I know all you modern farm girls love corn – it is one of the most versatile of the natural grains and can be used from head to toe to keep your skin clean, soft and comfortable.
Corn often gets a bad rap because so many food products are sweetened with high fructose corn syrup. But there are other corn base ingredients that are naturally good for your skin and hair. Ground Corn Meal is an amazing skin scrubber. Cornstarch is a soothing natural powder and also used to make gel lotions and corn oil is a soothing and moisturizing oil that works wonders on dry skin. Here are a few of my favorite recipes using this farm favorite. Enjoy!
Corn Flour Lotion
Corn Flour or Cornstarch makes a light, non greasy lotion that is perfect for soothing dry, chapped hands. This is an old fashioned recipe that some of you may remember your grandmothers using.
2 tablespoons vegetable glycerine
2 tablespoons corn flour (cornstarch)
/2 cup distilled water
2 tablespoons rose water
Mix together all ingredients in an ovenproof glass container. Heat until just boiling and thick a few minutes in the microwave or on the stove top. The lotions will be clear and jelly like: stir thoroughly and let cool completely. To use: Massage into your skin.
Yield: 6 ounces
Note: If your lotion is too thick you may thin it with more water or rose water.
Corn Meal Dry Shampoo
Using a dry shampoo can be an effective way to remove grease and dirt from your hair without getting it wet. It can be a bit messy so make sure you stand on a towel or lean over a sink while “shampooing.”
1 tablespoon cornmeal
Massage the cornmeal into your scalp and let sit for a few minutes. Leaning over a sink or tub gently brush your hair with a natural bristle brush to remove the cornmeal.
Yield: .5 ounces (one shampoo)
Corn oil and sugar body scrub
Pure corn oil makes a nice all over natural body oil it also can be used as the base for a moisturizing and cleansing body scrub. This is the perfect treatment to even out a fading tan and get your skin super clean.
1 /4 cup corn oil
1 Tablespoon corn meal
1 /4 cup raw sugar
2-3 drops essential oil of sweet orange
Mix together all ingredients and spoon into a clean container with a tight fitting lid. To use: In the bath or shower massage sugar scrub into damp skin then rinse well. You may follow up with more natural corn oil to lock in moisture.
Yield: 3 ounces
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