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5 Skin Care Recipes Using Fresh Mint

Updated on March 30, 2014
5 Skin Care Recipes Using Fresh Mint
5 Skin Care Recipes Using Fresh Mint | Source

Being Minted ~

Mint is one of those herbs when left to its own devices in the garden can run wild with no thought to your carefully designed haven that was planned with all 5 senses in mind. Suddenly being minted has a whole new meaning . . . .

Why not turn this invasive herb into a positive. Why not be minted in skin benefits? Why not be minted with the healthy benefits it has? Would your pocket not feel heavier with the all the savings you will make when you stop purchasing store bought versions and start making your own skin care? Do you not want less dangerous chemicals roaming around inside the body an

I for one vote to be minted.

Let's start by getting the skin in mint condition.

Credit to Shauna ~

The idea for this article was suggested to me from a fellow writer and friend on hubpages, Shauna, known as bravewarrior.

A terrific writer, supporter and follower of my work; she is minted not only with her ability to captivate readers but has an abundance of fresh mint and wanted some more ideas for ways to utilize her supply in the garden.

Thank you Shauna for the wonderful suggestion, I greatly appreciate it.

For keeping me on my toes by looking for new, interesting and varied solutions with mint, these recipes are dedicated to you!

Measurements

If you want to use dried mint or in fact any dried herb remember the quantity is different as dried herbs are more potent.

1 tablespoon of dried herbs = 3 tablespoons of fresh herbs

Variety is The Spice of Life ~

Mint is such a beneficial herb I am here to tell you that making your own skin care products from a minty orange face toner to a lemon mint foot scrub will not only improve your skin but they will be at a fraction of the cost compared to store equivalent products. If you have a bountiful supply of mint growing, utilizing it in different ways will guarantee your crop will not go to waste.

Enjoy these 5 skin care recipes which use readily available ingredients, are easily made and range from fresh once off applications to ones with a shelf life.

Olives

olive oil a store cupboard essential
olive oil a store cupboard essential | Source

Refreshing Minted Water

use a glass measuring jug as an alternative to allow your mint oil infuse.
use a glass measuring jug as an alternative to allow your mint oil infuse. | Source

Mint Oil ~

Mint Leaves

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Glass Jar

Fine Mesh Sieve or Cheesecloth

Glass Bowl

Method:

  • Wash the mint leaves carefully and pat dry with kitchen paper.
  • Allow to dry but not to a brittle state.
  • Crush or bruise the leaves with the fingers by scrunching up.
  • Pop the leaves into the jar fill up to near the top.
  • Pour olive oil over the mint up to the top.
  • Screw on lid and if in a warm climate leave it in sunlight for a few days, giving it a good shake twice a day. If it is winter or a cold climate, leave for 4-6 weeks, shaking it twice daily.
  • When it is ready, pour the oil through the fine mesh sieve or cheesecloth into a container to remove all the mint.
  • Add the oil back into your glass jar and secure tightly.
  • This will keep for 3-6 months.

Use it for both culinary dishes and beauty recipes that need oil and mint. Culinary ideas include dressings, dips, deserts, marinades, with potatoes . . . the list is long so you can be as adventurous and creative as you like.

Beauty recipes using oil or one that includes mint are perfect for this or use as a moisturizer on its own for either combination or oily skins in particular.

Suzie's Tip

Why not use the mint oil recipe instead of the almond oil? A great way of utilizing this product which will work wonders for the skin.

Foot Soak and Scrub

treat your tootsies to a foot scrub a good soak, a massage and a foot cream. All may be made at home and will rival those at the spa.
treat your tootsies to a foot scrub a good soak, a massage and a foot cream. All may be made at home and will rival those at the spa. | Source

Lemon Mint Foot Scrub ~

1 lemon

12 mint leaves

2-3 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp sweet almond oil

Glass jar

Blender

Method:

