• Revitalizing Epsom Salt and Ginger Lime Body Scrub

    This is an amazing scrub to do when you have tired or achy muscles.  Sore muscles could be from over-exertion in physical activities or because of flu-like sicknesses.  The magnesium helps to soothe the aches and the ginger warms muscles and relieves muscle pain.  The vitamin C from the lime will help act as a mild fruit acid to smooth the skin.

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    In a microwave-proof container, combine the following:

    • 1/3 cup Epsom salt
    • 1 Tablespoon very finely chopped ginger
    • 2 Tablespoons grapeseed oil (jojoba, almond, or olive oil would work too)
    • Juice of half a lime
    • 2 drops each of lime and ginger essential oil (optional)

    Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, heat the mixture in the microwave at 15-second intervals until it becomes very warm but not hot.

    Take the mixture in to the shower and apply to wet or dry skin in a gentle circular motion or with exfoliating gloves.  Applying to dry skin will result in a more intense exfoliation.  Rinse and pat skin dry.

    If you don’t have any Epsom salt on hand, sea salt could be a good substitute.

  • Drunken Red Wine Bath

    Chief has been out of town most of this month so I have been faced with my usual dilemma…what to do with the bottles of red wine that I can’t finish before they start to turn.  This bath is the perfect way to enjoy a glass and not feel compelled to finish the rest of the bottle by oneself!  If you want an excuse to throw it back, just forget you ever read this post. 😉  This is also a good opportunity to use up leftover wine after a party.

    Bath Recipe

    • 20 drops of jasmine essential oil (it usually comes blended in jojoba oil)
    • 1/4 cup grape seed oil
    • 1 cup of Epsom salt or sea salt or a combination
    • 1/2 bottle red wine

    The antioxidants in the wine and grape seed oil help to heal damaged skin.  The jasmine provides a sensual scent.  The grape seed, jojoba and jasmine oils moisturize and nourish the skin.

    I am addicted to Epsom salts for the way in which they soothe aches and pains in muscles and joints and reduce inflammation as a result of overuse, injury or arthritis.  It seriously feels like you have had a massage after soaking in Epsom salts – pretty fantastic for a fraction of the cost!

    Epsom salts are basically just magnesium sulfate named after a bitter saline spring at Epsom in Surrey, England.  By soaking in them, your body absorbs these nutrients through the porous membrane of the skin organ.  The magnesium helps regulate enzyme activity for biochemical reactions in the body, maintain muscle and nerve function, and regulate blood pressure.  Sulfate helps to flush toxins and other salts from the body by the process of reverse osmosis.

    The sea salt has the same theory.  It contains mostly sodium chloride, but also has macro-minerals (including magnesium) and nearly 80 trace minerals that are beneficial for our bodies.

    I like to keep both my Epsom salts and sea salt that I buy in bulk in glass jars near the bathtub.  It’s sexier looking than the Walgreen’s Epsom salt bag!

    The red wine won’t stain your tub, but sparkling wine also works.  It might be nice for the morning after a celebration with some citrus oils like grapefruit, tangerine, or bergamot.

    Soak for 20 minutes.   Maybe for once soaking yourself in wine WILL solve your troubles!