DIY Castor + Hemp Herbal Facial Cleansing Oil

06/24/2012

There’s a thin line between curiosity and ingredient junky-ism. Ya’ll know how it is—you go to the market strictly for eggs, and you leave with some exotic cheese, a jar of  chutney that the sample lady convinced you you needed, and other randomness. Likewise, I’ll go shopping for a beauty pantry staple, like castor oil, and will leave the shop with a host of herbs and butters that I really don’t need. It’s no surprise that my beauty pantry is overflowing with a myriad of ingredients, many I’ve never tried. Needless to say, the inspiration for this mix is: I’m running low on facial cleansing oil, so I will make a new batch with ingredients I already have instead of buying something new. Sigh.

 Castor + Hemp Herbal Facial Cleansing Oil

Ingredients (click the links to shop ‘em)

  • 6 oz organic castor oil: has potent anti-inflammatory properties, but also excellent for healing and cleansing; very low comedogenic rating (most likely will not clog pores).
  • 2 oz  unrefined hempseed oil: has highest percentage of essential fatty acids than any other plant, packed with anti-oxidants and all 20 known amino acids, magnesium, and sulfur amongst other minerals; has a comedogenic rating even lower than castor oil (will not clog pores).
  • 1 tablespoon dried organic thyme: kills bacteria that cause acne, even better than benzoyl peroxide in a recent study.
  • 1 tablespoon dried organic calendula flowers: anti-bacterial and ant-inflammatory properties make it extremely useful in treating troubled and irritated skin; stimulates the production of collagen and minimizes scarring.
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried plantain leaf: jammed with vitamins A and C and in calcium; anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial  properties treats irritated skin.
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried organic comfrey leaf: astringent that contains allantonin, which helps regeneration of skin by supporting the growth of new skin cells.
  • 1/2 tablespoon dried organic dandelion leaf: neutralizes toxins, has substantial levels of vitamins A, C, D, and B complex as well as iron, magnesium, zinc, potassium, manganese, copper, choline, calcium, boron, and silicon.
Normally I will use this method to infuse oils with herbs. But for this mix, I stepped out the box and tried the “solar infusion method.” Kind of how us southerners fill a humongous jar with water, tea bags and lemons then sit it outside in a sunny spot to “cook” for a few days, but I digress. First, place the herbs in a clean, sterilized glass container, like a mason jar.

Next, pour the castor oil and hempseed oil over the herbs. Cover the jar with its lid and shake well to mix.

Place the jar in a sunny location for a minimum of 3 weeks. Shake the jar daily. When the herbs are fully infused, strain the spent herbs with a filter or cheesecloth, and store the oil in a jar. I’ll be using this oil to clean my face—for more info on the Oil-Cleansing Method, check this out.

With such herbal goodness, this would also make a great pre-poo or hot-oil treatment for the tresses. Will be giving that a try as well.

Are you an ingredients junkie? What goodies do you have lurking in your beauty pantry?