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Hi, I’m Kim Christensen, M.Om., Dipl.OM, L.Ac. I’m a licensed acupuncturist, herbalist, and owner of Constellation Acupuncture & Healing Arts in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Back before going to school and becoming a healthcare practitioner, Affairs of Living was my creative outlet while healing from chronic health issues. There's big changes coming to the site - it will soon be the home of my new health coaching practice! Stay tuned. 

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Unless otherwise noted, all recipes on this blog are free of gluten, peanuts, soy, corn, tomatoes, potatoes, shellfish, cane sugar, oranges, and yeast. Most recipes are also free of egg, dairy, and tree nuts (if used, reliable substitutions will be provided for these when possible). Check out my recipe index for a full list of recipes by category. 

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Homemade Salt & Sugar Body Scrub with Lavender

This is another one of my favorite body scrubs.  It uses a blend of organic sugar and sea salt, spiked with crushed lavender flowers and lavender essential oil. Lavender has a great number of healing qualities.  It is naturally antiseptic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, and anti-depressant, and has been valued for centuries as a powerful herbal remedy.  Lavender flowers can be used whole in sachets or potpourris, can be eaten, and can be brewed in teas, toners, and rinses.  The essential oil is very safe for external use, and can be used internally in very small, regulated doses (this should only be done with proper research and dosage).

I find lavender to be a soothing, relaxing herb and often use it at home.  It is one of the few scents I tolerate, and therefore, I take advantage of it! I like to add a few drops to bath water, make natural air fresheners, and sometimes add it to homemade lotions and creams. I also rub it on insect bites to reduce inflammation and itchiness - it takes away the irritation of mosquito bites in a flash! I also enjoy lavender flowers mixed in teas, and like using it in cooking as well. 

My favorite way to use lavender, however, it definitely in the bath, and this scrub is no exception. I love this scrub because it makes my skin feel oh-so-soft and is wonderfully easy to make.   That said, it is contains a substantial amount of skin-nourishing oil, so it makes your tub a little bit slippery.  Be careful while you're standing up in the tub or shower, and make sure to give it a good rinsing out afterward with hot, soapy water.  Don't be surprised if your bathtub drain rebels a little bit.

This is the perfect way to get great looking summer skin, and it works well to clean the dirt off hard-working garden hands.  You'll love how smooth it makes you feel - and so will anyone enough to touch that beautiful skin of yours!  ;)

Want another great homemade body scrub?  Check this one out: Good Morning Homemade Body Scrub.

 lavender is lovely

Salt & Sugar Body Scrub with Lavender

Yield: approx 1 cup

This scrub is gentle enough to use everyday on your body, but is too coarse for use on sensitive facial skin.  If you don't like or tolerate lavender, omit the lavender flowers and essential oil, and use plain or substitute with your favorite essential oil.  Be careful when using it in the tub; the oil makes the tub a little slippery, so watch your step and rinse it out very well with hot soapy water afterward! I don't want you to fall down.  xoxo

1/2 cup sea salt
1/2 cup organic sugar
2 Tbsp dried lavender flowers, lightly crushed
1/4 cup olive, coconut, apricot, almond, jojoba, or grapeseed oil (coconut makes it smell yummy)
10-15 drops lavender essential oil 

Lightly crush lavender flowers with a mortar and pestle.  Add to a bowl with salt and sugar, and stir to combine.  Mix in oil and essential oil and stir until evenly moistened.  Store in a well-sealed jar.  

To use, rub a small amount on damp skin in circular motions. Rinse well and pat skin dry.

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Reader Comments (15)

I am always looking for an organic scrub, but wondering, is the organic sugar o.k to use if you have to stay away from sugar. Our skin is the largest organ in the body; everything we come in contact to can be taken in through our skin. How safe would it be for me since I cannot have sugar?

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMartha

I love your new header :-). This scrub looks delightful. Ah, the simple joys of homemade goodness!

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer L.

I bet this smells heavenly. I used to make homemade scrubs a lot. Right now I am just using powdered Vit C and it actually works great.

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAlisa

This sounds so lovely and relaxing just what I need at this point :) always such great information , I use lavender often but did not realize that it would help calm down mosquito bites , Thanks for this wonderful new recipe and for all this great information as always you always make my day :) bye

August 1, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKathy

Love the new header! When I first started on my diet, I was all about sugar scrubs, cause I couldn't eat it, so I had to do something with it!

