Coconut Milk and Hyssop Facial Mask Recipe
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
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.
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
Mountain Rose Herbs
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
easy recipe by Om ~
- How to Make Fresh Coconut Milk
Step-by-step instructions with pictures on how to prepare homemade coconut milk. Plus, coconut fun facts and more!
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.
Facial Mask Recipe ~
2 tsp dried hyssop
1 tsp french green clay
2 tbsp coconut milk
You Will Need:
mortar and pestle
small heatproof bowl
face mask brush (optional)
- 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.
- 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.
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
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?
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