Foraged Face Scrub
I do some kind of face treatment about once a week. Honey and sea salt face scrub has been my go for a while. It's easy to make with things I have on hand and improves the texture of my skin. I decided to switch it up recently and added some foraged seaweed (wrack) and Brackish essential oil. Luxurious and cooling, it's a real treat that feels just right as the weather starts to warm up.
The seaweed is optional. If you want to forage, start at step 1. If not, skip to step 4 and omit seaweed or buy some powdered kelp or nori from your local health food store. I don't know if it's the salt, cool water, fresh air or other goods in the sea, but a dip in the ocean is always great for my skin.
Makes enough to use face scrub twice. I tried it out for myself, and popped the rest in a mason jar for a friend.
1 tsp dried and crushed seaweed (optional)
1 tbsp honey, unpasteurized if possible
1 tbsp salt, table or sea salt both work
2-3 drops essential oil, I used Brackish
Pick a sprig of seaweed.
Let seaweed air dry for 1 week on baking tray with cookie sheet. If you want to speed up the process, use a dehydrator, lay it out in the sun, or put it in the oven overnight. When I want to do this quickly, I preheat the oven to 170°F, turn it off and close the door.
Grind seaweed. I used a mortar and pestle, but you could use a coffee or hand grinder. Keep in mind the seaweed flavour and smell will probably transfer to whatever you grind next.
Mix all the ingredients together in a dish and apply to your face, body, hands or feet.
Keep away from your eyes. Test on a small area first. Use essential oil sparingly. The Brackish has river mint which creates a hot/cool sensation. A little goes a long way, and I find too much overwhelming. Think touching your face after you've cut up hot peppers, not fun.