Pamper yourself with this luxurious, chemical-free body scrub that will make you look and feel like a goddess! Using some common kitchen ingredients and some Ayurvedic herb powders, you can make your skin soft and supple. It makes me wonder why I bother to use soap every day!
- Besan (bengal gram) or mung (green gram) flour (3 parts)
- Triphala powder (1 part) (you can reduce to 1/2 part as well)
- Manjishtha powder (1 part) (you can reduce to 1/2 part as well)
- Turmeric (haldi) powder (1/3 part)
- Rose (gulab) powder (1 part)
- Tulsi (holy basil) powder (1 part) (you can reduce to 1/2 part as well)
- Ashwagandha powder (1 part) (you can reduce to 1/2 part as well)
- Mix all the dry powders well.
- To use the body scrub, just mix it with some lukewarm water and massage it all over the body. Wash it off with warm water. You can completely eliminate soap if you like!
- Use this body scrub in lieu of soap after an oil massage for an even more invigorating yet relaxing experience.
- If you are skipping the oil massage, you may add some base oil like coconut oil (good for pittas and during summer), ghee (tridoshic and good for all seasons), sesame oil (good for vatas and during fall and early winter), or mustard oil (good for kaphas and during spring) to the herbal body scrub powder to avoid drying out the skin.
- Add lemon juice to the scrub if you are looking for some skin lightening effects as well.
- You may add raw honey to the scrub, for that added glow effect, for vata and kapha constitutions and in cooler weather and occasionally for pittas.
- Besan and mung flour are popular choices in Ayurvedic and natural skin care products because of their high nutritive content, cleansing, exfoliation and unwanted topical hair reducing properties.
- Rose petal powder in the scrub is cooling and helps pitta body types.
- Ashwagandha powder is great for vata body types, helps fight skin inflammation, tones skin, fights aging and reduces dryness of skin.
- Tulsi helps with blood purification and also helps treat skin rashes, infections etc. It is good for kapha body types.
- Triphala which contains three fruits – amalaki, bibhitaki and haritaki is highy tridoshic and is rejuvenating for the skin.
- Turmeric has antiseptic and antibacterial qualities and is overall great for the skin when applied topically.
- Manjistha is known for making the complexion even and lightening dark spots. People with very sensitive skin should use this with care – try adding a little and see if it suits you first.
- Overall, this is a tridoshic recipe for body scrub.