Heather, from Shivaya Naturals, is doing a wonderful series called “We Deserve This;” reminding mamas to take the time for solitude and nurturing ourselves. I felt the need to contribute a recipe for this purpose and also provide a great recipe for relieving dry itchy skin with ingredients found in the kitchen cupboard- sunflowers, oatmeal, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vitamin E oil. The combination of oatmeal and the oil from ground-up sunflower seeds and vitamin E is a great way to relieve dry skin on these dehydrating winter days; the cinnamon and nutmeg are a little extra punch for circulation and aromatherapy to awaken the senses.
1/4 cup shelled, raw sunflower seeds
1/4 cup oatmeal
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1. Grind the seeds and the oats in a food processor or coffee grinder. Grind until you have a consistency of whole-wheat flour.
2. Add the spices and vitamin E; mix well.
3. Store in an airtight container until ready to use. This makes about 4 ounces, which is enough for one bath. Pour the mixture into a warm bath. If you don’t want particles to clean up following the bath, you can place this in a muslin/cotton sachet to float in the water.
4. I like to use this as a scrub too when taking showers. Scrub this onto your skin like you would a salt or sugar scrub; then rinse with warm water.
Take time for yourselves mamas and remember to breath.
Recipe altered a bit from Janice Cox’s Natural Beauty from the Garden.