Over the last year or so, I’ve been creating various ayurvedic face masks to nourish and address several recurring skin concerns my clients have spoken to me about. One of the BIGGEST ones, wrinkles!! Also, depending on the season, our eating and sleeping patterns, stress levels, our skin needs continue to change.
Over the next few weeks, I will be posting several of my favorite ayurvedic home recipes for ensuring your skin radiates and is nourished from the inside out.
So this first one is one of my all-time favorites, known as Shata Dhauta Ghrita (100 times washed ghee), it will leave your skin feeling nourished from the inside out and silkier than you ever knew possible. Considered an excellent Ayurvedic anti-aging treatment, Shata Dhauta Ghrita smooths wrinkles, heals burns, fades sun spots, and relieves the inflammation associated with rosacea, eczema and acne.
One of the first things you will notice when you try it is how the cream gets absorbed extremely quickly and keeps your skin hydrated all day. It is also the perfect night time moisturizing cream to revitalize and rejuvenate the skin.
Washed ghee is made by placing ghee in a mixing bowl and then mixing it with filtered water. It is then washed 100 times, with the water poured away after each cycle of ten washes; and it is actually washed 100 times.
Shata Dhauta Ghrita
- 1 cup of ghee
- Mineral / Filtered Water – as much as needed
If you can, use a copper bowl for your mixing bowl as copper acts as a catalyst to promote fat splitting, and copper is also known to have an anti-inflammatory effect on the skin. If you don’t have a copper mixing bowl, use a glass bowl, so that there is no reaction. Add your one cup of ghee to the mixing bowl. Next, add your filtered water to the bowl, (start with a little less than a cup of water, add more as needed). Whip the mixture with a hand blender. NOTE: Be careful here, as this is where things can get a bit messy.
After about 5 minutes of whipping, take your mixture and pass it through a sieve to filter out any excess water. (These last few steps are basically what is washing the ghee). Traditionally, these steps are repeated 100 times. If you can’t hit 100, do aim for at least washing the ghee 25 times, as if you repeat this washing process for 25 to 100 times, the smell of the ghee goes away.
Store in an airtight mason jar in the refrigerator overnight. This will firmly set your moisturizer and will also dry off any residual water still remaining in the ghee. The ghee can easily last for about three months if you store it in the refrigerator.
NOTE: A small amount of ghee will give you a good amount of cream at the end, so make sure you start with a very small batch for the first time. Also, if the smell of ghee is not your thing, feel free to add a few drops of your favorite essential oil as you wrap up the blending step listed above. (I tend to either reach for lavender essential oil or adding a few drops of cooling rosewater).
Several of my clients have told me that they have never come across such an amazing, natural and cheap facial moisturizer. Having spent much money on high end department store moisturizers, they can’t get over how much their skin looks and feels better than they ever thought possible. The other great thing you will notice is that this cream will not block your pores or leave that heavy oily feeling some other moisturizers tend to.
If you do decide to try this great Ayurvedic home facial, be sure and drop me a line and let me know how well it works for you.