Also known as “Roman coriander,” N. damascena has pale blue flowers that appear amid feathery foliage, thus the nickname “love-in-a-mist.” The small black seeds have a spicy scent, like nutmeg.
- 1/8 teaspoon borax powder
- 1/4 cup distilled water
- 1 tablespoon nigella seeds, crushed
- 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
- 1/4 cup grapeseed oil
- 1 tablespoon grated beeswax
- Combine borax and water, and heat until the mixture begins to boil. Then, pour it over the nigella seeds and let steep for 15 to 20 minutes, until cool.
- In another container, mix together the oils and beeswax, and heat until the beeswax is melted.
- Strain the water solution, and heat to roughly the same temperature as the oil mixture. Pour the oil mixture into a blender and start blending on high speed; slowly add the water solution, and then mix until a thick lotion is formed. Pour the lotion into a clean container, and allow it to cool completely.
To use: Massage into your skin as you would any rich moisturizer or cream.
For more, see: The Longevity of Love-in-a-Mist
Recipe excerpted from Natural Beauty From the Garden by Janice Cox, published by Ogden Publications, 2018.