A salt scrub recipe that is filled with the ingredients and fragrance of the Holy Land. Make a batch in less than 5 minutes for DIY gifts, stocking stuffers, and spa gift baskets that are sure to please. Make a batch for yourself so that you can enjoy all the benefits of this natural Dead Sea salt scrub.
A salt scrub is used to soften rough dry skin, cleanse, and stimulate circulation. It’s good to use in the shower to awaken the body. Use it to smooth cuticles and rough, dry skin on the hands and feet too. Use it to scrub the soles of the feet to improve circulation and soften callouses and cracked heels.
Salt scrub benefits include:
- Removes dead skin cells
- Glowing skin
- Healthy lymph flow
- Healthy blood circulation
- Improved appearance with a decrease in cellulite dimples
- Improved skin firmness
- Contains magnesium, potassium, and calcium
- Promotes relaxation
- Cleanses pores
This salt scrub recipe makes a welcome gift. Include it in a spa themed gift basket with bath salts, sugar scrub, herbal tea, a beautiful towel, and a candle or hand crafted incense.
This salt scrub was inspired by our recent trip to Israel and includes Dead Sea salt and virgin olive oil plus essential oils that evoke the fragrance of the Holy Land and the Christmas Season.
When we were in Israel we stayed in a home near the Kinneret or Sea of Galilea. The cosy house had a fruitful garden with olive trees, grape vines, fig, pomelo, and lemon trees. Along the path from the road to the house there were rosemary and lavender bushes covered with bees. Right beside the stairs going to the front porch was a bushy, lemon scented grass. They called it “Luiza” but I know it as Lemon Grass.
It had received several “haircuts” before we got there, but it was still three feet high in October, and ready for another trim. Lemon grass (Cymbopogon citratus) is a common garden herb in Israel that is enjoyed in both hot tea and ice tea. It is often combined with hibiscus for a healthy alternative to ice tea, in the hot climate. Hibiscus-lemon grass tea was popular in the Arab market in the Old City as well as the Shook, the open air market in downtown Jerusalem.
In this DIY salt scrub I combined Dead Sea salt, virgin olive oil, and the scents of that lovely garden near the Sea of Galilee. This salt scrub is not just delightfully fragrant though. It is also a healthy and therapeutic scrub to use in the sauna, the shower, or to pamper hands and feet.
The lemongrass (Cymbopogon citratus) essential oil is antimicrobial, antifungal, and antiviral. It is astringent, toning and stimulating. It encourages healthy lymph flow and is useful where there is swelling, inflammation, and tightness. And the lemon drop candy fragrance is happiness.
Rosemary is invigorating and stimulates concentration and memory. Grapefruit, like lemon grass stimulates circulation and encourages healthy lymph flow. Frankincense is anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, calming, and grounding.
You can make this DIY gift in less than 5 minutes. Print out the labels I designed for this project and you’ll have a hostess gift, stocking stuffers, or the ingredients for a lovely Christmas Gift Basket ready in no time.
Holy Land Salt Scrub Recipe
Make a batch in less than 5 minutes to promote healthy, glowing skin and feelings of relaxation and wellbeing.
Yield: 2 ½ cups
- 2 cups Dead Sea Salt, fine grain
- ½ cup of extra virgin olive oil
- 10 drops lemon grass essential oil,
- 10 drops rosemary essential oil
- 5 drops grapefruit essential oil
- 5 drops frankincense essential oil
- In a small mixing bowl combine the Dead Sea salt and olive oil.
- Measure the essential oils directly into the salt and oil mixture. Stir to combine.
- Spoon the finished Holy Land Salt Scrub into 5 – ounce jars for Gift Giving.
- Attach the label. Attach a bow.
While you can make this gift in just a few minutes, you can easily double the recipe to make enough for several people on your gift list, the office gift exchange, and the cousins you drew names for.
You can substitute other natural salts for the Dead Sea salt in this recipe. I used fine grade Dead Sea Salt so that this salt scrub recipe can be used on delicate facial skin. You can use coarse Dead Sea salt for a whole body invigorating scrub. Dead Sea salt is rich in magnesium, potassium, and other essential minerals that are absorbed through the skin. It is useful for eczema, psoriasis, and other skin issues that benefit from exfoliation. Himalayan pink salt would be another good choice for this recipe in both coarse and fine grain.
Use salt scrubs with a gentle pressure. Too much pressure can tear and harm. If it hurts, use less pressure or a finer salt grain. Limit salt scrubs to no more often than once or twice a week.
Free printable labels
To make this easy for you I created a sheet of 8 printable labels. Print them on 8 1/2 by 11 paper. Alternatively use pregummed label paper in “letter” size. Cut around the labels with scissors. Glue or tape into place, if using plain paper. If you use pregummed paper attach to the jars according to the directions on the label package. These fit well on jam size (8 ounce) regular mason jars.
Download the free label sheet for this project here.
Get the labels here.
Why not include this DIY project in a spa themed gift basket?
Make this a more substantial gift by creating a Holy Land Themed Spa Basket using these other Joybilee Farm recipes.
- Beeswax Candles
- Dead Sea Bath Salts
- Hibiscus and Lemon Grass Tea
- Dead Sea Salt Foot Soak
- Gold Frankincense and Myrrh Salve
- Wisemen Sugar Scrub
- Pucker Up Lip Scrub
- Honey Bee Lip Balm
- Argan Oil Hand Balm
- Ginger and Lime Salt Glow
- Frankincense and Rose Facial Mask