The 21st Century Herbalist

Moisturizing Pumpkin Body Whip

For those of us in the northern hemisphere, Autumn is officially here!  Bring on the pumpkin flavored lattes, bagels, cream cheese, muffins and any other food we can flavor with delicious pumpkin and spice flavors!  Mmmm…I love it all.  Along with all of those yummy foods it’s also pumpkin season for your skin.  Yup, pumpkin for your skin.  It is so moisturizing and packed with nutrients that help bring out the subtle glow of your skin.

Next time you’re in the grocery store or at the farmer’s market pick up a pie pumpkin and give this great body whip treatment a try.  It’s a great way to pamper yourself after a long week of studying, working or before a big date. Later, as winter weather sets in and your skin starts to get a little dry, use this recipe to rehydrate your skin and even your hair.

This recipe is part of this month’s celebration of the multi-generational traditions of women.  It is a classic recipe that goes back generations and uses simple, natural ingredients to soothe and moisturize your skin.


  • A small to medium sized pie pumpkin
  • 1 c. full-fat, unflavored yogurt
  • 1-2 tbsp. olive oil

To Make the Body Whip:

  1. Cut the pumpkin in half and scoop out the seeds, then cut the skin off and cut the pumpkin flesh into 1″ cubes.
  2. Put the pumpkin in a pot and cover with water and place it on the stove over a medium-high heat.  Allow the pumpkin to cook until softened.
  3. Strain the pumpkin and place the softened pumpkin in a blender or food processor.  (If you’re feeling traditional, you can do this part using a potato masher.)
  4. On a low to medium speed, blend together the yogurt and pumpkin then slowly add the olive oil.  Once the mixture is smooth pour it into a bowl.

To Use the Body Whip:

Use this mixture all over your entire body and you can even run it through your hair if you’d like to. When the mixture is still warm slather it on and sit in an empty bathtub for about 10 minutes to let the mix do it’s work.  Rinse in a warm shower and shampoo and condition your hair if you used it in your hair.  Pat your skin dry and apply your favorite moisturizer.

Have you ever used pumpkin on your skin before?  Let me know what you think in the comments!


image via: Van Groningen & Sons…sellers of fine pie pumpkins


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