This botanical sugar body scrub is so easy and quick to make.
The only time-consuming part is drying the lavender blossom and rosemary leaves. If you prefer, you don’t have to dry the herbs but it does help with the life expectancy of the scrub as you are not introducing water from the plant into the oil-based scrub.
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My notes, learnings and experience when using these herbs
I decided to include both lavender and rosemary in my body scrub formulation for two reasons. Their plant material both dries well which gives a lovely light exfoliation over the skin when finely chopped.
The other is for the valuable healing support that they can give us. My love for herbs is not only about the therapeutic goodness that helps us on a physical level but also the energetic and emotional healing that they can bring. Plants are alive and their energetics can help us on a deeper spiritual level as well.
Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) or Lavandin (Lavandin x intermedia spp.)
Traditionally used to inspire courage and strength, lavender is a favourite when needing to strengthen the heart + spirit and ease stress and overwhelm.
Life can throw all sorts at us and lavender can become a steady ally among the busyness.
Her legendary cleansing and healing properties soothe and cool inflamed skin conditions, irritations and minor burns.
A gentle yet powerful herb that supports the healing of our body, mind and spirit.
Rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis)
Her aroma is strong and punchy with attributes that help strengthen our focus, memory and spirit.
Rosemary calls us to rise up, lift our heads and to remember our own true path.
Her therapeutic properties are helpful at easing muscular aches and pains and promote circulation.
Lavender and Rosemary Sugar Body Scrub
This botanical body scrub is beautifully aromatic and perfect to use in your morning shower. Use it on the areas on your body that feel sluggish like the thighs, buttocks and under arms. Spend an extra minute giving yourself a foot and ankle scrub. A wonderful way to ground yourself before you start your day.
Using a gentle circular motion, this sugar scrub will gently exfoliate your skin and boosting the blood circulation and lymphatic flow. The oil, herbs and essential oils will leave your skin feeling refreshed, moisturised and silky-soft.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup raw sugar
- 2 – 3 tbsp oil (e.g., melted coconut oil, jojoba oil, sunflower oil, olive oil are great oils to use)
- 3 drops *lavender essential oil
- 2 drops *rosemary essential oil
- 1-2 tbsp finely dried lavender blossom + rosemary leaves
- 250 ml glass jar with lid
- small beaker
- glass rod or stainless-steel spoon
- sticky label
Step 1 – prepare the herbs by removing the rosemary leaves from the stems and picking the lavender blossom. Place in a single layer on a drying screen or tray with a paper towel on the bottom. Position the screen/tray to dry in a warm, protected area away from direct sunlight. This may take a day or two. Once dry, finely chop.
Step 2 – in a 250 ml glass jar measure 1 cup of raw sugar and put to one side.
Step 3 – in a small glass beaker measure 2 tablespoons of your chosen oil.
Step 4 – carefully drip the essential oil drops (5 in total) into the oil and mix with a glass rod or stainless-steel spoon.
Step 5 – pour the oil + essential oil combination over the sugar and using your glass rod or spoon gently mix together.
Step 6 – add the dried lavender and rosemary and carefully mix with the sugar + oil. If you find that the scrub is a little dry you can add an additional tablespoon of oil.
Label and store with a tight-fitting lid in a cool, dark place up to 6- 12 months. To prevent spoilage, avoid getting water inside the jar.
Scoop out a small handful and rub in a gentle circular motion over your body.
Take a long deep breath to inhale lavender + rosemary’s therapeutic aromatics.
Rinse off with warm water and gently pat dry with a towel.
Be carefully when exiting the shower or bath as the oil can leave the surface a little slippery.
The scrub can be used every few days.
This blend was created at less than a 1% dilution. No safety concerns for general adult use.
If you have very sensitive or reactive skin please do a skin patch test first.
*Here’s a few other essential oil combinations you may like to try …
- 3 drops of lavender + 2 drops sweet orange essential oils
- 3 drops sweet orange + 2 drops chamomile essential oils
- 3 drops lime + 2 drops rosemary essential oils
- 5 drops Harmony essential oil synergy (reconnect, balance, embrace)
- 5 drops Butterfly essential oil synergy (balance, nurture, soothe)
- 5 drops Tranquil essential oil synergy (soothe, restore, relax)
Herbal Academy (2019). Botanical Skin Care Recipe Book. Bedford, MA: Herbal Academy