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Coconut Milk and Hyssop Facial Mask Recipe

Updated on June 30, 2013
Coconut and Hyssop Facial Mask Recipe
Coconut and Hyssop Facial Mask Recipe | Source

Pore Cleansing Face Mask ~

The beauty of homemade skin care is there are an infinite amount of lotions and potions to discover thanks to the extraordinary ingredients at our fingertips. Always curious, I love looking for hidden gems previously unknown to me.

The herb Hyssop is one such gem. A member of the mint family, this flowering herb has its roots firmly planted in history with references in the bible it has been known as the “biblical herb”. Widely cultivated, it has medicinal and therapeutic benefits not to mention skin care benefits.

Clay masks were all the rage back in the day and a treatment I remember well in my youth. Maybe it was the fact they tended to dry and leave you trying not to move any facial muscles in fear of cracking your face! French green clay is one type of clay available on the market for cosmetic use which is invigorating and packed with beneficial minerals for a healthy skin.

Lastly to bring it all together we need a binder so step in coconut milk. If you can make your own even better, it has just stepped off the Richter scale of greatness!

Cleansing, clarifying, gentle and nourishing, this mask has something for everyone. Let’s take a look at the 3 ingredients.

Blue Fortune Hyssop

A stunning profusion of cornflour blue with hidden benefits.
A stunning profusion of cornflour blue with hidden benefits. | Source

White Hyssop

plant hyssop seeds in the garden or in a container.
plant hyssop seeds in the garden or in a container. | Source

Hyssop ~

Hyssop (Hyssopus officinalis) is a small perennial flowering herb.

Native to Southern Europe, Syria and countries bordering the Caspian Sea, it is more widely cultivated worldwide today.

The flowers may be pink, shades of blues and white and the leaves omit an aromatic blend of earth, mint and pine with subtle floral notes particularly when dried.

This herb may be grown from seeds including heirloom varieties and may be planted in the garden or in gardening containers.

In culinary uses it is used to flavor both sweet and savory dishes, added to drinks such as Absinthe and is added to honey to make the acclaimed Hyssop honey.

Tinctures and teas may be made from Hyssop and when used occasionally is said to help coughs, colds and circulation.

In skin care it has astringent and antiseptic properties which make it ideal for pimples or oily skin.

It is a natural healer which makes it suitable for insect bites, inflamed and itchy skin (particularly when applied in a poultice) and has been used in mouthwash.

This wonderful herb is also cultivated for essential oil and should be avoided during pregnancy, with Epilepsy or with any seizure disorder.

Clarifying French Green Clay

a cost effective clay with a shelf life of 4 -5 years. plenty of opportunities to use it.
a cost effective clay with a shelf life of 4 -5 years. plenty of opportunities to use it. | Source

French Green Clay ~

Also known as Sea clay, French green clay is one of the most effective and widely used mineral skin clays in the world.

French quarry mines originally controlled and enjoyed the exclusive green clay. Once other mines throughout the world realized they too had deposits of green clay, the name French green clay just stuck.

Other countries producing the much prized export include America (Wyoming, Montana) China and several European countries.

The valuable elements that make up this clay include potassium, magnesium, copper, silica, phosphorus, 9 mineral oxides, manganese and selenium. The color of the clay stems from two important sources, mineral oxides and plant matter.

Always make sure when purchasing this clay that it is green or hues of green (good quality) and not white or grey (poor quality).

So what does this therapeutic green stuff do for us?

It is highly absorbing which means it clears the pores of excess oils, toxins, dirt and impurities.

It stimulates the blood flow, rejuvenates damaged skin cells, tightens the pores of the skin and revitalizes dull complexions.

For oily, acne prone skin it works wonders and may be used daily on small pimples or use weekly as a full facial treatment.

Homemade Coconut Milk

make your own coconut milk and use it in cooking, skin care and for the hair.
make your own coconut milk and use it in cooking, skin care and for the hair. | Source

Coconut Milk ~

Coconuts have an endless amount of uses with every part of the coconut being used.

Found extensively in the tropics, particularly in East Asia, coconut palms are now cultivated in over 80 countries worldwide.

The milk is widely available canned, in powder form or you can make your own.

Check out Om’s step by step tutorial on how to make it easily if doing for the first time.

Coconut milk is the liquid extracted from the white coconut meat (copra) and is known for being high in saturated fat.

It is this fat combined with vitamins, iron, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and selenium that make it incredibly versatile for the skin and hair.

Benefits include; keeps skin soft and supple, hydrating, improves skin elasticity, anti-ageing properties, calming and anti-inflammatory for irritated skin.

Flowering Hyssop

Hyssopus officinalis
Hyssopus officinalis | Source

Healing Benefits

Hyssop essential oil helps relieve eczema, dermatitis, bruising and inflammation.
Hyssop essential oil helps relieve eczema, dermatitis, bruising and inflammation. | Source

Facial Mask Recipe ~

Ingredients:

2 tsp dried hyssop

1 tsp french green clay

2 tbsp coconut milk


You Will Need:

mortar and pestle

saucepan

small heatproof bowl

spoon

face mask brush (optional)


Method:

  • Add your dried hyssop into the mortar and pestle and grind to a fine powder.
  • Pour hyssop into your bowl.
  • Heat coconut milk to near boiling. Remove from stove before it boils.
  • Add the 2 tbsp of milk to the hyssop and stir well.
  • Leave to infuse as a tea until it has cooled down completely.
  • Add in the clay and stir quickly.
  • Check the consistency (thick enough to coat the back of a spoon but still a bit runny) and add a little more clay if needed.

