Today I want to share one of the Jeremiah Garden’s favorite program activities. The girls seem to love herbs and the crafty ways to use them. Lately, we have made a lot of infused oils for hand and body scrubs.
Body scrubs are one of the easiest things you can make because it only takes about 5-10 minutes to make a single or double batch. They make great gifts for friends, sisters, or mothers, and everyone loves the way their skin feels after using one!
There isn’t a whole lot to know before you start making scrubs. I like using different infused oils including; olive, grapeseed, sweet almond, coconut, safflower, and avocado. You can swap out any oil in recipes for one you prefer but take note that you may use less or need more of one oil. For example, when I use coconut oil I tend to use less because when I use my scrubs it spreads further over the surface of my hands or legs. Most of it is trail by error. However, you never want so much oil that it puddles in your mixture. Surprisingly, you don’t need a whole lot. Just make sure you always add your oil last, so you get the right consistency. Don’t forget to check out the properties of each herb in my last blog so you can use one that is beneficial to your need. However, I made a list of the best herbs to use in scrubs. Feel free to use more than one!
Best Herbs in Infused Oils for skin:
Dill; helps with swelling & joint pain
Chamomile; helps skin irritations & insect bites
Echinacea; great for wounds & skin infections
Rosemary; best for muscular, joint pain, & fatigue
Sage; great in would care
Thyme; perfect for rheumatic & joint pain
Aloe; (added separate, not into an oil) great for wounds, burns, eczema, & skin irritations
1/4-1/2 cup Favorite infused coconut oil
1/2 cup ground coffee beans
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup course sea salt
5-10 drops of favorite essential oils
Oatmeal Honey Scrub
1/2 cup brown sugar
3/4 cup ground steel cut oats
1/4 cup honey
3/4-1 cup of favorite infused oil or Jojoba oil
1/4 tsp vanilla or drops of essential oils
*Oatmeal can help with skin issues like Eczema and Psoriasis and help scrub and moisten skin while honey is an antibacterial that helps with wounds.