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Thursday, 16 January 2014

How to Make Your Own Skin Nourishing Body Butter

Winter requires special care for the skin. But apart from that, it is also a wonderful opportunity to pamper your skin with products that you love. Some natural ingredients that we often cannot use directly during summer on our skin can be used during winter. As the cold winds blow for a few months and the mercury dips, make the most of it and indulge in natural oils and essences that can change the texture and complexion of your skin in no time! My mother had concocted one such recipe of a Home-made Body Butter a long time ago which I have been using ever since. Recently, my son turned 4.5 years old and I am willing to begin using this Body Butter on his skin too because I believe no available cream or lotion in the market can give his skin the nourishment that this home-made cream of mine (or rather my mother's) can provide!

Click here to get the recipe of my mother's Vitamin-enriched Body Butter to protect and nourish your skin during winter and all through the year.

All ingredients used in this Body Cream are homely herbs that are readily available. The goodness of this cream is not medically proven but I can assure you that if you use quality and organic products from the market to make this, you will get the best results. Check the link above to find out the ingredients and whether you are allergic to any of these before you proceed.

India has historical evidence and stories associated with homely herbs and their healing properties. For example, Turmeric has its reference in epics as old as the Mahabharata and Ramayana. Turmeric is also one of the pillars of the Indian Ayurveda System. It is used as to enhance liver functions, prevent bacterial growth in the intestine and also prevent common cold. Turmeric was also used by ancient Hawaiians to prevent sinus and ear infections because of its astringent properties as well as ulcers in the intestine.

Almond Oil is another ingredient that finds reference in many ancient stories with respect to its goodness. Almonds are largely grown in California nowadays, but the origin of almonds go back geographically to the Middle-east and neighbouring Mediterranean climates. King Tuttankhamoun went into his grave with several scoops of Almonds because he believed that it would give him the required nourishment in his journey to his next life. Almond also finds reference in the Hebrew literature from 2000 B.C. It is also said that almonds accompanied Alexander the Great to Greece during his conquests and found home in that part of the world around 350 - 323 B.C.

It is needless to sing serenades regarding the goodness of Olive Oil for the skin. I, in particular, have received huge benefits in terms of my nails and cuticles. As a child, I had a lot of Ag-nails growing which I used to pull out, only to make the process very swollen, painful and sometimes even bleed. An aunt suggested that my mother started massaging my hands, feet and nails with Olive Oil as it is said to be a great conditioner for nails and cuticles. Today, after I've started learning the Nylon String Guitar, I realize that it all happened for a purpose. My teacher as well as other guitar players I have met, have praised the quality of my nails!

I hope you enjoyed reading the recipe in the link above and this article and will try out this Body Butter recipe. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to leave a comment! I will answer your queries as early as possible!