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Violet Eye Cream Secrets of a Wild Harvest

Feed your skin all-natural beauty wild violets are both edible and medicinal and come up in the late winter or early spring. Foraging for wild violets is easy as they grow almost everywhere! Wild violets are an edible and medicinal flower, and easy to spot! Learn how to identify and forage for wild violets, and the many ways to use them in the kitchen and in herbal medicine.

I started wild harvesting last year on my property which is at the base of the Marlboro Mountains, sometimes called Marlborough Mountains, its a group of hogbacked mountains arranged in a 25-mile-long (40 km) ridge extending from Newburgh, New York, to just south of Kingston, New York. Considered to be part of the Ridge and Valley Appalachians. They  are known for their sweeping views of the region. Today, due to a decline in agriculture (the orchards) at the base and logging in the mountains, the area is reverting rather quickly to a more natural state. An abundance of violets sprung up everywhere on the path in my woods.

This recipe is great for tired, puffy, or irritated eyes or just for day to day makeup removal. The Greta Breedlove recipe is very popular its from the book The Herbal Home Spa.
The blue chamomile essential oil is expensive so you could treat it as optional. Its high in Azulene an anti inflammatory agent extracted from chamomile flowers and its very soothing to the delicate skin under the eye. Its not crucial for the recipe but its a great addition when you can afford the indulgence.

125ml fresh violet flowers
125ml fresh violet leaves
300ml of almond oil
125ml fresh horsetail
30ml beeswax pastels
10 drops E vitamin
10 drops blue chamomile essential oil (optional)

optional use Optiphen for preservation at 0.3 to 1.5% percent of the total weight in oil-based products. Add the Optiphen when your project is 176 F or below. Higher temperatures can degrade the preservative.

Yeild: Approximately 30 1/4 ounce containers

To Make:
1) Gather the flowers and leaves and place them on a towel to wilt overnight
2) In a double boiler, steep the leaves, petals, and horsetail in oil over low heat for 5 hours
3) Strain the flowers and leaves from the oil completely
4) Pour the oil back into the double boiler and add the beeswax
5) Melt the beeswax completely then remove from stove
7) Add vitamin E and blue chamomile essential oil
8) pour into dainty 1/4 ounce (7g) containers or jars














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source: wikiwand.com, Greta Breedlove, Brambleberry,