Natural Remedies Tip #2: Honey mask for oily, blemished skin

honey_herbal_4Raw, unprocessed honey is ideal for treating oily, blemished skin. Even better, an herbal-infused honey can add more ‘punch’ to the already wonderful qualities of raw honey. Generally speaking, honey’s antibacterial properties, combined with being a wonderful humectant, serves to moisturize the skin without clogging pores or contributing to excess oil production. A ‘humectant’ attracts moisture, actually drawing water right out of the air, and thus, honey has fabulous hydrating abilities.  Jeanne Rose, the famous essential oil distiller and aromatherapist, recommends a “honey pat” or a facial mask (best done in the bath tub!), wherein raw honey is applied to the face and then tap-tap-tapped with the fingers until it becomes tacky (‘type your face like a keyboard’). When you remove the mask with warm water, best done with a warm washcloth, you will find your skin to be supple and soft. Adding cosmetic clay to the mask provides more drawing & detoxifying properties, thus increasing the cleansing potential of the mask.

Honey & Clay Mask

2 Tbsp raw, unprocessed honey or an herb-infused honey (with antiseptic herbs like rosemary, thyme, or sage)
1 tsp cosmetic clay (French Green, Bentonite, Fuller’s Earth, Rhassoul, or Dead Sea)
2 drops lavender essential oil (soothes inflammation, antiseptic, healing

Bonus: If you have it, try adding a tsp of seaweed (powdered or ground in a coffee grinder) to benefit from seaweed’s balancing, mineral rich properties too!

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7 Responses to Natural Remedies Tip #2: Honey mask for oily, blemished skin

  1. Michele Wood says:

    Wow! I don’t eat honey..so I never thought about it’s other wonderful properties! Thanks for sharing this one. Can’t wait for the next tip.

    • lilithsapothecary says:

      Thanks for the comment, Michele! yes, honey is an amazing addition to a mask, and because of it’s fabulous humectant and antiseptic properties, I include powdered honey in many of my facial mask products and cleansing grains too. The best is to use raw, unprocessed honey, though. You should try it! It’s great for dry skin too.

  2. Erica says:

    I make infusions all the time. It never occured to me to infuse honey. I’m going to have to give that a try. Thanks for the info.

  3. Anna Pia says:

    Thanks for the recipe! I´m going to try it tomorrow night :-D

    • lilithsapothecary says:

      Wonderful! This is an age-old skin care remedy…I wish I could claim it was my idea first! Thanks so much for visiting ;-)

  4. [...] Honey and clay, as mentioned in earlier posts, have a long history of topical use for skin infections. French green clay has been shown to have specific activity against MRSA (Williams 2007), and Manuka honey from New Zealand has been found to be an effective topical remedy for MRSA (AP, 2007). [...]

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