preparing infusions is very simple. And no, it isn't the same with making a cup of tea! You need to measure the plant you want to use, place it into a heat-proof container and pour over the right quantity of boiled water. Then cover the container with a lid and allow the infusion to soak for several minutes, starting with 10-15 up to few hours. You may want to have a clean infusion at the end of preparation process … so you should use a tea ball to put the plants inside before placing everything in the container.
The French herbalist Pierre Jean Cousin, internationally renowned acupuncturist and herbal practitioner, is the author of the successful guide to the healing properties of foods and drinks named "Food is Medicine” where he shows how specific foods can prevent certain illnesses, but in many cases can alleviate the symptoms and even heal the condition.
Cousin made a list of the most beneficial plant infusions that can be used internally and also externally as applied compresses on the skin. When used externally they have powerful cleaning, toning and finally healing qualities that make them suitable for long-term use and for all skin types. Here is the list of Pierre Jean Cousin:
It holds a very powerful healing effect with strong antifungal, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Calendula infusion gives excellent results in improving acne condition and protects the skin that was exposed to dust and dirt during the day. The infusion can be prepared just from Calendula or from a combination of Calendula with Chamomile and Lavender.
Chamomile has been used for centuries for its strong healing effects and anti-fungal, soothing and cleansing properties. Chamomile infusion is known as the best way to treat skin inflammation and is highly recommended to maintain the delicate skin from around the eyes.
3. Lime flowers
Just as Chamomile, Lime flowers have an important power of soothing irritated skins. Infusion with Lime flowers has tonic and anti-inflammatory properties and is excellent for the skins affected by premature aging tendency.
Mallow has great anti-inflammatory properties that make it an excellent choice for soothing and healing irritated skins. Mallow is highly recommended for keeping the skin in good condition while exposed to sunburn or long-term sun exposure.
Lavender flowers are used to prepare infusions mostly dry. The Lavender infusion have the power to speed up the scars healing, reduce the skin inflammation and clean it thoroughly and profoundly.
Ideal for mature skin, Mint is an excellent toner and has the power to clean and refresh the skin thoroughly. It has excellent results on mature skins.
It has antiseptic, tonic and vitalizing properties and improves blood flow through capillaries. Due to an effective astringent property, Rosemary helps fighting against large pores and the effects are enhanced when Rosemary is combined in equal parts with Yarrow.
Thyme has strong antibacterial power. The infusion is very effective for skins that suffer from acne or eczema. You can combine it in equal parts with Chamomile and/ or Calendula to speed up wound healing.
Is excellent for aged skins as well as for big pores skins. It has tonic, astringent and antiseptic properties and is one of the most used traditional herbs. .
10. Elderberry flowers
Has astringent capacity, cleanses the skin gently and acts as a toner for the face. The infusion is highly effective in treating the skin inflammation.
Now that the infusion is ready … you only need to stretch the liquid and let it cool down. Apply the infusion with removable disks to your face, let it dry naturally and wash with warm water after 15 -20 minutes.
Remember that the infusion is suitable for use only 12 hours after preparation!
If you have prepared too much then is a good idea to freeze it in an ice cube tray and keep it in the freezer for up to three months. When you like to use it just walk the ice cream cube on your face, neck and arms for a refreshing and moisturizing effect.
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