Massaging helps tone the new mother’s body, and thus is an important part of post-partum / postnatal care. We use Dhanwantharam Kuzhampu for body massage. After completing the postpartum treatment period, you can use the oil mentioned here to get a fairer looking, youthful skin. This oil can be easily made at home using common ingredients available around us.
This oil can be used continuously on your face and body for as long as you wish. The turmeric in this preparation has anti-inflammatory properties which helps in reducing the body pain and soothing your muscles. Aloe vera is a well known skin moisturizer with healing properties. Orange peel contains many nutrients and has been used traditionally as a skin lightening agent. Rose petals balance the mixture and helps in getting a better toned skin.
For best results, keep this oil on your body for at least 20 minutes before washing it off with green gram powder (‘Cheru payar podi’ in Malayalam) or gram flour (‘Kadala maavu’ in Malayalam) instead of soap.
- Coconut oil – 1 Litre
- Raw wild turmeric (‘Kasthuri Manjal’ in Malayalam) – 100 gm
- Aloe vera – 50 gm
- Orange peel – 50 gm
- Rose petals – 25 gm
- A thick bottomed vessel (‘Uruli’ in Malayalam)
- Grind ingredients 2 to 6 together in a mixer jar without adding any water.
- Pour the coconut oil into a the thick bottomed vessel (Uruli).
- It would be great if you can use home made virgin coconut oil . If not, you can use any good brand coconut oil.
- Thoroughly mix the ground ingredients to coconut oil.
- Put the vessel on stove top and switch on the flame.
- Keep stirring on low flame till the ingredients are cooked. Please note that it should not get burned, it should just become brown in color so that it imparts a golden glow to the oil.
- Switch off the flame and let it cool down. It would be good to leave this overnight in the same vessel so that the goodness of all medicinal ingredients are rendered to the oil.
- Once cold, pour off the mixture to a dry bottle and keep it closed. It would be a good idea to keep aside a small amount for your use in a separate bottle, rather than opening and closing the whole batch frequently. It would help in keeping the oil in good condition for a long time.