Yes, I learned the hard way that natural, safe, non-toxic, organic remedies are best in the short term & long term.
However, re lavender oil toner, I have read that organic essential lavender oil should only be applied directly onto a blemish, not the entire skin as it's a powerful essential oil & even too powerful for healthy skin (it will totally dry it out & even cause some healthy cells to expire!). Whereas, a little dab of lavender oil on a blemish will make it disappear within 24-48 hours. So, lavender oil should not be applied to the entire face or it will dry it out eventually & even damage healthy skin cells if used to excess. Lavender oil is only meant for sores, eradicating pathogens, blemishes, insect bites, burns etc...it's not meant for application to healthy skin.
However, organic essential tea tree oil (i.e. Thursday Plantation brand), prevents & reverses skin cancer (please research for university study details). It also keeps the skin pathogen & acne free (but only if you're eating & drinking healthy too!). If it's too strong for your skin, consider using a drop with your favorite carrier oil (rosehip, jojoba, grapeseed etc) or with a non-toxic, natural moisturizer.
PS In case you'd like to know, I cleanse my face only 2 or 3 x per week with New Directions Mild Cleansing Lotion and use 1 x fortnight Sukin Foaming cleanser. I also apply New Directions Beta Glucan liquid after cleansing (however, I have since heard that the Garden of Wisdom brand has far less additives so I'll switch to Garden of Wisdom's beta glucan liquid. Beta glucan is a great natural ingredient for the skin & is very healing, immunity building & anti-aging; it essentially helps regenerate healthy skin at a cellular level. I highly recommend it to everyone.
I also use iodized sea salt + water every few months for a general scrub and pure lemon juice as a natural skin peel once a blue moon (however, I did use it about 3 or 4 x per week for a few months a while back along with skin needling but don't need to anymore - this protocol is only advised if you have significant [i.e. not slight or superficial] scarring. I used the short derma roller from clearskincare.com.au along with the pure lemon juice followed by beta glucan liquid. But I don't think you need skin needling at all!). NB You can further dilute the pure lemon juice with water if its too strong (as some people find pure lemon juice way too strong & irritating for their skin - so please test a small patch of skin first if ever you decide to try it - but I don't think you need a pure lemon juice peel. But you can dab a little on your blemishes if needed).
Lastly, I use Sukin Replenishing Night Cream as a moisturizer now as well as Thursday Plantation's rosehip oil (over the beta glucan liquid). And 100% pure vitamin e by Invite around my eyes (stops lines & wrinkles). You can make your own rosewater facial mist if you need extra hydration/ suppleness. (I also use Sukin's facial mist on special occasions for a glowy complexion, but find that the glycerine in it can make my skin a little dry by bedtime, so it's not an everyday facial mist. Instead, I prefer 100% natural DIY facial mists with natural ingredients & spring water for an everyday skin hydration booster).
PPS Here's a blurb about thyme tincture I thought would be of interest to you:
Use thyme as a natural cure for acne - http://www.naturalne...ures_thyme.html "A thyme-based tincture has proven to be a more effective topical solution without side effects than benzoyl peroxide creams, according to recent research at Leeds Metropolitan University in Leeds, UK. The thyme tinctures, not essential oils, proved highly effective at soothing the skin and killing the Propionibacterium acne.
In addition to the healing and antiseptic attributes of the herb thyme, the alcohol base used for the tincture adds more antiseptic qualities. The tincture can be applied with a cotton ball, gauze, or sprayed on from a mist spray bottle.
You can make your own long lasting thyme tincture or any other herbal tincture inexpensively (http://www.naturalne..._tinctures.html)."
Edited by aquasea, 24 October 2013 - 06:35 PM.