There were lots of great recipes to choose from for the body – foot treatments, body wash, sunscreen, lotion bars, hand cream, massage oil, shaving cream and so many more. In the end I settled on a body scrub and bath soak.
Coconut-Lemon-Sugar Body Scrub
1/4 cup unrefined virgin coconut oil
2 tablespoons coconut milk
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest
Melt the coconut oil in a double boiler over low heat or in the microwave on medium for 15 to 20 seconds , and stir in coconut milk and sugar, mixing until the sugar is thoroughly coated. Stir in lemon juice and lemon zest until all ingredients are combined. Transfer to a glass jar. To use, massage all over dry skin before showering. Rinse thoroughly, and cleanse.
This is a great summer-time scrub to achieve the ultimate glow. It is super hydrating, refreshing and nourishing for your skin. My skin felt super smooth after using the scrub and I smelled just like a beach vacation. This scrub is great for all skin types and is a great little addition to our shower caddy.
Soothing Oatmeal Bath
1 clean sock or coffee filter
1 rubber band
3/4 cup plain rolled oats
2 tablespoons unrefined virgin coconut oil
Pour oatmeal into sock or coffee filter and close off with a rubber band. Put “sachet” into the bathtub and run yourself a hot bath. Once your bath has been drawn, stir in coconut oil. Soak in soothing oatmeal bath for at least 15 minutes.
I LOVED this bath soak. It is perfect for anyone with psoriasis or eczema, or anyone with dry, irritated or itchy skin. I have dry legs and feet and it did wonders for them. My legs usually feel a bit scaly, especially coming into winter here in Australia, but the dry scaly feeling is gone. Plus it softened my feet up so I could then have a go at them with a pumice. Oatmeal is great for hydrating and protecting sensitive skin. It can also cleanse pores of dirt and impurities. It is great with other skin-loving ingredients or just on its own.
While I was having my bath I decided to slip a bit of Epsom Salts into my bath as it is great for sore and tired bodies! Which this mumma definitely is.
Epsom salt, named for a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England, is not actually salt but a naturally occurring pure mineral compound of magnesium and sulfate. Long known as a natural remedy for a number of ailments, Epsom salt has many health benefits as well as many beauty, household, and gardening-related uses.
Studies have shown that magnesium and sulfate are both readily absorbed through the skin, making Epsom salt baths an easy and ideal way to enjoy the associated health benefits. Magnesium plays a number of roles in the body including regulating the activity of over 325 enzymes, reducing inflammation, helping muscle and nerve function, and helping to prevent artery hardening. Sulfates help improve the absorption of nutrients, flush toxins, and help ease migraine headaches.
Other great uses for Epsom Salts are:
- Relieves a number of health issues including athlete’s foot, removes splinters, treats toenail fungus, soothes sprains and bruises and eases discomfort of gout.
- Is a great facial exfoliator and cleanser.
- Removes foot odour and helps soothe achy feet. It also helps with removing dry, rough skin on your feet.
- Epsom Salts can help around the house by cleaning bathroom tiles, cleaning up build-up in the washing machine and wards off slugs.
- It is also a great help in the garden as fertilizer and insecticide spray.
- And it can help keep your lawn green – Magnesium sulfate crystals, when added to the soil, provide vital nutrients that help prevent yellowing leaves and the loss of green color (magnesium is an essential element in the chlorophyll molecule) in plants.
For more great information on Epsom Salts and how to use it please visit this website.
So ends my Homemade Beauty series. I have enjoyed getting to know beneficial ingredients to use on my skin that I can find in my fridge or pantry. It is a great way to save some money and is very empowering to make skin care with your own two hands. There are so many more recipes in this book to try, which I am really looking forward to trying out.
If you want to own this book for yourself and discover lots of great homemade beauty recipes I bought it from Biome Eco Stores.
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