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Sea Soul Cleanse

By Ellen Brenner, Certified Aromatherapist


Oh sweet summer, how I love thee. This is the season of seasons that supports our sense of restoration. Warmer weather, vacation down time, longer days, and abundant sunlight help nourish our selves and slow our roll.

One of the many opportunities to really put our sensibilities to rights is to experience immersion in nature under the nurturing summer sun. For some, a walk in woods puts one back on the path of what is right in the world. Others appreciate the cooler, crisp air of the mountains. For city and suburban folks, reconnecting with the earth can be simply going barefoot in the grass.

Soul of the Sea

For me, it has always been the sea. Born under the Southern California sun, my spirit needs dosing from Vitamin Sea to keep it singing. It is here where the healing nature of sand, sunlight, salt water, and soft air come together to create a perfect sense of being cleansed down to my soul. Immersion in the full sensory experience at the shore clears old energy making way for peace and possibility.

Growing up in a Southern California surfing mecca, I spent my summer days bobbing in the big waves of the Pacific Ocean learning and respecting the source of strength coming from the sea and, then, regrounding myself by relaxing in the sunlit sand.

No matter where my travels have taken me since, as a native beach girl, the deep-seated need to be one with the water has called me back over and over again allowing me to experience the sense of a sea soul cleanse at different frequencies.

Sustenance from the Sea

I didn’t truly realize how vital the ocean was to my sense of revitalization until I left the West Coast many years ago to work in the Midwest. Those long frigid winters, though expected, were a shock to the system. For my spirit to survive, I began carving summer for my soul out of winter months with Caribbean escapes. It was there, within the warm caress of the crystalline waters where I could decompress and more easily deconstruct any issues that were stressing me at home.

 

Ease from the Sea

Later, living in New England, I could more readily access the ocean with short jaunts to Cape Cod. Though the warm season was short, those pilgrimages brought me ease from the work world as soon as I feel that refreshing sea breeze. I still miss the briny scent of the bay combined with the bounty of beach roses that instantly transported me to a place of peace.

 

Insight from the Sea

The ocean also offered one of the most vividly spiritual experiences of my life standing on the rocky outcropping of the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa. It is here that the tip of continent juts out into the whirling waters where  the Indian and Atlantic oceans meet. As I stood braced in the buffeting winds, watching the mighty waves crash together, I sensed myself as a speck immersed in the awesome entirety of nature and the Universe opening the door for me to tune into some eternal truths within.

 

Restoration from the Sea

After experiencing some unexpected and significant life turns, once again, I felt strongly compelled to seek out the sea to nurture my body and nourish my spirit. I don’t think it was a conscious decision to transplant myself, as much as an instinctive call to the source of healing for me. Here, on the Florida Gulf Coast, I have a certain spot where I come to scrub my mind and soothe my spirit as nature washes over my senses in the gentlest embrace of a  sea soul cleanse.

It is a peacefully quiet place, away from the hustle and bustle of the party beaches, where nature has painted a softer palette. The sugar white sand gently edges out into a shallow shelf where you can step quite a ways into the crystalline, aquamarine water seemingly where it meets a calming blue sky. The sound of the gentle surf creates a soothing rhythm, and the wash of soft sea air helps to clear the mind. It is here where I can literally immerse myself in self care to a slow jam to rest, rebalance and restore.

 

Creating Your Own Sea Soul Cleanse Sensory Experience

 

Sea Soul Cleanse Visualization

Do you, too, feel the siren call of the sea to set you to rights? Even if you cannot get away to the shore, you can create a personal sea soul cleanse by bringing the nature of the sensations to you. We can do this with visualization combined with an immersion in an aromatic  sensory experience

I want to share my special spot should you choose to use it for some healing visualization.

Here is an unaltered pic of my view.

But, if your own spirit needs a different sense, you can choose to use any of the images from above, or any other of your choice, to create your own healing visualization by using the steps below as inspiration.

As you focus on this image (or another of your choice), let your mind take you there and feel your being relax. Seek to immerse yourself in the following sensations through your mind’s eye:

  • See the full spectrum of calming marine blues against the softly blurred edges of an infinite horizon.
  • Hear the muted sounds of the surf gently and rhythmically rolling in and out.
  • Feel the grounding, yet giving, cool, fine sugar white sand as the soft, warm air gently wafts through your hair.
  • Smell the clean, crisp tangy sweet scent of the sea.
  • Absorb the sunshine sparkling across the water and shimmering on the sand.
  • Step into the warm, transparent waters and feel the enveloping softness of the saline sea where you can walk out a distance just up to your knees.
  • Inhale deeply. Exhale thoroughly. Repeat and let go.

