It doesn’t get much better than a hot, sudsy soak in the tub. This may or may not include a glass of wine 😉 But now science is catching up with what you’ve always known: baths have the power to relax body and mind. Research from the Complementary Therapies in Medicine journal found that soaking in warm water daily for eight weeks is more effective at easing anxiety than prescription drugs!
Want to up your game? Try adding a fancypants body scrub to your stress-busting arsenal. Not only are salt scrubs easy to make and cost-effective, but the self-care ritual itself it very relaxing. Plus, you can often stir one together with whatever is handy in your pantry.
Here’s a simple but highly satisfying recipe to get you started. It is uplifting, energising, detoxifying and relaxing all at once.
Sea Salt: Unrefined sea salt has long been appreciated for its high mineral content, improving the skin’s own barrier function and helping to reduce inflammation in the body. Due to its high magnesium content, bathing with sea salt helps moisturize and rejuvenate the skin. It also helps to detoxify the skin by flushing out toxins from the pores and boosting blood circulation.
Virgin Coconut Oil: Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? It is one of those miraculous plant foods and in this case, coconut oil is drenching your skin with medium-chain fatty acids. These rare fatty acids keep the skin hydrated, smooth, and supple.
Lemon Zest: Not only does lemon zest smell amazing and promote energy, it also benefits the skin. High concentrations of its essential oil (limonene), flavonoids, and citric acid help enhance the clarity, glow, and softness of your skin. The plant acids in this amazing fruit work hard to cleanse, brighten, and stimulate cellular turnover. Note: Conventional lemon zest can contain a lot of pesticide residue, so try for organic or wash thoroughly.
Vanilla: One of the biggest advantages of this tiny bean is its powerful aroma. A natural antidepressant and aphrodisiac, the smell of vanilla is guaranteed to boost your mood.
T o o l s
200g Capacity glass jar with a tight lid
Glass mixing bowl
Fork or whisk
I n g r e d i e n t s
125g Sea salt (I prefer Pink Himalayan) ground to medium-fine/fine
1 Vanilla pod, seeds scooped out
Zest of 1 Organic lemon
75g Organic coconut oil at room temperature
O p t i o n a l
Handful of rose petals or other edible flowers, dry & crushed
3-5 Drops of any Citrus-family essential oil
1. Combine the vanilla seeds, the remaining pod and the lemon zest with the salt in your jar. Mix thoroughly with a fork until well combined. Pop the lid on and let it infuse for two-seven days, giving it a shake now and then. Optional: If you have dried flower petals, crush them up very finely with a pestle and mortar and add them to the container.
2. In a glass mixing bowl, mash/whisk your coconut oil until it is light and creamy. Add in the sea salt mixture, discarding the empty vanilla pod, and mix by hand until well combined. You should have a thick, creamy paste. Optional: Add 3-5 drops of lemon essential oil for more citrus scent.
3. Spoon the mixture back into your clean glass container and tightly close the lid. Your body scrub is ready to enjoy in the shower or bath. Simply scoop out your desired amount and exfoliate damp skin from the feet up.
N o t e s
Body scrubs can be uncomfortable for those with very sensitive skin, so it is usually best to concentrate on especially dry areas like elbows, hands, knees, ankles, and feet. Follow up with a body butter or lotion to lock in moisture.
S t o r a g e
Store your jar of Lemon & Vanilla Sea Salt Scrub in a cool, dark place, out of direct sunlight. Avoid getting water in the container. Use within 3 months.
Have a beautiful day!