DIY 3-in-1 Basil Mint + Sage Herbal Cleanser

04/22/2012

I was gonna make pesto with my fresh basil mint and sage, but instead used it to pamper myself. After showering and washing my hair with this fab-o, mulit-tasking cleanser that I just whipped up, I am so friggin’ clean, and smell good enough to have for supper! This cleanser also did a marvelous job scrubbing up my dirty fingernails after a day of gardening. Basil mint:

  • provides vitamin A, vitamin C, manganese, iron, copper, and potassium
  • acts as an antioxidant and helps to fight free radicals, which age the skin
  • provides gentle stimulation to the scalp
  • feels so fresh and so clean on the skin and scalp.
Add some sage, which has astringent properties, and you have a gentle cleanser that is sweet for hair, skin and hands. Here’s what you’ll need to make it: 
 3-in1 Basil Mint + Sage Herbal Cleanser
Ingredients (click the links to shop ‘em)

Directions:

  1. Cut the basil mint and sage into small pieces using herb scissors—or a knife. Place the cut herbs into a small saucepan and pour the water over them.
  2. Bring to a boil and steep for 30 minutes.
  3. Strain the herbs from the liquid using a strainer or cheesecloth.
  4. Pour the herbal tea into a container. I used a mason jar (surprise, surprise). Add the castille soap and coconut oil. Shake well.
  5. To turn a mason jar into a hand soap dispenser, poke a hole in the lid by putting the end of a screw driver on the lid, and pounding the top of the screwdriver with a hammer. Surprisingly, the screw driver will go through the lid pretty easily and doesn’t require a lot of elbow grease.
  6. Place a soap pump salvaged from an old bottle of hand soap into the hole. Depending on the length of the straw, you may have to cut it down to fit into the jar. Enjoy!

What beauty products do you have that multi-task?