So it’s the 7th of July, and everyone in the house managed to get at least a spot of sunburn over the holiday.
I forgot the correct order of operations and put on sunscreen after I had my swimsuit already on, so there’s a funny burn band along my décolletage where it must have shifted. Summer has officially begun.
Between us, there are 3 aloe plants in the house, but it’s hard for me to commit an entire plant to this project, so I decided to make something a little broader spectrum.
Herbal Skin Cooler
6 Plantain Leaves*
2 Bags of Green Tea (organic preferred)
6 Healthy Sized Branches of Peppermint (not spearmint!) or 5-6 Bags of Peppermint Tea
4-6 Meaty Aloe Leaves
*Plantain here does not necessitate a trip to a Caribbean market, it is a common weed in your yard and looks like this:
* Put the kettle on!
*Gently wash the plantain leaves (more of a rinse, really) and crumple/mush them into the bottom of a quart sized mason jar.
*Cut the green tea bags (and peppermint if you’re using tea bags) and empty the tea into the jar.
*Smush the peppermint branches (stems and all) into the jar (if using branches).
*Fill the jar about halfway (should cover at least most of your plant material) with hot but not boiling water.
*Set the jar on the counter to cool for 2 hours, shaking occasionally once it becomes cool enough to handle.
*Get the goo out of your aloe leaves. After some trial and error, I decided on slitting the leaf up the middle, cutting off about a 2-3 inch section at a time, flattening the section out, and then using the side of the jar to scrape the goo into the cooled tea. For good measure, I threw the aloe leaf husk parts into the tea as well.
*Cool/steep that in the fridge for at least an hour, shaking occasionally.
*Strain the cooler into a separate jar (or spray bottle) and then store in the fridge for up to 10 days.
You can dab or spritz this refreshing cooler on any part of your body, but definitely hit up the sunburn spots first.
Plantain has amazing healing properties, peppermint has a cooling kick, green tea is soothing and antioxidant, and aloe does what aloe does…
I was just out watering the garden and when I came back, I spritzed it on my face, neck, and pulse points and felt instantly cooler.