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DISCLAIMER: These pages are presented solely as a source of INFORMATION and ENTERTAINMENT and to provide stern warnings against use where appropriate. No claims are made for the efficacy of any herb nor for any historical herbal treatment. In no way can the information provided here take the place of the standard, legal, medical practice of any country. Additionally, some of these plants are extremely toxic and should be used only by licensed professionals who have the means to process them properly into appropriate pharmaceuticals. One final note: many plants were used for a wide range of illnesses in the past, but be aware that many of the historical uses have proven to be ineffective for the problems to which they were applied.

Skin Herb Extract
NOTE: This is a double strength recipe.

Thoroughly combine:
1/4 cup comfrey leaf or 1/8 cup comfrey root
1/4 cup chickweed
1/4 cup calendula petals
1/8 cup lavender
1/8 cup elderflower
1/8 cup rose petals, packed down

Weigh out 1/2 ounce of the above mixture and set aside. Store remaining herbs in an amber glass jar and label for future use. In a coffee mill or blender, grind the 1/2 oz of herbs to a powder. Using 100 proof vodka, combine 2 oz. of the liquid with the powdered herbs in a wide-mouthed jar. Cover and allow to sit for two weeks in a warm spot out of direct light. Shake daily. At the end of the two weeks, strain through a coffee filter and put up in a 2-oz amber bottle. The shelf life is one to two years.

©1997 Ernestina Parziale CH