Lusciously Cleansing: Soulful Aromatherapy Recipe

Being a shameless scent junkie, I’ve loved aromatherapy for over two decades.

Take me to an herb garden and I’ll embarrass you by stuffing my face in every. single. plant. sniffing loudly and then making decadent yummy noises that sound like the lavender and I should have gotten a room.

If you aren’t familiar with aromatherapy (gasp!), essential oils are plant extracts used in the alchemy that is aromatherapy. Not all plants produce essential oils. Herbs do, though, usually in abundance. Now you know why herb gardens are orgasmic. Brush your hand over sage leaves and smell your palm. That big green scent is the essential oil of the plant kissing your fingers. Rub citrus peel on the outside and the same thing happens. Grapefruit kisses. Oh wow. I think I need a minute…

Anyway…I wanted to share a recipe with you so you can take even better care of your beautiful self. Here you go…

For a little wake-up cleansing, you might try this luscious sugar scrub with Bay Laurel (laurus nobilis) and Green Myrtle (myrtus communis) essential oils.

¼ cup sugar (brown or white, preferably organic)

2 – 3 Tablespoons oil (coconut, olive, avocado, jojoba are all good, again, preferably organic)

1 vit. E capsule (optional)

1 tsp. honey (optional)

7 – 10 drops each of Bay Laurel (laurus nobilis) and Green Myrtle (myrtus communis) essential oils. {Use less if you have a great sense of smell. More if you don’t. Just don’t exceed 20 total drops of essential oil. That’s 10 of each.}

Mix ingredients together well in a metal or glass dish. Gently rub onto damp skin, avoiding sensitive areas and mucus membranes. Leave on skin for 2 – 3 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. PLEASE NOTE: This will leave your tub or shower slippery! Be careful.

Laurel is said to stimulate and support your lymphatic system – which certainly can get sluggish during cold, winter months. It’s also thought to have hot, dry properties (It’s a fire element oil) and is thought to circulate and regulate Qi, and dispel “cold phlegm.” 

Green Myrtle is gentle, relaxing, and is said to thin mucus, making it helpful for both clearing out the digestive system, and for easing seasonal allergy symptoms. Myrtle is also known as a lymphatic cleanser.

Both oils thrive in hot, dry climates and can counteract the damp cold of winter and spring. Both oils come from sturdy trees/shrubs and can stimulate overall resilience. Both have a clean, fresh, herbaceous scent. Together…..simply yum!

Common Sense Caution: If you don’t know how you respond to essential oils please patch test before using. All information presented is meant for educational purposes only. This information has not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

 

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