By: Diana Raponi
As autumn arrives we begin to see the trees changing colour and leaves falling off branches. How the trees shed leaves, we should follow nature’s example and exfoliate the lingering dead skin from the summer months. Exfoliating and dry brushing your skin is a great way to keep the lympathatic system clean and moving. Our skin is the largest organ of our body and is constantly regenerating itself. It also absorbs 80% of what you put on it daily from makeup, hair products and pollution.
Making a healthy at home scrub is simple and the best part is, you have full control of what you’re putting on your skin and essentially in your body. With this scrub, almost all of the ingredients can be found in you kitchen pantry.
1 cup – Himalayan fine salt
¼ cup – Extra Virgin Olive oil
1/2 cup – Extra Virgin Coconut oil
10 drops – Lemon oil or (Lavender oil)
½ tsp – Turmeric
½ tsp – Black Pepper
1 tsp – Oregano (optional)
1 – 8oz Mason jar and lid.
In a small bowl combine all your ingredients, then transfer to a clean mason jar. It should be ready to use right away, but to make sure the ingredients are completely incorporated, wait 24 hours before use. This will allow the salt to absorb the oils making it slightly less abrasive. Store scrub at room temperature. Use once to twice a week.
Why these ingredients?
Turmeric has curcumin in it, and has very powerful anti-inflammatory effects especially when combined with black pepper.
Olive Oil is high in Vitamin A and E, is hypoallergenic and contains strong antioxidants. Coconut Oil has antibacterial antiviral and antifungal properties and is shown to improve many skin problems and irritations. When these two glorious oils are combined magic happens leaving your skin moisturized and smooth.
Lemon Oil has a wonderful citrus smell. It cleans toxins from the body and is also an astringent. Using it in this scrub balances out the smell of Turmeric which has a slightly earthy scent.
Himalayan salt contains the same 84 natural minerals and elements found in the human body.
Diana Raponi is a commissioned Artist Painter in the Toronto Area. She is also a health enthusiast and advocate for healthier living. To see her artwork contact her directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.