Now, let’s bring together the amazing benefits of aromatherapy to your soothing visualization to create a full spectrum Sea Soul Cleanse  wherever you may be. And, in this case, I want to combine the beneficial nature of aromatherapy with the naturally good self-care sensory experience of salt and sugar scrubs.

Infused with the warm water from the shower or bath, these aromatherapy body scrubs can help create a sense of ease for your whole being. I find using them, combined with visualization, creates a relaxing, calming and soothing experience recreating some of the benefits of a sea soul cleanse to help wash away what ails you mind, body and spirit.

 

Paradise Sugar Scrub

Personally, I prefer the softer feel of a sugar grain for an all over body scrub (except tender areas and the face). And, I love this scrub in the bath for the experience and because it easily dissolves in the hot water.

I find this synergy of sandalwood and vanilla grounding, calming and comforting. It supports bringing us back into balance in mind, body and spirit, while helping to soothe away nervous tension and restlessness so we may restore our sense of serenity. This synergy, combined with the scent of coconut, transports us to an exotic getaway while the texture of the scrub is reminiscent of soft sand.

It only takes about a tablespoon total at the tub side to care for the whole body, leaving you clean, soothingly scented, and totally moisturized without feeling oily. Do mind your step exiting the tub.

What you’ll need:

  • 23 drops Sandalwood Australian Santalum spicatum
  • 15 drops Vanilla Oleoresin Vanilla planifolia
  • 1/4 cup Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined), softened
  • 1 cup Organic Sugar Crystals
  • 70% Grain Alcohol (may use rubbing alcohol) in a spritzer bottle
  • 8 oz PET Plastic or Glass Jar

What you’ll do:

  1. Spritz interior of jars and lids with alcohol and let dry
  2. Ensure Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is softened
  3. Blend only essential oils together and set aside.
  4. Mix VCO and sugar together in a tempered glass or stainless bowl.
  5. Stir essential oil blend into VCO/sugar base.
  6. Add to jar. Tightly cap and label.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: To keep scrub free of water, and preserve shelf life, do not store near tub/shower or use wet hands. Use a dry spoon to scoop out only what you will need to enjoy for single use.

Take care as the moisturizing effect of this scrub can make tub/shower floor slippery.

 

Tropical Salt Scrub

I prefer salt scrubs for hands and feet to help wash away any actual and mental dirt from the day leaving your digits smooth and your being soothed.

This synergy is uplifting, cheerful and calming. But, what I love most about the combination is its support to help clear and cleanse the spirit. You can use this salt scrub when you want a sense of washing away negative energy and emotions, gathered from the influence of others, that tend to wear us down. That sense of release can help to restore us from a sense of fatigue and refocus our mind

Just a small spoonful of the scrub provides a lovely refreshing break for your being while the texture brings to mind running our hands or feet through the sand by the sea. I highly recommend choosing the fine grain pink Himalayan sea salt for this recipe for the fully sensory experience of the tropical scent and color together. 

What you’ll need:

  • 23 drops Lime Steam Distilled Citrus x aurantifolia
  • 15 drops Vanilla Oleoresin Vanilla planifolia
  • ¼ cup Virgin Coconut Oil (unrefined), softened
  • 1 cup Pink Himalayan Sea Salt Crystals (very finely ground)
  • 70% Grain Alcohol (may use rubbing alcohol) in a spritzer bottle
  • 8 oz PET Plastic or Glass Jar

What you’ll do:

  1. Spritz interior of jars and lids with alcohol and let dry
  2. Ensure Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO) is softened
  3. Blend only essential oils together and set aside.
  4. Mix VCO and salt together in a tempered glass or stainless bowl.
  5. Stir essential oil blend into VCO/salt base.
  6. Add to jar. Tightly cap and label.

KidSafe®: No

Cautions: To keep scrub free of water, and preserve shelf life, do not store near tub/shower or use wet hands. Use a dry spoon to scoop out only what you will need to enjoy for single use.

Take care as the moisturizing effect of this scrub can make tub/shower floor slippery.

65 thoughts on “Sea Soul Cleanse”

  1. Your beach pictures are absolutely gorgeous! I feel like I need to go grab a chair and a book and go down to Lake Michigan a few miles from my house to sit and relax!

  2. Ellen you are an excellent amazing writer! You took me to a place where I got really relaxed as I read it! Can’t wait to try your scrub recipes! I can actually say i have all the ingredients for this blog! How exciting!

    1. Thank you for the affirmation! It makes my heart happy to know you were inspired to relax I hope you enjoy the scrubs!

  3. Born and raised California girl here! I would be so sad if we ever had to move away from the west coast and unable to visit the beach as often as we do. This was such a relaxing read and the recipes sound amazing. I’m putting vanilla oleoresin on my wish list now!

