Published July 21, 2022 Summer is arguably the best season (although, I am admittedly a Leo writing this)… but this year especially it feels like there’s so much to celebrate. We’re back outside traveling, exploring, and experiencing the joy of connection with those we love most and it almost feels surreal! However, our favorite season comes with added elements like air conditioning (which can be super drying to the mucous membranes!), increased exposure to chlorine pools, more sun exposure, and even chemical bug repellents that can be harsh on our skin. So, it’s important to keep your skin hydrated and soothed, especially if you start to notice redness or irritation. This cooling rose and calendula herbal mist will help to soothe, cool, and promote healing of the skin with nourishing herbs, and can even help heal a sunburn with the addition of apple cider vinegar! Yes – I know that sounds crazy but it works. I once had the worst sunburn of my life in Italy, and a friend told me to take a cotton pad and tone my skin with ACV. I woke up the next morning and could not believe how much better my skin looked and felt… it’s really a miracle worker (but obviously don’t make the same mistake I did and wear your sunscreen pls!) You will need: – Dried Rose petals – astringent and cooling to the skin to help reduce inflammation and puffiness + has antibacterial properties to help keep the skin clean and heal faster Dried Calendula – anti-inflammatory properties calm redness and irritation + hydrating for dry skin to repair skin barrier +promotes healing to wounds or irritated skin – Optional for sunburn: Apple cider vinegar (ACV) – calms inflammatory/antiseptic to prevent bacteria + high in pectin which helps improve the skin barrier and lower inflammation + a natural astringent that soothes pain and speeds up the healing process + the acetic acid in ACV helps reduce itchiness and inflammation.* – Strainer – Small glass spray bottle Directions: 1. Steep the calendula and rose petals with boiling water for at least 30 minutes or until cooled 2. Optional step: If using it for a sunburn – add about 1/2-1 oz of ACV (NOTE: this will make you smell like ACV, so apply when you’re in for the night!) 3. Strain and add to the glass spray bottle This mist will last about 3 days and can be kept in the fridge which will provide extra cooling benefits! *NOTE: ACV is safe on the skin when diluted (like in this recipe), but if you have skin sensitive to acids, we suggest less ACV or avoiding it altogether.