This recipe is from Rosemary Gladstar and I got it from her book, Family Herbal, A Guide to Living with Energy, Health and Vitality. All text below is from her book. For additional pictures of the process when I made it, check this post.
There are many items you can add to this basic formula, such as seaweed, vitamins A and E, and other combinations of herbs. Don't be afraid to be creative. You may design a truly unique and wonderful formula personalized for our skin type.
You may wish to add a few drops of essential oil to enhance the scent and the effect of the grains. The oils must be pure essential oils such as lavendar, rose, or lemon balm. Do not use synthetic oils; they could burn or irritate the skin.
1 cup oats, finely ground
2 cups white clay
1/4 cup almonds, finely ground
1/8 cup lavendar, finely ground
1/8 cup roses, finely ground
1/8 cup poppy seeds or finely ground blue corn (optional)
1. Combine all ingredients. Store grains in a glass container next to the sink. A shell makes a nice scoop and mixing receptacle as well. You can also store in spice jars with shaker tops.
2. To use, mix 1 - 2 teaspoons of the cleansing grains with water. Stir into a paste and gently massage on face. Rise off with warm water.
I prefer the dry cleaning grains for storage purposes and usually give them this way for gifts, but for my personal use I always make them moist. They're so much easier to use when made up already, plus they have the additon of a couple more yummy ingredients.
Honey serves as a natural preservative for the grains, as well as adding its wonderful moisturizing quality. Though the honey sounds like it would make the grains very sticky, it doesn't.
I usually mix only enough moist grains for a week or two to prevent spoilage for occurring. If the grains do spoil, then it's because the ratio of honey to distilled water was off. The distilled water is added to give a smoother consistency. Don't use much.
Miracle Grains from recipe
pure distilled rose water (or plain distilled water)
1. Combine dry Miracle Grains with honey and a small amount of rose water to form a paste.
2. Gently massage on face. Rinse off with warm water.