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A Heavy Metal Magnet Condiment and A Gunk Magnet Facial

Posted Jan 06 2011 10:00am

Thanks for your interest in the cilantro pesto!  That stuff is great—but it is definitely more bitter than basil pesto. I’ll share the recipe with you below. I also want to tell you about a super cleansing mud mask (don’t worry, it does not involve cilantro pesto!).

First, why cilantro? It’s a GREAT detoxfier, and works very hard at pulling heavy metals out of your cells (you want this to happen) so they can leave your body. It also has something called limeone, which prevents the body from storing belly fat.  In addition, there are specific antioxidants in it that have been shown to reduce skin cancer risk by 30%, and it fights cold germs, viruses, and other things like e.coli. In general, it is an internal detoxifier, which will also cause external benefits (glowing skin).

The ingredients

1 bunch organic cilantro

1/2 cup nuts (shoulda been walnuts, but I thought I didn’t have any until I cleaned the pantry today)

5 cloves garlic

1/4 cup walnut or olive oil

2 tbsp vinegar (white would be ideal I think, but I used balsamic)

1/4+ cup nutritional yeast (or parmesan cheese)

a shake or two of cayenne or chipotle powder

Add all ingredients to your blender or food processor (if food processor, grind up the dry ingredients first)

Taste it, and then add Himalayan or Celtic sea salt to taste.

You get this:

If you like cilantro, you'll like this...but it is bitter! I put it with spaghetti squash and beets (both sweet) to balance it. I hear it goes well with shrimp too!

Next Topic: Gunk Magnet Facial

Maybe I should work on my titles.  Nah.

Here’s the deal:

1. If you give yourself a pore-cleaning facial after you’ve been sweating, your pores are already open and trying to expel things.  If you put a clay mask on, the clay and the sweat are on the same team!

2. You can make a very cheap mud mask that (I swear) rivals any spa mud mask. Bentonite clay powder mixed with water (or apple cider vinegar if you don’t have sensitive skin) forms mud. This is special mud!  Spread it on (after you’ve washed and dried your face), and as it dries, it shrinks.  You’ll feel it tighten, and can leave it on for 15 minutes or until it’s mostly dry. It draws out toxins and gunk. Oh, and there’s no recipe–just add a little water at a time and mix until you get mud. You can save the leftovers in an airtight container for quite a long time (at least a month)

If you slather it on thickly and then leave it for a while, it gets really hard and starts to crack. I recommend that you first test it on a patch of skin on the side of your face, just to make sure it doesn’t do anything weird to you (just like anything you’re going to put on your skin). I also recommend that rather than trying to wash it off in the sink, you just wash it off it in the shower—it turns back into mud when it gets wet and can be really messy in the sink.

You can do this up to 2-3 times per week, but you might notice some redness (and burning if you use ACV instead of water).  Do it at night!  The redness will go away, and your skin will be so soft you won’t be able to keep your hands off it (but you should!).

Would you try it?! (or have you tried it?)

What is your favorite thing to do to groom or get beautiful? Do you have any cheap and easy tricks?

Do you like bitter foods? I used to hate them, but I think since adding more greens into my diet…I crave them, and actually crave fewer sweets!

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