What could be more fun on a cold winter day than staying inside for a home spa day? Pamper your winter worn skin with some special treatment, your skin will thank you, and your stress levels will lower to boot!

Having raised three girls, this was one of our favorite treats. Here is a picture of my oldest and youngest wearing the clay facial mask! Recipe below.

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First we’ll start with a nice facial steam to open the pores. I usually try different herbal combinations depending on my mood or my skin care needs that day. Some herbs to try are: Lavender, Chamomile, Roses, Calendula, and Lemon Balm, these are all relaxing and calming. If you are congested, you could try Eucalyptus, Rosemary, Sage or Thyme.

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Place 1/4 cup of herbs into a large ceramic or glass bowl and pour boiling water over them. Immediately place a towel or lid over the bowl and let herbs steep for 2-5 minutes.

Put the bowl on a table or place where you can comfortably sit and hold your face over the steam. Cover your head with the towel and relax for 10 minutes, breathing in the therapeutic benefits.

 The next step is the mask, take some bentonite or green clay, about two Tbsp. and mix with honey, water, or cooled tea until it forms a thick paste. I like to add a couple of drops of Frankincense oil as well. Frankincense is a great skin healer, it speeds up cell renewal and is wonderful for ageing skin.

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Apply a light layer on the face, avoiding the eye area, the skin there is very delicate.

Leave on for 10 minutes or until it feels tight and dry, then rinse with warm water. If your skin is very sensitive you may want to leave on for only 5 minutes.

Last step is to moisturize with your favorite moisturizer, or if you like you can make your own Soothing Facial Serum by following this recipe.

Be sure to use organic products, just because they are so much better for you and the environment.

1/2 oz Rosehip seed oil

1/4 oz Jojoba oil

1/8 oz Argan oil

10 drops vitamin E oil

10 drops Lavender essential oil

2 drops Geranium essential oil

2 drops Helichrysum essential oil

2 drops carrot seed essential oil

Place ingredients into a 1 oz glass bottle and store in a cool dark place.

Apply daily for best results.

I will also include a great recipe for a scrub you can use every other day to polish away those dead skin cells. The recipe is from Rosemary Gladstar’s book “The Family Herbal”  It’s called Miracle Grains and you make it as follows:

2 cups white or green clay

1 cup finely ground oatmeal

1/4 cup finely ground almonds

1/8 cup finely ground lavender buds

1/8 cup finely ground roses or calendula petals

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Mix well and store next to sink in a jar. When ready to use, take out 2 Tbsp. and mix in the palm of your hand with water, stir into a paste and gently massage onto face. Rinse with warm water and follow with your Facial Serum.

Well I hope this gives you some good ideas on how to pamper yourself this winter, sometimes that is just what we need!

Oh and by the way I like to get my herbs and clays here http://www.mountainroseherbs.com/index.php?AID=138496

Also I exclusively use Young Living essential oils, and those can be found here https://www.youngliving.com/vo/#/signup/start?sponsorid=1623974&enrollerid=1623974