Rubadubdub scrubbing the body is a big part of the health kick we’re on, because the skin is one of the body’s excretory organs. Nice thought… The rubbing action gets the blood moving and hopefully releases the super stubborn toxins, whilst taking dead skin cells off the surface so the toxins can exit stage left with the greatest of ease. All those words so I could avoid saying ‘it makes it easier to sweat out the crap’. Dreary me.
There are a couple of reasons why I used Epsom salt and it’s not because my grandma used to take it to keep herself regular, nor because The Wall Street Journal recommends using it to remove splinters, bee stings and other things. This salt, named after the natural spring at Epsom in England (probably because it sounds more approachable than – naturally occurring pure mineral magnesium sulfate) is known for it’s ability to penetrate the skin and release these little ions things that help relax the muscles, giving those uptight bits a shove to let go of toxins. The other reason used Epsom salt? It can be cheaper than using sea salt. I would recommend a prowl around a discount pharmacy.
The Body Scrub recipe:
2 cups olive or coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of lemon essential oil or 2 cups of this lemon oil and next time I’m going to try it with my newlavender oil 2/3 cup honey 3-4 cups Epsom salt
Mix all the ingredients together, if your honey is quite runny you made need to add more salt. Store in a jar, preferably not with a metal lid as the salt will rust it.
To use: scoop a tablespoon of the scrub into damp hands and scrub your body in a circular motion until most of the salt crystals dissolve and rinse off. Apparently, you can use this on your face, but I like to use this face scrub. Every now and then top up the jar with some extra salt, as the Epsom salt dissolve over time. Speaking of which, this scrub should last a long time. Honey has a shelf life as long as your arm and salt is a natural preservative. However, the lemon oil will lose it’s oomph, so I would say that this is best used up in six months.
If you’re short on space and time and just want to make a little bit: pour 1/2 cup salt (cooking salt is fine too) into a jar, add 1/4 cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons of honey, 4 drops of lemon essential oil (if you have it) and mix together.
What’s your favourite advice from your grandmother?
Cybele Masterman (Bele) trained as a beauty therapist, aromatherapist and journalist. After working as all of the above has found herself on a quest for a beautiful and meaningful life that doesn't cost the earth. Follow on google: +blahblahmagazine twitter: @blahblahzine or Instagram: BlahBlahMagazine