SOOTHING SUNBURN LOTION

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This Soothing Sunburn Lotion makes use of several common herbs and of course the renowned healing properties of aloe vera gel and almond oil. It is best made in the late spring, or early summer, and used only during that one season. Discard any leftover lotion at the end of the summer, and make a fresh batch each year. (For easy herbal makeup recipes/rubs/oils—such as All Purpose Massage Oil; herbal information; herbal remedies/cures; recipes; etc, and so much more, please check the ‘categories’ section of betweenclosefriends.com)

Ingredients: ½ oz dry beech leaves

½ oz dried borage leaves

½ oz dried comfrey leaves

½ oz small dried birch twigs or leaves

1 pt witch hazel extract

1 pt rubbing alcohol

1 c aloe vera gel (squeezed from the leaves, or store-bought)

1 T almond oil

  1. Into a large bowl, place organic pesticide-free dried beech, borage, and comfrey leaves. Add the birch twigs or leaves.
  2. Mix together the witch hazel with the rubbing alcohol, and add to the bowl of leaves and twigs.
  3. Once the herbs become hydrated again, gently macerate them in the bowl.
  4. Cover the bowl, and allow this mixture to stand for 1 week, mixing it together well, once a day.
  5. At the end of the week, strain and discard the macerated leaves and twigs.
  6. Pour the resulting liquid into a blender. Add the aloe gel and almond oil .
  7. Blend the liquids together well, thoroughly mixing.
  8. Pour your Soothing Sunburn Lotion into a bottle with a tight fitting lid, and store it in the fridge.

· To use: Shake well before soothing onto your sunburned and irritated skin.

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