The 21st Century HerbalistCalming Oatmeal FacialKatie Glenn

Ninja herbalism: efficient and crafty old school solutions for the modern world, prepared in under 15 minutes.

Last nerve frayed?  Winter weather dried out your skin?  No problem.  The chamomile in this mask has natural anti-inflammatory properties that will ease your nerves.  The honey is a natural humectant, pulling moisture from the air and drawing it to your skin.  It will leave you feeling calm and moisturized, and who wouldn’t want that?

You’ll need:
2 1/2 tsp. powdered milk
2 tsp. ground oatmeal
1 tsp. honey
2 chamomile tea bags

Place the chamomile tea bags in your favorite mug and pour in 1 cup boiling water.  Put a saucer over the cup to trap the escaping steam, which is now infused with the beneficial constituents of the chamomile flowers.  Let this steep for 10 minutes.

After the tea is done steeping, remove the tea bags, squeeze out any excess water and place them in the refrigerator to cool.

In a small bowl, mix together the powdered milk, ground oatmeal, honey and 2 tsp. of the warm chamomile tea.  The warm water will draw out the beneficial elements of the oatmeal and milk, while liquefying the honey, creating a thin paste.

Using your fingers, apply the oatmeal mixture to your forehead, then gently sweep down your temples, under your eyes and around your nose.  Move your fingers in small circles as you apply more mixture to your cheeks, around your mouth and down your neck.

As you apply the mixture, pay attention to your breathing, take slow, calm breaths.  Enjoy the light scent of chamomile and honey as you inhale through your nose and exhale through your mouth.  Feel the warm sensation of the oatmeal mixture as you gently spread it over your face.

When you’ve finished applying the mask, rinse your hands in warm water.  Get the cooled tea bags from the refrigerator, then lie down with the tea bags placed over your closed eyes.  Relax for 20 to 30 minutes and let the chamomile calm your skin and soothe your nerves.

And Rinse.
To rinse the mask off, use warm water and a wash cloth.  You do not need to use soap or a cleanser.  The mask will rinse clean without them and you want to allow the delicate essences of the chamomile flowers to linger on your skin.  The honey will rinse off, leaving your skin feeling moisturized, without clogging your pores.  Pat your face dry.

Dispose of (or compost!) the tea bags and finish your facial by sitting with a good book or magazine and sipping on the rest of the chamomile tea that you brewed earlier.  If you’ve got the ingredients on hand, this entire process takes less than 45 minutes and can really replenish your mind and body after a draining day.

Happy brewing!

P.S. Who knew? Tea vs. Tisane
Did you know that in order for a beverage to be called “tea,” it actually needs to have tea leaves in it?  So all of the herbal brews, like the chamomile tea you just made, are not actually teas…they’re tisanes, water infused with herbs.  But seriously, who would ever call them that??  Chamomile tisane?


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  1. [...] you have leftover powdered milk and ground oatmeal from last week’s Calming Oatmeal Facial, you can modify the recipe below by adding: 1/4 c. ground oatmeal, 1/4 c. powdered milk and reduce [...]

  2. Perfect night for ths! I had a rough week and this could be the pick me up! Thanks!

  3. [...] you have leftover powdered milk and ground oatmeal from last week’s Calming Oatmeal Facial, you can modify the recipe below by adding: 1/4 c. ground oatmeal, 1/4 c. powdered milk and reduce [...]

  4. Happy Birthday! I works great on guys skin, give a go and let me know!

    Katie Glenn | 1/25/2012 07:01 am
    • Thank you! This worked spectacularly. Left my skin soothed and calm with a slight since of vibrancy. The tea had to be what I enjoyed the most afterwards, the wonderful aroma and relaxing quality.

  5. Defiantly going to try this! Besides it’s my Birthday and what a better way to spend it. It works for guys too right!? =D

  6. Great article! This sounds so refreshing. I can’t wait to try it this weekend! :-)

  7. Love it! My friend created this list of some natural beauty tricks that I have been wanting to try >

    Definitely going to have to add this one. thanks :)

    • Glad you like it! In April I’ll be doing a series of 1 ingredient quick beauty tips that you might enjoy too. Thanks for stopping by!

      Katie Glenn | 1/19/2012 09:01 am
  8. love this! i used to make a similar facial mixture using egg white, too, but i never tried it with chamomile. this looks amazingly relaxing and exactly what i need in my life right now. thank you!

    • I do the same thing! Anytime I have a recipe that calls for egg yolks, I always keep the whites and use them in a mask with ground oatmeal and powdered milk. It’s great for shrinking pores and tightening up tired skin.

      I hope you enjoy giving this version a try!

      Katie Glenn | 1/19/2012 09:01 am
  9. I think I’ll try this out my next Girly Night :)