This is not exactly food, but it is homemade. With plants. In my kitchen.
I am known to (occasionally) whip up a homemade potion as an alternative to store bought, because I like to get my hands dirty and make things from scratch. Part of my little home ‘apothecary’ is a hand cream for chillblains (and I swear by it), a cuticle oil and a car perfume based on essential oils.
I have been using this face mask for a good 10 months or so. It works wonders for me. It calms the skin, helps heal any skin damage quite quickly (!) and leaves me feeling x 10,000.
I am a massive fan of pure essential oils. Ever since I was able to quit using prescribed corticosteroid creams for my chillblains last winter, I have been singing all the praises for essential oils, left right and center. They helped heal my inflamed hands in 4 freakin days.
In making this mask I combined charcoal, clay and aloe vera for their clensing, calming and soothing properties. Activated charcoal and clay help clean pores, absorbing impurities and dirt, while aloe vera has antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties.
Tea tree oil is a top antiseptic and anti-inflammatory oil. It works wonders for the occasional pimple and helps soothe skin irritations. Clary sage is one of my favorite oils. It has antidepressant, antifungal, antiseptic, anstringent and anti-inflammatory properties. It is soothing and warming, it helps reduce inflammation and helps heal rashes. It also helps regulate the production of oil on the skin.
Lavender is by far my most favorite oil and I use it for many many things. Because it is a gentle oil, it can be applied directly onto the skin. It can help heal burns and wounds, restore skin complexion aaaand it helps reduce stress, and also improves mood and sleep. So smelling your mask while you wear it is good for you too!
Frankincense oil is optional for this mask, but if you have some around the house do use it. It is beautiful (aka amazing) for the skin. It strengthens the skin and improves elasticity and tone, heals scars, wounds and cracked skin and also reduces redness or blemishes.
All these oils work wonders for me. But if you haven’t tried them before, make sure you do a small patch test first to test for any allergic reactions. Because you never know!
Calming charcoal and clay face mask
Makes enough for about 3 uses
- 1 tsp activated coconut charcoal powder
- 1 tsp clay powder
- 2 tsp aloe vera
- 6 tsp water
- 3 drops tea tree essential oil
- 3 drops clary sage essential oil
- 6 drops lavender essential oil
- 4 drops frankincense essential oil (optional, but good)
- Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and mix with a clean brush until you get a smooth paste.
- Apply to your face; avoid the eyes and mouth area where the skin is more sensitive.
- Let sit for 10 to 15 minutes then gently wash with warm water and apply your go to moisturizer.
- Store the leftover face mask in an airtight container in the fridge and try to use it within 7 days.