Making a salt scrub at home involves mixing sea or Epsom salt with a base oil in a jar. Add essential oils and other ingredients for aromatherapy or to treat specific skin conditions.
The first step to making a salt scrub is selecting the oil. Sweet almond and grape seed oils are both effective moisturizers for the skin. Coconut oil is deeply moisturizing and has both anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Olive oil is another natural moisturizer.
Next, pour 1 cup of salt into the jar. Sea salt contains no additives, while Epsom salts have soothing and healing qualities. Pour approximately 1/2-cup of the chosen oil over the salt. Add five to 15 drops of an essential oil, and mix well.
The chosen essential oil depends on the desired result. For example, lavender has a soothing smell, and the essential oil is also useful for eczema, acne and psoriasis. Rosemary has a stimulating smell and antiseptic properties. Tea tree oil is very useful for treating acne or otherwise inflamed skin. Neroli oil helps rejuvenate dry or aging skin.
It's possible to replace the essential oil with the herb itself. For example, use 1 tablespoon dried lavender in place of the oil. Alternatively, mix in lemon zest and fresh thyme for a sporty, fresh scent in the scrub.
If desired, mix the scrub in a bowl first, and then pour it into a jar for storage.