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Scented Geranium Facial Scrub and Culinary Uses

Also from geranium land:

Strangely, my scented geranium plant, which has always lived inside, is absolutely enormous and grows like crazy, whereas the blooming residents of the fire escape grow much more slowly. I'm curious to see whether they speed up being indoors and probably watered more regularly. I'm always at a bit of a loss for what to do with the scented geranium, except that I've discovered, as a mild astringent, they make a wonderful facial steam.

Here are a few additional ideas I just found:

Scented Geranium Cake
Scented Geranium Sugar
Scented Geranium Lemonade

One website suggested lovely a scented geranium facial scrub:

Scented Geranium Facial Scrub

Grate a bar of moisturizing soap into a bowl. Add 1 cup oatmeal, 1/4 cup almond meal and 2 cups finely crushed scented geranium leaves. Mix thoroughly. Place a heaping tablespoon of facial scrub in a muslin square. Tie up ends. To use: Wet muslin and moisten your face. Gently scrub your face using a circular motion. Rinse face. Your skin will feel refreshed by the improved circulation and the removal of dead skin cells.

I'd suggest two improvements:
(1) Use a muslin tea bag instead of a regular muslin square
(2) Omit the soap and instead before you're ready to use squirt a little liquid face wash, like Cetaphil, on the bag.

Posted by jess at October 10, 2004 4:27 PM