This one is amazing. Seriously.
Short story: a few days ago I used some oven cleaner I found under the sink to clean the stove pans that go under the burners…scrubbed away with bare hands and a sponge, and didn’t notice the toxicity of it until I washed up. My hands were DRY. No amount of lotion I put on made a difference, and eventually the skin on my palms FLAKED OFF. It was gross; I felt like the crypt keeper.
After using the cornmeal scrub, my hands feel BETTER than normal…softer, smoother, and even my cuticles were hydrated.
So here’s what I did…
For your hands and body:
Purpose: Exfoliate and moisturize hands, feet, and body (this one’s too rough for the face)
- 1 c cornmeal
- 1/4c canola oil (+ 1/4c additional canola oil, separate)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp vanilla
Blend the cornmeal and spices with a fork until evenly distributed. Stir in 1/4 c canola oil until mixed thoroughly; it will lightly clump at this stage. Remove 1/4c of this mixture and place in a separate bowl. Add the additional 1/4c canola oil and stir well. Massage onto hands, feet, knees, or legs in a circular pattern; put gloves on to allow the oil to soak in for 15-20 minutes.
Rinse of with warm water and mild soap.
For you to eat:
- Remaining mixture from above recipe (cornmeal, spices, and oil prior to removing 1/4c for the scrub)
- 4 c water
- 1/4 c sugar
Toast the cornmeal mixture over high heat in a 6-qt pan on the stove.
Add the water, and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Add sugar. Reduce to a simmer, stirring frequently, until thick (about the consistency of hummus). Serve immediately, hot, with a splash of milk or cream.
Pour the rest into a pan and refrigerate. Reheat later to enjoy again – tastes great for breakfast with some milk and almonds!
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