  • Chop up the entire lemon, removing seeds. Add to the blender and blend it until it is a pulp.
  • Chop up the mint leaves finely and add these to a bowl with the sugar and almond oil. Add in the lemon pulp and mix well together.
  • Apply to tired sore feet by applying to slightly damp skin in small massage movements all over the foot area to the top of the ankle.
  • Pay particular attention to any dry, flaky patches, hard skin, eczema or fungal infections.
  • Leave on for 5-10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water or soaking them in a foot soak bowl making sure to remove all the scrub.
  • Finish with a foot cream or massage oil to keep the tootsies in tip top condition all year round!
  • If you have any left, store it in an airtight glass container in the fridge. This should last a few weeks (mine did), providing you do not allow any water into it as this will lead to bacteria forming.
  • Make sure if washing mint, leaves are completely dry before bruising and when using scrub use a spoon or spatula to remove scrub and not fingers.

Cucumber and Mint Naturally Soothing

cucumber hydrates the skin replenishing lost moisture
cucumber hydrates the skin replenishing lost moisture | Source

Suzie's Tip

For an extra kick add a few slices of cucumber to the mint and mash them in together. Cucumber is hydrating, soothing and takes care of any puffiness and dark circles.

cucumber

sliced cucumber makes a great addition to jugs of water at the dinner table
sliced cucumber makes a great addition to jugs of water at the dinner table | Source

Dark Circle Mint Remedy ~

Sprig of fresh mint

2-3 slices cucumber (optional)

Mortar and pestle

Kitchen paper

Method:

  • Wash and carefully pat the leaves dry with kitchen paper.
  • Allow them to dry on a paper towel if necessary.
  • Crush the leaves in the mortar with the pestle to a pulp.
  • Apply the pulp with the ring finger gently patting it in under the eye area on dark circle. I recommend using the ring finger as it is less likely to drag the delicate skin tissue and the best finger to use for all eye treatments.
  • Leave on for 15-20 minutes and rinse off carefully.

Pat the eye area gently and apply an eye gel, eye cream or eye serum.


Suzie's Tips

Since you will be relaxing for 20 minutes or so why not apply your dark circle mint remedy at the same time to kill two birds with the one stone?

Fruit Acids

why spend money on commercial products when you can use the natural fruit acids in fruits such as citrus ones
why spend money on commercial products when you can use the natural fruit acids in fruits such as citrus ones | Source

Fresh and Fruity Mint Face Mask –

Ideal for oilier skin this mask does a bit of everything! It deep cleans pores, exfoliates, tones, moisturizes, soothes, heals any pimples and has anti-inflammatory properties.

1 egg white

1 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint

1/4 -1/2 cucumber

1/2 tsp lemon juice

1/2 tsp apple juice

Blender

Small container

Method:

  • Add all the ingredients into the blender and mix it to a smooth paste like consistency.
  • Spoon it into your container.
  • Apply to a cleansed and makeup free neck and face, avoiding the eye area.
  • Take a break and lie down for 20-30 minutes.
  • If you have some spare cucumber and mint leaves, why not combine this recipe with the dark circle remedy? Another option is to place a cucumber slice over both eyelids. Yes I know it is so often mentioned but cucumber really is amazing on the skin and on the eyes particularly.
  • To remove the face mask, rinse off with warm water finishing with a splash of cold water to tighten the pores.
  • Pat the skin dry before applying your serum or/and face balm.

Orange Peel

chop up the orange peel roughly
chop up the orange peel roughly | Source

Suzie's Tips

For a mixed citrus toner add the peel from a mix of lemon, lime and orange for a perfect astringent for oily or combination skins.

Mentha

mint (mentha) is the genus belonging to the family Lamiaceae
mint (mentha) is the genus belonging to the family Lamiaceae | Source

Orange and Mint Skin Toner ~

A simple but highly effective exfoliating skin toner that removes any excess oils, dead skin cells and helps tighten the pores thanks to the menthol and iron in the mint.

The citric acid in the orange helps restore the Ph balance of the skin and the combination with astringent witch hazel gives a smooth feel to the complexion. Sensitive skin may find this too astringent and should avoid.

