Q. Is it good to clean the face regularly with rose water and to use a face pack made with multani mitti?
Rose water is a 100% pure and natural product which does not contain any preservatives, additives, or synthetic ingredients. Rose water is a natural product with hundreds of components. It has been found to be a very useful skin tonic and is used cosmetically as a facial cleanser and toner.
The benefit comes from the ability of rose water to stimulate the flow in the minute blood vessels under the skin. Scars, minor infections, sunburn, ageing skin and thread veins all benefit from this action. It is a natural mild antiseptic and can help relieve nappy rash. It rehabilitates capillaries helping reduce thread veins. It can be applied to insect bites and sunburn. Natural rose water is especially beneficial for aging, dry or sensitive skins. Mainly used for smoothening wrinkles and restoring the vitality and moisture balance of the skin on the face. Apply directly on skin by using cotton ball in circular motions twice a day- before bed and in the morning.
We are dust and to dust we will return is the common belief associated with most of the religions. Still, there is an interval between the cradle and the grave, which can amount to good many enjoyable years, joined to earth as element and as mythical origin.
In his desperate search for health, beauty and eternal youth, man has tried everything that nature has to offer as a possible therapy. Cleopatra and Queen Sheba are known to have used Dead Sea black mud and salts, which contain more than 20 types of health giving minerals, for their relaxing and beautifying properties. The renowned Jordanian Dead Sea mud and salts are marketed throughout the world. They are believed to be ideal for treating acne, eczema, psoriasis, athlete's foot and several other skin ailments. The most popular is the mud masque, which helps to tighten pores and stimulate as well as nourish the skin for a radiant and more youthful appearance. The belief is that coating your body with the Dead Sea black mud can provide relief from skin and physical ailments such as black spots, acne on the back, arthritis, muscle stiffness, chilblain and rheumatism.
Once the type of clay has been chosen, from among the incredible variety of possibilities, a paste is made of appropriate thickness for the part of the body that is to be treated. Applications can be made in very specific areas, such as face, abdomen or legs.
In general, clay has an astringent effect upon the skin; as it dries it contracts the tissues, giving them firmness and eliminating fat and dead cells.
Apart form this effect, minerals and other nutrients, components of the clay itself, are absorbed by the skin in pursuit of its natural urge to regenerate. Clay also has qualities as a thermal element, which can at times help to fix the body’s internal heat (remember that mud poultices on the stomach have always been considered an effective remedy for reducing high fever). In the same way, a bath in dry sand is a highly effective treatment, in particular for the skin and circulation problems.
Certain exfoliation methods, applied to the face or the body, can be performed with sands that remove dead tissue, activate blood circulation and help to keep your skin healthy and robust.
In spite of the marvellous results of these therapeutic procedures, the over use of this type of bath, mask or application can result in excessive drying of the skin, and it is therefore advisable to moisten it after each treatment to avoid possible stretching and similar counterproductive complications.
The heavy stratified earth, Multani mitti (Bole Armenia) has been used by women for washing hair. Its regular use makes the hair appear soft and shining. It has also been used effectively in epistaxis and haematuria. A small piece of Multani mitti is crushed and steeped in water overnight. It is exposed to the dew and the following day the water is filtered and consumed while the earth paste is applied to the nose, forehead and soft palate. Within few days of its use, bleeding stops. Multani mitti is also useful in prickly heat. A paste prepared by steeping it in water and then applied over affected areas. It is also used as a base for various face packs. It is used once a week.
If you believe in clay, enjoy the great sensation that its application provides!