August 2, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJoi

This is off subject, but I'd love to see an update on your other blog about your Lyme journey! I've had Lyme for years...I did the standard 4 weeks of treatment about a year ago when I was (finally) diagnosed, and have increasingly worsening symptoms. I've looked into some of the same doctors that you've mentioned (one is in my home town, actually)...just working out the financial aspect at this point. Anyway, I read every post you had, but haven't seen an update in months...would love to hear how you're doing, on the medical front :)

August 3, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterAmanda

Thanks for all the comments, and compliments on the new header! I had fun drawing! HEre are a few replies...

MARTHA - I think it depends why you must avoid sugar. if you are allergic to cane sugar, than yes, I would avoid it, as the contact with the sugar proteins may cause you a reaction. However, if you just avoid it due to diabetes, Candida, or some other non-allergy reason, I think you could use it without problem - in those cases it is the digestion of the actual simple sugars that cause a problem, and your skin doesn't absorb sugar like that. Ultimately, it is something you may want to ask your care provider, but that is my thought on it. Good luck!

AMANDA - thanks for the comments re: my other blog, and for reading it - that means a lot. I am sorry that you are struggling right now with your symptoms. The money is so hard, but your health is worth it, I think. I have thought about updating the blog often, but it is hard - only so much time in the day! So much has changed, and I really do need to update. Thanks for the reminder. I have had Lyme for years, and have now been on antibiotics for 7 months, have taken Cat's Claw/Samento for 9, and Teasel for 2, and it is an amazing difference. I will update. I have a good post on this blog about a great book called "Healing Lyme Disease Naturally", as well as a post about my treatment with teasel. You should check it out. Good luck with Drs, and I will try to update soon. :)

August 4, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim

Ive made the scrubs and they smell so good. It does make my skin soft, but I feel like a buttered turkey. I just dont feel clean, even after washing with soap. Can I add a small amount of the body scrub to my homemade body wash of soap and water,essential oils, etc.? and Im worried about preservatives. It seems like every site says something different. please help.

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

Ive made a lot of homemade bath salts. More than i can use, and am selling them very slowly. How long do they last? I'll be going to art shows next summer. will they still be good? Is there anything else I can make out of them? can I put them in my homemade body wash?

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

another question. I just read the directions on the something fabulus soap base. It says to heat it and add essential oils etc. Of course I have already made my body wash, added water,etc. Is it alright for me to use it like it is? should I go back and heat it?

September 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie

DEBBIE - thanks for your comments/questions and for visiting the blog! I will do my best to answer your questions. Because the scrub is oil based, it won't wash off your skin completely unless you follow up with some kind of soap to wash off the residue. I don't mind having little bit of oil on my skin, as most of it comes off on the towel and the rest slowly absorbs in to the skin. however, if you don't like this feeling, i imagine you could try adding a bit of it to the homemade body wash. if the wash has too high a concentration of water, however, the salt and sugar will dissolve and you will no longer have a scrub. try a small amount in a small bottle or jar and see what happens before dumping everything together.

As for the homemade bath salts - are they just salts with added herbs/small amounts of essential oil/etc? Or are they very oily scrubs like this one? If they are the latter, I would not recommend keeping them for upwards of 6 months, as oil slowly becomes rancid. If it is something with just a small amount of essential oil or herbs I imagine you could keep them a year or so. But really, I think you should give them as gifts or set up a shop on Etsy (www.etsy.com) to sell your stuff before next summer.

As for the soap base you asked me about, I have no experience with that product and I don't know anything about the process of making it nor whether it is appropriate to use as you currently have it. Perhaps the products website has an FAQ section or you can call their customer service support line.

September 21, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim

I love this idea! I'm going to try it. Do you think I could substitute peppermint oil? I like how peppermint can really wake you up.

November 5, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterKate

Kate - sure, use whatever other oil you'd like! you could also omit the lavender flowers if you wanted. Good luck :)

November 8, 2010 | Registered CommenterKim

Will sugar scrubs attract ants in shower or sink areas?

October 22, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterdawn

Hi Dawn, I don't think that should be a problem, I've never experienced it. If you have water running in the sink it should wash away any of the sugar residue.

October 23, 2012 | Registered CommenterKim
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