A couple of weeks ago, I harvested lemon verbena. I typically use lemon verbena in tea and in potpourri, but today I wanted to show you how to make an elegant lemon verbena body scrub–for pennies. You could actually use any number of sweet-smelling herbs, but I used the verbena because most people find it very gentle and well-tolerated when used on the skin, and it has a lovely scent!
First I plucked the leaves from the lemon verbena stems and put as many of them as I could into a glass canning jar. Next I filled the canning jar with olive oil–which has been used for centuries for softening and nourishing skin–and I screwed a lid on the jar… and waited for several weeks, allowing the lemon verbena to steep in the oil.
For this next step, you’ll need a container to catch the strained oil infusion, a funnel, and your herb-steeped oil. Place the funnel in the container, and pour leaves and oil into the container; notice that the leaves of the lemon verbena are large enough that I didn’t need to use a mesh screen for straining. I allowed the oil to drain naturally into the container overnight.
To make the sugar scrub, you’ll need approximately as much sugar as you have infused oil, a 1-1 mixture.
I started with two cups of sugar in the bowl, then poured the infused oil into the bowl.
I stirred the mixture, then added a bit more sugar, until the consistency of the scrub was very similar to applesauce. I used a couple of generous dollops in the shower this morning, and was delighted with the results! Consider whipping up a batch–using lemon verbena or your favorite scented herb.