Salt or Sugar Scrub
Proper hand hygiene is essential to keeping ourselves healthy and minimizing the spread of germs. But all of the scrubbing and sanitizing does quite a number on the skin, and we're willing to bet your hands feel as much like sandpaper as ours! This simple salt or sugar scrub provides gentle exfoliation with deep moisturization, and requires only a few basic ingredients you likely already have in a cupboard at home.
- Put one tablespoon of vegetable oil in a small dish.
- Sunflower, safflower, grapeseed or avocado are all nice options.
- Add one tablespoon of salt OR sugar to the dish.
- If you're using salt: try mixing coarse and fine salt for a delightful all-over body scrub!
- If you're using sugar: your lips might enjoy a scrub too!
- Add 5 drops of pure essential oil.
- Our favourite blend is 3 drops of lavender essential oil with 2 drops of lemongrass or sweet orange.
- Mix well and start scrubbing!
You can use this at your sink and do your hands and forearms, right up to your elbows. Sit on the counter and treat your feet, or sit on the edge of your bathtub and give your legs a polish.
Do it slowly with steady pressure and feel it work into your skin and muscles. When you’re done, just rinse it off, pat your skin dry and apply your moisturizer. It might not be a trip to the spa, but it'll feel pretty close!
Herbal Massage Oil
Stress and anxiety impacts most of us at sometime, it may be the cause of tension headaches, neck and shoulder tightness, or difficulty concentrating. The mindful process of creating a simple herbal oil offers a couple minutes of escape while the end result can help to relieve some of that tension through massage.
Rosemary & Lemon
For this recipe, you'll need a mortar and pestle.
Add one tablespoon of fresh rosemary leaves into your mortar, followed by a two-inch strip of lemon peel, torn into small pieces. Slowly grind with your pestle until the air is fragrant with herbs (about 3 minutes). Measure out two tablespoons of sunflower oil into a small jar and stir in the ground rosemary and lemon. Let your oil sit for 1-2 hours before using.
Violet & Coconut
At this time of year, violets can be found popping up in the grass on lawns and around garden beds. Collect one heaping tablespoon of fresh violets and mix into a jar with two tablespoons of warmed coconut oil (you'll want it to be liquid when you add the blossoms). Stir well and let your oil sit for 1-2 hours before using. Pour warm oil through a tea strainer or sieve to remove flowers.
This oil can also be made using Violas (Johnny Jump Ups) or Calendula blossoms (use about 6-8 blooms).
Diffusers are a wonderful way of imparting natural aromas through a room - we love switching between our two essential oil blends for Tranquility and Focus. However, you certainly don't need a diffuser to create a calming, natural fragrance in your home, and this simple recipe uses ingredients straight from the kitchen!
- Into a small saucepan place the following:
- 2-3 inch piece of lemon peel
- 3 inch piece of rosemary
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract
- Pour 2 cups of boiling water over, stir and turn to low on your stove element. Be sure to set a timer for 20 minutes to ensure your pot doesn’t run dry!
All that's left to do is sit back, relax and enjoy the aroma as it spreads through the room!
NOTE: if desired, add 3-5 drops of lavender essential oil to the water to give a floral note to the aroma.