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Homemade Vanilla & Cardamom Salt Scrub

Homemade Vanilla & Cardamom Salt Scrub

Wednesday, 1st April 2015

This nourishing scrub is my go-to bath time companion and at home, a freshly whipped bowl is never far away. It is so quick to make and perfect for acting on tired muscles and skin after exercise, work or just a stressful day.

Our skin is our biggest organ and it deserves as much thought and consideration as the rest of our body in terms of what we subject it to. You wouldn’t eat a pot full of chemicals, and nor should you slather one over your precious body – it is too good to you for that.

And while there is a world of sumptuous and inspiring organic skincare out there to help us on our natural cosmetic journey, sometimes whipping up your own is more satisfying, and a lot cheaper. Spending what we do living in the city, I’d rather make my own lotions and potions with ingredients I have sourced with care, and save those extra pennies so I can buy and create as responsibly and freely as I can.

The hydrating coconut oil stays on your skin as the salt dissolves, and its medium chain fatty acids, such as lauric, capric and caprylic acid, help skin retain its moisture and reduce inflammation, while also providing antimicrobial and antibacterial protection. Meanwhile, pink Himalayan salt stimulates circulation, helps draw out toxins, soothes sore muscles and provides the body with easily absorbed minerals including magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, potassium and chloride.

For some things, we need the natural healthcare pros: wrinkles and spots are for greater minds than mine to solve. But for nourishing moisture and some simple self-love, the rich salt from the sea and coconut’s wonder oil are just about all you need. And that is something we are always trying to remind ourselves in these days of more-more-more consumption, from which none of us are free – is it more or less than I really need?
Try this, and see what your body replies.

For more ideas & recipes, visit Xochi's blog or her instagran account @xochibalfour. 

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