Thyme and Fennel Seed Cleanser for Normal Skin
Fennel has been used throughout history as an aid to digestion or as a slight diuretic. As an infusion, fennel seeds can be gently cleansing and toning for the skin, and they can help reduce puffiness and superficial irritation. Thyme, which is used in antiseptic preparations, is a good astringent. Because this cleanser is so gentle it can be used every morning. Simply dab it on face and neck with a cotton ball.
2 sprigs fresh thyme, crushed
(or 1/2 tablespoon dried thyme)
1/2 cup boiling water
juice of half a lemon
Mix thyme and fennel seed in a bowl and cover with boiling water. Add lemon juice and let steep for 15 minutes. Strain infusion and store liquid in a jar. Keep in the refrigerator.
Slice a ripe tomato and rub it all over your face. Let the juice soak in about 5 minutes. The tomato's mild acid will bring dirt and other impurities to the surface of the skin. Rinse thoroughly with water.