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A Heavy Metal Magnet Condiment and A Gunk Magnet Facial

by Lisa on January 6, 2011

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 detoxifier, 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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  • Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Interesting about the cilantro. I'm not a big fresh cilantro fan – it can taste soapy to me. I love the idea of an easy, cheaper, at-home mud mask. Thanks for the tip on the mask post sweat session too! I am indeed on twitter – @hriacobacci

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  • Vickie

    will try this, will this help with bags under eyes, losing weight ,cant rig of this under eyes

  • Amy

    Wow, this is something to ponder. I have lines around my eyes that I hate. Probably from too much sun exposure.
    I am definitely on Twitter @thescenefromme

  • Healthy Chocoholic

    Thanks for the recipe!!!! It looks awesome!
    Very interesting info, too!

  • Stephanie

    This is a PERFECT recipe for us. We love love love cilantro and are looking for easy ways to detox. What do you know about mercury fillings? Ryan had several of these put in as a child and he's trying to figure out whether or not this is negatively affecting him.

  • Christin@purplebirdblog

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  • lindsay cotter

    oh I really need this skin advice. So I should not scrub after a sweat fest? The mask is better? What brand do you recommend?

  • DiningAndDishing

    and now i will have something to do with my leftover cilantro after making guac! haha – thanks!

  • Lisakthrives

    Good idea! I always wished (until I found other things to do with cilantro)

    that I could buy just a tiny bit for my guac! Now I just add it to my juice

    or make pesto :)

  • Lisakthrives

    After a sweat fest, I would just wash with a very mild cleanser (just to get

    the surface sweat off). Then pat dry before doing the mask. No need to

    scrub—the mud will exfoliate and remove (surface and pore gunk) more than

    scrubbing would!

  • Lisakthrives

    Gotcha back. :)

  • Lisakthrives

    Hi Stephanie,

    This is actually a really good topic for a whole post about mercury and

    other toxins…and how to know if you have a problem…I'll write about it

    within the next week!


  • Lisakthrives

    Bags under eyes could be from a lot of things (usually something internal),

    so a mask may help a little, but you'll have more progress if you figure it

    out from the inside!

  • Faith

    Ok, so I have a confession…I'm one of the unlucky few who taste soap when they eat cilantro…it makes me sad because I know cilantro has so many health benefits, but I just can't bring myself to like it…any suggestions?

    Thanks so much for the mud mask tip, I'll pick up the clay powder so I can try it! Hmmm, I definitely have a couple of thrifty beauty secrets. I make homemade scrubs with olive oil and sugar, and also a hair treatment with castor oil.

    Thanks for sharing your Facebook and Twitter info, I just followed you! Here's my info:!/AnEdible… and….

  • Maryann

    Glad to know about the benefits of cilantro! Ill def be adding that to my diet. Ive been having some skin problems over the past year due to hormonal issues (which luckily has been clearing up lately) but im always down to try a new facial! Where can I get Bentonite clay powder?

  • Erica – Itzy's Kitchen

    I never knew cilantro had so many awesome side effects! Wonderful! I have done a few at home masks. Its cool that you can create that stuff out of things you have in the fridge!!

  • Katherine: Unemployed

    That is so neat about face masks. I just read that baking soda might be a good face wash? I don't know if I trust it or not

  • Lisakthrives

    I think baking soda is a good base for an exfoliating face wash—I've seen

    several recipes for it, and it's a very mild substance (so I believe the

    main purpose would be the exfoliation)!

  • Lisakthrives

    I know…makes me think twice about dropping big bucks on the fancy stuff!

  • Peggy Labor

    Interesting… never would have guessed about all the good things that come about from cilantro! Thanks for the education!

  • Lisakthrives

    I got bentonite clay powder in a local health food store (they had it in

    their bulk section). I'm not sure how common it is, but I know it's really

    cheap to buy online too. I once bought some from the Happy Herbalist online.

  • Lisakthrives

    Hmmm….I'm not sure how to un-soap the cilantro. The only thing I can

    think of is to try it in combo with different flavor types (sweet, salty,

    sour, bitter—although more bitter might be really yucky!) and see if one

    un-soaps it! You could also try easing into it, by using tiny amounts over

    and over in things that you won't detect it, and over time increasing it a

    little. However…you could get the benefits from other foods too, so if

    you hate cilantro you shouldn't feel obligated to try and like it!

