by Leisa-Marie Grgula
This is the recipe for the sugar body scrub I made on AZTV’s Morning Scramble on May 8, 2012. This recipe is easy, and very inexpensive. This scrub is made fromwhole foods, the best source of vitamins and other nutrients for our body. When moisturizing, it’s important to slough the dead cell layer from the surface of the skin. This may be done with a sugar scrub.
Why make your own body products?
The reason I was asked to report on body products, is that many ingredients in our daily hygiene products are made from dangerous chemicals. Natural remedies and products are a much healthier and cost-effective alternative. Mineral oil is one of the most popular ingredients in body products today. Mineral oil is a by-product of the distillation of gasoline from crude oil. It is actually more expensive to dispose of mineral oil, than to purchase it! This is the main reason it’s used so widely in hygiene products. The common name for mineral oil is baby oil. Using this on infants, children, or adults is not healthy. When applied onto the skin, it prevents other moisture from the air, or from bathing, to enter our skin.
Other fragrances may be headache-causing, allergy causing, and in some cases, carcinogenic. Many fragrances used in our body products affect hormone balance. This hormonal imbalance may, in turn, lead to different types of cancer.
For this recipe, I chose citrus for fragrance and nutrients. Here in Arizona, citrus grows so abundantly. People are frequently looking for ways to use their citrus without wasting it. Although many vitamins and nutrients from the citrus fruit may not be absorbed directly into the skin, they are present. Even in small amounts, they are beneficial. Grapefruit and oranges contain approximately 38 limonoids. These are compounds that give those fruit their bitter taste in the skin. These compounds may also inhibit tumor formation, by stimulating a de-toxifying enzyme. The white of the orange peel is also being studied for the prevention of breast cancer.
Here’s the recipe!
Makes 1 small glass jar. Using a glass jar prevents the possibility of seepage from plastic chemicals getting into your scrub.
2/3 C Coarse natural, organic sugar. (Not brown sugar used for baking) May need more depending on consistency
2/3 C Organic Virgin Coconut Oil
1 Organic Grapefruit (Conventionally grown fruit has pesticides)
1 Organic Lemon
1 Organic Lime (may use any other citrus, use whatever is available)
Additional lemon or other citrus essential oil may be added for extra aroma therapy.
Combine sugar and oil. Mix well. Grate the peels from all citrus fruit. Add to the sugar/oil mixture. Squeeze a small amount of juice from each of the fruit to add to the mixture. Add more sugar if the mixture is too moist. The sugar and oil mixture should be the consistency of wet beach sand.
To use, take a small bathroom paper cup, add some scrub, and use in the shower. Scrub gently by hand onto moistened skin, and rinse off. Remaining scrub may be stored in the refrigerator in its glass jar for up to 10 days to 2 weeks. Now that your skin has been exfoliated, the essential nutrients, and oils may penetrate your skin more easily. Your skin will remain soft and moisturized for hours.
Leisa-Marie Grgula, D.C.
20235 N Cave Creek Rd. #110
Phoenix, AZ 85024
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