It’s fall, and everyone is battling dry skin. Try making toner from Japan’s well-loved dokudami “heartleaf” herb!
Dokudami is a favorite drink of choice for ojiichan-obaachan in Japan thanks to its myriad health benefits. My grandma always has (or has just run out of) a fresh batch of dokudamicha and asks me every time I visit, “You don’t like it do you?” That’s probably because of its curious smell, but honestly, it’s not too bad.
In June, we shared how to use hand-picked dokudami leaves to make dokudami tea, dokudami bath soak, and an all-purpose dokudami tincture (you can read that post here). Today, we’ll share how to use that tincture to make a rejuvenating homemade face toner.
After soaking the leaves in vodka or another white liquor for two to three months (or in our case, four months), the tincture should have matured to a light, seaweed-brown color, and thanks to the high alcohol content, the tincture itself will still be good for another eight months or more. Once diluted with mineral water, however, it will spoil quicker, so we will make just enough toner to last.
Here’s what you will need:
① 200ml dokudami tincture made from fresh leaves, flowers, or a mixture of both
② 20ml mineral water
③ 1 TSP olive oil
- Sterilized glass container
- Measuring cup
- Funnel (optional)
- Paper coffee filter
Step One: Add 200ml mineral water to your glass jar or bottle.
Step Two: Using the coffee filter (we skipped the funnel), add 20ml dokudami tincture. If you want to make less, just be sure to keep the 5:1 ratio.
Step Three: Add 1 teaspoon of olive oil.
Step Four: Shake.
That’s it! Easy peasy, isn’t it? Dokudami is said to be good for breakouts, rashes, and eczema, so if you have skin trouble, this may be your answer. (Be sure to do a patch test first, to make sure you don’t have an allergic reaction, and since dokudami tincture contains vodka or white liquor, use caution if you know you are sensitive to alcohol.) Store in a cool, dark place and use up as quickly as possible, preferably within a week, and look for the results!