This indigo hued anti-acne roller smells wonderful and means business when it comes to zits. Snovel91 requested this Burt’s Bees inspired recipe back around Christmas, and I’ve just collected all the essential oils to make it. Based on their Herbal Blemish Stick, this roller is loaded with great herbs and essential oils, and shrinks zits in record time. It was love at first blast for me, and I bet it will be for you, too 🙂

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Now, the first think you will likely think when looking at this recipe is “yipes, that is a lot of essential oils”. And you will be correct—there’s eight in total, plus two herbs, and a carrier oil I ordered especially for this recipe (though I’ve since founds loads of other uses for it). The good news is that the essential oils are, for the most part, easy to find and inexpensive. You probably already have over half of them if you’re a DIY junkie like yours truly. However, if the only ingredient you have on hand is the cheap vodka, you might want to consider just buying the original. It’s only about $13, and pretty darn close to this one.

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The base of this recipe is an alcohol tincture made from dried calendula and while willow bark. Calendula is a great anti-inflammatory and healing herb, and white willow bark is a natural source of salicylic acid, an awesome acne-fighting ingredient (and the active ingredient in Asprin).

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To that base we add borage oil, a heavy oil that’s a great source of essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals. And then come the essential oils—all eight of them.

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I was pleasantly surprised to find that yarrow essential oil is a beautiful deep blue colour, which is what gives this entire concoction its indigo hue. It’s said to be healing and uplifting. Parsley seed essential oil (which smells little of parsley) is anti-microbial and astringent. Tea tree oil is a perennial anti-acne favourite for its anti-everything properties (bacterial/viral/fungal/microbial/etc.). Lemon essential oil is antiseptic and cleansing, as is lavender. Fennel is restoring, juniper berry is purifying, and eucalyptus globulus is a long-time favourite for skin ailments of all kinds.

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All these ingredients come together to create a deep blue liquid that smells awesome and rolls onto the skin in a thin sheen that kicks pimple butt. It does go on a touch blue, and with the photosensitivity from the lemon essential oil, I’d recommend applying this one before bed, and then waking up to happier, healthier skin. Enjoy!

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Yarrow & Borage Acne Blaster

2 tsp dried calendula petals
2 tsp dried white willow bark
60mL cheap vodka

20 drops borage oil
8 drops yarrow essential oil
8 drops parsley seed essential oil
5 drops tea tree essential oil
5 drops lemon essential oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops fennel essential oil
3 drops juniper essential oil
3 drops eucalyptus globulus essential oil

1 (5mL) roller bottle

In a 125ml/4oz mason jar combine the dried herbs and cheap vodka. Seal and let infuse overnight or longer.

The next day, use an eyedropper to draw out some of the infused vodka (but no plant matter) and count out 50 drops into your roller bottle. You’ll have leftovers, so save those for your next batch!

Add the rest of the ingredients to your roller bottle, drop by drop—they should just about fill it, with just enough room left for the roller attachment.

Cap the roller, screw on the lid, and turn to combine the ingredients.

To use, upend the roller and glide it liberally over any effected areas.

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