Passion fruit is a refreshing tropical fruit that is loaded with nourishing goodness: antioxidants, fiber, vitamins (especially A and C), and minerals such as iron. Outside is a tough shell/rind that varies in color depending on the variety (yellow, orange, purple) and inside, the fruit consists of little membranous sacs with tiny edible seeds and pulpy juice.
Here in Ecuador we have year-round access to two varieties of passion fruit–a pleasantly tart, yellow passion fruit called “maracuya” (pronounced ma-da-COO-YAH) and a sweeter, orange variety known as “granadilla” (gran-uh-dee-ya).
We have a prolific yellow passion fruit vine growing in our yard and consume passion fruit almost daily. Usually we mix the pulp with honey and plain yogurt or make it into a juice (straining the fine seeds after it’s been blended with water and honey).
But today I felt like trying something different with this morning’s maracuyá harvest. I needed a little self care and a pick-me-up (being 6 months pregnant definitely requires additional self-care, even though it sure can be hard to make the time, right?).
So using my food processor I whipped up a simple face mask made with maracuyá, honey, oatmeal powder, and peppermint essential oil. Piece of cake!
I rubbed the blend into my face and neck and left it for ~10 minutes. The chopped up passion fruit seeds provides a nice exfoliating effect and the peppermint is super energizing. Afterwards, I rinsed it off with warm water and patted my face dry.
WOW, my face feels so incredibly clean and soft!
Here’s the recipe:
Pulp and seeds of 1/2 of a medium sized passion fruit (~1/8 cup)
2 Tbsp oatmeal
2 tsp honey (raw and local are best if you have access)
1 drop of peppermint essential oil (Find out how to buy therapeutic grade essential oils)
1 tsp of chia seeds (optional)
- Blend the oatmeal into a powder (the finer the better)
- Add the passion fruit pulp and honey and blend until the seeds are chopped into smaller pieces. Optional: Add chia seeds if you want even more exfoliation.
- Transfer to a bowl and add one drop of peppermint oil (a glass or ceramic bowl is best as essential oils can degrade plastics).
- Mix well and then add to face and neck (leaving a wide circle around the eyes).
- Massage well then leave for 5-10 minutes.
- Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
- Marvel at how clean, soft, and smooth your face now feels!