Sunday, February 12, 2017

Gift of the Melissae: Honey and Milk Face Mask

I might have an uncontrollable sweet tooth. Might.

But I put it to good use once in a while with a milk and honey face mask. The combination works for my oily skin to reduce redness and tighten pores.

And what’s more, honey has a lot of interesting lore in magic. Priestesses of Artemis and Demeter in ancient Greece were known as the “Melissae,” bees. Honey is sacred to Aphrodite, and is often used as an ingredient in magical love spells. What could be sweeter than courting love with this delicious treat?

Every so often, I mix one tablespoon of honey with one tablespoon of milk to slather on my face. I mix the ingredients together thoroughly in a bowl with a fork until the mixture is a consistent, cloudy yellow color – think the color of a flame shining through an opal. I smear the mixture on my face and let it dry for fifteen minutes or so. Then, I wash it off with a thick-textured washcloth and warm water.

I try to do this about once a week or so. It leaves my skin noticeably less red and softer, and I love my reflection in the mirror just a bit more. I’m sure that Aphrodite, Artemis, and Demeter would approve!

Do you have any tips and tricks for honey, in food or other potions? 

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