Isn’t making skin care at home lovely? Not only is it cheap, but you know exactly what you’re putting on your body. And you can even divide up batches of skin care and flavour them with different herbs or essential oils. I’m rather partial to a face mask and a body scrub and this happens to be my most favourite body scrub recipe.
Autumn is the time of the Lung and the Large Intestine organs, both of which are organs of elimination and detox. The Lung in particular helps to eliminate the body’s waste products through the skin. This means that by giving yourself a good scrub in Autumn you’re giving your Lung a helping hand to detox your insides!
1c used coffee grounds - if you make your coffee at home just pour the grounds out of the machine and into a jar. Store jar in the fridge until ready to use (if you live in my house then this really doesn’t take long) or you can grab some from a friend.
1/2c sugar - caster sugar for face, white or raw sugar for body (I use raw sugar because I’m hardcore and it also doubles as food for my Kombucha SCOOBY).
1/2c oil - olive, walnut, apricot kernel, coconut. Honestly I just use olive oil. It is reasonably cheap and plentiful.
2-10 drops essential oil - mix it up. Get creative. My favourite mix generally includes lavender or some ylang ylang overtones, but do whatever floats your boat.
Combine all ingredients in a big bowl. The mixture should be firm but a bit squishy - just add more wet or dry ingredients until you get a mix which sticks to your skin and can be rubbed in. Pour it all into a large jar (like a 1L coconut oil jar) and keep it in the shower.
Once or twice a week get all soggy in the shower, turn off the water, cover yourself in body scrub like the Creature From The Black Lagoon. Stand around for between 1-10 minutes then wash it all off.
FYI once you’re done looking like the Creature From The Black Lagoon, you’ll realise that your shower looks a bit like the Black Lagoon. This stuff gets everywhere. Never fear! It’s super easy to clean and can go down the drain.
Do you like to make natural skin care? What’s your favourite body scrub recipe?
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PLEASE NOTE In saying all of this, its super important to listen to your body. What does it want? What is it telling you? Is it saying that you need something in particular? It’s really important to gather information to make the choices that are right for you and your body. This information isn’t personal medical advice – rather it’s a guideline on ways that could help you to live a healthier, happier lifestyle. It is always wise to consult with a qualified health practitioner before starting any new herbs, supplements or dietary and lifestyle programs.