Elderflower body scrub

London is busking in glorious sunshine since few days. Parks are full of picnic goers, children, joggers, cyclists and it feels like real summer! This afternoon, I head again to the woods for a walk and for a little bit of foraging.

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So what did I find? Elderflowers in full bloom! They smell amazing, sort of sweet honey smell. I remember my grandma was picking them up and making teas for cold. It must be in my genes then!

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Elderflowers are popular in refreshing cordials and medicinal infusions. But these delicate, creamy flowers can be used for your beauty too. Flowers have anti-inflammatory and soothing properties; help for sunburns and all irritations too.

For this recipe, the best are dried flowers as they give that “crunch” to the scrub. You can grind them a bit so you have smaller pieces. Cover a handful of elderflowers with aloe vera juice and leave for about 15 minutes. Then add the ground rice or ground almonds. Then add a bit of plain yogurt and few drops of some essential oil, could be lavender or lemon. Mix it all for a paste and apply to your skin using circular movements.

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