This herbal body scrub is the ultimate in home pampering, … and an easy DIY Mothers Day gift idea.
An aid to beauty from the outside in and inside out: as this may benefit the circulatory system as well as offer cosmetic benefits. Despite its sophistication, this beauty treatment only uses peppermint and other common garden herbs. You can whip up this fragrant homemade body scrub in a flash.
Lemon Eucalyptus Scrub
… tingles with fragrance. As an Invigorating body exfoliator it polishes skin’s surface, removing cellular debris.
- It removes dead skin cells.
- It helps moisturizer penetrate the skin.
- It’s an anti-ager for the skin, can diminish fine lines.
- Help give skin a glow .
50 g fresh mint leaves, finely chopped (note: you can use spearmint/peppermint
50 g fresh eucalyptus leaves, finely chopped
50 g fresh rosemary leaves, finely chopped
1 tbsp freshly ground black pepper
Peel of 2 lemons
300 ml olive oil
400 g fine-grained sea salt
4 tsp vitamin C powder
+ Extra eucalyptus leaves and slices of lemon peel, to decorate
Health Benefits of Ingredients
Mints are revitalizing, and the sea salt crystals cleanse and polish the skin. Eucalyptus has the health benefit of being antiseptic, purifying & invigorating, while rosemary is traditionally used as an antiseptic, muscle relaxant, soothing agent and skin conditioner. Black pepper’s traditional uses are to energize, for increasing circulation, to warm and relieve muscle aches and stiffness, for fighting colds, flu and infections. Lemon is often used in aromatherapy for its uplifting, refreshing, and cheering health & healing benefits.
1. Place the chopped herbs, black pepper and lemon peel in a pan, then add the olive oil. Place on a medium heat and stir, then leave for 2 minutes with the lid on.
2. Place the paste in a piece of muslin over a sieve and squeeze out all the oil into a bowl below.
3. Mix the sea salt and vitamin C powder in a bowl. Add most of the oil (reserving a little to seal the jar) and stir well.
4. Place the mixture in a sterilized Kilner jar and press down well.
5. Decorate the top with a few eucalyptus leaves and slices of lemon rind. Pour a layer of the remaining oil on top of the salt scrub to keep it airtight.
USE: Apply to wet skin in the bath or shower, when needed. Scrub, then rinse off well with warm water.
STORAGE: Keeps for 6 months, or 1 year in the refrigerator.
This Scrub Recipe is based on: Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Fixes by ethno-botanist James Wong.
In this book, James uses his top-class academic knowledge to reveal how many plants contain the same active ingredients as over-the counter drugs, and offers recipes to relieve a whole range of common conditions.
Mother’s Day Gift- Set
How about pairing your homemade herbal beauty salt scrub with a copy of this book, Grow Your Own Drugs: Easy Recipes for Natural Remedies and Beauty Fixes, which contains this recipe plus many other inexpensive & easy healing and health recipes that you and mom can easily make at home with ingredients grown in a window box or from the local market, for a range of health issues, including:
- Digestive disorders: bad breath, heartburn and indigestion, digestion, irritable bowel syndrome, constipation, flatulence, diarrhea
- Skin complaints: athlete’s foot, eczema, insect bites and stings, acne, sunburn, age spots, fungal conditions, burn scars, poor foot circulation, chapped hands and sores, insect deterrent
- Kids’ remedies: vitamin booster, head lice, eczema, ear wax build-up, colic
- Aches and pains: water retention, varicose veins, aching muscles, arthritis
- Female-specific problems: hot flashes and night sweats, morning and travel sickness, PMS, cystitis
- Under the weather: colds and flu, coughs and sore throats, cholesterol reducer, hangover, cold sores, immune system booster, mouth ulcers, restorative
- Mind: memory enhancer, insomnia, migraine prevention, anxiety, memory booster
- Face and body: hair strengthener, body scrub, bath and massage oil, deodorant, face mask, hand care, bath bomb, exfoliator, face toner/hair rinse, sore eyes, tired/red eyes, glycerine soap, plague remover and gum soother, chapped lips