When basil isn’t being blended into pesto or adding herbaceous flavor to homemade marinara sauces, it can be used to improve the health of your skin. Basil is commonly added to skin care products because it is rich in antioxidants that give you a more youthful appearance. Whether you’re dealing with dry skin or need to tighten pores, basil is the right herb for the job.
Why Is Basil So Good For Your Skin?
As you may or may not know, vitamin K is necessary for blood clotting, cell growth, and bone mineralization. Two tablespoons of basil fulfill about one-third of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of vitamins A & K, magnesium, and manganese. Basil is also an excellent cleanser, working to unclog pores by removing bacteria and other built-up oils. Applying wet basil leaves under the eyes has been known to reduce puffiness and the appearance of dark circles, providing a soothing and cooling sensation. The antioxidants work to protect the skin from free radical damage, reducing premature signs of aging, such as fine lines or wrinkles.
What’s Up With Witch Hazel?
Commonly used on the scalp and hair, witch hazel has potent anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce itchiness or inflamed skin. The gallic acid, tannins, and antioxidants help prevent widespread inflammation by neutralizing free radicals. When it comes to the skin, witch hazel can be topically applied to reduce redness or rash. Several small studies found that topical preparations that contained at least 10% witch hazel were effective at relieving irritated facial skin.
Before You Get Started:
This recipe uses emulsifying wax pastilles. Some people have their concerns about this wax, since it is commonly processed, but you shouldn’t use beeswax as a substitute; it doesn’t work the same way. When you buy emulsifying wax, make sure to purchase a variety that is not petroleum-based and free of additives. READ BEFORE YOU BUY! Vegetable derived emulsifying wax can be purchased from Mountain Rose Herbs.
Anti-Aging Basil Face Cream
- 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
- 1/3 cup witch hazel
- filtered water
- 1 teaspoon sweet almond oil
- 2 teaspoons organic Shea butter
- 5 teaspoons emulsifying wax pastilles
- 7-10 drops rosehip oil
- Add the basil and witch hazel to a high-speed blender or food processor and blend until well combined.
- Pour this mixture through a fine mesh strainer into a measuring glass. You should have about ¼ cup of basil liquid. Add a little filtered water to reach the ¼ cup line if you don’t have enough basil liquid.
- Add the sweet almond oil, Shea butter, and emulsifying wax to a double boiler and heat until the ingredients are melted.
- Stir for a few minutes and then pour in the basil mixture. Slowly stir until well combined. Remove from heat and allow the mixture to thicken.
- Once it has thickened, stir in the rosehip oil and then pour into a half pint-sized jar. Seal it and store in a cool dry place. Use it all within three months of making it. You can always preserve it longer by storing it in the fridge. Use as necessary.