Citrus & Floral Infused Body Splash

Citrus & Floral Infused Body Splash

Creating this diy herbal body splash is just one way I like to incorporate the sweet earthy fragrance and mood enhancing properties of botanicals into my every day.  With witch hazel as a base, this citrus & floral splash becomes versatile with its many functional uses. I like to “wear” the refreshing, feel-good herbs as an all-over body splash, which helps me feel a little more connected, however this floral infusion makes a wonderful astringent toner, amongst other uses.  You can also consider using it as a sunburn spray, to fade bruises, assist with itchy rashes, minor abrasions, and even bug bites.

Rose, with its anti-inflammatory, cooling, and calming properties, helps to reduce redness, swelling, and pain – it facilitates quick healing with less scarring.  I believe this to be true for both our skin and spirit. Rose, representative of love, has a special affinity for the heart. Its sweetly intoxicating aroma will keep your spirit lovingly embraced.

Lavender is another common herbal application for skin. It’s not only great for calming inflammatory skin irritation but will also beautifully calm and unclutter your mind, helping you to regain clarity.  Lavender can help you keep your “cool” when you’re anxious, nervous, or stressed. Its light floral aroma is cheery and uplifting and will help you maintain a positive mindset.

Calendula, although gentle, is a powerful healer. It helps to heal abrasions, stings, bites, burns, and rashes with its anti-septic, anti-inflammatory, and vulnerary properties. The aroma may be light but its physical properties and symbolism pack a punch! Historically, calendula has been used for sadness and lifting mood.  Its bright orange rays of sunshine will keep the light in your day.

Citrus  is commonly used to brighten the skin. I find it to brighten and lift my mood and vibes, as well.  Lemons and limes are fun, fresh, and invigorating!

Ingredients

  • Rose petals
  • Calendula petals
  • Lavender buds
  • Lemon & lime zest – I used about 1 tsp each for a pint sized jar
  • Witch hazel hydrosol

Instructions

  1. Intuitively choose the amount of each herb you’d like and fill a mason jar about 1/3 to 1/2 full.  I like to grab little pinches at a time, layering the herbs and enjoying the colorful arrangement in the process!
  2. Pour witch hazel over your herbs filling the jar and cap.
  3. Set your intentions and shake your jar daily for at least 2 weeks.
  4. Strain your herbs and bottle your infusion. Spritzer bottles are nice, but not necessary. I chose a small mouth bottle and simply pour a tiny bit into my palms to splash over my face, neck, and body after a shower!

References

Grieves, M. (1971). A Modern Herbal II. New York, NY: Dover Publications, Inc.

Whitehurst, T. (1977).  The Magic of Flowers.  Woodbury, MN: Llewellyn Publications.

http://bearmedicineherbals.com

http://animacenter.org/lavendula.html

Citrus & Floral Herb Infused Body Splash

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