Cleansing Grains as a Face Wash
Made famous by Rosemary Gladstar, Cleansing Grains are a nourishing and clarifying powder used to wash your face while offering a gentle exfoliation. Made up of clay, ground oats, nuts or seeds, and herbs, this is a simple recipe for those looking to make homemade herbal products and eliminate harsh cleansers from your skincare routine. Plus, it’s zero waste to boot!
The word Lavender is thought originally to be derived from the Latin word "lavare" which means "to wash" due to its ancient use in baths and cosmetics. It is the star herb in this blend as its known to help boost circulation, reduce wrinkles, heal skin and provide antioxidants.
Typically, Cleansing Grains are dampened with hydrosols and/or honey to massage onto your face, but I am offering an alternative by suggesting it be mixed with Lavender steeped Jojoba oil to add oil cleansing into your nightly routine.
Not familiar with oil cleansing? Rather than a harsh soap, an oil is used. The rationale is that *like dissolves like*, so the oil on your skin binds to the oil you are using to "wash" your face. When you wipe off the oil, you remove dirt, pollutants and make-up. Facial oils have become popular in recent years as we learn more about maintaining the ph balance and moisture level of our skin. To balance your skin's oil production, it appears to be better to not strip it of natural oils and dry it out through soap.
I chose Jojoba because it is a liquid wax similar to the skin's own sebum, but you can explore other oils for your skin type. And guess what else! You can leave the oil moistened Cleansing Grains on your face for a mask to provide your skin with extra vitamins, minerals and plant properties. Phew, that was a lot of information! Let's get to the recipes! M A K E Cleansing Grains 1/2 c french green clay 1/4 cup oats 1 tbsp sunflower seeds 2 tsp cacao powder 1 tsp each of dried lavender, elderflower, rose, marshmallow root powder and seaweed Blend all ingredients into a fine powder. Bottle. Lavender Steeped Jojoba Oil Dried Lavender Jojoba oil Fill a 4oz jar 3/4 way with dried Lavender. Top with Jojoba oil. Use a knife or chopstick to thoroughly mix and remove air bubbles. Cover and put in a cool dark place for 4-6 weeks. Shake Occasionally. Strain. Add 20 drops Lavender essential oil. Bottle. U S E Sprinkle Cleansing Grains powder in the palm of your hand Slowly pour a bit of oil on top. Mix and add more oil as needed. Gently massage your face with the moistened blend. Let it sit for 10 minutes if you are using it as a mask. Otherwise, use a damp washcloth to wipe off. You can end the process right here or use a toner on a cotton swab to remove residue and follow-up with a serum or moisturizer.