You know that expression, “good enough to eat?” Well I like to take it one step further and think “good enough to eat – and slather all over my face and body.” The great thing about being Indonesian is that in our herbal health tradition called Jamu, we don’t think of natural ingredients for singular purposes, like only for eating, or haircare, or bodycare – but for everything. If it grows out of the ground and has a health benefit, we’ll find out many ways to use it – for inside or out, alone, or in combination with other natural herbs, fruits or plants for synergestic benefits to treat ailments from stomach-ache, to helping you get clear skin.
So – does making a body scrub we can put in our coffee or tea sound crazy? Not at all! We don’t all have to be in Indonesia or tropical lands of healing herbs to play with recipes, so here’s one fun recipe I made one night at home that’s easy to make, tasty, and super good for you we can all have and enjoy!
Coconut Honey Sugar Scrub:
- 1/4 cup of coconut oil
- 2 tbsp coconut sugar (or palm or brown sugar if you don’t have coconut sugar)
- 4 tbsp honey
Mix all ingredients in a bowl or a small jar. You can always adjust the amount of the ingredients to suit your taste, literally.
Body/Face Scrub: Excellent on the outside.
Coconut oil is great for the skin as it moisturizes without being too heavy, has naturally antibacterial properties, and does a fantastic job of cleaning skin, removing dirt and makeup.
Honey is also naturally antibacterial, and is especially good for softening, soothing, and hyrdating skin.
Coconut sugar has a texture that is finer than granulated sugar, and dissolves nicely – making it a good gentle exfoliator. Use on your wet face or body, scrub in until sugar melts, massage in the oil, then rinse. Your skin will feel deliciously soft and smooth. Make sure you rinse completely though!
We highly recommend you follow a good exfoliation with a moisturizer. Even though a natural oil scrub such as this softens your skin, I always recommend following with our JUARA Sweet Black Tea & Rice Facial Moisturizer for added anti-aging benefits, and infused with Kombucha – another health tea, let’s keep the healthy natural ingredient theme rolling! (Or try the Sweet Black Tea & Ginger Oil-Free Moisturizer for oily skin).
Maybe not coconutted out enough? The JUARA Radiance Vitality Oil also contains 12 precious oils, with coconut being one of them, to also delicately and lightly hydrate, firm, and brighten your skin – so that’s always another fantastic option. Plus, it won the SHAPE magazine Product of the Year 2015 award for Facial Oil! Great from dry to combination skin…
Coffee or Tea: Also good for your insides.
Coconut oil contains medium-chain (vs long chain) triglycerides (but not in a bad way!) that gets digested differently and increases your energy and perhaps counter-intuitively, has properties that speed your metabolism. In coffee, it can be a great replacement to creme because it does provide richness and healthy fats, and in tea, it adds a nice touch of aroma and body.
Coconut sugar comes from the sap of the coconut tree and contains Iron, Zinc, Calcium and Potassium, even though in small amounts, but is still more than in your typical white sugar. It is also reported to contain the fiber inulin, which is also why coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index – so for those of you concerned about your sugar (pre-diabetic, or the sort), this is a great alternative to regular sugar as it raises your blood sugar levels only to half of regular sugar.
Honey is truly like the nectar of the gods. It is a great throat soother, perfect for your tea, boosts your energy and is a natural, unprocessed sweetener and helps with indigestion.
Store in a tight container in the fridge. But keep in mind the coconut oil may harden in lower temperatures and may need to be gently heated to liquefy, but given the ingredients are naturally anti-bacterial, keep away from contamination with water and the product should last, though I would use within the month – just to be safe! Enjoy this healthy, finger lickin, and face scrubbin’ treat!