Facial cleansing grains

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by Terri Nacke, Eco-ista / La Bella Terre, Botany for the Body

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Posted on March 31, 2009 at 9:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 22 at 12:50 PM

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1 cup finely ground organic oats 2 cups French red clay 1/4 cup finely ground raw almonds 1/8 cup finely ground organic lavender blooms 1/8 cup finely ground dried rose petals Therapeutic-grade essential oils Raw honey Distilled water

To make: Grind all ingredients to the desired consistency. You may wish to grind the oats very fine. The almonds are perfect with just a bit of texture remaining. Generally try to pulse the roses and lavender as much as possible; naturally they will have a bit of coarseness or graininess left. This is the desirable texture as it serves as the "cleansing grains". The clay is already finely powdered. In my experience, electric coffee grinders work best for grinding small amounts of herbs, flowers, and spices. However, a word of wisdom, don't use the grinder you use for coffee. Your herbs will all smell like coffee and your coffee will forever smell like a garden. Small "chopping" blenders work well, too.

Mix all ingredients together. You may wish to add a few drops of essential oil(s) to enhance the effect of the grains. The oils must be therapeutic grade essential oils such as Lavender, Rose or Helichrysum. Do not use synthetic or fragrance oils; they could possibly burn or irritate the skin. Your powder is ready to use. Store for later in a sterile glass container. A shell makes a for an old world mixing vessel.

To use, place one to two teaspoons of the cleansing grains, add enough raw honey and a small amount of pure distilled rose water, hydrosol or distilled water to the dried powdered mixture to make a paste. The honey serves as a natural preservative for the grains, as well as adding its wonderful nutrient and moisturizing quality. Gently use upward massage strokes starting at the chin, working your way up to the forehead. Wait about 5 minutes, and rinse with warm water, never hot. Finish with a splash of cool water. I recommend mixing enough paste for a week to prevent spoilage from occurring. Store the remaining dry powder and mix as needed.

Eco-ista note: As with most of my recipes, I encourage you to be creative. You can add single note therapeutic grade essential oils, cornmeal, kelp powder, vitamin E, Borage Oil and other delicious ingredients into your cleansing grains. >

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