3 Quick Recipes for Flawless Skin & Stress Relief. ~ Pratibha Pal

Via Pratibha Pal
on Mar 15, 2014
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I spent 15 years of my life trying to look as beautiful as a model.

Wouldn’t it be awesome to have flawless skin, perfectly arched brows, and the sculpted jawline that, for me, was always the epitome of beauty?

I spent abomb using the same products, but the freckles and dark circles refused to go away. I was disappointed, but then help came to me in a very magical way—I became a mom to twin boys. My search to give them the best introduced me to the wonderful world of DIY and green living.

I would love to share three recipes with you that are a part of my daily life and help me live life free of chemicals and toxins:

The Citrusy Body Scrub

This is one of my favourites—and also one of the easiest recipes to follow. You can easily stock this scrub for at least 3 months in your refrigerator.

What you’ll need:

  • 5 tsp granulated sugar (smaller granules)
  • 1/4 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp of pure coconut oil
  • 1 drop of your favorite essential oil
  • pinch of cinnamon powder

First, I take 5 teaspoons of granulated sugar and add a quarter tablespoon of smooth salt and a pinch of cinnamon powder. Next, I add two tablespoons of pure coconut oil to this mixture and mix it for about 2-3 minutes. At this point, I add one drop of my favorite essential oil (I prefer to use lemon or orange) and mix again for a minute. Stock this in an airtight container. That is all you need to do! The oil will moisturize your body and the sugar will exfoliate off any dead skin.

Whipped Body Butter


  • 6 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 7-8 drops lavender essential oil

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Making your own butter is a wonderful experience—and there are just two ingredients in this. I take 6 heaped tablespoons of pure, solidified coconut oil and use a hand blender on low speed to whip it for 10 minutes. Note that you need solid coconut oil, liquid oil won’t work. You will notice the coconut oil getting lighter and fluffy at this point of time. I then add 7 – 8 drops of Lavender Essential Oil, and whip it for another minute. Scoop it out and place in an airtight jar.

A Soothing Balm for Headache Relief

As soon I came across this recipe, I knew that I had to make it because I have bouts of migraines that can last for days. Even with all of the ingredients, it only took me about 10 minutes to make this soothing balm from the start to finish.


  • 1 Tsp of beeswax1 1/2 Tbsp pure shea butter
  • 1/2 tsp grape seed oil
  • 8 drops peppermint essential oil
  • 4 drops eucalyptus essential oil
  • 8 drops lavender essential oil

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On a double burner, melt the base oils on the lowest heat possible. I don’t let the oil smoke or get very hot. I stir it constantly to ensure that the oils have all blended really well.

Take this off the heat and add all of the essential oils. Stir for a few seconds so that the essential oils can blend with the base. Pour these in small colourful pots, and let it set overnight. You have a natural and safe headache balm that is ready for use!

What I love about DIY things is that I am aware of what I use and what goes in the products. It helps me live an eco-conscious life.

You can read the posts in detail on my blog too:

  1. The Citrusy Body Scrub  
  2. Whipped Body Butter 
  3. A Soothing Balm 


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About Pratibha Pal

Pratibha Pal is an avid blogger and founder of Pratsmusings, a blog that focuses on all natural and organic alternatives for everyday living and recommends eco-friendly brands available in India. She strongly advocates green living because she believes everyone must be more conscious about their surroundings and a healthy way of living. She is a mum to twin boys who have made her more aware of how beautiful green living is.

She also loves social media and has worked with various brands to strengthen their social media presence. When she is not working on her blog or managing social media for brands, you will find her going for long walks, dabbling in photography or just curling up with a book! She has also authored the eBook of The Handbook of DIY things that you can make at home that can be downloaded here.

You can follow her on her blogs PratsMusings, SocialMediaWired, and on the various social media she has her presence Twitter, Facebook, via RSS and on Pinterest.


15 Responses to “3 Quick Recipes for Flawless Skin & Stress Relief. ~ Pratibha Pal”

  1. Lauren says:

    These look great! I can’t wait to try. I get migraines too and the balm looks great. Thank you so much for paying this forward!


  2. Patty says:

    Please email me the three recipes from this post, at your convenience. ( minty lip scrub, soothing balm and whipped body butter )

  3. Kimberly says:

    Just a quick question. How do you use the soothing balm for migraines. Thanks for the wonderful ideas.

  4. pratibha75 says:

    Welcome Lauren. What I do need to add here is that you may want to add or decrease some of the oils as you would prefer it. Do let me know how it fared for you. You can get in touch with me – [email protected].

  5. pratibha75 says:

    Patty, can you share your email please?

  6. pratibha75 says:

    Kimberly, I apply it on the temples and nape of the neck and massage for a minute.

  7. Danielle Gaynor says:

    Hello, which one would be best for a breakout? I usually get a breakout because my skin is very oily!!!

    Thank you!!!

  8. pratibha75 says:

    Danielle none of the recipes II have listed here will work for your skin type. Let me get back to you with some face masks.

  9. Joni Watson says:

    Hello, exactly what did you find to get rid of the dark circles around you eyes? Can you please email info to me.

  10. sensoryprofessional says:

    Coconut oil is the bomb! You mentioned you found something to lighten your freckles naturally? But I don't see it here. What do you use? Thanks!

  11. Kate says:


    Do you have a recipe for lightening freckles please?

    Thank you,

  12. Pratibha says:


    It is to do with caring for your skin. The freckles do not disappear, but they do lighten considerably. Right from following to an exfoliating regime to applying lemon juice on the skin for 3-5 mins a day to avoiding the sun completely, I have been following this often to reduce the intensity of the freckles.

  13. @Myepica says:


    It is to do with caring for your skin. The freckles do not disappear, but they do lighten considerably. Right from following to an exfoliating regime to applying lemon juice on the skin for 3-5 mins a day to avoiding the sun completely, I have been following this often to reduce the intensity of the freckles. You can try these simple lifestyle changes that makes a difference.

  14. agaakriti6 says:

    These DIY hacks sound super amazing and oh-so-easy to make! Thank you for sharing these:)

  15. Debra says:

    Do you have a suggestion for pore tightening?