Herb Infused Vinegar for Glowing Skin
I created this herb infused vinegar for my favorite facial toner recipe, but there are so many other ways herbal vinegars can be enjoyed. Infuse dried culinary herbs like Rosemary, Thyme, Garlic, or Hot peppers in apple cider vinegar to incorporate them in salad dressing. Culinary vinegars pair great with herb infused oils for the perfect DIY gift. You can also use herbal vinegars for refreshing hair rinses, facial masks, immune boosters and much more.
In this infusion, I used dried Calendula Flowers (Calendula officinalis) which are an excellent topical remedy for most irritated skin conditions and are gentle enough for all skin types. These golden blossoms help to soften and soothe skin, reduce pore size, and clear acne. For more about Calendula and other herbs for topical skincare, check out my blog Radiant Skin, Part 2.
When I make an herb infused vinegar to add to skincare products, I use organic Apple Cider Vinegar for the naturally occurring malic acid, which acts as a gentle, nonabrasive exfoliating agent. Apple Cider Vinegar (in dilution) also helps restore the skin’s natural pH, which can be disrupted by harsh soaps and some anti-acne products.
Herb infused vinegar is really easy to make. The vinegar acts as a gentle solvent and extracts the plant’s theraputic compounds. In this recipe I used make a 1:10 weight to volume extract, which means I used 1 ounce of herb by weight to 10 fluid ounces (1-1/4 cups) of Apple Cider Vinegar. Some plants absorb less of the Vinegar which will allow you to make a more concentrated extract, like 1:5, if you choose.
Calendula Infused Vinegar Recipe
- 1-1/4 cups organic Apple Cider Vinger
- 1 ounce dried herb (I used Calendula flowers.)
- Coffee grinder or mortal & pestle
- Jar with a tight fitting lid
- Glass Measuring Cup
- Metal Mesh Strainer
- Unbleached Cotton Muslin or Cheese Cloth
- Grind your dried herb to a fine powder using a coffee grinder or pestle.
- Empty powdered herb into a clean dry glass jar.
- Pour Apple Cider Vinegar over the powdered herb, mix well, and screw on the lid. As the herb begins to settle you should have at least 1/2 inch of vinegar over the herb.
- Store the jar in a cool dark place and shake it as frequently as possible (2-3 times per day for best results) for 10 - 14 days.
- After 10 -14 days it’s time to decant. Place a square of unbleached cotton muslin over a mesh strainer and place the strainer over a glass measuring cup or bowl.
- Pour the herb/vinegar mixture into the muslin/strainer. The vinegar will begin to drain. With you hands, carefully take up the corners and edges of the muslin and begin to twist and squeeze firmly until all of the herb infused vinegar has been expelled.
- Bottle your vinegar, label and enjoy! Or, start dreaming about all of the other products you can make with your herb infused vinegar.
If you are using the herb infused vinegar topically, it is best to dilute it with distilled water. I use only a small amount in this facial toner. And, if DIY skincare is not your thing, keep in mind that you can use this very same recipe to make a culinary vinegar using dried culinary herbs!
Have fun and get creative,