by Andrew Pacholyk, MS, L.Ac.

Oriss root is a sweet and floral rhizoma with a slight woodsy scent. This has purifying, cleansing, and moisturizing properties.
It is a wonderful, overall treatment for nourishing the skin, purifying the blood, and stimulating the glands. It is a way to cleanse the skin of dirt, pollen, and free radicals, which accumulate on the skin’s surface.

(This recipe is too drying for the eye area, so avoid applying it there.)

1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup orris root powder
1/4 cup sea salt
2 tablespoons dulse (a kind of seaweed)
2 tablespoons kelp
1/2 cup distilled water
Several strips of 8″ by 8″ torn bed sheets, gauze, or other clean cotton material

To Make:
1. Sift together the baking soda, orrisroot, and sea salt into a large bowl.
2. Finely crush the dulse and kelp and add to dry ingredients.
3. Green clay powder could be substituted for dulse and kelp.
4. Heat the distilled water to boiling, then pour over the dry ingredients.
5. Stir thoroughly.

To Use:

1. Wear a shirt with a fairly low neckline for easy access to your neck and chin.

2. Moisturize the jaw, chin, neck, and cheek area of your face with a light moisturizer or vegetable oil. Dab your face with a cloth to remove any excess oil or moisturizer.

3. Using a wooden spoon, small paint brush or spatula, apply the mixture to the jaw, chin, neck, and cheeks.

4. Immediately wrap the sheets or gauze snugly first around the neck, then from the chin around the head several times, to just below the eyes. Next, wrap sheet or gauze up over the top of the head and under the chin a few times to secure.

5. Relax and be quiet until the mixture and sheets become dry and tight (approx. 30 minutes). No talking–this will stretch the sheets and keep you from getting the results you desire.

6. Rinse your face and neck with the coldest water you can bear. Notice the surprising softening effects on your skin.

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