To Apply:

  • Start with a thoroughly cleansed face and neck.
  • Apply in a thin layer with a face mask brush or finger tips, avoiding the delicate eye area.
  • Chill and relax until the mask has hardened (10 – 15 minutes). Remove with tepid water, rinsing well.
  • Pat the skin dry and apply your normal moisturizer.
  • This mask should be made fresh whenever you want to use it and not stored for any length of time.
  • If having a girls spa night, this mask is ideal to whip up.


Alternatives ~

Dried Hyssop – Use organic hyssop tea bags instead.

Clay - Use fuller’s earth, kaolin, rhassoul or bentonite clay instead.

Coconut Milk – Use almond milk, full fat milk or water.

Mortar and Pestle – Use a spice grinder or food processor.

Heatproof Bowl – Use a heatproof glass, mug or cup.

Simple Clay Mask

Mix 2 teaspoons of clay with any of the following:

  • Floral water
  • Rosewater
  • Water
  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cream

Consistency should be in between a paste and a liquid.

Apply a light layer on the neck and face, avoiding the eye area.

For dry skin leave for approximately 5 minutes and for oily skin leave for 10 minutes or until starts to dry or feel taut.
Apply tepid water first to loosen mask and then rinse off.

Would you be game enough to try this mask?

See results

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Author Info ~

Information on the author, her bio and full body of works available @ Suzie HQ

Credit to sharkye11 ~

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      mjkearn 4 years ago

      Mornin Suzie Girl

      Now that Hyssop thingy. I look but all I see is Hip Flask. Is that just me, LOL.

      Now facial masks. Yep I've worn so many over the years but that was mainly on unofficial night maneuvers or running from CCTV camera's.

      Hold on this is about beauty. Oops sorry looks like I landed on the wrong page. Google needs to get a better Sat Nav, LOL.

      Why have you got a pic of some girl putting axle grease on her face. You told me that, that was not allowed.

      That Homemade Coconut Milk tastes great but is bugger all use at cleaning dead bugs of the windshield.

      Love your new divider and that Tagline thingy.

      Thought of one for me and wanted your opinion:

      MJ-Pushing BS so that others don't have to.

      Hope you are having a wonderful, heart warming, rib tickling day. I know I am, LOL. Ouch ouch.

      MJ.

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      Randi Benlulu 4 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Another great one, Suzie! And since I am on my coconut kick, I am all over this one! Thank you! up+++ and pinned!

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      Firoz 4 years ago from India

      Wonderful recipe. Voted up.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I see MJ even graces you with his timely remarks. LOL

      We are heading to the movies to escape this unseasonably hot weather, so I have to run. No silliness about coconut milk to day from me....just support for a job well done.

      hugs from Olympia

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi MJ,

      What is this you and Bill ganging up on little ol me? Giving me abuse! Gotta have words. Somehow night maneuvers with you under the mask is very believable, wonder why?? LOL

      Love your new tagline, should increase the views even if they are from dubious sources!

      Appreciate your comment and banter, look forward to seeing you model for a face mask, maybe this one with clay may keep the BS to a minimum! Cheers for the support!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Randi,

      Many thanks for being "all over this" - LOL great to have your interest through commenting, votes and passing on the word!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi jabelufiroz,

      Appreciate you saying! Many thanks for commenting and the thumbs up - do give it a try sometime!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      MJ is high with his HOTD today! (no joke) think he has lost the plot! Ah the things I have to put up, all in the life of a niche writer Bill, eh??!!!!!! LOL

      Hope you enjoy the movies and chill out time with Bev.

      Thanks my friend for the support!

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      Cynthia B Turner 4 years ago from Georgia

      Ok, my recipes for homemade beauty products are piling up! You must have tons of these. I'm in awe of what you've been offering. Most of the recipes look fun and easy to try. I'm going to have to play catchup, though, I just don't seem to be able to keep of with all of your "offerings."

      Well researched and easy to follow, as usual. Voted up.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Cyndi,

      LOL, you don't know want to know the notes, scribbles etc I have! Research saved has gotten crazy so need to get some organization. Hope you get a chance to try a few out, once you start you may get the bug like me!

      Appreciate your comment greatly, cheers for the thumbs up vote!

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      Elias Zanetti 4 years ago from Athens, Greece

      Great hub, Suzie. My mom has a love for coconut milk and she is always looking for new ways to use it. I bet that hub would be most interesting and useful! Thanks for sharing.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Elias,

      Cheers for checking this out! If your mum is a coconut milk fan this will certainly be a different way of using it I hope she enjoys! Appreciate your interest and passing this on!

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      Rose Clearfield 4 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Coconut, delicious! You have the best beauty recipes!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rose,

      Appreciate the lovely compliment! So good to know you are continuing to enjoy these recipes!

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      Shadaan Alam 4 years ago from India

      So yet another facial mask with a new divider, you have a long way to go girl with all these homemade facial masks for sure, voted up

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi younghopes,

      Many thanks for checking this out and the divider was thanks to sharkye11 who kindly posted them in her hub for free use with credit. I loved it and couldn't wait to use in the right hub. Cheers for the thumbs up vote!!

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      Janet Giessl 4 years ago from Georgia country

      When I saw the title of your hub I was really delighted as I saw the coconut milk as part of this facial mask. I'm a great coconut fan. Thank you for sharing another gem!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Janet,

      Thought this might float your boat, so to speak, being a coconut milk fan! Delighted you enjoyed this, appreciate your comment!

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      Susan Bailey 4 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

      I didn't realise Hyssop was edible. Thanks for sharing this

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Sue,

      Many thanks for checking this one out. Delighted you found interesting. Hyssop was one i was not familiar with so it was a great find all round!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      Another great face mask! I enjoyed reading about this, and sometime I want to try it.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      Delighted to see you and you enjoyed this one! Something different using clay and hyssop with coconut milk. Look forward to you giving it a try sometime. Thanks as always Kathryn :-)

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