18 September 2013
snake skin exfoliating body scrub
Always for me a season of letting go and bringing to an end those things no longer working or needed, the Autumn Equinox is a good time to reflect on all that has happened and consider what next. Inspired by this month's SouLodge medicine teaching with snake, I have been making plans to honour this weekend's equinox in some meaningful way to me personally.
To this end I have spent some time this past week doing a little research on making my own body scrub concoction to embody the medicine of snake's transmutative energies and shed these old skins, both figuratively and literally. Sweet almond oil, lavender and rosemary were chosen for their ancient associations in working with snakes. Sage for it's connection to the Autumn Equinox and with sea salt as an excellent exfoliant they both work together as cleansers in the material and spiritual.
Snake Skin Exfoliating Body Scrub
2 cups coarse sea salt
1/2 cup sweet almond oil
3 drops each of lavender, rosemary and sage essential oils
Mix essential oils and base oil together in a dish. Add oil blend to sea salt in a pudding bowl and mix together with a metal spoon until all the salt is blended and moist. Transfer to a wide-mouth glass preserving jar to store. As the oils may separate, either store upside down or stir well prior to use. Working best on dry skin (hello Canadian winters!), rub in a circular motion before rinsing for an invigorating exfoliation.
**Not for use on the face.