I love to drink rooibos and know that it has many health benefits. It is rich in minerals, antioxidants and it is a great moisturizer.
Living in the desert, my naturally dry skin, suffers a lot. Moisturize, moisturize, moisturize is the motto and I always carry an extra container of moisturizer in my purse so I can reapply it when necessary.
I am very selective when it comes to skin care products and like to make my own when I can. Not only does it save money, but I always know exactly what went into the product. My favorite skin cream is based on a recipe by herbalist Rosemary Gladstar and yesterday, I tried a variation by adding rooibos into the mix. The recipe is easy to follow and most of the ingredients can be purchased in your local health food store.
Waters – 2/3 cup distilled water
1/3 cup aloe vera gel
1/4 cup rooibos
1 or 2 drops essential oil of your choice (I use lavender or rose)
vitamin E (as a preservative)
Oils – 3/4 cup almond oil
1/3 cup coconut oil or cocoa butter
1/4 teaspoon lanolin
1/2 to 1 ounce grated beeswax
1. Combine rooibos and distilled water in a glass jar and let it steep overnight. The next day, strain the tea and set aside.
2. In a double boiler, over low heat, combine the oils. Heat them just enough to melt
3. Pour the oils into a blender and let them cool to room temperature. The mixture should become thick, creamy, semisolid and cream-colored.
4. When the mixture has cooled, turn on a blender at its highest speed. In a slow, thin drizzle, pour in the water mixture into the center vortex of the whirling oil mixture.
When most of the water mixture has been added to the oils, listen to the blender and watch the cream. Whe the blender starts to choke and the cream looks thick and white, like butter cream frosting, turn off the blender. ou can slowly add more water, beating it in by hand with a spoon, but don’t over beat! The cream will thicken as it sets.
6. Pour into cream or lotion jars and store in a cool place.
In additon to using rooibos as a moisturizing ingredient, it also gives the cream an nice amber color. I made some of this wonderful cream for myself, but have enough left over to gift it to some of my girlfriends!
Try it yourself!