DIY Calendula-Lavender Cleansing Grains

I first learned about cleansing grains in Rosemary Gladstar’s book, Herbal Recipes for Vibrant Healthand have been amazed at how well they clean and exfoliate the skin.

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The wonderful thing about cleansing grains is they are extremely gentle. Much different to regular facial scrubs, cleansing grains can be used on a daily basis (and in place of a facial cleanser).

In fact, these are usually recommended as a facial cleanser.

They also double as a face mask. Just leave on the face for 15 minutes before wiping off with a warm washcloth. (I wouldn’t do a face mask every day. But, they can be used as a mask when needed/desired).

To learn more about using clay as a face mask see: How to make Facial Masks with Clay

Ingredients:
1/2 cup Kaolin clay
1/4 cup ground oats
1/8 cup almond flour
4 drops lavender essential oil
2 teaspoons ground calendula flowers (use calendula flower powder or grind your own from dried calendula)
optional: ground sunflower seeds
optional: ground lavender and/or chamomile flowers

Method:

All ingredients should be ground to a fine powder. In some instances, they already area and you simply need to mix them together. But, if some ingredients are a little coarse (the ground oats, almond flour, or flower powder, for example), pulse in a coffee grinder until they become fine.

Mix all ingredients together in a clean bowl, with non-metallic utensils (a bamboo chopstick or wooden spoon will work).

Pour into a jar and close lid. Add a label.

To use:

Mix 1 teaspoon of the mixture with enough water, cooled herbal tea, or hydrosol to make a paste. Massage into the skin, avoiding eyes. Wash off with warm water. Follow with a facial toner and lotion or moisturizing serum.

Calendula-Lavender Cleansing Grains

Stacy Karen

Stacy is a DIY obsessed, healthy living advocate. A preacher's wife and mom of three, she loves to encourage others to live a natural lifestyle.
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