- 1 cup fresh pine needles
- 1 cup distilled water
- 1/4 cup witch hazel
- In a small saucepan on the stove, add the pine needles, and cover with the water. Bring the water to a boil, then immediately remove the pan from the heat.
- Allow the pine water to cool completely. Strain out and discard the pine needles.
- Add the witch hazel and stir well. Pour the toner into a clean bottle for later use.
Fresh pine needles are easy to find this time of year; you may even consider using the remaining needles from your Christmas tree before recycling it! This fragrant toner is perfect for all skin types. Pine water is slightly astringent and will improve your circulation, giving your complexion a healthy winter glow. The subtle scent of pine also produces a feeling of peace and tranquility. Make sure the pine you use is 100 percent natural and not sprayed with anything that could be irritating to your skin. Yield: 8 ounces.
To use: Apply the toner to your skin with a clean cotton pad. Don’t rinse it off. Store it in a cool, dark, dry place.
Also from Natural Beauty for All Seasons:
- Natural Care for Winter Skin and Hair
- Black-Eyed Pea Cleanser
- Basic Shampoo
- Greek Yogurt Mask
- Winter Moisturizer
- Dandruff Treatments
- Olive Oil Shaving Cream
- Herbal Sleep Pillow
Janice Cox is the author of Natural Beauty at Home and Natural Beauty from the Garden. She’s the beauty editor for Herb Quarterly magazine, a regular magazine contributor, and a frequent speaker at MOTHER EARTH NEWS FAIRS. This excerpt is from her book Natural Beauty for All Seasons, available below.