3 tablespoons of Arrowroot
100ml/4fl oz water
2 tablespoons of Dried Chammomile
2 tablespooons of Dried Elderflowers
3 tablespoons of glycerine
Gather together the ingredients and measure them out. Prepare some small screw top pots ready for storage.
Heat the water and add the herbs. Leave to steep until thoroughly cooled.
Warm the glycerine in a double boiler and add the arrowroot. Stir very well.
Strain the infusion. Gradually add to the glycerine and arrowroot mixture and stir until it is clear and starting to gel. This is important becuase if the mixture thickens too much it makes it very greasy and gritty - the skin does not absorb properly (guess who found out the hard way) The mixture sort of goes translucent and shiny and starts to thicken when ready. If mixture does go too thick add a little more liquid to thin it down but use a whisk to combine the mixtures together. Decant into pots.
The mixture when ready should be gentle and soothing and is excellent for softening hands without making them feel greasy.
Chammomile is naturally healing and soothing and this gel exploits the herb's ability to soften the skin. Elderflowers are considered effective as a tonic for all skins.
First time I have had a go at a gel, been quite interesting - very steep learning curve
Measure out the Dried Elderflower
Add the Chammomile
Add the Water to steep the herbs and leave to stand until cool
Now that its cool the colour deepens
Strain off the herbs and retain the liquid pressing down with the back of a spoon
to extract all the liquid
Measure out the Glycerine
Add the Arrowroot and blend in so that there are no lumps
Nice and Smooth
Starting to Gel
Potted up - It looks promising will have to wait and see.
I have used a Glass as could not locate my miniature pots
With its lid - it is going to be on the kitchen windowsill for use every day
Now I have to wait for it to cool
This recipe taken from the Magic of Herbs by Jane Newdick ISBN 1-85833-281-8
I am extremely chuffed with this and it is leaving my skin very soft. I slapped a load on after doing the washing up today and my skin feels soft. Shall definitely make some more of this.
Store in the fridge