3 tbsp fresh mint leaves

1 tbsp witch hazel extract (astringent)

Peel of an orange chopped up

1 cup of boiling water

8 oz glass bottle / jar

Wide mouthed glass container with lid

Sieve

Method:

  • Crush or bruise the mint leaves to release the natural oils.
  • Add them into the wide mouthed container.
  • Add in the orange peel and pour over the boiling water.
  • Allow to fully cool and apply the lid.
  • I suggest leaving overnight in the kitchen giving a shake a couple of times.
  • Strain the toner into your glass jar, removing all the leaves and orange peel.
  • Stir in the witch hazel.
  • Apply your toner after cleansing with a dampened cotton pad to remove the final traces of cleanser, refresh the skin and prepare the skin for your serum or/and moisturizer.
  • As an alternative you can pour it into a spray bottle and use as an all over cooling body spray after the shower or bath.
  • This toner should last a month and you can keep it in the fridge for extra cooling benefits.

Skin Beneficial Herb Garden

think of your herbs as much more than a flavoring for food recipes
think of your herbs as much more than a flavoring for food recipes | Source

Food for Thought . . . .

The monetary savings on skin care can mount up with thousands of possibilities thanks to the extraordinary properties in our diverse supply of ingredients worldwide. The health benefits mount up too by choosing an all over healthier diet, lifestyle and awareness approach to choices.

Our hygiene and beauty regimes will benefit us and our families from head to toe by choosing less chemical, toxin and synthetic fragrance based products. The skin is our largest organ and absorbs a vast amount of all that is applied to it which goes directly into the bloodstream and from there starts circulating.Enjoy trying these homemade recipes and get minted!

"Creating health awareness through homemade beauty solutions"

Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to homesteadbound ~

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well Suzie, I do love mint....and I do love Bev....so I'm imagining how nice it would be to kiss her if she smelled like mint rather than chickens. LOL

      There is a very real chance I'm going to get in trouble for saying that.

      I hope you have had a good week, Irish. Keep up the good work.

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      How good of you to swing on over. LOL, too right if you got an earful from the lovely Beverly! MJ would have if he had said that and has the scars to prove it!! LOL

      Week is going well, just not enough hours as organised as I aim to be! Cheers for all the support my friend, have a good one!

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Another great job Suzie. How do you come up with these great ideas? I love mint, just never knew it had so many great uses.

      You are up to 176 Hubs, well done. Closing in on 200 will be a big hurdle. You are building an impressive library that will pay big dividends down the road. Keep them coming. Voted up, shared, pinned, etc....

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      Kathryn 3 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      What a big array of use mint for! I love it! I am excited to try some of these sometime. Thanks for sharing this wit us. I'm glad Shauna gave you this idea.

      Have a great day!

      ~ Kathryn

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Just about love mint anything.. Chocolate, Tea, hand & body cream and can't wait to try your foot scrub..Suzie might I say you've done it again! another stella hub..pinning & sharing VUUABI ++ Cheers

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      I love mint. I'm going to have to keep a binder with all of your suggestions. I only hope I can devote a day to make a few of them!

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      stacytm 3 years ago from London

      I love mint, and love your suggestions here. Sometimes I find if I use too much it really tinglings my skin, but apparently that's a good thing!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      Do you know I had not noticed the hub tally, i am amazed at that myself considering when I began writing. There are many things I want to work on with this so while the enthusiasm is bubbling over, bills have to be paid! It is a big hurdle and thanks for noticing appreciate all your terrific support since my beginning. You feel like someone I have know years instead of 14 months or so. Cheers for your votes, shares and pinning, have a wonderful weekend in MA!

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      Shauna L Bowling 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Suzi, thanx for the mention and thanx for all your hard work coming up with these recipes. Ironically enough, the squirrels have eaten my mint plant. Hopefully, they'll come back from underground and start spreading. These recipes are awesome! Thanx!

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      Schoolmom24 3 years ago from Oregon

      Now I really want to grow fresh mint! I love natural skin care recipes but haven't incorporated mint into anything yet.

      I just joined Hubs yesterday...I wrote my first article on why juicing and making healthy smoothies are a great way to add more fruit and veggies into our diets...I hope you will stop by to my fledgling page!

