Post by Contributing Writer, Stacy
I love to whip up a good body scrub; it only takes a few minutes and makes a wonderful gift (or special treat for me).
An effective scrub can be made with one cup of sugar or salt and ¼ to ½ cup of oil. Adding herbs provides extra scent and texture.
The following recipe makes a scrub that is perfect for soothing tired feet. It is adapted from the Invigorating Foot Scrub recipe in my new e-book Simple Scrubs to Make and Give.
Soothing Lavender Foot Scrub
The ingredients in this scrub work together to buff away dead skin cells and revel fresh, smooth skin. The salt exfoliates while the oil moisturizes. The lavender buds and essential oil add a touch of fragrance that relaxes and calms.
1 Cup fine Sea Salt or Epsom salt
¼-1/2 Cup Oil (grapeseed, sweet almond or olive)
8 drops Lavender Essential Oil
2 tablespoon dried Lavender Buds
1. Measure salt and lavender buds into a clean bowl.
2. Add 1/4 cup of oil and stir until it is distributed evenly. If it seems to dry, add another tablespoon of oil. Continue adding oil until you are happy with the consistency.
3. Add essential oil. Stir well.
4. Scoop into a clear jar and label.
Using fingertips, apply scrub to damp feet, rubbing back and forth. Pay extra attention to any rough spots.
Wash off with warm water and follow with moisturizer or body oil.
This recipe can be easily adapted to include different herbs and essential oils; just replace the lavender buds with another herb, and the essential oil with one that matches or compliments the herb.
It would also be nice to reduce the salt slightly and increase the amount of lavender buds. The exfoliating experience will be gentler and the fragrance stronger.
Turn this into a foot soak by placing feet into a basin filled with warm water. After scrubbing, allow feet to sit in the water while the salt dissolves.
If you enjoyed this recipe, you might also like my ebook: Simple Scrubs to Make and Give; a comprehensive guide for making all-natural scrubs. With over 30 recipe combinations, this book enables you to make last minute gifts people will be happy to receive!
Do you enjoy using scrubs? What’s your favorite scent?
Stacy is wife to a preacher and mom to three busy children. She strives to live a healthy, happy life with God at the helm. Stacy writes about finding peace and joy at home, on her blog: Delighting in the Days.