The Queen of Hungary's water
One common recipe for Hungary water is widely attributed to Rosemary Gladstar on the internet. She has been called the godmother of American Herbalism and she has written many books. This is her recipe for the Queen of Hungary's water and I used that as a base for mine. She uses vinegar instead of alcohol and I think that suits me well. I've been interested in using vinegar based toner for a while, but haven't done anything about it. Although, of course, it is the easiest thing to do.
6 parts lemon balm
4 parts chamomile
4 parts roses
3 parts calendula
3 parts comfrey leaf
1 part lemon peel
1 part rosemary
1 part sage
Vinegar to cover (apple cider or wine vinegar)
Rose water or witch hazel extract
Essential oil of lavender or rose (optional)
Place the herbs in a widemouthed jar. Fill the jar with enough vinegar so that it rises an inch or two above the herb mixture. Cover tightly and let it sit in a warm spot for 2 to 3 weeks. Strain out the herbs. To each cup of herbal vinegar, add 2/3 to 1 cup of rose water or witch hazel. Add a drop or two of essential oil, if desired. Rebottle. This product does not need to be refrigerated and will keep indefinitely.
My own version of this depended on my ability to find the ingredients fresh and free. I wanted to use only plants that I either grew myself or picked from nature myself.
May Seaweed (our local Chamomile)
These were stuffed into a large jar (it looked really pretty) and I poured 300 ml. of white vine vinegar and 300 ml. apple vinegars. This sat in a jar for quite a few weeks until I strained it. I then diluted it, like instructed, with Witch hazel and Rosewater.
The resulting toner smells of vinegar and herbs. I don't mind the smell at all. I've gotten very used to the smell of vinegar, since I use it a lot in cleaning. The toner really works well for me. I use it to wipe away my makeup and it does a great job of it. I then use some infused oil, I love the green Achillea millefolium oil and also the Rose oil that I infused this summer. It makes for a rather shiny face at night, but also very soft skin. I also use the oils under my makeup in the mornings.
I had planned elaborate Christmas presents for the women of the family with this toner and face oil (in a serum type bottle), some face cream maybe and a lovely soap, sugar scrub, bath bomb and body bar - all in delicious scent blends, but you know how it is. Maybe next year I'll start early enough.