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Herbs for At-Home Beauty Treatments

We asked Trisha Shirey, the director of Flora and Fauna at Lake Austin Spa Resort in Texas, to share a bouquet of her favorite herbs for homemade spa treatments. Here are her fragrant picks.Bay leaves are stimulating and soothing.Calendula flowers are soothing for dry skin.Chamomile flowers contain a natural anti-inflammatory ingredient called azulene. It calms and soothes itchy, irritated skin. A good addition for a child’s bath.Ginger root may be grated using a Microplane grater and added to baths to stimulate skin, increase blood flow, and energize the body. It also can be added to coconut oil for a stimulating and mildly exfoliating skin scrub. Ginger tones and softens the skin.Horsetail or Equisetum is a mineral-rich astringent. Good for skin toning and improving hair and nails.  Lavender is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory and healing for the skin. It relaxes you, calms nerves, and aids in getting a good night’s sleep.Lemon balm is cleansing and sedating.Marjoram is a decongestant and is invigorating. It aids with muscle pain and strains.Rosemary is stimulating and refreshing to add to bat …

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