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Easy Ayurvedic Face Mask

Wooden spoon mixing ayurvedic face mask with rose hydrosol and powders

Growing up, I had the unique opportunity to embrace herbal wisdom through the ancient Indian philosophy of Ayurveda. For a number of years, my family hosted Ayurvedic physicians who traveled around the world to spread this beautiful knowledge of wellness and balance. It was through this incredible learning experience that I began to understand that the best tools for facial care came from the herbal pantry. Triphala, one of the most common and versatile Ayurvedic herbal formulations, was used for this refreshing facial mask.

What is Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient health philosophy that originated on the Indian subcontinent. Now used worldwide as a form of alternative medicine, the word “Ayurveda” roughly translates to the “knowledge of life.” Its holistic approach to the body, mind, and soul aims to enhance wellness and restore balance through lifestyle changes, herbal remedies, and other treatments. Many people recognize Ayurveda by its classification of the three different body types (vata, pitta, and kapha).

Common Herbs Used for Ayurvedic Facial Care

While each body is unique and will benefit from individualized skin care regimens, there are a few botanicals commonly used by Ayurvedic traditions for the face.

Three spoons laying out with ayurvedic herbs in them


Easy Ayurvedic Facial Mask Recipe

This recipe is both incredibly easy and quick to take effect. After applying the face mask for a few seconds, my face immediately felt cool and refreshed. Don’t be alarmed if the mixture looks like mud—the glamorous skin is revealed only after the mask has been removed!

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Mix powders and peppermint leaf together in small bowl.
  2. Add enough hydrosol to form a soft muddy paste.
  3. Apply to face (avoid eyes and areas of sensitivity).
  4. Let sit for five minutes.
  5. Use lukewarm water to begin removing mask.
  6. Rub face gently with a washcloth or bare hands to exfoliate skin and remove mask.
  7. Rinse face several times to remove remaining particles.

Pro Tips

  • Before using the mixture on your face, try using a bit on your wrist or forearm to see how it feels. 
  • If the mixture feels too coarse, omit the peppermint leaf and replace the hydrosols with organic yogurt. 
  • If you feel the need to add moisture back to your face after using the mask, try lightly massaging some oil into the skin. I like organic almond oil or organic coconut oil. People who have a tendency to get cold skin might prefer warmer-feeling oil such as organic sesame oil.  
     

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Topics: Natural Body Care, Herbalism

Ek Ongkar

Written by Ek Ongkar on March 6, 2018

Ek Ongkar Khalsa was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon, but she’s no stranger to the ancient Indian wellness philosophy of Ayurveda. She’s had the pleasure of attending many health seminars by the world renowned Ayurvedic physician, Dr. Partap Chauhan from Jiva Ayurveda. While spending three weeks in India at a Jiva clinic, she attended classes on traditional herbal remedies, Ayurvedic lifestyle, and even got to enjoy traditional Ayurvedic treatments along with traditional Ayurvedic Indian cuisine. Ek Ongkar holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from San Diego State University. In addition to working as a Marketing Strategist at Mountain Rose Herbs, you can often find her sipping chai, taking long walks on local woodland trails, and doing origami.