I have a lovely big Lavender bush in my garden, which produces particularly scented blooms. I harvest them every year, dry them, and use them to scent my rooms, but I’ve been looking around for other ways to use them.
I don’t know what type of lavender the bush is, so I can’t be sure if they are fit for internal consumption, but they are certainly suitable for adding to skincare products. So I have made some lovely lavender body scrub which I will be giving to some of my friends this Christmas.
The Coconut oil in this scrub is very soothing and moisturising. The scrub will leave a little oil on the surface of your skin as there are no artificially produced chemicals in it to break the oil up. So it’s perfect to use in the shower before you wash. Even after you’ve rinsed your soap off, you’ll still have some of the oil left on your skin which smells divine. And your elbows and knees will feel super soft.
Epsom salts, contain minerals that can help to enhance the skin. The magnesium in Epsom salts can reduce inflammation whilst sulphates are said to flush out toxins. These lovely salts are also legendary for easing aching muscles in the bath. It is a natural alternative that has been used therapeutically for hundreds of years, and it’s now gaining a new generation of fans looking for a safe, inexpensive alternative to pricier over-the-counter remedies.
What you need
- Epsom salts – I got mine from Ocado
- Organic coconut oil – again most supermarkets stock this now
- Some sprigs of fresh lavender
- Lavender essential oil – mine is from doTERRA
- A jar (pretty if you feel like it, otherwise a recycled jam jar will do)
- Spoon out about two tablespoons of coconut oil into the jam jar.
- Microwave the coconut oil for 20 second intervals until the oil has completely melted and is translucent (be careful because the jar will get hot).
- Spoon Epsom salts into the coconut oil and mix well, bit by bit. Bear in mind that it will solidify more as the coconut oil cools. If you overdo the salts and it’s too hard when you’ve finished, don’t worry. You can always mix in more melted coconut oil.
- Remove the lavender flowers from the sprigs and chop them into small pieces.
- Place the lavender bits into the oil and salt mix.
- Add 5-10 drops (depending on preference) of lavender essential oil (and/or any other flavours you want to mix in with it)
- Mix in the jar and you’re finished. If you’re giving this as a gift then transfer it into its final container before it solidifies, as it’s easier to work with.
Depending on what time of year you have this in your bathroom, it may soften up and then harden again depending on the temperature.
Keep near the shower and enjoy your Lavender Body scrub.