Monday, January 17, 2011

Seasonal Recipes To Love Your Body

G'morning! I really hope you didn't wake up like the poor bear in the pic! lol...

Today I am going to share with you some seasonal scrubs, baths and powders....


Seasonal Recipes To Love Your Body

When the weather outside is dreary and cold and the days get dark sooner, nature provides the perfect seasonal herbs to help us look great and feel our best. Warm pungent cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and mace emit a comforting and delicious aroma, while evergreens like juniper, fir, and cedar offer a crisp and invigorating breath of fresh air.

The following are some great recipes to warm up your body and your spirit!

Rosemary And Juniper Skin-Smoothing Scrub~Grapefruit, rosemary and juniper essential oils are often used in cellulite-reducing formulas. While I cannot guarantee the the blend of essential oils will eliminate cellulite, you can be sue that these herbs are reputed to improve skin tone, promote healthy circulation and reduce water retention. Pure sea salt has a scrubbing texture that cleanses, purifies and exfoliates dry winter skin, while hazelnut oil moisturizes and tones. Hazelnut also has gentle astringent and skin-toning properties. You can substitute jojoba oil if you find yourself out of hazelnut.

  • 1 cup Fine Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Hazelnut oil
  • 4 drops Juniper
  • 4 drops Rosemary
  • 6 drops Grapefruit
Combine all  ingredients and mix well. Place in a wide-mouth plastic jar with a tight lid. To use, rub gently all over the body and rinse. Makes enough for one use.

Deep Forest Detox Bath~This is a wonderful recipe that can use up some of your leftover Chistmas wreath or tree needles. This recipe is especially nice if you have needles from the fragrant balsam fir greens, but the scent of most evergreens such as fir, pine and cedarwood are calming and helpful for detoxifying. I am sure that most of us can use a little post-holiday detox session.
  • 1 cup Sea Salt
  • 1 Handful pine or fir needles, dry or fresh
  • 5 drops fir
  • 5 drops cedarwood

Combine ingredients and mix well. Store in an airtight plastic or glass container. To use, tie a generous handful of this mixture into  muslin bag, cheese cloth or an old thin washcloth. Draw a warm bath and add the herbal mixture. Soak for at least 20 minutes.

Eastern Spice Body Powder~The herb mace refers to a lace-like outer covering found on nutmeg seeds. It has a softer and sweeter scent then nutmeg, with a delicious hint of spice. The exotic and heady scent is well suited to massage oils, perfumes and bath products. Use a small handheld coffee grinder to powder the dried mace for this recipe. (Mace adds a delicious flavor to coffee, so you don't need to wash out the grinder)
  • 2 tsp dried mace, ground
  • 1/2 cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
Mix well, if you like you can add a little pinch of ground cinnamon powder to add a little extra spice. Store the powder in an airtight container. To use, apply powder with a "puff". You can also store in a salt or cheese shaker to store and use the powder.

Sweet Spice Milk Bath~This recipe was actually concocted when someone was cleaning out the spice cupboard to made space for fresh spices. The combination of the old spices was a smell of luxury! You can use any combination of spices that you have, but she found that this recipe works best when it relies heavily on cinnamon and cloves , with smaller amounts of the other herbs. Milk baths in the winter are soothing and moisturizing to dry, winter skin and don't have the mess or slipperiness of bath oil. You can use a non-fat milk powder in this recipe, it is easy to find and less expensive. If you'd like to make this recipe a bit more luxurious, sub a full-fat dried milk powder.

  • 1/4 cup dried spices, such as cinnamon, allspice, ginger, cardamom, nutmeg and clove
  • 2 cups dried milk powder
Combine and mix well. Store extra milk bath in an airtight container. Add 1/2 cup to a tub full of warm water and soak........

Thanks for chillin' with me...have a wonderful day!

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