Ingredients: all organic, 2 oz. (60 g) dry calendula flowers -Pot Marigold - Calendula Officinalis, 1/2 cup (112 g) oats (cosmetic grade) - Avena Sativa, 7 oz. (200 ml) distilled water
Put the calendula flowers and oats in a French press (see the image below), on the bottom. Separately bring the distilled water to the boiling point and pour it over the oats and dried flowers in the French press. Let it steep for 10-15 min. plunge and then let it cool. Pour the plant milk obtained, in a dark colored bottle with atomizer. Refrigerate!
Skin-care benefits: For the wonderful health benefits of the calendula flowers, please see my articles about Calendula, from the section Health. Oats are emollient and cleansing, very good for dry/irritated skin, especially in winter time or in dry climates. They contain silicilic acid, which is soothing for the skin, and B-group vitamins. Silicilic acid has a positive effect on skin surface and skin mechanical properties, as well as on nails! Oats have a mild exfoliant effect. They are highly absorbant making them great for mix and oily skin as well, also for comedonic skin (black heads, as it was found to reduce pore size!). Hypoallergenic, soothing and cleansing they are great for any skin-type. Oat baths soothe poison ivy, insect bites, rashes, dermatitis.
Can be applied by spraying the skin, or using a cotton ball, with rotating moves. It can also make a great cleanser, upon make-up removal.
For extra skin-care benefits you can add 1-2 tbs. aloe vera gel (raw organic) and 1-2 drops essential oil of choice, in this case application can be performed just by using a cotton ball, the mixture would be took thick to spray!
Skin care regimen (holistic): Before using any plant milk, the skin needs to be properly cleaned, to remove bacteria, oils, pollutants, dust, makeup. Steam bath (with teas and essential oils), followed by clay masks, will provide a deep cleansing. A regular day to day cleansing would be simply done by using some extra virgin cold pressed organic olive oil! this would be applied with a cotton ball and it would remove any make-up including waterproof one! wiping face clean until no more oil is coming out than rinsing with mineral water, spraying a toner of choice will prelude the plant milk application. A clean, exfoliated, well massaged skin will absorb and get nourished much better the plant milk nutriments.
Ingredients (organic, high quality and at a great price) can be purchased on-line from Mountain Rose Herbs.