39 Responses to “Hyssop Rediscovered – And a Mask for Your Gorgeous Skin”


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  1. Your box of goodies reminds me of my shelf of goodies; I miss experimenting so badly with what I once had. I’ll have to gather me the ingredients to make this, it sounds lovely!

  2. Yeah, I have a box like that as well. Well, not so much a box as random bags here and there. I really should get around to doing something with that … at some point … I’d be curious about what you could do with passionflower, I’ve been looking at those beautiful plants for ever but never gotten around to actually getting one.
    So good to have you back Leslie!

  3. aidanganger

    glad to have you back, leslie!

  4. amanda

    I’m glad I am not the only one who buys impulsively and then is like ‘now what’.

    I saw menthol crystals at my hardware store the other day and was intrigued. I wonder if you could make a foot balm with those? I have used Vicks on my feet overnight, and then a pumice stone the next morning. Do that a couple of times and your feet are summer ready. If I could make the Vicks myself that would be even better….

    Hmm! Now I have to go to the store to look for hyssop and menthol.

  5. Jane

    Well actually words can’t express how good it is to HAVE you back Leslie!! So glad to ‘see’ you again.

    And you’ve inspired me with hyssop – heard of it but had no idea. It could smell like old socks for all I know about it. So I will take your word it smells lovely and check it out xxx

  6. Missed you heeeeeaps Leslie! So happy you’re back! =)

  7. I’m so happy to see you writing again! And I can’t tell you how much I’m looking forward to hearing about the root beer! That’s something I’ve wanted to try.


  8. Linda Grooms

    I’ve been patiently hoping you’d take up blogging again. I really enjoy your posts as they are usually full of humor, inspiration, and new insights. Your enthusiasm for “food on your face” is contagious. :)

  9. Jackie Q. Botto

    I have to say, I LOVE your blog. So inventive and informative! I’ve tried many of your concoctions, can’t wait to try this out!

  10. Charlotte

    Welcome back!!! You were missed :)

  11. Bigbearmama

    Gotu Kola would be a great addition to a healing balm. You can eat it or use it for a tea also. It is also said to increase psychic intuition. Cool! So glad you are back Betty. We’ve missed you.

  12. Joanna Branson

    So glad you’re back! Looking forward to learning from and with you. Yay!

  13. Alison

    Yay! SO happy you are back :) Excited to try this — one idea for the herbs would be to list them in a Google Doc, and then adding to it each time you buy a new one — and that would let you leave notes, recipes, etc.

  14. I have itchy skin. How do I use this to make a poultice for itchy skin?

  15. Posie

    I’m so glad your back too! I love everything about your blog – the writing, the recipes, the peek into your creative process, the inspiration it gives me, the knowing that you’re completely human with brilliance, excitement, wonder, insecurity and fear and moving boxes all a part of the crunchy package.

  16. Candice

    Awesome post. Funnily enough, I bought Blue Hyssop from Baker Creek Heirloom Seed Co. about a month or two ago, to attract bees and other beneficials, and because it’s beautiful! Now I get to put it on my face, too! ;-)

  17. cdngrleh

    So gad you’re back – missed you! Menthol crystals – one of many ingredients in “Tiger Balm”, which is good for achy joints. Made a homemade version for mom in a beeswax/coconut oil base (they use petroleum jelly – ugh) and she’s still raving about it :-)

  18. Becky

    So glad you’re back! Now I’m wishing I had hyssop around in MY box.

  19. tarragon

    You’re back! You’re really back! I didn’t realize just how much I have missed you until I sat here laughing at reason #3 (you have skin).

  20. Elizabeth Harrington

    ZOMG! So happy you are back and happy to be back. Words can’t express my reaction. Too technically challenged to post a video of my lab chasing balls at the park. Seriously, butt-wagging happy you are happy to be back. I love your style.

  21. Jill

    This was a great face mask I made it without the milk and just used water. It is great to have you back.

  22. Kristen Conley

    Oooh, I can’t wait to try this!

  23. Ms. Daisy

    Hello wonderful Leslie!
    I am so glad to see you back, but I am even more glad you are in a good and growing spot. You know all of us were sitting here biting our nails thinking about you, hoping you are well and cheering you on as you did what you needed to do. I love that you took a needed break and that your melt-up produced an exciting new place to be for you. You are amazing, you are cheered back and quite frankly, we just straight up love you to bits (and now every place is going to be sold out of hyssop from your wise experimentations). Congrats on your amazing opportunity and it’s not rocket science to figure out you’re going to be a smash hit.

