Last week, I wrote about how to use an aromatherapy sugar scrub which got me thinking about the different types of aromatherapy scrubs. Although my personal favorite is an aromatherapy sugar scrub, it is not the only type of scrub out there. You can also make aromatherapy scrubs for cleaning your home, salt scrubs for skincare and aromatherapy scrubs for your face. Here’s a brief look at the different types of scrubs that you can make.
Aromatherapy Salt Scrubs
Although I make my own aromatherapy sugar scrubs with just sugar as a base ingredient, you can also make either a combination salt/sugar scrub or just a salt scrub. Scrubs that contain salts tend to be more abrasive, so it depends on how sensitive your skin is and how abrasive you want your scrub to be. In addition, there are different types of salts to choose from, so select one that is suitable for your purpose. One of the most popular types of salts for sugar scrubs is Epsom salts. Salt scrubs are great for the skin – just don’t use an abrasive scrub on your face, as the skin on your face is more delicate.
Aromatherapy Scrubs for Cleaning
Aromatherapy scrubs aren’t just for personal skincare – you can use them as a natural cleaner for your home too! Scrubs for cleaning tend to include a mix of the following ingredients as the base:
- baking soda
- white vinegar.
Just add appropriate essential oils, such as tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia), eucalyptus (Eucalyptus smithii), lemon (Citrus limon), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and clove (Syzygium aromaticum), to your final aromatherapy scrub recipe to tackle dirt, grime and more in your home!
Facial Aromatherapy Scrubs
Aromatherapy scrubs for your face usually contain more gentle base products. You will probably find that you have many of these natural ingredients in your kitchen cupboard. Base ingredients for facial aromatherapy scrubs include:
- ground oat(meal)
- ground almonds
You can use a coffee grinder to grind up your base ingredients such as oats and almonds. Facial aromatherapy scrub ingredients usually combine with water to make a paste for your face. Don’t forget to add in appropriate essential oils, depending on your skin type; for example, tea tree (Melaleuca alternifolia) for oily skin, geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) for dry skin.
This post is only a very quick introduction to the different types of aromatherapy scrubs that you can make. You will need to research a good aromatherapy book on the subject (such as Aromatherapy: A Complete Guide to the Healing Art) and/or take a class or course on making aromatherapy products.
You might be interested in the Sedona Aromatherapie Basic Scrubs and Bath Salts Making Kit, available in the webstore for $24.95 (plus shipping) or watch out for the Sedona Aromatherapie Foundation Course in Aromatherapy scheduled for a late Spring 2012 release date!