Salt Scrub Recipes | Therapy In A Jar
Salt scrub DIY would not typically be my craft of choice, but lucky for me living with Missoula’s Martha Stewart means I often get to wake up to projects like heady homemade salt and sugar scrubs. Made using clean, quality, edible ingredients, like herbs from our backyard garden, these deliciously revitalizing face concoctions looked like just the type of DIY craft that I would love to make if I had the patience for DIY crafts. Thankfully, Dennae’s aptitude in executing Pinterest dreams I didn’t even know I had, makes DIY crafting my life’s reality. A reality I’m most grateful for when it comes in various mouthwatering forms of coconut milk and berry popsicles or the scent of temptingly delicious face scrubs, just asking me to taste them.
Therapeutic Benefits of Salt Scrubs
Salts have therapeutic, mineralization benefits. Unlike sugar granules, salt crystals have sharp edges that help smooth rough skin. Salt scrubs exfoliate the skin, removing the outer layer of dry, dead skin and exposing the younger, more supple skin underneath. This process also spurs cell regeneration, or new cell growth, resulting in healthier, more even texture and tone. Acting as natural purifiers, sea salts reportedly act to remove toxins and unclog the pores.
Salt Scrub Recipe Therapeutic Ingredients
Almond Oil – valued for perfumes, skin creams, and facial masks, almond oil is the most popular carrier oil in aromatherapy massage. It is also a soothing oil for sunburn (although I wouldn’t recommend salt scrubbing post any type of burn).
Black Sea Salt – according to Ayurveda, black sea salt is a cooling salt. It has a low sodium content and is used in treating worts, sprains, and athletes foot. Black lava salt is infused with activated charcoal, which assists the body with removing harmful impurities.
Lavender – properties are refreshing, soothing, antiseptic, and insect repellant. Lavender can be used to treat insomnia, circulation, headaches, muscular pains, and helps promote cell renewal. It’s low toxicity makes it a good essential oil for children.
Lemongrass – properties are toning, revitalizing and antiseptic. Used to promote circulation, digestion, and muscle tone. It’s excellent for post-diet saggy skin.
Mint – properties are invigorating and refreshing. Used to treat migraines, facial neuralgia, and rheumatic arthritis, and muscle aches, especially in winter.
Rose – properties are relaxing, antidepressant, antiseptic, and astringent. Used to treat stress, digestion, headaches and is especially good for sensitive skin. Rose is one of the least toxic oils and it’s good for children.
Rosemary – properties are toning and invigorating. Used to treat fatigue, circulation, digestion, headaches, muscular pains and respiratory problems. Rosemary also helps with memory, concentration and improving mood.
Vitamin E – strong, fat-soluble antioxidant that promotes healing and improves immunity. Used to treat varicose veins, stretch marks, birthmarks, scars, dry nails and cuticles, chapped lips, and cold sores. Vitamin E improves skin texture and helps rid the skin of various problems.
Homemade Salt Scrub How-To Steps
What You’ll Need
- Ingredient Masher (Like Mortar and Pestle)
- Ingredient Stirrer
- Base Oil (Like Almond Oil)
- Additional Oils, Herbal and Floral Ingredients of Choice
- Jar or Container
Step 1: Make Your Choices
Choose the salt, herbs, flowers and oils you’re going to use and set them aside.
Step 2: Add Dry Ingredients to Bowl
Toss in the salt, herbs, flowers, and whatever other dry addition you found appealing into your bowl.
Step 2: Mortar and Pestle
If you don’t have a mortar and pestle, use a bowl and spoon or something that will easily allow you to crush and mix your salt scrub components. Mash them finely.
Step 3: Add Your Main Base Oil, Stir, and Jar
Salt Scrub Recipes
1. Rose Lemongrass Black Sea Salt Scrub
Rose Petals, Lemongrass, Rosemary, Black Sea Salt, Almond Oil, Vitamin E
Add black sea salt, rose petals, dried lemongrass, and dried rosemary to bowl and mash until finely textured. Drip in a few drops of Vitamin E oil and mash together until it mixes in. Then add a good dose of almond oil and stir. Finally, if you don’t have a whole lot of black sea salt, available, add in some regular sea salt, more almond oil, and stir. Finally, pour the mixture into a jar and scrub yourself.
2. Rosemary Lavender Sea Salt Scrub
Rosemary, Lavender, Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Sea Salt
Add sea salt, dried rosemary, and dried lavender to bowl. Mash together until finely ground, then toss in a few drops of vitamin E oil and mash once more until it mixes. Lastly, add almond oil and stir.
3. Rose Chocolate Mint Salt Scrub
Rose Petal, Chocolate Mint, Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Sea Salt
Add sea salt, rose petals, and chocolate mint into bowl. Mash together until finely ground and drip in some Vitamin E oil. Mash together and pour in Almond Oil. Then stir, jar, and use.
4.Honey Rose Salt Scrub
Raw Honey, Rose Petals, Almond Oil, Vitamin E, Sea Salt
Mix sea salt, rose petals, and honey into bowl. Smash it all together until ingredients are relatively pulverized add in a few drops of Vitamin E oil. Mix and pour in a healthy dose of Almond Oil. Then stir, jar, and bath yourself. Try to resist licking it, but if you can’t be sure to use food grade ingredients.
Have you made salt or sugar scrubs before? Do you have a favorite recipe we should know about? We’d love to try it. Share your thoughts in the comments and check out our Salt Scrub Recipes board on Pinterest for more ideas.