Herbal Body Scrubs

BODY AND SOUL


| October/November 2001


Rejuvenate your skin and your spirit with these herbal scrubs.

Have you decided to just face the fact that your skin is a disaster? Has what tan you managed to get this summer gone and have the winds of fall turned your legs into tree bark? Do not lose hope. Try assembling a few ingredients from your cupboard to make polishing, exfoliating, moisturizing body scrubs. Then you can pamper your skin and get ready to face the holidays refreshed and gleaming.

Salt and sugar scrubs use commonly available ingredients and the recipes lend themselves to improvisation. Try using food- grade oils such as almond (also known as sweet almond), hazelnut, sesame, jojoba, or a blend of castor and apricot. Look around for other interesting oils from on-line suppliers such as those listed in the “Sources” box on page 58. Feel free to substitute other essential oils or essential oil blends that you have on hand. Make sure not to use more than twelve drops of essential oil per ounce of vegetable oil and no more than five essential oils in your blend.

After you make the scrub, store the unused portion in a glass jar in the refrigerator. There are no preservatives in these scrubs, so keep them dry and keep your fingers out of the containers. When I’m cold, I like to warm the scrub for 20 or 30 seconds in the microwave. But it is also quite refreshing to pull your scrub from the refrigerator and use it chilled if you’re hot and grubby. Don’t scrub more often than once a week—that’s just too much of a good thing. Too much exfoliation (mildly abrasive removal of the layer of dead skin cells) may cause irritation and stinging. It may also stimulate oil-secreting cells that make your skin more oily. Sometimes I only have time to scrub my feet or hands, and that’s fine. Pampering is always good for your body and your soul.



Recipes

Moon Glow Salt Scrub

Makes 5 oz.







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