The garden at the Yager Homestead is thriving at the moment. The beautiful warm weather paired with late Spring rains is doing wonders for my cucumber plants.
But with only three of us in the home, what do we do with all the extra cukes?
Cucumber is chockful of B vitamins, which help stress and anxiety, as well as ascorbic acid that tightens the skin. It’s no secret that spas use cucumbers on swollen and tired eyes to freshen up the skin.
B has begun to explore the personal product side of homesteading. We’ve tried our hands at homemade shampoo, conditioner, and shower melts. While searching Pinterest, we found a simple recipe for a DIY cucumber scrub.
The few simple ingredients you need are as follows:
- A fresh cucumber
- Coconut oil
- Essential oil of your choosing
First, chop up the cucumber into small pieces. Leave the skin on.
Next, blend up the cucumber by pulsing it several times in a blender. We had to use a spoon to keep pushing the pieces closer to the blades.
Add all your semi-liquid ingredients to the blender – 1/3 cup of coconut oil (this stays hardened at room temperature, so I popped mine in the microwave for a few seconds to soften it), 1 tbsp of honey, and 4 drops of essential oil. I used Eucalyptus because I love the smell.
Pulse these together several times as well. The mixture should pour easily into a bowl.
Finally, fold in your sugar (1 and 1/4 cups). Don’t blend it, because you need the sugar to stay thick for its exfoliating properties.
All done! Put it in a resealable container and gift it to your friend for a thoughtful, homemade treat. Since this is made from fresh ingredients, it does have a shorter shelf life. Store it in the refrigerator for up to two weeks.