By Tom Havran
We figured out why Linus wanted to hang out with Sally in the pumpkin patch all night long rather than go trick-or-treating.
The aromatic combination of pumpkin and lavender was the most sexually arousing scent in a well-known study at the Smell and Taste Research Foundation in Chicago a few years ago. Of a group of 24 men age 18-64, 40 percent responded with increased blood flow caused by sexual arousal as measured by a plethysmograph.
Besides the apparent erotic nature of the scent of pumpkin and lavender, these ingredients provide potent cosmetic benefits in body care applications. Pureed pumpkin is weakly acidic and gently cleansing while providing hydrating moisture. Ground pumpkin seeds physically exfoliate dead skin and supply vital nutrients and antioxidant-rich essential fatty acids to nourish and protect dry skin. Lavender essential oil is gently soothing and calming.
This DIY recipe for an all natural, soap-free body scrub is an indulgent way to utilize the powers of pumpkin and lavender to create a healthy, vibrant glow. And who knows, the intoxicating aroma might cast a heart-throbbing spell on the Linus in your life.
Enchanting Pumpkin Seed and Lavender Body Scrub
1 cup pumpkin puree, canned or fresh (it’s easier to make than you think — learn how!)
¼ cup ground pumpkin seeds
¼ cup dried lavender flowers
60 drops lavender essential oil
¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Grind 1/4 cup whole pumpkin seeds until the seeds are broken up into smaller pieces. Grind lavender flowers into a medium/fine powder.
- Add ground pumpkin seeds, lavender flowers, pumpkin pie spice and lavender essential oil into the pureed pumpkin.
- Mix well. Use immediately or store in an airtight container for up to three days.
To use: Standing in the shower, apply the scrub to skin and gently scrub in a circular, buffing motion. Rinse with a gentle spray of warm water and pat yourself dry.
About the author: Tom is communicator of natural living for Frontier, Simply Organic and Aura Cacia brands. In other words, he’s a very imaginative copywriter. A local boy, raised on a farm just down the road from the company’s headquarters in Norway, Tom enjoys drawing, plant hoarding, cooking and living the simple life in the beautiful state of Iowa.