Herbal Goddess (Storey Publishing, 2015) is herbalist and yoga teacher Amy Jirsa’s guide to the restorative powers of herbs, including recipes and ideas for healing teas, nourishing foods, and beauty and health treatments. This Rose Facial Clay Mask recipe comes from the chapter “Rediscovering the Most Romantic Bloom.”
You can purchase this book from the Mother Earth Living store: Herbal Goddess.
There’s not much that’s more healing or detoxifying than a good clay mask. It’s super-easy to create your own, and you can use pretty much any flower if you like. This recipe is definitely not set in stone — you have to experiment and do a little trial and error. But once you have adjusted the recipe to your satisfaction, make sure you write down your ingredients and ratios. Make a huge batch and fill a bunch of jars — this stuff has a really long shelf life. You can give some away as gifts as well!
Fresh Rose Clay Facial Mask Recipe
• 2 tablespoons powdered French green clay (for oily/troubled skin), bentonite clay (for serious healing), or white cosmetic clay (for sensitive, dry, or mature skin)
• 1 teaspoon powdered rose petals (could also include powdered lavender and powdered chamomile)
• 1 tablespoon glycerin
• 1 teaspoon raw apple cider vinegar
• 1 teaspoon jojoba or almond oil (optional, but include for dry skin conditions; use water if you’re omitting the oil)
• 5 drops rose essential oil or 3 drops rose oil, 1 drop lavender oil, and 1 drop chamomile oil
1. Sterilize a 4-ounce jar by boiling it for 10 minutes in a water bath, or run it through your dishwasher.
2. Stir together the clay and the dried herbs. Add the glycerin, vinegar, and jojoba or almond oil (or water if not using oil). Stir to mix well. If it’s too soupy, sprinkle in more clay. Not spreadable? Pour in a dash more oil or water.
3. Add the essential oils of your choice and stir. Then apply a thin layer to your face, put your feet up, and relax for 10 to 15 minutes. Rinse with warm water and pat dry. Go out and show off your radiant skin (optional, but highly recommended). Makes 2 to 3 treatments.
Find more recipes and information on the health properties of roses in The Herbal Healing Powers of Wild Roses.