Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Wild Woman Wednesday

Wild women are resourceful, and love to look fabulous and save money! One of the classes I enjoy teaching is “The Secret Spa in Your Kitchen”. I’m also, as you know, obsessed with all things pumpkin. So today I’m going to have you exercise your “I’m a pampered pumpkin wild woman” muscles! I have two home treats for your wild woman body that are as fancy as you can get in the spa, but for pennies! Lovin' those home spa treatments!

What’s not to love about pumpkins? Check out the nutritional facts for one cup of pumpkin puree:
• Calories: 80
• Carbohydrates: 19 gram
• Cholesterol: 0
• Fat: less than 1 gram
• Potassium: 588 milligrams
• Protein: 2.4 grams
• Vitamin A: 310% of RDA
• Vitamin C: 20% of RDA

Pumpkin contains anti-oxidant vitamins A (helps to heal skin) and C (anti-oxidant properties), zinc, and alpha-hydroxy acids. They’re great for your whole body! The pumpkin enzyme can sooth and protect your skin. As with all recipes (internal and external) use at your own risk, as you may have certain sensitivities or allergies.

Soothing Pumpkin Masque

3 tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon honey (a natural humectant – draws moisture to your skin)
½ tablespoon olive oil
A pinch of cinnamon or pumpkie pie spice

Mix ingredients together in a small bowl. To prepare skin for masque, gently exfoliate (rub skin with) a handful of steel cut oatmeal (not instant), but this is optional. Rinse with warm water, pat dry, then apply masque. Lie back for ten minutes with your feet up, slap some cuke slices on your eyes, put on some soothing music, and chill. When done, gently wash face with warm water to remove all traces of the natural masque ingredients. Pat dry, and look glowingly fabulous the rest of the day.

Pumpkin Brown Sugar Scrub

½ cup pumpkin puree
¾ cup brown sugar
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup honey
A pinch of cinnamon or pumpkie pie spice

Mix ingredients together in a small unbreakable bowl. You’ll want to do this in your shower/tub, but BE CAREFUL because it can get VERY SLIPPERY!!! You may want to put down a rubber mat or a big towel – again, you are fully 100% responsible for your own safety here. Stand in the shower and GENTLY begin applying the mixture to arms, legs, feet, elbows, knees, and anywhere that IS NOT COVERED BY A BATHING SUIT. I wouldn’t recommend sugar scrubbing those delicate areas – let’s not get too wild! I don’t recommend using this on your face, either. One your body is buffed to glowing perfection, go ahead and do your general shower routine, rising off very well so you won’t have any sticky residue left over. CAREFULLY step out of the shower/tub, pat dry, and enjoy having smooth and lovely skin. Please note – you can also use this mixture daily on your hands. Scoop a tablespoon into your hands, and begin washing hands just with mixture. Add a bit of your favorite liquid soap, lather up, rinse off with warm water, and apply your favorite hand lotion. Perfect for beautiful autumn/winter hands! I recommend mixing up a fresh batch each time, since the brown sugar will liquefy in the puree/honey mix.


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