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Here are my 5 favorite beautiful and easy DIY body care recipes to celebrate natural products all year long.

5 Beautiful {DIY} Body Care Recipes to Celebrate Natural Products With more and more toxins and nasty chemicals making their way into conventional cleaning, bath, and body care products, I’m proud to support a day that celebrates the benefits and necessity of natural products. On March 24—Natural Products Day—our friends at the National Products Association (NPA) and industry leaders came together in Washington, D.C. to educate and discuss the important role of natural products in keeping our society healthy.

But if you’re like me, you care as much about what you put on your body as what you put in it. Eating clean and using clean products is a day-to-day commitment. So let’s make Natural Products Day an everyday affair. Here are my 5 favorite beautiful and easy DIY body care recipes to celebrate natural products all year long.

(One note before you transform your kitchen into a bustling DIY laboratory: I prefer my body care products to be free of pesticides, so don’t forget to choose Certified Organic or spray free ingredients when available.)

Natural Exfoliating Salt or Sugar Scrub Recipe

Sea salt (or raw sugar for a gentler, more moisturizing scrub): 1 cup

Apricot or almond oil: 2 tablespoons

Essential oil: 5 to 6 drops (for an invigorating morning scrub, try rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis or peppermint Mentha ×piperita; for a long day pick-me-up, try geranium Pelargonium graveolens)

Put the salt or sugar into a bowl and add the oils. Mix together with your hands. Store in a covered container until ready to use. This natural exfoliating scrub will last for up to one month. (I mix this right into the container I plan to keep in the shower—usually a recycled screw cap jar.)

This mixture is most effective and just lovely when used in the shower. Use small handfuls of your natural sugar or salt scrub and rub over the body in brisk circular motions.

I love to focus on acupressure points: lymph nodes, collarbone, ear lobes, the base of the neck, and even around the nostrils (gently). There is also one just under the knee on the outside of the leg that supports the gallbladder.

Restorative Herbal Ointment 

Comfrey Symphytum officinale root: 2 ounces 

Calendula Calendula officinalis flowers: 1 ounce

Mullein Verbascum thapsus flowers: 1 ounce

Plantain Plantago major leaf: 1 ounce

St. John’s wort Hypericum perforatum flowers: 1 ounce

High-quality cold-pressed olive oil: enough to cover herbs

Beeswax: quantity will depend on the amount of infused oil

This is my go to “owie” herbal ointment recipe.

Use freshly dried herbs if possible (nothing over 2 years old) and grind them finely. Cover them with an extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil in a tightly capped preserving jar. Allow it to sit in a warm place (but not direct sunlight) for 10 to 14 days. Shake the oil mixture twice a day, ensuring that all the herbs are covered in the oil. Top it up if necessary.

After steeping for two weeks, strain out the oil using butter muslin or cheesecloth and squeeze the herbs to ensure as much of the oil is released as possible. Place this oil in a saucepan over a water bath, or in a double boiler, and bring it to a low temperature that will melt beeswax. For every cup of oil, add one to two ounces of grated beeswax depending on the consistency required.

At this point you can use the “spoon test” to gauge the consistency of the ointment. Take one teaspoon of the mixture and place it in the refrigerator for five minutes. The consistency after this time will indicate the hardness of the final product. Add more beeswax to harden or more oil to soften.

Moisturizing Hair Oil for Dry Hair 

Argan oil: 4 tablespoons

Rosemary Rosmarinus officinalis essential oil: 1 teaspoon

Lavender Lavandula angustifolia essential oil: 1 teaspoon

Mix all ingredients. Massage this natural emollient hair oil into hair and scalp twice a week in the evening and leave on all night. Wash and condition your hair as usual the next morning for glowing and moisturized hair.

Nourishing Herbal Dry Skin Mask

German Chamomile Matricaria recutita flowers: 2 tablespoons

Raw free-range egg yolk: 1

Wheat germ oil: 1 teaspoon

Honey: 1 teaspoon

Mix all the ingredients to a smooth texture. Apply to a clean face, avoiding the area around the eyes. Lie down with your feet up to improve the circulation to the facial area. Leave on until dry and wash off with warm water. Splash the face with a mild toner to tighten pores.

Berry Beautiful Exfoliating Mask

Papaya: ½  

Strawberries: 3 to 4

Blend all ingredients. Add ground oatmeal, brewer’s yeast, or fuller’s earth if the mixture is too wet. Apply to the face, avoiding the area around the eyes. Do not leave the mask on your skin for more than 10 minutes, or if the mask starts to sting, particularly on sensitive skin, as the papaya has a powerful enzyme action that may leave the face raw. Finish by splashing the face with lukewarm water. 

I hope you enjoy these recipes—and please let me know how they turn out for you. Then share with me how you spent your Natural Products Day 2015 in the comments!

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This article is for informational purposes only. It is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent disease. This article has not been reviewed by the FDA. Always consult with your primary care physician or naturopathic doctor before making any significant changes to your health and wellness routine.

Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President

Written By: Dorene Petersen, ACHS Founding President

Dorene is the Founding President of the American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS). She has over 45 years of clinical teaching and lecturing experience in aromatherapy and other holistic health subjects. She has presented papers on essential oils and clinical aromatherapy at the International Federation of Essential Oils and Aroma Trades Annual Conference (IFEAT) in California, USA; the Aroma Environment Association of Japan (AEAJ) in Tokyo, Japan; the Asian Aroma Ingredients Congress (AAIC) and Expo in Bali, Indonesia; the International Center of Advanced Aromatherapy (ICAA) at the WonGwang Digital University in Seoul, Korea; as well as the AAIC Expo in Kunming, Yunnan, China. Dorene is a founding member of the Aromatherapy Registration Council (ARC) and served as its chair until 2023. Dorene is also involved in the distance education community and has served as a volunteer, committee member, and standards evaluator for the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC). Dorene is a travel junkie, and has led ACHS Study Abroad programs to India, Indonesia, Greece, and Hawaii!