Herbal Acne Remedies: Oats and Eucalyptus Scrub
<p>A gentle facial scrub can be used two or three times a week to smooth the skin by removing surface dead skin cells. Cosmetic clay helps absorb excess oil, and a combination of finely ground almonds and oats gently exfoliates skin. Oats also help soothe skin irritation, while eucalyptus and lavender essential oils combat bacteria.</p>
<li>2 cups uncooked rolled oats</li>
<li>½ cup raw almonds</li>
<li>½ cup white cosmetic clay</li>
<li>20 drops eucalyptus essential oil</li>
<li>20 drops lavender essential oil</li>
<li>Using a clean coffee grinder or food processor, grind oats and almonds in separate batches into a fine powder. Place ground oats and almonds in a small nonporous bowl, add cosmetic clay and combine. Add essential oils and mix thoroughly, using a metal spoon. Store facial scrub in a covered container in a cool, dry place.</li>
<li>To use, mix 1 heaping teaspoon of facial scrub with warm water to make a paste. Dampen your skin with warm water, and gently massage the scrub onto your skin. Rinse well with warm water.</li>
<em>Laurel Vukovic writes and teaches about herbs from her home in southern Oregon. She is the author of</em> 1,001 Natural Remedies <em>(DK, 2003) and</em> Herbal Healing Secrets for Women<em> (Prentice Hall, 2000</em>).</p>
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