I miss my bathtub. On Saturdays, I would sometimes take a detox bath to relax and rid my body of toxins. Don't get me wrong, I'm thankful we have a shower with hot water. In college, I did a semester abroad in the Dominican, and had enough cold rain-water bucket baths to never underestimate the value of a hot shower again. Anyway, I decided to create a scrub with similar benefits as my beloved detox baths, and came up with this Rosemary-Lemon Sea Salt Scrub.
Rosemary's lists of benefits goes on and on, and it's one of my favorite herbs to grow and cook with (bonus: the plant is pretty hard to kill). The oil is made from the leaves of the plant, and contains antimicrobial and antioxidant properties, which makes it an excellent nemesis against skin disorders. It contains many anti-oxidants as well, and can fight free-radicals. While it has many of these purifying properties, rosemary oil does not dry out your skin. Instead, it nourishes it with many vital nutrients. Yay, rosemary!
You may already know of my love for lemon oil and its ability to fight heartburn, but it is also a key player in this scrub. I could go on and on about this oil, but specifically for external use, lemon oil detoxifies and rejuvenates the skin, making it the perfect partner for rosemary oil. It also increases circulation, clears the nasal passages, and gives your immune system an extra boost. BOTH rosemary and lemon are used in aromatherapy to lift the mood, so you can pamper yourself with a little aromatherapy treatment while you exfoliate!
This takes about 5 minutes to whip up, and it oh so worth it! First, grab these things:
1 cup sea salt (I used fine grained sea salt since it's what I had on hand, but you can use coarser sea salt as well)
1/3 cup olive oil
1/2 Tablespoon vitamin E oil
Rosemary sprig (optional)
Measure out your sea salt and pour it in a jar.
Pour in your 1/3 cup of olive oil and 1/2 Tablespoon of vitamin E oil.
Zest your lemon, and drop the zest in the jar. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the jar as well. Add 5 drops of rosemary oil and 5 drops of lemon oil, along with a few chopped up rosemary leaves. The leaves are totally optional, but I love how they contrast with the sea salt mixture! Mix it all together, and enjoy!