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Sea Salt for Beautiful Skin and Hair – 3 DIY Recipes

Aside from being the most common seasoning, sea salt is said to have literally thousands of uses.  Sea salt can be used for cleaning, insect repellent, odor removing and a whole lot more.  One of my favorite ways to use sea salt is in homemade beauty treatments like exfoliating salt scrubs, facials, and even hair spray.sea salt

 Sea Salt Facial

Since sea salt is made by the evaporation of sea water, it contains many trace minerals which have  health benefits for the skin. It’s easy to gently exfoliate and stimulate your face a sea salt facial scrub.  Simply mix equal parts fine grind sea salt and olive oil with a few drops of essential oils.  Use rosemary essential oil for dry skin, lavender for acne, clary sage to reduce signs of aging.  You can also use any of Aura Cacia’s Facial Care Serums like baobab, argan or rosehip.  Blend together and gently massage the face and throat using upward strokes.  Let the mixture sit on your face for up to five minutes then rinse.  The sea salt will give your face an extraordinary glow.

Sea Salt Body Scrub

Sea salt is wonderful for removing dead skin cells. Since the coarser varieties are quite abrasive, it is a great choice for scrubbing dead skin from rough spots like elbows and feet.  It is also good for removing impurities and for helping flush toxins form the body.  The increased blood flow to the skin after using a salt scrub helps bring circulation to the skin, thus aiding the elimination of toxins.  Sea salt has also been shown to be therapeutic for muscle pain due to its high magnesium content. Magnesium functions as an electrolyte when it is consumed and this can help reduce muscle spasms and cramps.

To make your own sea salt body scrub you’ll first choose a base.  This will be a skin-friendly oil like almond, jojoba, avocado or apricot kernel.   Then choose a scent.  Using essential oils is a great way to customize your scrub.  For relaxing effects, try lavender, sandalwood, jasmine or lemon balm.  For uplifting effects, try bergamot, grapefruit, sweet orange or clary sage.  You can also create a body scrub with therapeutic effects.  Eucalyptus will help clear congestion and ease headaches, rosemary is great for arthritis and muscle aches, peppermint is a great decongestant.

Mix two parts salt to one part base oil.  Add just a few drops of essential oil to the mixture and mix well.  Use all over your body for healthy skin, healthy body, and healthy mood.

Sea Salt Hair Spray

I’ve always loved the way my hair looks after a day at the beach with that sea salty air blowing through it all day.  I even went so far as to buy a commercial hair spray that’s supposed to mimic that look using sea salt.  Since I don’t like to use unnatural chemicals in my hair, I sought out ways to re-create that look using natural ingredients and I found a few DIY recipes, tried them, and came up with a blend that I love.

All you need is an empty spray bottle, sea salt, coconut oil, and aloe vera gel.  Fill your spray bottle with 1 cup of water, preferably filtered or distilled.  Add 1 teaspoon of sea salt and ½ teaspoon coconut oil.  Since you can use this spray any time of year, you may be making this in the wintertime and coconut oil will solidify in colder temperatures so you may want to substitute almond oil in the winter.  Add a teaspoon of aloe vera gel, place the top on the spray bottle and shake to combine everything.  Spray on damp (but not wet) hair and scrunch to create beach waves!

Do you have any favorite body care uses for sea salt? Please share them in the comments!

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I'm a firm believer that you are what you eat and I want to be fresh, local, organic and healthy! I've spent a lifetime experimenting with natural foods, different diets and ways of eating, and have settled on the food philosophy that Michael Pollan expresses so well: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. I'm passionate about organic foods, natural living, cooking healthy meals, and improving my health on a daily basis.

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