DIY Dead Sea Salt Body Scrub Inspired By Ancient Royal Beauty
Since I was a child, I was always in adoration of the Ancient Egyptian and their beautification and wellness methods. Their practice was not only one of beauty but the early foundation of holistic medicine as well. For instance, it is said that Queen Cleopatra made the long trek from Egypt to the Dead Sea just to bathe in its magical essence.
She was on to something because the Dead Sea contains high concentrations of minerals that would have nurtured her skin. The Dead Sea is also known to help fight skin ailments such as psoriasis.
The healing benefits of the Dead Sea Salt come from its rich mineral composition. Even though it contains more than 20 elements, these are its most plentiful:
Sodium - Though often condemned because our need to watch our diet intake, sodium is an essential electrolyte needed for the absorption and transportation of nutrients, the transmission of nerve signals, and blood pressure. The Dead Sea salt is comprised of 3% to 8% of its mineral content.
Magnesium - Magnesium is a powerful anti-inflammatory that fights against depression, strengthens bones, helps you to sleep better. It is also involved in more than 300 reactions in your body including muscle movements, energy production, and DNA repair. Dead Sea salt is comprised of between 31% and 35% magnesium chloride.
Calcium - This mineral plays a major role in healthy bones and teeth. It I also necessary to circulate the blood, stabilize enzymes, release hormones, and regulate body weight. Dead Sea salt is 0.1% to 0.5% calcium chloride.
DIY Ancient Royal Beauty Inspired Body Scrub
Provoked by the sass of the ancient Egyptian queen Cleopatra, she has inspired me to create this beauty body scrub recipe fit for divinity. This beauty DIY takes less than 10 minutes to whip up and is great for those self-care days at home:
¾ cup Pink or Dead Sea salt (I used my Himalayan Pink Salt as I was out of my dead sea salt)
½ cup essential organic oil blend of your choice (My custom blend has Rose, Argan, Sunflower, Sweet Almond and Bergamot oils)
2 tbsp Dried rose petals
2 tbsp Dried Jasmine blooms
1 tbsp Dried Lavender blooms
Combine salt and all the dried herbs into a ceramic or glass bowl. With intention, gently crush the herbs and mix into salt with your fingers. Transfer the mixture into a glass container (I repurposed a candle jar because it has such a great air-tight top!). Pour your selected essential oil blend.
Optional: I use healing crystals such as the Rose Quartz and Amethyst to energetically infuse my scrubs. The Rose Quartz harnesses pure love while the Amethyst draws in a peaceful energy. I place the crystals within the salt and herbs as infuse my intention. Before I pour in the oil blend, I express my gratitude and remove my healing crystals. If you wish, you can try this method as well with any stone that speaks to you.
This scrub last about 2 months or so and I usually store it away in a cool, dry counter space. As you are scooping it out for use, be sure not to get water in it to preserve its consistency.
When ready for use in the shower, apply to damp body skin and gently rub in a circular motion. Rinse with lukewarm water then rinse in cool water to seal moisture.
My suggestion after a good scrub down is to moisturize your skin with a body cream of a buttery consistency. There is something about a lavish and thick moisturizer that is so satisfying. A queen truly deserves silky smooth, healthy skin!
Ma’or, Zeev et al. "Antimicrobial properties of Dead Sea black mineral mud", International Journal of Dermatology.