Why spend hundreds of dollars on fancy lotions and beauty products when there’s a way to save your money? You can easily make your own that works just as well – if not better than store-bought versions – for a fraction of the price. And best of all, you can customize the ingredients to suit your needs.
Today, I thought it would be nice to begin with a very simple yet oh so amazing DIY Lemon Body Scrub. This scrub smells so good that you’ll find yourself looking forward to scrubbing down with it every day or perhaps even just opening the jar and enjoying a cheerful sniff.
How to Make This DIY Lemon Body Scrub
- 1 cup sea salt or epsom salt
- ½ cup organic coconut oil or your favorite carrier oil (I like this one)
- 10 drops lemon essential oil* (where to buy)
- Begin by mixing the salt and oil in the glass mixing bowl.
- Once mixed add the lemon essential oil and stir gently.
- Spoon the mixture into 2 small jars (one for the shower and one for the sink).
* Just a word of caution. Lemon essential oil can make your skin photosensitive. So it’s best to avoid sun exposure for 24 hours after using this DIY lemon body scrub.
How to Use This DIY Lemon Body Scrub
Now for the fun part! When taking a bath or shower, simply scoop out the desired amount of scrub with a small spoon or spatula and exfoliate from neck to feet. Concentrate on especially dry areas like elbows and knees for really soft moisturized skin.
I love to use this scrub after washing my hands. All you have to do is scoop out a small amount and massage your hands, especially around the cuticles.
Why This DIY Lemon Body Scrub Works
1. Sea Salt
Sea salt is known for its ability to smooth, soften and even re-mineralize skin when used in homemade body care recipes and this zesty scrub is no exception. If you have dull, tired-looking skin, sea salt will slough off dead skin cells and restore healthy circulation giving you a nice healthy glow.
Sea/epsom salt is also great in this recipe because it hardly dissolves thus staying nice and scrubby even after several months. Epsom salts are rich in magnesium sulfide and will natural slough away dead skin cells, reduce inflammation and even relax tired achy muscles. I personally use epsom salts most often for the extra minerals.
2. Coconut Oil
Is there anything coconut oil can’t do? I mean, it just makes this scrub so heavenly to use! If you don’t know already, coconut oil is known to deeply penetrate and moisturize even the driest of the dry skin so if you have ashy knees and elbows, coconut oil is your new best friend. Not only that, coconut oil will also nourish and rehydrate peeling cuticles as well as restore luster and plumpness to dry hands and feet.
3. Fun Additions
- Add a spring of fresh rosemary
- Add ½ tsp fresh lemon zest, minced
- Substitute half the amount of sea salt with organic sugar
- Add a few drops of other citrus essential oils like grapefruit, lime or sweet orange – just remember to avoid the sun for 24 hours if you use lemon or any citrus essential oils on the skin
About the Author
Tashenna Lawson is a student at the East West School of Planetary Herbology where she studies diagnostic Chinese, Western, and Ayurvedic medicine. She’s an artist, herbalist, and daydreamer on a journey to health, happiness and clear skin! She blogs over at Holistic Health Herbalist.
Photo credit: Bigstockphoto.com / Julia Sudnitskaya
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