With great reluctance I left Africa after a three months long adventure – the journey began in Tanzania, continued to Zanzibar and ended in South Africa, Cape Town. And Cape Town captured my heart, completely. I’m like a crazy-in-love fool with the country, the people, the landscape, plants food and life styles I have come across. I felt – despite the complexities of this beautiful country – right at home, people have taken me at face value, welcomed me to their kitchen tables, shared their stories and passions. I feel deeply humbled, honored and grateful. My one and only focus now is to get back there as soon as possible!
But… being back in Stockholm is not all bad – I have a home to call my own, something many people in the world can only dream of. My friends and family make me feel not only missed but very very welcomed back, like I am an important part of their lives.The need to “belong” is deeply ingrained in all of us and perhaps traveling is all about just that – being reminded of who gives us that sense of “I being” – I am fortunate to have communities where I feel just that all over the world!
My mind is spilling over with inspiration, and my senses full of new flavors I want to share. So today I created a “Sweet Bodyscrub” inspired by South Africa and the flavors of the Western Cape. Fynbo honey and Rooibos tea gives me the warmth of the African sun and soft warm light of a sunset by the ocean.The scrub turned out really delicious so here is the recipe! You may have to adjust the measurements according to how you like it and what type of honey you are using:
1 cup (250 ml) organic honey
250 gram organic brown sugar
2 tablespoons organic vegetable oil – olive, almond, jojoba or what other oil you might have on hand.
a handful Rooibos leaf tea
1 teaspoon lemon zest
If the honey is firm, put it in a jar over hot water so it becomes soft and easier to handle.
Mix all ingredients to a nice, smooth paste, if it’s too lose, add more sugar and Rooibos leaf.
Put the mixture in a dry, clean glass jar and store in room temperature.
Use: take a shower, take a handful of Sweet Scrub and massage it gently into your skin. Rinse off and enjoy your soft skin!
The Rooibos leaves and the sugar gives a gentle scrub and supplies plenty of antioxidants. Honey is a wonderful healer and leaves the skin feeling soft, rehydrated, smooth and soothed. Lemon and vanilla lends their inviting fragrance to the blend.