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This listing is for one handcrafted Nettle Exfoliation Cloth from The heART of Ritual.

I made eight of these last Autumn (as part of the ritual bathing box) and they flew out the door immediately. As I busy my hands with plant fibres each Spring, and I have been so impressed with my own nettle exfoliation cloth (which I use daily, sometimes twice daily, especially during the summer months), I decided to make a few more of these gorgeous exfoliating cloths for this season's offerings too!



My love affair with Nettle is no secret. I honour this deep kinship in many creative and ritual ways that go far beyond the scope of my work as a medical herbalist. I have to say that I absolutely loved the challenge this particular 'project' presented for me - the intention was great, the idea was good, and I knew the fibres would be perfect for textiles in general, but quite honestly, when I began making these back in 2020 I just wasn't sure if I could pull this particular idea off. I wondered how durable the fibres would be when used as a face cloth, how harsh it would be on my (ultra sensitive) skin, how long it would take to make one using our native traditional hand skills, or if indeed, the whole thing would fall apart after one wash! I wanted to give it a go though, and curiosity got the better of me as it always does! I knew this would be a nice 'slow textiles project' to do during what was a rather chaotic time worldwide, but for me it was more of a two year conversation/meditation/ritual with the Nettle oversoul on clarity, healthy boundaries, rootedness, nourishment, renewal, the womb, and obedience (to Self), all of which was deeply poignant and greatly needed. So I started, and told myself I would see how it goes. Throughout the pandemic (and pretty much constant home lockdowns), I gathered the nettle fibres from our own little garden, and two years later I had enough to begin carding, drop spinning, and knitting the prototype. It took fifteen hours from start to finish to make my first one, and it was a delicious learning curve through which I got to observe what worked and what did not. There was such a great sense of achievement when I held the cloth in my hand for the first time, and testing it out on my face was...all I can say is that it was truly special. Immediately I wanted to make some for the shop as they needed to be experienced and shared. So yes, this was an absolute adventure in going slow with nettle. And here they are, for those who feel drawn!



Personally, I rinse this cloth in room temperature water and exfoliate my skin gently and in circular motions, rinsing as needed. When I am finished using it, I rinse it thoroughly, and simply hang it over the wall mounted towel heater in the bathroom where it dries out quickly between uses. I have used it like this for almost three years and am astounded at how durable it is. I have tested it by washing it in the washing machine at 30°c, and this works fine, but I recommend rinsing it between uses in the way that I have described above. I have also used it in the bath and shower, wrapping it around one of my soaps as a body exfoliator, and this works a treat too, however I have found that the soap is not necessary really in order for it to exfoliate. Please ensure it can dry between uses and not that it is left scrunched up in a heap as these are plant fibers and if left wet for long periods of time, they risk degrading. Common sense really! ;-)

Wild Nettle Exfoliation Cloth (100% handcrafted and natural)

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  • Please use common sense and do not use this exfoliator cloth on broken skin, sensitive/delicate and/or injured areas.

    Please note that our products are not a substitute for any medical treatment or advice you may currently be receiving. The information presented is intended for informational, research, and energetic purposes only, and it is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any dis-ease. Persons with health related issues should consult a medical professional for assistance.

    Topical ritual products are not intended for consumption and as with all natural products, a skin 'patch test’ is recommended beforehand to see if you have any unique sensitivities. Discontinue use if a rash occurs. Our topical ritual products should not be applied to broken skin, sensitive skin, or mucus membranes. Please ensure you wash your hands thoroughly after applying to the skin.

    This listing is for one portion of the aforementioned product only and does not include any other decorative items photographed. These photographs are for illustrative purposes only.

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Season • Autumn

Element • Water

Direction • West

Archetype • Enchanter/Enchantress Archetype

Themes & Focus for this Collection

This collection celebrates all things Autumn/Water Element and coincides with the fire festival of Lúnasa, the ancient Celtic festival that marks the transition from Summer into Autumn.

Autumn/Water references throughout this ephemeral collection include;


The Element of Water, the Moon, the Sacral Chakra (also in conjunction with it's pairing with the Third Eye), the chakras of the Knees and Elbows, Emotional WellBEing, the Urinary System and Fluid Body, Womb Health, Flexibility, Flow, Release, Intuition, Shadow Consciousness, Reclaiming Equilibrium, Abundance, and of course, Water Rituals for the Head, Heart and Hands.

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