I LOVE this time of year. The way the colors change…. the smell of fall…. it’s absolutely enchanting! The cold air is so refreshing and who doesn’t love the sight of the first snow. Mother Nature is truly a wonder and I can’t help but be amazed at the beauty of our earth. One of the things I am thankful for is growing up on a farm. It taught me to appreciate not only the beauty, but all that our planet provides us with as well. There is so much yummy goodness for our bodies inside and out!
A while ago Janae mentioned how great homemade facial scrubs or masks would be. Her just mentioning that jogged my memory and I told her, “oh my gosh, I used to make those!” Everyone has such different skin types and there are endless combinations of ingredients. So, after going through lots of different recipes and health books, I came up with something pretty basic.
Here’s what I used and why:
-White Sugar and Pure Dark Brown Sugar for exfoliators.
-Oatmeal, which also is a good exfoliant and helps your skin glow.
-Cinnamon which is a natural antiseptic
-Honey is also a natural antiseptic as well as an anti-inflammatory.
-Almond Oil smoothes and softens skin.
-Pure Vanilla is used for its aromatherapy properties.
-Water to get the desired consistency.
I a small bowl combined 1 1/2 tablespoons of dark brown sugar
1/2 a table spoon of white sugar,
1 tablespoon of oatmeal (I didn’t want the flakes in mine to be so big so I crushed them up a bit)
1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
1 tablespoon of pure organic honey
1/2 tablespoon of almond oil (I made my own, I couldn’t find pure almond oil in our small town)
1 teaspoon of Pure Vanilla
After mixing the ingredients, I added 1/4 to 1 tablespoons of water. I like mine a little runny so I added a full tablespoon.
Now just pour in a jar or container with a lid you can seal tightly. Since it has honey it, it can crystalize if not sealed properly. Then massage into skin 2 to 3 times a week, letting it sit for about 2 minutes. Make sure to try a little on a small patch of skin before using.
I love Jades delicious recipes, she has definitely had a hand in putting my family and I on a healthier path. Being conscious about what we are putting in our bodies has inspired me to be more thoughtful about what we’re putting on them also. I realized I don’t have to go buy expensive facial scrubs, there are so many good natural things we can find in our own households already:)