Debra Lynn Dadd

Organic Manicure and Pedicure

QUESTION:

I got a number of requests for these recipes (offered on the post Nontoxic Nail Polish), so with Debra's kind permission I'm putting them here on the blog. Once you experience the nourishing quality of these treatments you will find it hard to go back to a salon with all of their harsh chemicals. Yours in good health and pampering - Mary Anne in Los Angeles

ORGANIC MANICURE

Put a small dab of organic oil (sweet almond, olive, grapeseed,
jojoba, hemp, whatever) on each cuticle to soften. Shape the nails with an emery board, then genty push back the cuticles with an orangewood stick. Soak hands for 10 minutes in a quart of warm organic, whole (4% fat) milk. Rinse and dry the hands, scrubbing the nails and cuticles with a small nail brush if necessary. To finish, put a dab of organic vitamin E oil on each nail and polish with a nail buffer (the old-fashioned, "grandma" kind covered with chamois, not the square spongy kind sold in beauty supply stores as a "buffer" but is really an abrasive surface).

This is really softening and nourishing for both hands and feet. If you have rough or dry skin that needs a little extra help, before the milk soak you can add a gentle massage with fine, exfoliating facial scrubbing grains (Avalon Organics makes a good one), or make your own scrubbing grains by using any of the following recipes:

* a tablespoon of fine-grained organic sea salt mixed with enough organic oil to make a thick paste; add in one or two drops of lavender essential oil (soothing)

* a tablespoon of organic sugar mixed with oil and a drop or two of sweet orange essential oil (soothing)

*a tablespoon of used, organic coffee grounds mixed with oil and a drop or two of peppermint essential oil (invigorating).

Feel free to substitute any essential oil(s) that you personally like. After the soak and before the nail buff you can also include a hand (or foot) massage with organic lotion if you want, but do it as a relaxing extra treat - you won't need it for the sake of adding moisture to the skin. Of course you can always go on and add polish to the nails, but then the manicure will no longer be organic!

ORGANIC PEDICURE

This is a really good recipe for feet with thick, tough, rough, dry, flaky and/or scaly calluses - and it really works. Follow the directions above, but soak the feet for 15 minutes in a small tub or basin filled with 2 cups of organic apple cider vinegar and enough hot water to cover the feet. Make the water as hot as you can stand it. Make sure you specifically use apple cider vinegar and not some other kind of vinegar. At the end of 15 minutes, vigorously scrub the calluses with a salon-grade pumice stone; the dead skin will roll right off. Then rinse and dry the feet. For extra dry or flaky skin, after scrubbing and drying the feet you can slather them with organic oil or lotion and wrap each foot in a hot, wet (but well rung-out) towel and relax for 10-15 minutes with your feet up. You can also slather the feet, put on cotton socks and leave them on overnight.

POSTED BY MARY ANNE STERN :: CALIFORNIA USA :: 09/11/2006 2:53 PM


DEBRA'S ANSWER:

Thanks, Mary Anne. I actually had it on my list to research a natural manicure and pedicure, so I appreciate your sending this.

Debra :-)


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