Women's Health : Body Polish Recipes

Directions For Preparation and Use of Body Polish Recipes

Place the sea salt in a glass or stainless steel bowl and add the oils. Thoroughly whisk with a stainless steel whisk to evenly blend. Do not use plastic or wooden utensils! Oils and salt react when plastic utensils are used, leaving plastic residue in the formulation. Wooden utensils absorb the essential oils and is difficult to remove. To grind dried flower petals, green tea, etc. place in a coffee grinder and pulse until a fine powder before blending with the sea salt and essential oils. Keep tightly sealed glass or ceramic jar and store in a cool dark place. To use the body polish, take a small amount and gently rub into the skin. Shower or bathe to remove the salt, leaving the skin silky smooth, clean and delightfully refreshed. Mildly exfoliating. Each recipe yields 4 to 8 baths and takes approximately 5 minutes to prepare.

Energizing Citrus Body Polish


1/2 cup EDEN Sea Salt
8 drops pure essential sweet orange oil
4 drops pure essential lemon oil
6 drops pure essential tangerine oil
4 drops pure essential grapefruit oil
4 Tablespoons EDEN Extra Virgin Olive Oil or EDEN Organic Safflower Oil, or a blend of the two

Lavender Green Tea Body Polish


1 cup any Eden Sea Salt
1/4 cup finely ground Eden Organic Sencha Green Tea (loose leaf)
1/4 cup Eden Extra Virgin Olive Oil
15 drops pure essential lavender vera or lavender augustifolia oil
1 Tablespoon finely ground lavender petals

Quality Spectrum of Essential Oils

When choosing essential oils it is important for health and safety reasons to choose only essential oils labeled "PURE" or "100% PURE." These are natural, unadulterated essential oils and do not contain synthetic oils or additives. Do not choose those labeled "Fragrance Oil", "Natural Fragrance Oil", "Natural Fragrance", "Perfume Oils", and the like. Unfortunately, there are many less than reputable brands in the marketplace today. Many are diluted with synthetic carrier oils and others may be entirely synthetic. These are not pure essential oils and may cause severe skin reactions. Choose reputable brand name pure essential oils, organic if available and feasible, from your local natural and organic food stores, or from a reputable aromatherapy store. If you are not sure about a particular oil or brand, always ask a clerk, manager or aroma therapist about the ingredients, quality and therapeutic properties. Do not purchase essential oils that are sold in plastic bottles. Essential oils degrade quickly in plastic.

Storing Essential Oils

Quality pure essential oils come in light protective, amber or cobalt blue glass bottles. After purchasing, keep them sealed in the bottles. Store the bottles in a cool, dry, dark place away from bright lights or natural sunlight, as light will cause degradation of the oils. Also keep them out of reach of children. Do not store essential oils in plastic containers, and after making body polish, always use glass containers for storing the finished formulations. Due to salts naturally high sodium and mineral content, it will react with the chemicals in many plastic containers, and is also best stored in glass. Empty glass bottles can be cleaned and reused to store essential oils or to create your own blend of essential oils. Make sure to immediately label each bath formulation or blend of essential oils so that you know the contents and ingredients.

Essential Oil Degradation

All essential oils will degrade eventually. Most however, if "pure" and uncut with carrier oils will last for years. Oils that are cut with carrier oils such as jojoba, coconut, almond, sesame, soy, safflower, etc. will last several months to a year or more depending on the oil. Oils that degrade the fastest are citrus oils, as they are very light sensitive, and may need to be replaced in several months. When making bath salts and body polish with essential oils, it is best to make them in small batches to avoid oil degradation. Make enough for several baths and store them in sealed glass containers in a cool, dry, dark place.

Essential Oil Common and Latin Names

Most essential oils are usually labeled using the more familiar 'common' names such as lavender, orange, rose, etc. However many essential oils have more than one common name. For instance orange could be sweet orange, mandarin orange or neroli orange blossom. Another is rose, which could be rose, rose otto, white rose, rose hip, rose absolute, etc. Also many oils may have the same common name, but different Latin names and very different properties and therapeutic uses. One such oil is chamomile with German and Roman varieties. There are also several kinds of lavender and eucalyptus. For this reason it is important to also know the Latin (botanical) name for each essential oil as well as the common name. When purchasing essential oils, first look for the common name. Then look for the Latin name, which is listed either on the front or the back of the bottle label. It is important to check both the common and Latin (botanical) name before choosing an oil to make sure that you have chosen the correct one. There are also oils with the same common name and same Latin name, but they come from different countries and have slightly different fragrances. One such example is Rose and Rose Otto. On the label it will list the common name, followed by the name of the country of origin, i.e. Rose - France, Rose Otto - Bulgaria, Rose Otto - Turkey, or the country of origin will follow the Latin name. Find the oil that you prefer in this case.

The oils used in Eden's Body Polish formulations are some of the most commonly used oils for bathing, for common skin conditions and for relaxation. For your convenience in purchasing the proper oils for these formulations, they are listed by both their common and Latin names. If more than one Latin name is given in the essential oil listing, all are appropriate for use in the Bath Salts and Polishes.

The preceding recipe(s) for traditional home remedies have not been scientifically researched or clinically tested as a formula for any condition, and we make no claims as to their effectiveness. These statements have not been evaluated or approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Please review the complete disclaimer before using any of our Home Beauty Recipes.
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