I have been making various body products for our home for past few years – soaps, scrubs, lip balms, salves and body butters, the usual suspects.
With our recent out break of poison ivy (read all about it, and how to avoid it yourself,
here), we tried everything for relief and healing. While we both experienced such an extreme outbreak that we chose to use some medicated ointments and Benadryl, we found a few natural options that helped, like Epsom salt baths.
Another item that helped was a sea salt scrub, which is the recipe I want to share with you today. Yes, just like the salt baths and medicated ointments, it stings at first (“salt in your wounds”?), but it helped dry out the oozing rash, and the coconut oil helped coat and soothe our very dry skin. The dehydrating side effect of the medicated creams created its own itchy, dry skin, and we found that this salt scrub, along with some body butter applications, did the trick in restoring our skin.
This scrub takes only a few moments to prepare, and is wonderful to have for poison ivy, a morning face wash, or even to scrub up after a summer day of sweat and sunscreen!
DIY: Salt Scrub
1/2 cup Dead Sea salt
1/2 cup organic sea salt
1/2 cup coconut oil
3-4 drops of essential oil (optional)
Simply mix the salt and oil together, add your essential oil and you’re done! I used a lime oil which is refreshing and leaves is feeling revitalized. You could also use a mint or lemon scent, or even lavender for a relaxing, before-bed scrub!
Scented or scentless, this is an easy to make, timeless recipe. If you don’t have the Dead Sea salt, you can use just 1 cup of sea salt. The oil can also be adjusted to be half vitamin E and half coconut if desired — the ratio just needs to be 2:1 salt to oil in order to get a scrub that is not too greasy, nor too dry.