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Honey + Rose Adaptogenic Face Mask

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There’s been a lot of energy moving around lately. I’m sure you’ve been feeling it, too. With the powerful Eclipse we all experienced last week, my body has been asking to slow down during this new moon. I noticed how difficult it can be to truly listen to what my body is asking for when my brain is all about do, do, do. Its an ongoing practice to find the space to get grounded back into my body, listening to my breath. This new moon/eclipse energy helped to reveal the ways I’m not allowing myself to just be and helped me to see how creating more of that space is one of the most important rituals I can do for myself.

So this morning, instead of rushing out the door, I took some time for self care. I did an herbal steam and was inspired to create this decadent mask that is good enough to eat!

Almond Flour |  The perfect gentle exfoliation that doesn’t feel gritty and leaves skin feeling cleansed without the stripping effect that can happen with other exfoliants.

Local Wildflower Honey | Honey is one of my favorite mask ingredients. Usually, I’ll just apply a thin layer on my face in the evening if I’m wanting to indulge in a little self-care. Honey has long been used on skin and wounds for its antimicrobial properties. Its warming nature helps bring fresh blood to the surface of the skin, giving you a subtle sweet glow.

Rose Water | A mild but effective toner, rose water helps to moisten this formula and add that sensual rose petal scent. It’s anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe irritated skin along with adding extra hydration.

Cardamom | Who doesn’t love cardamom? Not only are the seeds intoxicating, but they’re moistening and warming, bringing hydration and extra circulation to the skin.

Shatavari | One of our favorite adaptogens, shatavari is actually the root of a type of asparagus. Energetically, this herb is moistening and cooling, helping to calm irritated skin.

Agrimony Flower Essence | I felt called to add a little flower magic to the mask and reached for Agrimony. This ancient herb is helpful for those who are inwardly worrying or anxious, but present a carefree ‘mask.’ How perfect for this formula! Agrimony helps us deal with pain or trauma by not hiding it from others or ourselves, but to have the courage and confidence to face what’s going on. A truly special ally for these intense times.

M E T H O D  

1 part almond flour

1 part honey

1/4 part rose water

1/4 part shatavari powder

2 pinches cardamom powder

1 drop Agrimony Flower Essence (or another plant that is calling to you)

In a small bowl, mix the almond flour and honey together with a few drops of rose water. Mix well and add in the rest of the ingredients until a soft paste is formed. Feel free to tweak the ratios to get a consistency that’s to your liking.

Take about a quarter sized dollop into your palm and use your fingers to gently rub all over your face. Let the mask sit for 5-10 minutes then rinse off with warm water. Pat your face dry then add your favorite moisturizer.

Save any left over mask in the fridge or enjoy as a little sweet treat ; )

 

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