  • Nellie

    Hey! Thanks for commenting on my blog today! I love finding out how people discover my blog. Do we have a blog buddy in common? You can “follow” me on blogger just by clicking the “follower” button on the right hand side.

    I'd love to be blog buddies!


    P.S. Thanks for the cilantro pesto recipe! I just posted one on basil pesto…my favorite! I'm Italian, what can I say?!?! :) :)

  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner)

    I've never tried making my own pesto before! I admit to being more of a buy-it-use-it-eat-it girl when it comes to pesto! It looks delish though and quite simple so maybe I'll give this a go! :)

  • suki

    I love cilantro! Since we eat so much fish, it's good that we eat cilantro. It offsets the mercury. :)

  • Lisakthrives

    I clicked on you after reading your comment on someone's blog—enjoyed what

    I read :)

  • Kenzie @ A Healthy Purpose

    love the facts about cilantro! I've drunk benzonite clay before, but never put it on my face. when you drink it, it's great at pulling out the bad from your digestive track too! It just has to be outrageous good quality. So glad we've found eachothers' sites!!

  • Tyly

    I am so glad to know that I'm not the only one that finds unplugging to be so difficult sometimes!! I don't get home until around 5, and I have dinner ready for the husband by 6:30 {when he gets home}. Then I unplug at 8:30. It's hard to fit in tv, blogging, reading blogs, facebook, etc. all in that time frame, and I would find myself stressed and cranky over the things that I should have been getting enjoyment from! I finally just decided to do what I could and put off anything else until the next day. I was tired of losing sleep and peace of mind over technology! Not that it's easy, because sometimes I want to fall into old habits, but I've stayed strong! :)

  • christina

    mmm that looks so good! my roommate and i were just talking about pesto :)

  • Lisakthrives

    Bentonite clay digestive detoxes are pretty powerful! I first heard about it

    for that, but then found the face mask idea—I love it!

  • Jenn

    Cilantro pesto sounds soooooo yummy! and zesty! I can take the bitterness! =)

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  • Stefanie

    Oh my gosh, that mud mask sounds amazing! I'm all about masks and something natural would be perfect!! Where does one buy bentonite clay powder? Online?

  • Lisakthrives

    You can buy it in some health food stores (my local store has it in bulk),

    but definitely online too. It's quite cheap! I bought it online once from

    the Happy Herbalist, but I'm sure it's available at a lot of other places


  • Madeline

    That mud mask sounds awesome! I'll have to be on the lookout for that clay powder

  • Mandi

    So I have never made my own mask, but now I must! I love all of the benefits of cilantro – I would never know those kinds of things if it weren't for people like you letting me know! I don't have any super great homemade beauty secrets, but the few things I do try to do is always use all natural ingredients (with no SLS, parabens, or harsh chemicals), I always exfoliate and use moisturizer on my face and body immediately after the shower. Seems to work =) I haven't had any skin problems in years!

  • CathyK

    thanks for the face mask recipe, lisa! i love facial cleansers/masks/lotions…and what better than to make up your own? whenever i have a face mask going, though, THAT'S when i feel like laughing, and then the mask cracks up on me!
    I like some bitter foods – i used to suck lemons as a child! today i prefer spicy or sweet flavours!

  • Averie

    wow that's quite a bowl-full of greenness :) I have done avo masks for my hair but nothing more complicated than that…or coconut oil. That's as far as ive gone..great info about the cilantro!

  • Lisakthrives

    I've read about your avo-hair masks, and I'm definitely trying it sometime!

    However, a friend and I were just discussing your brazilian (blowout, that

    is!), haha…. and how super fab your hair looks. So my next hair adventure

    may have to be that!

  • Lisakthrives

    Haha! Very true—sometimes when this mask gets dry and tight, I scrunch up

    my face and crack the mask to pieces (it feels strangely good!), and then I

    peel some of the pieces off instead of washing it.


  • Lisakthrives

    I'm with you—keep the gross stuff outta my products!

  • http://dreamaboutfood.blogspot.coom fooddreamer

    Huh, I never new that about cilantro. Lucky for me, I love the stuff! Great tip!

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