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Rhassoul Clay - A Luscious Alternative for Washing Your Face

by Andrea Butje on October 04, 2012

Rhassoul Clay for skin careRhassoul clay for skin care is a great alternative to using soap to wash your face.

Rhassoul clay is a beautiful reddish-brown clay from the mountains of Morocco (also called Red Moroccan clay). Rhassoul clay for skin care has been used as a soap and hair treatment for centuries. The clay is highly absorbent--my skin feels like silk after I use it!

I keep a small jar of Rhassoul clay in the shower. I simply add a bit of the clay to my hand, add water or hydrosol to it, and make a paste. I use the paste to wash my face, leave it on for a few minutes while I shower, and then rinse it off.

You can also make a mask from the clay and leave it on longer. I like to add German Chamomile hydrosol (Matricaria recutita) to the clay. I use a small bowl and add 1 tablespoon of clay with enough hydrosol to make a paste. Sometimes I add 1 drop of a skin nourishing essential oil, such as Lavender essential oil (Lavandula angustifolia), to the paste. Apply the mask, leave it on until it feels very dry (5--10 minutes) and then rinse off gently with warm water.

Following the mask, you can spray your favorite hydrosol on your face. Some nice hydrosols are Rose (Rosa damascena), Sandalwood (Santalum album), German Chamomile (Matricaria recutita), and Helichrysum (helichrysum italicum).

So simple and incredibly healing for your skin!

Andrea Butje is an internationally-recognized Aromatherapist who has changed the educational paradigm through her inspired approach to teaching essential oils and Aromatherapy Certification. Check out her book, The Heart of Aromatherapy, at Aromatics International!

Topics: Recipes and Blends, Rhassoul clay

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