i made a post a few weeks back about the benefits of elder flower and its magickal properties.
as a potent player in my anti-aging wheelhouse, i drink this in an herbal tea on most evenings, and i’ve also used it as a hydrosol spritz twice a day after washing (at night) and after waking (in the morning).
i also recently made some elder flower infusion oil to add to things like face masks, moisturizers, and other products (some of which you will see in the next couple of months in my shop!!). and, i’m excited because in about 3 weeks, my elder flower extract will be ready to play with (it takes like 5 weeks to make….).
elderflower has medicinal compounds in it that reduce wrinkles, age spots, and improve skin healing, such as in rashes, acne lesions, and is a super calming, mellow herb. you can just feel its energy hugging your skin and saying, ‘it’ll be okay, babe.’
this is an herb than takes a week or so to really work, so be patient when beginning to incorporate it into your routine, as it works from within, which takes time to impact the layers of skin cells that are just now growing and forming in the deepest layers of your skin.
so here’s a simple recipe for elder flower skin spritz/tea.
what you will need:
- about 1/2 cup dried elder flower or 1 cup fresh flowers
- twice as much spring water or purified water as the flower volume you use
- a pot big enough to hold the water you’re using
- cheesecloth or fine metal strainer
- funnel, ideally glass, silicon is okay, plastic is undesirable as it will absorb some of the plant components
- an 8 oz glass bottle, preferably blue or amber, with spritz top or spray top
how to make it:
there’s a few options for making this topical tea for your skin:
- boil the water or heat it with an electric kettle to boiling and add the flowers and let steep for 20-30 minutes
- or add the flowers to the water as it boils
i don’t find that there’s too much difference and it probably doesn’t matter too much for these purposes. don’t overthink it.
- your elder flowers need to steep in the water for 20-30 min, and the water should be boiling before you remove it from heat source.
- you can also choose to put them in tea bags to steep them if you don’t want to mess with straining them later.
- after the time has elapsed, strain out the flowers. i hold them to the side and later on go put them at the foot of a tree in my back yard, thanking them for their energy and returning them to the earth.
- the remaining liquid can now be poured into your glass spray bottle using the funnel. depending on how much flowers and water you used, you may need more than one bottle.
- label it with the date it was bottled. if you add no preservatives, it should keep in the fridge for a couple of weeks.
elder flower skin tea can be used as a toner (although its not very astringent, like a lot of toners are, but if you have very sensitive skin it would be perfect), or it can be used to freshen your skin up after you wake up (if you’re like me and don’t wash your skin again in the AM most days).
i also like to use it throughout the day sometimes for a boost of moisture and glowiness. it leaves a sort of fresh, dewy quality to your skin 🙂