Healthy Inside and Out

by Susan on October 31, 2009

Salt1One of the best things that starts happening when we add more raw foods to our diet is our body starts to clean out. No longer bombarded by the added chemicals in processed food, or the altered chemicals in cooked food, we start to feel cleaner, lighter and have more energy. The desire for more raw food kicks in and we are well on our way to better health.

Your outside deserves the same treatment that your inside is getting. We are becoming aware that many of the cosmetics and lotions that we put on our bodies are filled with chemicals. Our skin is our largest organ. It is very permeable. Take a minute and  think about how the patch works. You need a medicine, they put it in a patch, you put that patch on your skin and you adsorb the medicine that is in the patch. The point? The chemicals go right through your skin. Conclusion? You are adsorbing the chemicals in the lotions you put on your body!

As the weather changes and my skin starts to dry out, my favorite shower companion is a salt oil rub. I use it at the very end of my shower and it leaves my skin beautifully smooth, polished and moisturized. You can buy these over the counter but once again, they are filled with fragrance, etc. And they are expensive! Why not make your own. It is simple and inexpensive! All you need is a little coarse sea salt, some oil (almond is my favorite) and a few drops of your favorite essential oil. This makes a wonderful gift, too.

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Salt Oil Rub

  • 1  Small Glass Jar
  • Coarse Sea Salt to Fill
  • Almond Oil
  • Favorite Essential Oil (make sure it is non-irritating to the skin.)

Fill the jar with the salt to about 1″ from the top. Slowly pour in the oil until the salt is completely saturated. You can poke around a bit to help speed the process up. Add a few drops of essential oil and stir carefully. To Use: After you have washed, scrub your skin with the rub. Rinse off and dry. I normally don’t use right after shaving as it can sting a bit.

*You can order these ingredients here:  Almond Oil and Glass Jar

 

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Marillyn @ just-making-noise October 31, 2009 at 4:21 pm

This is great!! Thanks so much!

GirlonRaw October 31, 2009 at 5:04 pm

Hey nice post. I might have to use it someday :)

AMy Oscar October 31, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Oh, this sounds so heavenly… and I was just going in to run a bath. I’m going to make a little jar of this with rose essential oil. Perfect timing. And what a great Christmas gift this will make for my beautiful girls!

El November 2, 2009 at 11:19 am

What a great idea! I love the idea of controlling the scent and the ingredients!

simonec November 8, 2010 at 2:31 pm

i’ve been making this sort of thing for nearly 12 years now, varying the oils…olive oil and hemp oil are both nice as well, but i think i like combining almond oil and hemp oil together the best. with a little aromatherapy knowledge you can also come up with wonderful scents using 2-3 oils (1 drop lavender oil, 1 drop rose oil or absolute and 1-2 drops jasmine oil or absolute is a wonderful combination or if you want something warming 1-2 drops sweet orange oil, with 1 drop each nutmeg and ginger oil).

shirley beavan November 16, 2010 at 3:14 pm

can’t wait to try this thanks

irene November 9, 2012 at 12:30 pm

Hello, one question, are we able to use sugar instead of sea salt?

Susan November 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Irene, I haven’t tried it with sugar. I like the benefits that the salt provides. Cheers!

Beth December 20, 2012 at 3:47 am

I added Vanilla & Rolled Oats. The Oats make it seem a little bit more creamy & pasty while the Vanilla makes it smell great. I experimented with Sugar & was more gentle for my sensitive skin.

Karen Larimore January 11, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Can Epsom Salts be used in a scrub like this? Are they too coarse? It would be nice to have the added benefit of the magnesium, I would think.

Emma December 1, 2013 at 9:35 am

This is a great recipe. I haven’t used the recipe but I have made one like it before but using sugar. I agree though, the benefits the salt provides is amazing, yet it can be irritating. I have started to add salts to the sugar mix, I have even added organic raw sugar for extra gritty-ness. For the oil, I like to use melted coconut oil. The sugar and the coconut together smell amazing, you may not even need essential oils but I love adding lavender, orange or vanilla to my scrub. Your skin feels smoother than it ever has.

kimber December 13, 2013 at 1:00 am

This sounds great. Where do you get coconut oil or almond oil?

Carla December 19, 2013 at 11:26 pm

Very Nice…Thank you so much!

Lisa December 30, 2013 at 10:31 am

Wow, I’ll definitely give this a shot! Have you tried this with olive oil instead of almond?

Sonja January 4, 2014 at 10:45 pm

I have made the body butter twice my husband and kids love it, they won’t use anything else. I have to hide the extra jars and give them to them when they are truly out of it, otherwise they use too much. But, thank you. We absolutely LOVE it!!!!

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