Mother Earth Gardener

Hollyhock Soother for Skin and Hair

You can use hollyhock leaves, hollyhock flower petals, or a combination of both in this soothing recipe.


• 2 handfuls hollyhock flowerpetals and/or leaves
• Water to cover


Cover 2 handfuls of hollyhock leaves, flower petals, or a combination of both in cool, clean, unchlorinated water to about 1 inch over the plant material. This can be done in a bowl or large glass jar but should be covered and set aside in a shady spot indoors overnight. 

Strain. Use the spent hollyhock leaves and flowers as a poultice for rash, splinters, or burns before composting.

Add hollyhock soother to a bath to soften skin, or combine with vinegar for a gentle hair conditioner. For the hair conditioner, use 1 cup hollyhock soother to 1/4 cup vinegar.

Use your hollyhock soother immediately, or store in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days.

Try another hollyhock recipe or read more about hollyhocks here:

Hollyhock Tea
Roots Rx: All About Hollyhocks

Dawn Combs of Mockingbird Meadows Farm is an ethnobotanist, author, speaker, and educator who homesteads with her family in central Ohio. Find her book, Heal Local, in our online store.

  • Published on Jun 8, 2017
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