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Self-Care: Honey Lavender Lip Scrub

Thursday, 16 April 2015 00:00  by Yolanda F.

There is so much yummy goodness and healing aspects of this lip scrub it makes you wonder if a lip scrub should taste so good you want to eat it. But who wants to smear something on your lips that tastes like medicine or is loaded with toxic chemicals? Not I!

I say skip the petroleum products and try this recipe using local raw honey, which is great if you have allergies. The scent of lavender has many benefits in addition to what your nose has to say about it. According to MedicalNewsToday.com, breathing in lavender is calming and takes the edge off anxiety, combats depression, helps with insomnia, bereavement and improves overall mental health.

Using therapeutic-grade essential oils is key. You can also use lavender on your lips if they are chapped, sun- or wind-burned because it is believed to have anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. So, bring on the minor burns and bug bites! Lavender is natural as long as it isn’t mixed with other chemicals.

Because anything on your lips is bound to wind up in your system, you’ll love to know that coconut oil---considered a superfood---contains lauric acid. So what, you say? Well, for one thing, the only other source of lauric acid is breast milk. When present in the body, lauric acid is converted into monolaurin, a compound that makes coconut oil an immune system booster and is a true enemy of viruses, bacteria, funguses and other microorganisms.

Are you sold yet?

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 tablespoon organic cane or brown sugar (Turbinado also works)
  • 1 tablespoon of raw honey (local is best, if you can find it)
  • 1 tablespoon organic virgin coconut oil
  • 1 or 2 drops of lavender essential oil (therapeutic-grade only)
  • Small, clean glass jar or clear cosmetic jar with a lid (especially if you’re making it for someone else)

Here’s what you do:

Stir all ingredients together in the jar or container. Rub the mixture onto dry lips for about 30 seconds. After a minute or so, wipe it off with a wet washcloth. If you want to lock in the moisture, use a good chemical-free lip balm and enjoy the feeling of well-cared-for lips.

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