Everything we put on our skin absorbs into our bodies, so if you wouldn’t eat it, why would you put it on?
Students in massage therapy school at Minnesota School of Business in Blaine take a Hot Stone Massage/Spa Techniques course as part of the program curriculum. For their midterm this quarter, the students made skin and hair treatments from items found in their kitchens!
There were many great concoctions using ingestible ingredients, and avocado, chocolate, and coconut were the most popular. The students spent time researching the healing properties of everyday edibles and had some fun mixing them up.
The massage students brought their concoctions to class and presented their treatments and the ingredients’ healing purposes for ailments such as dry skin, rough hands, and brittle hair. Then the real fun began.
It started with the students picking one treatment they wanted to try. However, with so many tempting choices, it was a hard decision, so we decided to each try a few.
The holiday season is approaching and we think these skin and hair treatments will make great homemade gifts. We would like to share one of our favorites with you so that you can enjoy it, just as we did.
One popular and easy recipe is this Lemon-Sugar hand scrub:
- Begin by mixing 2 1/2 cups of sugar with 1 cup of extra virgin olive oil.
- Add in 4 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice (or scented essential oils to your liking).
- This mixture will make enough to fill a 12 oz. Mason jar, and you’ll have just enough left over to clean your hands afterwards too. Add a cute, festive square of fabric and a bow and voila! You have a beautiful, inexpensive, homemade gift!