With the full moon in Scorpio fast approaching, I wanted to honor the season of spring and slough off some of the old.
Spring is associated with the element of air. It’s symbolizes new beginnings, swift change, and visioning for the future. It’s a season of invigoration, inspiration, excitement, and the fertile ground in which to get our hands dirty.
For me, I try to partake in some form of self-care each new and full moon. New moon is typically more reflective and is a time for quiet contemplation, like journaling or daydreaming. Full moon is when everything is illuminated. Generally, full moon is associated with ovulation, hence the theme of release. It is ripe, social, and has a sense of celebration associated with it.
In April, I checked off one of my bucket list items and visited the Nordic Spa in Kananaskis. This Scandinavian inspired spa integrates aromatics in some of their steam rooms and saunas. At the end of our time there, we were provided a salt scrub scented with invigorating oils to awaken the senses and polish our skin. It was truly a delight.
Aromatics play a huge role in my life and have brought me much comfort. The power of our olfactory system is incredible, it stores memories associated with scent. I’ve experienced and witnessed the shift that can occur when plant aromatics are utilized. They can provide pause, instilling calm in stressful situations. Lavender, roman chamomile, and mandarin oils were steadfast companions with my first son, who was extremely colicky as a baby.
I have been wanting to recreate the salt scrub experience since returning home. My time at the Nordic Spa prompted me to create a DIY recipe for my own salt scrub. This will be my self-care practice this full moon. It’s a wonderful way to tease multiple senses, dig into that tactile touch, love up our bodies, and quite literally shed a layer ;)
Invigorating Salt Scrub
1 cup salt of your choice; Himalayan or sea salt
1/3 cup oil of your choice; jojoba, olive, or grapeseed
2 tbsp dried rosemary
2 tbsp dried peppermint
2 tbsp dried lemongrass
12 oz jar or 2 cup mason jar for finished scrub
40 drops pink grapefruit or sweet orange oil
10 drops rosemary
10 drops lemongrass
Measure your herbs. Powder them by pulverizing in a magic bullet or mortar and pestle.
Measure your oil and add your essential oils. Gently stir to combine.
Combine the powdered herbs and salt. Mix well.
Add oil mixture to salt mixture. Stir well to combine. Store in a jar.
Next time you shower, apply a generous amount to your palms and polish your body. Pay special attention to dry areas such as elbows, knees, and heels. Breath in deeply, savoring the invigorating oils as they open with the steam from the shower.
As you rinse off, visualize releasing any burdens or stress that has been weighing you down.
Lightly dry off with a towel and moisturize damp skin with a luscious body oil or your favorite lotion.
Repeat as often as you like.
Note: I like to do this the day I plan on cleaning my shower as the oil can be a bit messy.
Let me know in the comments below how your recipe turned out!
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