Ever since the August gathering of my women’s group, the Wo-Hoo! Society, where our hostess had stations for creating our own salt scrub and facial toner, I’ve been on a kick of making my own. It never occurred to me how easy it is to make these at home. I also love the “New Uses for Old Things” section in Real Simple magazine, so this is completely up my alley. I’ve also been thinking of other favorite “home remedies,” and have come across some new ones.
Concocted from a recipe found online with baby oil, Epsom salt, and essential oils (our hostess provided vanilla and amber for scenting), after using it for a few days in the shower, I noticed the baby oil was making my sensitive skin break out. I did a quick online search for alternatives to use, and found suggestions for grapeseed, canola, olive or almond oils. I switched to making it with my favorite Burt’s Bees® Apricot Baby Oil I had in the house already, which is made from a blend of apricot kernel, grapeseed, and wheat germ oils. Since it’s already “flavored” with Apricot, and has a nice, warm scent, I don’t use any extra essential oils. But I’m already looking forward to trying out different scents when the Burt’s Bees oil runs out and I buy a plain oil that could benefit from some fortification.
I use a weekly mix of 1/3 cup Epsom salt and pour the oil over it until it looks like there is just a little bit more salt than oil (you can make it the consistency you like). Then I put the cover on the plastic ware, and horizontally shake the container to blend the oil with the salt. I love using it in the shower to smooth out the rough spots on my skin, and especially rubbing it on tired muscles after my workout.
Made with equal parts witch hazel, distilled water, and vinegar (our hostess provided apple cider vinegar), which we mixed in plastic ware and applied using a cotton ball. I’ve been making this weekly using a little less than 30ml (1/8th cup) each, and am using plain distilled white vinegar I already had in the house. I also had a brainstorm of soaking a chamomile tea bag in the mixture to infuse it with calming benefits (it sounded good in my head).