The best organic beauty products will always be the ones you make at home. Not only can you ensure the quality of the ingredients, but you can take pride in building an all-natural medicine cabinet. Now, discover how to make your own Oat and Almond Body Scrub from clinical herbalist Melanie St. Ours with this recipe from her book THE SIMPLE GUIDE TO NATURAL HEALTH:
Oat and Almond Body Scrub Recipe
BENEFITS AND USES: softens and exfoliates normal to dry skin
AVOID: using on your face or on broken skin
YIELDS: about ½ cup
- ¼ cup raw unsalted almonds
- ¼ cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon dried rose petals
- 1 tablespoon dried lavender flowers
- ¾ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1) Measure almonds and oats into a food processor. Pulse 5 seconds at a time until the mixture looks like fine sand, about 1½ minutes.
2) Add rose petals and lavender flowers. Pulse three times for 1–2 seconds each until petals are roughly chopped and distributed throughout the mixture. This dry mixture will keep 3–4 weeks in a cool, dry cupboard. You can make a double or quadruple batch in advance and store it in a zip-top “freezer” bag, Tupperware-style container, or Mason jar for future use.
3) When you’re ready to use the treatment, saturate the mixture with olive oil and stir to combine. Using clean fingers, massage generously and vigorously into damp skin, using upward, circular motions. Always direct your strokes from the periphery of your body toward your heart.
For best results, use this scrub at least twice per week. Do not exceed one use per day.
4) Rinse off with warm water and enjoy how soft and smooth your skin is! Make sure to use a stopper in the drain so that the oats and almonds don’t clog your plumbing.
5) Once you’ve added the olive oil, store any leftover scrub in a covered container in the fridge no longer than 1 week.
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Excerpted from The Simple Guide to Natural Health by Melanie St. Ours. Copyright © 2018 by Simon & Schuster. Used by permission of the publisher. All rights reserved.