This is one of my favorite herbal recipes that has been passed down for generations. The Queen of Hungary water is a legendary preparation deeply rooted in folklore.  Not only does it have an interesting history, but the medicinal and cosmetic properties of this formula make it a necessity in our bathroom cabinet. 
This recipe was created for the Queen by an alchemist in the 1300’s to restore her youthful face, and be her ultimate longevity tonic.  According to the legend, it reversed her appearance so much that the 25 year old grand-duke of Lithuania asked for her hand in marriage when she was 70! Others believe, which is actually my preferred belief, that the recipe was formulated and distributed underground by early Gypsies as a cure-all for a myriad of cosmetic and medical uses.
This is an astonishing recipe that truly works as a magnificent toner. It relieves inflammation and acne, providing the epidermis and dermis with essential minerals.
It gently tones, tightens pores, soothes itchy skin, normalizes the skin’s pH, and is a superb hair rinse. 
This recipe is inspired by the wonderful plant whisperer, Rosemary Gladstar.

6 parts lemon balm leaf
4 parts chamomile flowers
4 parts rose petals
3 parts calendula flowers
3 parts comfrey leaf
1 part lemon peel
1 part rosemary leaf
Apple cider vinegar (amount will vary depending on the container used)
Rose Water (see page TK) or witch hazel extract (amount will vary depending on the container used)
Essential oil of your choice

  1. Place all the herbs in a glass jar. Add enough vinegar to cover the herbs by 2–3 inches. Place the lid on the jar and let sit in a warm spot for 2–3 weeks.

  2. Strain the herbs, and keep the liquid. For each cup of liquid, add 1⁄2–1 cup of rose water or witch hazel extract. If desired, you can add a drop or two of essential oil. Store the liquid in a glass container with a lid; it will keep indefinitely without refrigeration.

  3. To use as a facial toner, you can apply it with a cotton ball or use it in a mister bottle to spray directly onto the face or over the body.


  4. *If desired, use vodka instead of Apple Cider Vinegar to create a body splash or perfume rather than a facial toner.  Or, you can use Witch Hazel extract in place of the vinegar if you prefer a facial toner without the vinegary scent.


    Source: Pg.109, Healing Tonics Cookbook by Adriana Ayales

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