Make this Herbal Oat Scrub recipe to use as a handcrafted herbal gift for family and friends this holiday season.
Herbal Oat Scrub Recipe
This gentle herbal exfoliant will keep your skin smooth and soft all winter long. For use on the face or body.
• 1/2 cup oatmeal
• 1/4 cup cornmeal
• 1/4 cup dried lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) or peppermint (Mentha piperita)
1. Grind all of the ingredients to a fine powder in a coffee grinder or blender and store in an airtight container. For a facial scrub, apply a small amount of the powder to damp skin and gently scrub, then rinse with warm water.
2. To use as a mask, mix 1 tablespoon of the powder with honey, rose water, yogurt, or mashed fruit to achieve the desired consistency, apply, and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse with warm water. Makes 1 cup.
Mindy Green is an herbalist, aromatherapist, educator, and writer. She is also an esthetician, a consultant to the natural products industry, and director of education at the Herb Research Foundation in Boulder, Colorado. She is the author of Calendula (Keats, 1998), Natural Perfumes (Interweave, 1999), and co-author of Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art (The Crossing Press, 1995).
Read more about making herbal holiday gifts: Homemade Holiday Gifts: Herb and Aromatherapy Recipes.