Rhassoul is the only clay extracted from galleries underground. Explosives are used to break through the ground, after which they have to dig deep until they find a vein of rhassoul. The clay is removed by pick-axe, loaded into a cart and hand pushed on rails by two men. This is a very hard process with only a small amount of light from hand-held lamps. It is then taken to the treatment area and washed in water to eliminate impurities, then laid out to dry in the sun.
It is then taken to the factory in Fes to be washed again where the water is purer. It is sold either in lump or chip form, or ground into powder. At present, we purchase the powdered form.
The flax (Linum usitatissimum) is also known as linseed. It is an herb with a tall, leafy stem and pale blue flowers.
Its tear-shaped, brown or yellowish seeds produce linseed mucilage.
It is cultivated in most temperate zones for both fibre and seed. The seeds are nutritious and aid digestive health. Inside the intestines, the seed coating swells and acts as a laxative.
Linseed consumption is said to treat acne and troubled skin.
To make our infusion, we add the linseeds to boiled water, along with the rhassoul mud. We then strain the mixture and add it to our Cupcake fresh face mask.
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