    Hooray for you! (Not like you need my approval, but I do like being a quasi-sidelines cheerleader for those good things coming your way.)

    Ms. Daisy

  24. Hi I’ve just discovered you and your awesome blog. (of course I say discovered but for your loyal readers/explorers I am behind the curve. Can’t say I mind being begind since now I have so much info to learn, I’m pumped) I have been reading, and notetaking, and trying new things already and it hasn’t even been a week since I found this wonderful haven. I am going to order some Hyssop tea and try a mask, and heck yes even drink the tea;) I think I may have a little “girl crush” on you lol, I just can’t get enough of your wisdom. I am glad you’re back too, though I didn’t know you were gone;) And that’s good for me since I can imagine the withdrawl your readers went into. I got to skip that part. Anyway as my handle suggest I am Canadian but teaching abroad at the moment so ingredients are not always easy for me to find, though iherb has been a great resource. Since I can’t find the hyssop itself I will buy the tea and tear open the bags. Yay for you, and I am sooooo grateful to find out all about being crunchy and living natural.

  25. adria

    so happy your back and your happy. no matter what happens i can see u have many fans and always will. your awesome. thanks for all the tips. i hope everything is great for you in your life. thanks once again.

  26. Ana

    Hey. I can’t wait for you to work with gotu kola (also known as centella asiatica). It is a magical plant, celebrated for its healing properties in Asia. I recently bought some dried leaves to experiment with making a firming lotion. If you’re thinking of using it soon I’d urge you to do it soon–I know I can learn a lot from your experiments.

  27. Sarah T

    Leslie, I am so glad that you are back!!! I too have herbs that I have purchased that sit forgotten in my cupboard, but you have just inspired me (*nudge) to get in there and do something. ^_^ How do you get your cats to cooperate with dressing up? Mine are more like Grumpy cat, “hmmm, play dress up- NO”.

  28. bunny-whisperer

    I’ve read in a natural medicine book that gotu kola is good for cellulite, via its anti inflammatory, diuretic, and collagen stimulating properties; also, olive leaf is great for increasing circulation through dilatiin if blood vessels. Perhaps you could make a concoction with the gotu kola, olive leaf, and clay to slather on before steaming or sauna-ing.

  29. Marina

    there are some amazing things in that magical box of yours :P The hops brings to mind a relaxing bath tea that I love on those restless nights…. a little hops.. a pinch of valerian, some lavender and chamomile….

  30. Jenny

    I can’t find hysso anywhere can I use the essential oil instead?

  31. sophia hernandez

    i have pimple problems in my face so i found out this page that i think is gonna be really helpful about recipes to take the pimples away, i have being all mad cause no one likes to have pimples in their face! so i found a recipe here and i hope it works to take all the pimples away:)

  32. Katy

    I bought three hyssop plants at a nursery end of season sale because of 1) the smell and 2) the name and 3) their gorgeous little flowers. It is so lovely to know they are useful in other ways, too!!

  33. Ali Perz

    Hi there-

    Mountain Rose is still out of hyssop herbs, but can we use the oil for the mask? I’m guessing you can, and just need a few drops, but want to make sure.


  34. MeeMeeLove

    I will keep coming back to check for new posts for as long as I live! I pray you are well along with your family and loved ones, I just want to say a big thank you for your posts! They are amazing! I have been reading Crunchy Betty for a couple of years now, and I’ve been incorporating many of your recipes into my overall wealth of knowledge. You added so many precious jewels to my chest, THANK YOU LESLIE :)

    -MeeMee Love

  35. ktjo

    Yours is a brand new site for me and I am truly glad I found it! Most of the sites re natural produce and products that I’ve visited are so dry and preachy that I’ve given them a pass. But not yours.

    The only thing I’ll have to be careful about with Crunchy Betty is reading too much at once, making too many notes and getting bogged down with all the things I must buy to accomplish too many things at once.. lol

    Thanks so much for a site worth reading.. :)

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  37. Donna Santoro

    Hi Betty, I am new to your blog and I absolutely LOVE it. I however,don’t know how to keep finding your updates. I am sooo technically challenged. Lol What I would love to know is how to sign up to receive your blog everyday and once I received it how do I know. ??? I know you are probably shaking your head asking if I am for real and the answer is unfortunately , yes I am. I also would love it if you could tell me (remember I have only dumb questions ) i buy fresh herbs all the time and freeze them but you put them in a box???I figure this dries them but how and what herbs can you do this with?? Also can you make the Hyssop mask in bulk and how long will it last?? I REALLY appreciate your time. Thankfully Donna please e-mail me the answer if possible, I don’t think I will ever see the answer otherwise.


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