One of Nature’s Best Herbs for Oily Skin
Hot, summer weather can play havoc with your skin – especially for those with normal to oily skin. Somehow, just when you should be looking and feeling the picture of health, you find yourself battling breakouts and struggling to keep up with the shine!
If that sounds like you, then try this natural recipe for combating oily skin and controlling breakouts.
This gentle and refreshing herb is used as an ingredient in many skin care products like soaps, lotions, perfumes and deodorants. Its antibacterial, astringent and antiseptic properties prevent and cure skin infection, prevent acne breakouts and soothe broken or inflamed skin.
You will need:
- 2 teaspoons lemongrass herbs (or lemongrass tea)
- 1 teaspoon rubbed sage leaf
- 1 teaspoon green clay powder
- 1 cup water
- 1 banana, mashed
Simmer the herbs in the water for about 15 minutes (do not use a metal pan – use a ceramic bowl or a glass pot).
Strain the herbs and keep the strained liquid.
Mix the mashed banana and green clay together.
Add one or two teaspoons of herbal liquid to the banana/clay mixture and blend well. Apply to clean face and neck (avoid eye area) and let it rest for about 15 minutes.
Rinse with warm water and pat skin dry.
The astringent qualities of lemongrass make it a perfect face mask ingredient for normal to oily skin.
More about Lemongrass
Lemongrass is essentially a herb that has been in use for years in traditional Indian medicine. This gently aromatic or scented grass delivers a myriad of beneficial properties. To name just a few, Lemongrass has analgesic, anti-bacterial, deodorizing, fungicidal, antiseptic, antidepressant, astringent, diuretic, antipyretic, antimicrobial and sedative properties and has very few side effects.
The oil extracted from lemongrass is one of the best essential oils for the skin – it has a light and fresh citrus fragrance with a dark yellow or amber color.
DID YOU KNOW?
If you prepare lemongrass in a facial steam or sauna, it will revitalize your skin and leave it feeling super soft. It also cleanses your pores, removes dirt and excess oils and replaces dead skin cells.