Body Scrubs packs are like face packs in that they remove impurities and improve the texture of the skin while providing a good toning treatment. Some body packs can also be slimming. They are used a great deal in European spa resorts where you can get plas- tered in herbal packs made of mud, clay, or seaweed.
But body scrubs packs are very easy to do at home and essential oils are the perfect ingredient to use, not only because of their therapeutic values but because their aromatic qualities make lying around like a basted chicken a far more enjoyable experience!
When the waiting is done and you can wash the pack off, you and your body will both feel great. If you are feeling a bit neglected and depressed, go the whole way with a body pack and essential oil bath followed by an essential oil massage. You’ll feel one hundred percent better and your bank manager, if he knew it, would be much happier than if you’d gone off to Switzerland for a bit of pampering.
Clay is wonderfully absorbent and seems to act as a magnet to all the toxins and debris lurking in our skins. Cover the place you intend to lie down on with plastic– two split black trash can liners work perfectly well. Mix about 7 ounces of green or white clay (kaolin) with enough water to make a paste that’s not too stiff but resembles in consistency that of yogurt.
In another dish add 10 drops of essential oil to the yolk of an egg and mix well. Use lemon to remove impurities, lavender to relax, or rosemary for stimulation. Now mix this well into the clay pack and carefully smooth it all over your body. Leave it on for fifteen minutes, then sponge off with tepid water. Soak yourself now in an essential oil bath and follow with a massage oil.
Ground, dried seaweed or algae can be bought already in powder form and makes a good alternative to the clay. Like the clay, it is also valuable in treating muscular or joint conditions. Just substitute this for the clay and follow the directions as above.
Body scrubs are designed to slough off dead skin cells, thus allowing the new skin to be exposed and giving the skin an improved texture and color. Again, they are very easy to do at home. Any ground nut or pulse can be used as the basic ingredient although lentils mixed with coarse oatmeal make an excellent base.
Grind a handful of brown lentils in a blender or by pestle and mortar and then add a handful of coarse oatmeal and blend again until you have a powder. Add 4 drops of grapefruit and 4 drops of carrot essential oil and blend until you have a paste. Rub this all over the skin, paying particular attention to dry, scaling areas such as elbows, knees, and the backs of heels. Rinse off in the shower or bath and then use body oil. Here are some other body scrubs:
FOR DRY SKIN
- Ground almond 1 handful
- Oatmeal 1 handful
- Sandalwood 2 drops
- Evening primrose 2 drops
FOR OILY SKIN
- Aduki beans 1 handful
- Oatmeal 1 handful
- Rosemary 2 drops
- Lavender 2 drops
FOR BLEMISHED BACK/CHEST
- Ground almonds 1 handful
- Oatmeal 1 handful
- Thyme linalol 2 drops
- Lemon 2 drops
The Harem Specia
One of the most luxurious and sensual body preparations comes to us from the East where, reputedly, it was used when women in the harem were prepared for the sultan’s pleasure. It removes dead skin cells and leaves the skin glowing, fragrant, and as soft as silk:
- Ground, dried citrus fruit peel 1 teaspoon
- Ground almonds 3 teaspoons
- Oatmeal 2 teaspoons
- Clove powder 1 pinch
- Crushed, dried rose petals 1 teaspoon
- Nutmeg powder 1 pinch
- Almond oil 2 tablespoons
- Neroli (or a citrus oil, Lemon or Orange) 2 drops
- Sandalwood (or Patchouli) 2 drops
Blend all the ingredients together until you have a paste. Add more almond oil if you feel it needs it.
Have a bath, dry yourself off and, standing in the bath, roll the mixture all over your body. Massage it into dry areas of skin. The idea is to cover the skin with a very fine layer, which is why you need to roll the paste over the body. (This is a technique we don’t know or use very much in the West but which is employed, for example, in Morocco when making very thin pastry–the ball of dough is slapped on to a hot place so that just the thinnest layer of dough is left on its surface).
By the time you have finished rolling the paste all over your body you’ll be ready to go back to the part of the body you started with and brush the fine dust off. Gently wipe any remaining areas of paste with a dry washcloth.
Wish you always healthy and happy in life.
This article is for reference only and to share experiences, and is not a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment.
Source: THE COMPLETE BOOK OF ESSENTIAL OILS & AROMATHERAPY – Valerie Ann Worwood