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Thursday, July 11, 2013

Homemade Cooling Body Powder

It's hot here in Colorado. And, not just put-on-a-tank-top-and-you'll-cool-down hot, but melting-your-body hot. 

So, what's a girl to do when she starts to "glow" after her yoga class or after a run? My newest love is homemade body powder that not only helps to absorb the sticky, sweaty feeling, but also works to cool the skin and prevent odors.  Think baby powder or "Gold Bond" except all-natural and good for the skin.

The recipe to create your own Homemade Cooling Body Powder is pretty simple with just a few ingredients. Use it straight before/after a workout or when you emerge from the shower. The texture is soft and silky, and the aroma is refreshing.


Natural ingredients for homemade body powder

Ingredients:
4 oz.  Arrowroot powder (or you can substitute non-GMO corn starch)
10 drops of Peppermint essential oil
8 drops of Spearmint essential oil
6 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil
6 drops of Thyme essential oil

Directions:
1. Measure the arrowroot powder on your kitchen scale and place into a bowl.
2. Add your essential oils to the powder.
3. Use a whisk to blend the ingredients.
4. Put the powder blend into a shaker bottle (I used a parmesan cheese shaker I bought at the store, but I found that the powder comes out in clumps so I'm looking for another container as I type this). 
5. Allow the mixture to sit for awhile before using to ensure the oils have dried into the arrowroot. If you still experience slight clumping, put some rice or barley in the bottom of your container.


I like to use the arrowroot powder (organic) rather than talcum powder or corn starch for a few reasons. First, it is super silky on the skin and feels luxurious (certainly more so than corn starch, but if that's what you have on hand...go for it). Second, some studies suggest talc is carcinogenic, and I'm not going to take the chance when there is something so easy to substitute. Finally, did I mention how soft and silky arrowroot powder feels?

The blend of essential oils reflects EOs that are cooling, refreshing, and deodorizing. Consider those stinky shoes you wore all day walking around the farmer's market and then downtown to meet friends for lunch. Just use some of the Cooling Body Powder blend and.... voila! 

As always, a few reminders about essential oils...always test essential oils before using them on your body. A simple patch test on the skin will help determine if you have any sensitivity to an oil. And, please, never ingest them. It is not recommended.  

As for the therapeutic properties of the essential oils in my Cooling Body Powder blend, here are a few bits of info. More information can be found at AromaWeb and other essential oils websites.
  • Peppermint (mentha x piperita) - a great oil to relieve any kind of skin irritation or itching. Because it cools by constricting the capillaries, it is a very refreshing skin tonic.
  • Spearmint (mentha spicata) - this EO has great antimicrobial properties and shares many of the same therapeutic properties as peppermint, but is less harsh due to a lesser amount of menthol.
  • Eucalyptus (E. globulus) - a great all-around EO for relieving itching, aches, and pains. It is not only useful in a cooling body powder, but also to ward off insects.
  • Thyme (thymus vulgaris) - another excellent antimicrobial and fungicidal EO, Red Thyme is also known to stimulate circulation and revive the mind and body. NOTE: thyme may be sensitizing to some people.
I hope you like the blend; let me know if you give it a try and how it worked for you.

Stay soft and silky,
Katie A.

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