Enhance blood circulation and tighten and tone the skin and muscles with this exfoliating & nourishing Lavender and Rose salt scrub.
This simple recipe combines lavender, rose geranium and coconut oils with finely ground pink Himalayan salt. The calming and relaxing effect Lavender has on people makes this lavender and rose salt scrub the perfect choice for using just before bedtime, especially if you suffer from insomnia.
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Firstly, let's get the formalities out of the way. All the natural products I make have been used by myself and my family (unless otherwise stated). This does not mean that the products will be safe for you personally. I always recommend testing the product on a small area of your body first in order to rule out possible allergies or adverse reactions. Simply rub a small amount of the finished lavender and rose salt scrub onto the inside of your wrist and watch for any irritation or redness.
If you are pregnant, breastfeeding or have diabetes, please check with your health practitioner whether it is safe for you to use essential oils. You may also find the following information from Organic Aromas helpful 'Essential Oils Safety'
So, now that's out of the way, here are some of the beneficial reasons for using this lovely lavender and rose salt scrub on your skin.
Lavender And Rose Salt Scrub - Power Packed Ingredients
Pink Himalayan Salt
Pink Himalayan salt has been around for millions of years and reportedly contains up to 84 different minerals and trace elements including calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and iron – to which it also owes its lovely pink colour. I used finely ground salt in this recipe because I find it has the perfect consistency for exfoliation.
You will find coconut oil used in many skincare recipes. It has antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral properties and is therefore excellent for hydrating and nourishing the skin with no adverse effects. If you are making this in winter, you may find the oil has set hard. In this case, simply warm it slightly in a bain-marie (saucepan set over simmering water) or in a microwave. In Summer, the coconut oil should be soft enough that it can be easily scooped straight out of the glass jar.
Dried Lavender Buds
I happened to have a glut of dried lavender buds left over from making lavender bath bombs which I wanted to use up in this recipe. Dried lavender buds can be bought from Etsy. Sometimes I switch out the lavender for dried rosebuds which can also be bought online – I buy mine here at Etsy.
Lavender Essential Oil
Lavender essential oil is also said to have antibacterial and antiviral properties so it can also be beneficial in the healing of wounds, cuts and sunburn. It's also said to enhance blood circulation and so is the ideal oil to use in this salt scrub.
Lavender has a calming, relaxing, sleep-inducing effect on people so if you suffer from insomnia, try using this lavender and rose salt scrub just before bedtime.
Rose Geranium Oil
The multiple benefits of rose geranium oil are well documented. Its astringent qualities are said to tighten and tone the skin and muscles. Just like lavender oil, rose geranium oil is full of antibacterial and healing properties and adds another floral tone to this lavender and rose salt scrub.
Making Lavender & Rose Salt Scrub
- 2 cups / 400g Coconut oil
- 1 cup / 200g Finely ground Pink Himalaya salt
- 10 drops of Lavender essential Oil
- 10 drops Rose Geranium essential Oil
- ¼ cup dried lavender buds – for extra scent and texture
- If you are in the USA, you can also buy your essential oils here: Organic Aromas
How to make lavender and rose salt scrub
First, place the coconut oil into a bowl.
Then, add the pink Himalayan salt and mix well.
Next, drop the essential oils onto a spoon and add to the mix.
Finally, add the dried lavender buds and stir well to combine.
Using a spatula, scrape the mixture into an airtight glass jar or container.
How to use lavender and rose salt scrub
To achieve the best results, take a warm shower or bath to allow the pores to open in preparation for exfoliation. Apply the lavender and rose salt scrub in a circular motion rubbing well into the skin. The salt and oil will be absorbed into the skin thereby exfoliating and nourishing the dermal layers.
After use, rinse your body with warm water and pat dry. I usually leave it at that but if you feel you still need to moisturise, why not try this nourishing organic body butter recipe which will leave your skin feeling silky smooth and soft.
Used regularly, this lavender and rose salt scrub will remove dry skin on your feet, legs and arms. You should avoid using a salt scrub on the face though as the skin is usually more sensitive and the Himalayan salt could irritate these areas. Sugar scrubs are a better choice for using on the face.
Store this lavender and rose salt scrub in an airtight container (glass is best) in a cool dry place. If you are using dried flower buds, this mixture will keep for up to two months.
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