Sunday, 1 November 2015

Elder Flower Toner for sensitive skin

Elder flower have been used in traditional medicine for its anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. It can also be used for treating colds and sinus infections. In his Complete Herbal (1653) Culpeper describes elder flowers as as being "of much use to free the skin from sunburning, freckles ... or the like; and taketh away the headache [and] it taketh away ulcers."

We have a large elder tree in the back garden that is just beginning to flower. I'll be making some of this toner with fresh flowers; plus I'll be drying more flowers to use later.

This toner is very gentle, making it particularly suitable for sensitive or delicate skin. 

Elder Flower Toner


Place 1 tablespoon of fresh elder flowers (or 1/2 tablespoon if using dried flowers) into a heatproof bowl or jug. Pour 1 cup of boiling water over the flowers. Cover and leave to cool and steep for about an hour.

Pour the cooled infusion into a glass bottle. Add 1 tablespoon of vegetable glycerine and 5 drops of lavender essential oil (if using). Cap the bottle and shake well to combine. 

Makes approximately one cup. The toner will keep for one week stored in the fridge.

To use: Shake before using. Apply with a cotton pad avoiding your eyes. Follow with your usual moisturiser.

You may also like to try:

Almond Milk Toner for combination skin
Apple Toner for oily, blemished skin
Black Tea Toner for oily skin
Lavender Toner for teenage skin
Rosewater Toner for dry skin

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Nicholas Culpeper, Complete Herbal, first published 1653 (I have a 1992 reprint)
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  1. Thank you for sharing another beautiful and easy idea for natural skincare with us at #AnythingGoes. Always happy to see your posts.

  2. I would love to have an elderberry bush! Thank you for sharing your recipe with us on the Art of Home-Making Mondays. It sounds wonderful :)

  3. I've never tried making my own natural toner. With all the chemicals in everything we use nowadays, it's nice to know that we can still make our own natural products.

  4. This sounds so great! I just wrote a book on home remedies, and it's amazing what herbal, natural solutions can do for the skin! I'm a believer! Thanks for sharing this at the Manic Mondays blog hop!

  5. Absolutely, there are so many really good natural options. If you don't mind me asking what's the title of your book and is it available yet? I'm always interested in new books on home remedies :)

  6. I always love your posts and learn something about natural products each time. This time I saw what Elder flowers look like - I've never seen them. Thanks for linking up and sharing at #WednesdaysWisdom

  7. Your soap made with Elder flowers for sensitive skin really sounds intriguing. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop! I hope you’ll join us again next week!

    Kathy Shea Mormino
    The Chicken Chick