Herbal Body Scrubs

Polish and exfoliate your skin with a DIY cleansing, moon glow, Aegean breeze, or sugar and spice herbal body scrub.

| 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. 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.

Moon Glow Salt Scrub Recipe

Makes 5 oz.

The essential oils and herbs in this scrub were chosen to help ease the symptoms of PMS. The scrub leaves your skin “very soft and well moisturized,” according to our testers.

  • 1/4 cup table salt
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher salt (available in the salt section of the grocery store)
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 10 drops rose geranium essential oil
  • 6 drops clary sage essential oil
  • 6 drops bergamot essential oil (bergapten-free)
  • 1 teaspoon dried lemon balm leaf, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon dried rose petals, crushed

Carefully measure all of the ingredients into a clean glass bowl. Mix together well. Spoon into a clean glass jar and allow to age for 2 days.

7/28/2020 7:31:52 AM

Could you use Epsom salt in place of either of the 2 salts listed?

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