With winter right around the corner, so is dry, flaky skin. Instead of dropping top dollar on a scrub, especially during these times, Captain Blankenship founder Jana Blankenship has the perfect recipes for All Natural DIY Beauty Treatments.
Check out The below three All Natural DIY Beauty Treatments which make the perfect handmade gifts for the holiday season, although I'm sure you'll want to keep them for yourself, too!
Find these recipes and other all-natural elixirs and beauty treatments in Jana's book, “Wild Beauty: Wisdom & Recipes for Natural Self-Care.”
All Natural DIY Beauty Treatments
Sea Salt & Sunshine Body Scrub
A good salt scrub is a necessity in my opinion. Mineral-rich sea salt helps exfoliate skin, slough off dead skin cells, helps with cell regeneration,reduces inflammation, and improves circulation.Dry, flaky skin becomes soft and glowing. Coconut oil adds moisture and is delightful combined with sweet orange essential oil. This is great to use before shaving for a much smoother shave. I also love this for exfoliating lips when they are dry and chapped.
YIELD: 8 OUNCES
- 1 cup fine sea salt, or mix of fine and medium grain
- 1⁄4 cup coconut oil, or more as desired
- 1⁄2 teaspoon vitamin E
- 20 drops sweet orange essential oil
- 10 drops lemongrass essential oil
- Optional: 1 tablespoon shea butter
8-ounce glass jar with lid
Mix ingredients together in bowl with spoon. (If coconut oil is hard, you can melt quickly and add to mixture once cool. If you want to add shea butter for even more nourishment,do the same thing.)
Once mixed, with spoon,scoop scrub into jar with lid.
Use once or twice weekly or as desired; by rubbing salt with dry, clean fingers in circular motion all over body and feet.
If stored out of direct sunlight, will keep for up to a year (if water is kept out of jar).
Mer-Made Energy Drink
Spirulina has been harvested and consumed worldwide for its nutritional benefits. It is extremely high in protein, iron, calcium, amino acids, B-complex vitamins, and antioxidants. With both internal and external benefits, spirulina helps eliminate toxins from the skin, increases skin metabolism to hasten skin-cell turnover, and boosts healing. Known as a natural remedy for acne-prone skin, it helps prevent the growth of candida bacteria that can lead to breakouts. While this superfood is beautiful in appearance and so rich in goodness for your body, it tastes like pond scum when mixed directly with water. I concocted a recipe that balances the taste and smell of spirulina with fresh lemon, ginger, and sea salt for a refreshing lemonade-like drink I call a Mer-Made. This oceanic-inspired energy and health drink is the perfect remedy for dehydration and is full of beneficial nutrients. I like to make a batch and sip it throughout the day. If sour isn’t your jam, add a little bit of maple syrup or agave nectar to taste.
YIELD: 32 OUNCES
4 cups filtered or distilled water
Juice of 1 lemon
1 thumb-size knob fresh ginger
1⁄4 teaspoon spirulina
1⁄4 teaspoon sea salt, or Himalayan pink salt
Optional: maple syrup or agave nectar to taste
32-ounce bottle with lid
Put all ingredients in a blender; process on low speed for 10 seconds. Best when fresh, but can be stored
in refrigerator in lidded bottle for 2 days
Emerald Sea Detox Bath
This dreamy green bath will envelop your senses and balance your body. Nourishing sea kelp stimulates blood flow and draws impurities out of skin. Antioxidant-rich spirulina fights free radicals, retains moisture, and creates a beautiful jade-green hue over the bath. Epsom salt relieves tired muscles and eliminates toxins, while mineral-rich sea salt balances skin moisture and improves circulation.
Once you make this Treatment you can put it in a beautiful Fluted Glass Solid Soap Pump
YIELD: 16 OUNCES
1 cup sea salt
1 cup Epsom salt
2 tablespoons gree
n clay or bentonite clay
1⁄4 cup kelp powder
1⁄4 cup spirulina powder
20 drops eucalyptus or lemongrass essential oil
16 ounce jar with lid
Mix all ingredients together in bowl and stir well. Spoon into jar and close with lid.
Use ¼ to ½ cup per bath or as desired. Will keep fresh for up to a year.