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Since ancient times, women have turned to the bounties of nature to help increase their own beauty. The ancient Romans used beauty packs of eggs and honey (amongst others), and Egyptians are well-known for their use of oils and perfumes.

Today, when cosmetics counters offer cleansers full of artificial ingredients for astronomical prices, you might want to consider looking in your pantry for natural alternatives.

Chamomile, chervil, dandelion, fennel, lime flowers, rosemary leaves, are all cleansing, and mildly astringent. Infusing any one of them into a tea will make for a light and refreshing rinse for your skin. Try a small amount first to make sure that your skin doesn not get irritated.

If you are looking for natural antiseptics, try an infusion of lavender, mint, thyme, or witch hazel. If you skin suffers from frequent outbreaks,these may well help.

Baths can be made into a spa experience with the creation of simple bath bags. If you're feeling quite stressed, improve the relaxing nature of a warm bath by combining chamomile, lime flowers and valerian root in one-to-one proportion in a small linen bag. Simply drop in the tub as the water is running. Any of the herbs listed above, however, can make for a pleasing and sweet-smelling experience.