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      oldiesmusic 3 years ago from United States

      Wow - great hub and very useful!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Mint is so useful it was fun to look at all the options and play around with! It is a great herb for the skin and we used to have a plentiful supply growing up for cooking. I was delighted Shauna gave me this idea too! Glad you enjoyed and great to see you my friend! Have a lovely weekend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carter,

      Thanks so much for checking this out, i am a big mint fan as you may have guessed with my various peppermint oils in hubs! Appreciate your votes so much and for your enthusiastic interest!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi epbooks,

      Lovely to see you. Please do make a few i am sure you will become a little addicted as I have!! Thanks for commenting!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Stacytm,

      Thanks for dropping by. Tingly skin is okay if it is too stingy then don't use. If you have sensitive skin I would always do a skin test first of any citric or astringent ingredients. Glad you enjoyed!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Shauna,

      Delighted you found it useful! I appreciated your suggestion and made me whip up a few more potions! I have to say they are lovely.and worked out great. LOL that darn squirrel eh?? Ah well they will be back growing better than ever! Thanks again my friend!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Schoolmom,

      Welcome to HP! Appreciate you stopping by and commenting. It is a great community here and I recommend you visit the learning centre for great info on the workings of the site, it is very helpful and I read so much there when I joined that was invaluable. Glad you enjoyed this one and I will be sure to stop by!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi oldiesmusic,

      Cheers for comment glad you found useful!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 3 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      This is wonderful, I have a ton of mint in the garden, other than using it for mint tea and lamb source it's going to waste. Thank you for this, must get busy concocting. Voting up and sharing.

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      Rose Clearfield 3 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      I love the mix of recipes here! There is something for everyone. Mint olive oil is very intriguing. I would love to start experimenting with flavored olive oils.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      I love this variety of recipes you provided and I love the scent of mint. Will definitely try out some of the recipes. Thank you for sharing them. Great you were inspired by one of your fellow hubbers, Shauna.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ho tobusiness,

      How lucky you are to have a stack of mint, I had to "borrow" some from neighbor as we don't have it at the moment. Want to get some growing in a container. You hopefully have some good ideas for mint for other uses other than mint tea and for lamb (my mum loved making homemade mint sauce for roast lamb). Mint can be used in facial herbal steams too. Drying some would be good to keep a supply all year round going. Thanks for your votes and sharing, much appreciate it!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      The flavored olive oils are a wonderful idea for so many uses. Virtually any gorgeous herb and even citrus skins make lovely flavored oils for cooking and beauty products. Have fun infusing!! Appreciate your comment and interest :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Lovely to hear from you and good to hear you are a fan of mint. i love getting ideas from others and keep things written down, ideas, thoughts etc . . .All come in useful when creating!! Cheers so much as always!!

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      Karen Silverman 3 years ago

      sigh..mint reminds me of my grandmother..

      you're so right, Suzi - Shauna is SO minted in soooo many ways!

      As are you my friend. You both adore helping others, and i adore you both for it!

      Sharingxx

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Leslie,

      Thanks so much for swinging by delighted as always! How's the book launch looking, what you have shown so far on your website is amazing and can't wait till it goes LIVE. Shauna is minted and worth her weight in gold for sure! I Thanks for your lovely compliment, so darn nice of you girl!! You are a rock star and your work is truly unique and brilliant, my kind of poetry and writing!

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      carol stanley 3 years ago from Arizona

      Going to buy some mint leaves today...Sounds delightful. I use your sugar rub (another fine recipe) on my hands and arms and feet...Makes the skin so soft...Love all of these recipes..and you seem to never end...Thanks so much....

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Carol,

      So good this inspired you to give the recipes a go. Thanks so much for your review of my sugar scrub too, I love it so simple but so effective. Have fun with the mint! Appreciate your support!

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      I love the scent of mint and can only imagine how wonderful it would be on the skin.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Cheers for popping by, mint is such a lovely herb with all these benefits too. Glad you enjoyed these ideas!

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