Thursday, November 18, 2010

Nut and Seed Beauty

good morning Pictures, Images and PhotosHello there folks! First off this morning, I would like to welcome Brenda to my page...thanks for following Brenda! This morning I am going to share some info and recipes on using nuts and seeds for beauty.

So although I know you are all already beautiful, read on for more tips.....


Nut And Seed Beauty

Nuts and seeds are nature's power-houses. Packed with oils and proteins, they offer multiple applications in the realm of body care. Ground shells or whole seeds serve as ingredients in exfoliating scrubs and soaps, while fats are often extracted to use for moisturizers and soaps.

Coconut, hemp, cocoa, almond, olive, mango, palm, sunflower and shea are a few common nut or seed ingredients you'll find in body care products. More exotic formulations can include macadamia (one of my faves!) nut, pumpkin seed, red raspberry seed , kukui nut. Each nut or seed has specific skincare properties, which makes exploring and formulating with these wonderful ingredients such a delight!

Hemp Hand & Nail Oil

This formulation is super simple and very effective. Hempseed oil is delightfully rich, yet non-greasy, making it a perfect moisturizing oil for your hands and nails. Carrot seed essential oil has a woodsy fragrance that blends well with the earthy scent of hemp oil, and offers skin regeneration properties.

Together these two oils help heal cracked, dry hands, nourish cuticles and promote strong and healthy nails.
  • 2 oz Hempseed oil
  • 3-4 drops Carrot seed oil
  • 1 tsp Vitamin E oil
Combine all ingredients in a small bottle and shake gently. Massage oil into hands, nails, and cuticles at least once a day. This treatment works especially well when applied at night.

Gentle Almond Body Scrub

This is a gentle, exfoliating body scrub that also happens to taste delicious! Ground almonds gently exfoliate your skin, while almond oil moisturizes. Honey acts as a humectant, promoting dewy glowing skin. This is a wonderful full-body wintertime skin treat.
  • 1/2 cup Ground Almonds
  • 2 tsp Honey
  • 5-6 tsp Almond oil (enough to make a thick paste)
Combine the ground almonds, honey and almond oil to make a thick paste, adding more oil if necessary. Place in a plastic container and label. This scrub is best used in the shower, as it's a bit messy. Wet skin, and apply using circular motions. Rinse off using warm water. Makes 1 treatment.

Sesame Seed Cleansing Oil

This cleansing oil is a lifesaver for dry, chapped winter skin or for people with severe dermatitis, soap allergies, eczema or sensitive skin.

It also works beautifully to remove makeup! Castor and sesame seed oils have healing and soothing properties and castor oil also helps tighten pores.

This blend rinses off easily, leaving skin hydrated and glowing.
  • 2 tbsp Sesame Seed oil
  • 2 tbsp Castor oil
  • 2 drops Rosewood oil
Combine all ingredients and stir. Gently massage the oil thoroughly into your face. If you have time,try soaking in a hot bath with this mixture on your face. Leaving the cleansing oil on your face for 10-20 minutes will give you the maximum benefits. To remove the oil, gently massage the skin with a warm wet washcloth. There is no need to use soap afterwards.

Whipped Shea Butter

It's important to use unrefined shea butter in this recipe; the deodorized, bleached shea butter is too greasy and lacks essential healing properties. This recipe works beautifully on chapped baby hands and cheeks, or rough heels and elbows. You can even use it in small amounts on the paw pads of dog's feet!
  • 4 oz Shea Butter, cut into small chunks
  • 1 oz Olive or Sunflower oil
Place ingredients in a bowl and beat with a mixer. The ingredients will first combine to make a smooth paste. Increase the speed and continue beating until you have a fluffy texture, like whipped cream. Massage into dry, chapped skin.

I hope you found today's post helpful and interesting...feel free to leave a comment, as I love to hear from my readers. Have a wonderful, happy day!

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