The recession is ugly; and beauty products cost a pretty penny. Many commercial body products, we’re now learning, contain chemicals best not applied to skin. You can make your own cheap, easy, all-natural body scrub with just two ingredients: cornmeal and lavender.
In my Denver garden, lavender blooms abundantly, enjoying my hot, dry corner of the world. Lavender season always lifts my spirits: Lavender’s fragrance, according to aromatherapists, will do that. A powerful medicinal herb, lavender is used for many purposes. See my earlier post about lavender.
Lavender harvested now likely will bloom again later this summer, so you might as well enjoy the perfumed bounty. Here’s how to make your lavender-cornmeal scrub:
- Pick fresh lavender when it’s early in the bud stage. If already flowering, the lavender will also work well.
- Allow the lavender to dry out a bit until it becomes crumbly. If you put the lavender directly into the cornmeal, that’s ok, too. This is not a fussy recipe.
- Add a cup of cornmeal—or however much scrub you want to make—to a mixing bowl.
- If you have a mortar and pestle, you might smash up the dried lavender. Or just crumble it into the cornmeal.
- Mix the lavender and cornmeal. How much lavender you add is up to you. I like quite a bit because I love the fragrance and the medicinal properties of the herb.
- Put your scrub into a container. I keep a plastic container of this lavender cornmeal scrub in my swimbag and my yoga bag. I reuse glass or plastic jars for the scrub. Add a pretty label and/or a ribbon and share some of your homemade lavender-cornmeal scrub as a gift.
- To use: While in the shower (or bath) wet your body, and wet some of the lavender-cornmeal scrub in your palms. Rub vigorously between your palms to release the lavender’s scent. Rub over your skin as you would any exfoliant, paying particular attention to dry areas such as elbows, knees, heels. Rinse thoroughly off your body and down the drain.
Yes, this really is this easy! Enjoy!
••• Cultivate your corner of the world: You grow your garden; your garden grows you.
Colleen Smith gardens in and writes from a historic neighborhood in central Denver. Her second book, “Laid-Back Skier,” was released in September 2011 and is available through FridayJonesPublishing.com or Amazon.com and in bookstores and boutiques.
Colleen Smith’s first novel, “Glass Halo,“ was a finalist for the 2010 Santa Fe Literary Prize.
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