Glowing Skin, Naturally: Energizing Cleanser Recipe


By: Gaia Staff  |  March 13, 2013

The nourishing Ayurveda and yoga self-care practices we take on this season reward us with the gift of health and longevity. There is nothing more nurturing for body, mind, and soul than a morning face-care ritual with natural homemade beauty products. Expand. Love. Cherish yourself!

Energizing Cleanser Recipe

Put your best face forward. Your face needs protection to endure the harsh elements as we transition from winter to spring. This recipe promises smooth, glowing moon-like skin.

This energizing cleanser makes enough for a week or two supply, for a vital, bright and well-nourished complexion. Nuts, grains and milks are full of nourishment and are akin to a balanced nutrient-rich breakfast for your skin!

Dry ingredients: (blend together, store in an airtight glass jar in a cool dry place)

  • 1 cup barley OR oats, ground into a powder in an electric grinder (or mortar and pestle if you like). Alternatively, you may buy ready ground powder.

  • 1/2 cup almond meal (finely ground almonds).

  • 1/4 cup dried ground orange peel or lemon peel. Can substitute ground lavender or rose petals.

  • 1/4 cup organic dried milk powder. Can substitute fresh whole milk or coconut milk which in that case will not be added to the dry mix. If using fresh rather than dried milk, store in the fridge and add a TBSP each morning to your dry mix.

Wet ingredients: (each morning add to dry mix and make into a paste for each cleansing application)

  • Warm water.

  • Lavender, geranium, juniper, frankincense or lemon essential oil. Choose one.

Directions: For your daily face cleansing ritual morning and evening take a heaping TBSP of the dry mixture and add about 1 tsp warm water and 3 drops essential oil as needed, creating a creamy thick and spreadable consistency. Mix into a paste. With upward sweeping and circular strokes massage over entire neck and face. Add more water as needed. Without harsh scrubbing, gently massage this enlivening cleanser all over your face, nourishing your winter skin. Wash off with warm water and gently pat skin dry with a clean towel.

Note: If you are not adding dried milk to your dry mixture, you will substitute half the water with the coconut milk or whole milk.


 

Glynnis Osher

Glynnis was born and raised in South Africa and immigrated in 1986 to live in New York City. She moved for love to Vancouver in 2005. Glynnis is a passionate teacher and practitioner with a diverse background in Ayurvedic study, specializing in aromatherapy, lifestyle practices, nutrition and Indian head massage. Glynnis received her Ayurvedic certification from Bastyr University’s AYU Academy. Her studies in Ayurveda extend to The Wise Earth School of Ayurveda and through experiential study and travel in India and Nepal. Glynnis received certification in the Indian Head Massage from Bliss Prema and at the London School of Champissage with founder Narendra Mehta. She then integrated marma study with Dr. Vasant Lad of The Ayurvedic Institute. Glynnis created Thousand Petal Lotus Indian Head Massage in Vancouver BC where she offers treatments and trainings in her aromatic and unique style. Glynnis is on faculty at the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage (VSBM) where she teaches aromatherapy and shirobhyanga (Indian head massage). Glynnis is author of Mystic Musings and an Ayurvedic interview series called ‘PanchaQ!’ where she interviews yogis, practitioners and students to share their insights of an Ayurvedic life. Glynnis co-organizes the Vancouver Ayurveda Meet-Up Group and is founder and CEO of The Mystic Masala Ayurvedic Aromatherapy. As creative director, Glynnis designs exquisite Ayurvedic aromatherapy products and partners with a women’s fair trade herbal cooperative in Nepal to create authentic wild-crafted aromatherapy products.
Glynnis has been mixing up spice blends, fragrant potions and lotions and aromatic creations in her kitchen apothecary from a very young age. She loves to work with the wisdom of the herbs, spices and flowers where beauty and balance in nature are a guide and an inspiration for her. Through her rich personal life experience and expertise Glynnis inspires her students and clients to discover their own unique healing path through the sensual wisdom and beauty of aromatic Ayurveda.
Website: www.themysticmasala.comFacebook: The Mystic MasalaTwitter: @mysticmasalaYou Tube: The Mystic Masala


 

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