Monday, June 3, 2013

Bath Blend of the Month - Geranium Petal Body Scrub

This is the fifth month of sharing Bath Recipes from the Vault. As I sort through my files of saved recipes, I am sharing those that are seasonally perfect for your bath.

With the flowers all blooming in perfusion I thought this would be a perfect time to craft a bath scrub made with flowers.  I lean toward scented geraniums in most of my gardening, but for this recipe you can use flowers from traditional Geraniums or Scented Geraniums (pelargoniums.)  If you choose a scented geranium use a scent to match. 

If you enjoy making your own blends for the bath, I suggest taking a look at Natural Beauty at Home or Natural Beauty from the Garden by Janice Cox.  There are also many good bath blends in Phyllis Schaudy's The Pleasure of Herbs.

Lemon-scented Gernaium
Yield: 10 ounces, enough for four full-body treatments

This sweet-scented body scrub is perfect for freshening and moisturizing. Body scrubs are helpful because they stimulate circulation. A gentle rubdown can counteract stress, help rid the body of excess fluid, and really energize your whole system. This is a good all-over treatment to use during your morning shower. I like to use raw sugar for its coarse texture and subtle molasses scent. People with oily skin should reduce the amount of walnut oil called for in this recipe - or leave it out completely.

1 cup raw sugar
12 dried geranium flower heads
1/4 cup walnut oil
1/2 teaspoon vitamin E oil
1 to 2 drops geranium essential oil

Mix together all ingredients in a large glass or ceramic bowl. Spoon into a clean jar with a tight-fitting lid. To use: Massage a tablespoon or two all over your body to gently exfoliate and moisturize your skin. Store remaining scrub in a cool, dry location. Stir product between uses.

Search Bath Blend of the Month on our blog search (just to the right) to for more of these recipes.  For Bath Salts and Body Scrubs made by the Backyard Patch, check out all our items on the website.

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