Uplifting Lemon Ginger Body Scrub Recipe

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••• Lemon and ginger are a classic combination for a body scrub. Getty Images: Chris Gramley

This wonderful home-made lemon-ginger body scrub exfoliates your skin, lifts your mood and is one of the easiest scrubs to begin with.  Why? You don't have to buy any essential oils.  Just get four ingredients from the grocery and you are ready to go.  

Both lemon and ginger are refreshing, uplifting scents, and a classic combination.  If you want to take the aroma (and therapeutic benefits) up a notch, you can always add five drops of lemon and/or ginger essential oil.

 Mountain Rose Herbs is a good supplier of high quality organic essential oils. 

Like all other citrus fruits, lemon essential oil is present in its peel and extracted by compression. When inhaled, lemon oil can help relieve anxiety and depression.  Surprisingly, lemon oil is also good for insomnia and nightmares.  Lemon oil, as well as other citrus essential oils, can cause skin irritation if exposed to strong sunlight after application.  Ginger essential oil is anti-inflammatory.


  • 1/2 cup organic sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet almond oil
  • 2 teaspoons peeled, freshly grated ginger
  • Zest from one organic lemon


Combine all the ingredients in a small bowl, preferably a rubber mixing bowl that is non-porous, oil-resistant, and easy-to-clean. Mix well, using a clean spoon or a jumbo wooden craft stick if you have it.  That's it!

This recipe makes enough for two body scrubs.  Grab your partner and have some fun!

   Or store the extra in the refrigerator and use within the week.   Remember, don't use the scrub on cut, sunburned or sensitive skin. 

How to Use Your Homemade Lemon Ginger Body Scrub

Once your lemon ginger body scrub is made, you can take it right to the bathroom and add a few extras like candles to turn your home body scrub into a nurturing at-home spa experience.

 Here are my top tips for giving yourself a great body scrub at home. 

  • Put a towel on the side of your empty tub and sit on it, with your legs inside the tub.  Put a small amount of the lemon ginger scrub on one part of your dry body -- your lower leg, for instance -- and rub. The abrasiveness of the sugar will start to remove the dead skin cells.

  • Try to spend a minute or two on each body part. If you do it too quickly, you won't get the results. 

  • While seated, scrub your legs (front and back), arms (both sides and underarms), shoulders, back of neck, décolletage, and belly.  Move your hand in a clockwise position on your belly, and go lightly on the delicate skin of your breasts. 

  • Stand up to work on your behind, back, and sides.  It is almost impossible to reach the center of your back, so you can either ask someone to help or use long-handled skin brush. This is a good time to wipe away loose scrub so it falls into the tub.

  • Sit back down on the towel and finish by giving your feet a good scrub. 

  • Now it's time to rinse off the scrub with water.  Start by rinsing your feet while you're seated so you don't slip in the tub.   Stand up, shake any sugar crystals off the towel into the tub, then place it outside the tub.  Step outside the tub to get your shower started.

  • When the water is the right temperature, step in and let the water wash off the residue while your rub your body. Check under your arms, your breasts, your neckline and around your behind. You definitely want every little bit of sugar off before you step out of the shower and dry off.

  • Don't use soap.  That will wash away the hydrating oil and dry out your skin. Even in the shower, you'll be able to tell that your skin is softer and smoother.