Mother’s Day is on its way and below is a recipe for Chrysanthemum body scrub and some snazzy printable labels, too. Although, it makes a beautiful gift for anyone who could do with some nourishment. Think of it as a hug for the skin.
Just quietly, if you need some more ideas there is also a round up of homemade Mother’s Day gifts in this post.
I’m writing this having just finished a 4 day hospital visit with my 5 year old boy. He had a bout of double pneumonia, because your average pneumonia wasn’t quite enough…
It made me wonder about all the things my mother stared down in her life. The things she did for us and her mother before her and the same for my mother-in-law and her mother before her.
It’s impossible to truly express or celebrate all this with the people who brought us into the world, raised us or earned the mother title through other means, but it is possible to say, thank you and perhaps that is the perfect gift, a big old thank you.
Chrysanthemum body scrub
In Australia chrysanthemum is the Mother’s Day flower. The dried flower has a mellow, yet sweet fragrance that pairs beautifully with lavender or citrus oils.
Chrysanthemum has long been used in Japan, Korea and China for skin healing and is reported to help restore the skin’s barrier function, moisturise and generally help skin that has seen a lot of life and love.
Chrysanthemum herb is not usually a difficult ingredient to source, because Chinese supermarkets and most health food shops sell the dried flowers as tea.
Oils of choice
Chrysanthemum doesn’t have a strong fragrance, so it’s definitely worth adding some essential oils tailored to suit the lucky person. Lavender is great for relaxing, while lemon and orange are invigorating and uplifting.
The base oil is also a matter of personal preference and budget. My favourite is macadamia oil, because of its relationship with the skin, but sunflower, grape seed, avocado and sweet almond are all lovely.
Salts of the earth
The choice of salt is yours and feel free to do a half-half mix of sugar and salt, if you’d prefer something a little less zingy, especially if you have any cuts or abrasions. Salt is thought to be good for skin healing, but there’s the ‘rubbing salt in the wound’ factor.
My preferences are Epsom Salts and Murray River Salt (in Australia). Epsom salts, because of the magnesium content (as I talk about in this lemon body scrub post) and Murray River Salt, because it contains the minerals from ancient salt pans and has the side benefit of assisting the country’s salinity issues. However, Dead Sea, Himalayan and sea salts are all wonderful options, too.
The measurements in this recipe are a guide only, as there is a lot of variance in the amount of oil used, because of how you personally prefer the body scrub (drier or runnier) and because of the size of the salt grains.
You’ll find notes on sterilising jars and equipment here.
Below is the link for the printable labels, it can be printed onto card stock, cut out and glued to the lid.
- 2 tablespoons chrysanthemum tea
- ½ cup salt
- 2 tablespoons honey
- ¼ cup grape seed or sunflower oil
- 20 drops lavender essential oil
- Sterile jar
- Cut or grind the chrysanthemum into fine flakes.
- Mix in salt, honey and essential oil.
- Add the oil until you’re happy with the consistency.
- Mix really well.
- Pop into a jar, label with date and ingredients.
- Always test new products in a discrete spot to check for allergies.