Salt scrubs date back to ancient times and rejuvenate the skin and boost circulation. Use red hibiscus for skin; its leaves help cleanse and refresh the skin. You also may want to sip a cup of hibiscus tea after your treatment as hibiscus tea benefits are also plentiful. Hibiscus leaves can be found in bulk at most natural food or grocery stores. You also can use hibiscus tea in this recipe. MAKES 16 OUNCES
• 2 cups kosher salt
• 1 cup olive oil
• 1 tablespoon red hibiscus leaves
1. Stir all ingredients together until you have a thick paste. Spoon the scrub into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid.
2. To use: Stand in the shower or tub, take a handful of the paste and massage it into your skin, all over your body, starting with your feet. Rinse well with warm water. Don’t use soap, or you will remove the oil and its moisturizing benefits.
Janice Cox is the co-author, with her daughter, Lauren Cox, of EcoBeauty (Ten Speed Press, 2009).
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