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Tea Tree Oil & Sugar Body Scrub

teatreeoilscrub

 

Oh my, this is the good stuff! Fragrant and soothing, exfoliating and skin-softening: I love this scrub! Guess what? This is the first of five posts celebrating tea tree oil. Now, let’s make some body scrub!

Tea tree oil  (also known as melaleuca alternifolia) is a key ingredient in the homemade products we use at our house. From all-purpose cleaning solutions and shampoo to salves and scrubs, tea tree oil is a wonderful addition because it has the “big three” antimicrobial properties:  anti-fungal, anti-viral, and anti-bacterial. Today, we’re making a tea tree oil scrub which gently cleans, moisturizes, and exfoliates your skin. It doesn’t contain any harsh chemicals and it’s easily made in a few minutes.

You will need:

1/2 cup raw sugar (or really any organic sugar)
8-10 drops 100% Pure Australian Tea Tree Oil
1 tablespoon raw honey + honeycomb (comb is optional)
1/4 cup olive oil

In a lidded jar, combine olive oil, tea tree oil, and raw honey. Add the sugar and mix well.

I use a small canning jar and keep a scoop in the jar for easy use in the shower but this is definitely a “choose your own adventure” kind of project. Feel free to upcycle plastic/glass containers from other products (nothing which contained caustic materials before) and then create your very own custom label on your computer at home. Be sure to include the following directions on the label:

To Use: In the shower, apply Tea Tree Oil Body Scrub on your skin.  Gently massage the scrub on your arms, legs, torso, back, feet, and face before rinsing. Carefully avoid getting the scrub in your eyes and other sensitive areas. Please be aware that oils can make the shower and bath surfaces very slippery. Enjoy daily or on special occasions.

Now, tie a ribbon on the jar and give it to a friend. Who doesn’t love homemade gifts?

On second thought, give it to yourself ribbon and all. You deserve a beautiful homemade gift from someone amazing, my friend.

 

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