Last summer we grew peppermint and lots of it. As fall began I cut it all down and dried it. I still have several jars filled with dried crushed mint. I planned on making lots of hot mint tea when I got sick this winter. I didn’t get sick (knock on wood), so I still have plenty! I like using sugar scrubs once in awhile to shed dead skin cells and make me soft as a baby’s bottom. Or something like that.
The measurements aren’t exact, but you need a small bowl. In the small bowl add 3 parts sugar and 1 part kosher salt. Stir it up a bit. Then add a generous amount of crushed dried mint (a teabag of mint tea works just fine). Maybe 2 parts mint? It’s up to you. Now, I like my scrubs to be as dry as possible. No puddles in them. So add in about 1/2 teaspoon of honey and 1/2 teaspoon olive oil. Stir this all together until the liquids are evenly distributed. If it’s too wet add some more sugar. Obviously you would add more liquid if you were filling a jar. For an even more nutritious skin treatment use half olive oil and half vitamin e oil.
Last but not least get in the shower. Rinse off a bit. Now turn off the water (conserve!) and take a bit of the scrub and rub it all over your legs, arms, chest, stomach, face, etc… If it feels a bit scrapey then you’re doing good. Now turn the water back on and rinse off. You may be wondering why putting oil on your skin is a good idea: isn’t the point of bathing to get rid of oils? Your skin needs oil. It’s what keeps it soft and healthy. Dry skin gets angry and in return it flakes or compensates by overproducing oil, which gives you pimples and oily spots. Not fun. By using these oils and rubbing dead skin cells you’re promoting the growth of new, healthy skin cells. Yay!