Mother’s Day. I can almost hear the blood draining from Father’s faces around the globe as they scramble to get something together ‘from’ the kids because it’s been forgotten. Fear not men and women of the world, we have you covered! While Mother’s Day is one of the highest grossing holidays for people buying flowers, we have something a little different that you can easily make with your children in the space of 20 minutes. It’s easy, effective and the whole family can even get involved at the end if they so wish! We will be sharing with you a natural face mask that has five ingredients that you can buy at your local supermarket. It is so natural that you can even eat the remainder of the leftovers. What is better than making a beauty treatment that you can eat as well?! So for mothers who are health conscious, beauty conscious, earth conscious, or just conscious – this is for them!
Origins of Mother’s Day
Celebrating mother’s is not a contemporary notion, in fact it goes all the way back to ancient times. In Ancient Greece and Rome Spring festivals were held to celebrate and honour mother goddesses Rhea (Titan daughter of the earth goddess Gaia and sky god Uranus) and Cybele (wife of Cronus). In Ancient Rome their Spring festival Hilaria was held on the March equinox and honoured Magna Mater (Great Mother in Latin).
As Christianity spread throughout Rome they began to celebrate the Virgin Mary (Mother of Jesus) in a festival on the 4th Sunday of Lent. Countries such as Great Britain still celebrate their Mother’s Day or Mothering Sunday on this Sunday of the year. Their Mother’s Day was linked to church, specifically visiting their ‘Mother church’. As time has past however, nationally it has become a day for families to celebrate their mother’s.
The modern Mother’s Day creation came about in a secular way. An American lady called Ann Jarvis attempted to put together a committee in 1868 to make a day to reunite families after the civil war. Dying before she made this a reality her daughter Anne Jarvis continued to campaign for it to be nationalised and went on to trademark ‘Mother’s Day’ and ‘2nd Sunday in May’ in 1914. President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill on 9 May 1914 making it the first official Mother’s Day holiday which encouraged people to thank their mothers.
Interesting Fact: Anne Jarvis by the end of her life actually admitted she regretted putting this idea forward due to how commercialised it had become.
Fast forward to 2019 and almost 50 countries worldwide now celebrate a form of Mother’s Day at some point in the year. In the USA approximately 122 million phone calls are made to mother’s all over the continent. Wow!
Just a few countries that celebrate Mother’s Day on 13 May
Yogurt, Oats, Honey & Avocado Face mask Recipe
What you will need:
- Spoon and fork
- Glass Jar
- Super Simple printable
- Colouring pens
- 1 cup of natural yogurt
- 1/2 cup of oatmeal (oats that have been processed are what we used)
- 1/4 honey
- 1 avocado
- 1/4 lemon (optional – though it will keep the avocado from turning brown)
- Put all ingredients into separate bowls.
- Put the flesh of the avocado into a large bowl. With a fork get your child to mash it all up.
- Squeeze the lemon into the bowl and mix. The lemon will stop the avocado from oxidising and turning brown.
- Now give them the yogurt to pour into the same bowl. Stir to combine.
- Then the oatmeal. Stir to combine.
- Pour in the honey, using a spoon to make sure you get as much off into the bowl as possible. Stir to combine.
- Once complete put in fridge for safe keeping.
- If you would like to add some labelling, print out our specifically designed printables. Simply get your children to cut them out if they are old enough and colour them in. Use the appropriate ones and stick or tie them around your glass jar. Ta Da! Now go give them to the Mummy of the house!
- Apply to a freshly cleaned face and neck. Leave on for 10-15 minutes. If you have used lemon in your recipe you will feel pricking or slight stinging. This is the lemon unclogging your pores.
- Wipe off with a warm flannel or simply rinse off.
Benefits of the ingredients
Avocado: Rich in fatty acids it contains vitamin E, potassium, lecithin and other benefits that are brilliant for moisturising the skin. Full of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory effects it can help relieve dry and irritated skin skins such as eczema and psoriasis. The oil is even said to encourage collagen creation and skin elasticity.
Yogurt: holds lactic acid, probiotics and high levels of zinc. All of these can help with fine lines, acne, dark circles and skin infections through its anti-inflammatory properties.
Oats: Rich anti-antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help with UV rays, and pollution to skin. The anti-pruritic in it reduces itching of skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
Honey: Moisturises, is a pore cleanser, exfoliator, hydrates, brightens, slows ageing, lighten scars and fights acne. It is a natural antiseptic as well as holding antioxidant qualities.
Lemon: A fantastic source of vitamin C, it can improve skin appearance. Full of antibacterial properties it can be used as a cleaners to unclog your skin from everyday pollution. If used regularly it can even lighten dark facial patches.
Grace Selous Bull is an arts education author and freelance blogger. Her book, ‘Potty About Pots: arts and crafts for home and school’ is aimed at children from 5-12 years old and takes them through a journey of ceramics through time. Her blog, The Rainbow Tree, explores all aspects of arts and crafts, and is aimed at children of all ages. She is a full time Mummy of two girls, both of whom love being creative, and is married to her husband, Andrew, who does not. Follow her on instagram and twitter.
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