    1. Ah! You can take the girl out of CA beach, but you can’t take CA beach out of the girl! It took me a long while, but I finally found another place to rest my beach chair! I’m glad you found the post relaxing and I hope you enjoy the scrubs!

  4. Nothing is more relaxing to me than the beach. I live in central Fl. so I can pick any beach and find my peace. I will have to try the sugar scrub, it sounds relaxing as well.

    1. Oh wow! You certainly can pick and choose for sure depending on which environment suits your senses! I hope you enjoy the scrub. The salt scrub below will also give you that FL Key Lime Pie vibe!

  5. Do I even have to say another good one? No, but I will! This is yet another good read that you’ve shared with all of us and I appreciate it. I look forward to reading all that you have to share and love your life experiences because often they’re so relatable to the reader(s). Thank you for taking the time out to continue these blogs and sharing all that you do.

    1. Debbie, thank YOU so much for taking the time to give your feedback. I am so happy to know you enjoyed the blog. I’m so glad you find them relatable! It is my hope to help by sharing!

  6. Born in AZ but have been in So Cal my whole life. Some of my best memories are beach days with the neighborhood kids. Love your pictures and the recipes.

  7. Pictures are beautiful.. You are an amazing writer almost felt like I was there lol Definitely are going to try one or both of these, sound yummy

  8. Ahhh this just confirmes that I need to move where water is near me!! Living in NW Ohio close to the borders of MI & IN I will continue to go to our small town public pool & that’s ok. When I’m there I do find my center & relax! I can’t wait to try your scrubs! They sound heavenly!! Thanks again for another inspiring read!!

  9. What a beautiful blog post! I can relate to your thoughts so well as the ocean has the same pull for me also. I love the salt and sugar scrub recipes as the scent of vanilla is my most favorite. Thank you Ellen!

  10. I would love to see that beach picture on a sticker! It’s gorgeous. Thank you for taking time to remind us of the beauty that the ocean and beach bring and the effect on our emotions. Your knowledge and DIY’s are much appreciated! Denny

    1. I’m so glad you enjoyed the post and the beach pics! I hope they can help bring you to a place of peace as needed. I will pass along your request to the sticker team! You never know what they are going to do next!

  11. I love the post Ellen! Two great DIY recipes and a post about the beach. Although we are in the middle of winter here in Perth, Western Australia, we have had a week of amazing weather and have enjoyed many visits to our beautiful beaches during the school holidays. It is definitely my favourite place to unwind, chill out and enjoy nature’s beauty, especially after the cold (for Perth!) wet weather we have been having!

  12. The beach truly does have some kind of magic about it. Feeling anxious or upset? Go to the beach. Energized or happy? Still go to the beach. It’s always the answer.

    Thanks for the wonderful recipes!

  13. I’m going to try these recipes. I love vanilla sandalwood and vanilla lime. Do you have any tips on how to use a scrub like this in the shower without getting water in the container?

    1. I’m so glad you love the synergies as well. Yes, I take dry, clean, stainless tablespoon and scoop out what I need (usually that is enough for whole body) and take it to the tub side (on the dry part in the back away from the running water until I am ready to use it.

  14. These salt and sugar scrubs sound like paradise! Now I just need to get the sandalwood and Im good to go to make both!

  15. The beach is my happy place and these scrubs will make it even happier. Thanks for the awesome recipes, going to make these now!

  16. I LOVE the beach! I also love those lip scrub recipes. One question though: is there anything one can replace the vanilla with, say, for someone sensitive to vanilla? Would something else mix well with the lime and sandalwood?

    1. Hi fellow Beach Lover! Well, the vanilla just gives it a warmer, scent. Honestly, you could pair anything your heart desires as long as it is safe for topical application, and you stay within dermal application limits. Keep in mind the unrefined, virgin coconut oil does smell like coconut, so you need to factor that into your sense of smell. Alternatively, you could use refined coconut oil for a scentless version and then open up new possibilities. Happy blending!

  17. These scrubs sound amazing!! I can relate to your deep need to be by the water!! I, personally, am not an ocean girl, but I live in NY and my soul CRAVES the lakes of the Adirondacks… That’s my happy place.

  18. I, too, live in the Midwest and have always loved my visits to the coasts, especially California. This is such a great reminder of how healing a beach can be. I’m going to try this Tropical Salt Scrub. No beaches near me, but sometimes I stop on a country lane when the corn is high and just listen to it rustling in the wind. It almost (almost) sounds like the sea. A girl can dream.

  19. I hope you enjoy the scrub and it evokes warm, relaxing memories for you. Yes, there is peace in listening to the corn rustle as well. I have lived in the midst of corn fields in the Midwest and they make a happy sound in the breeze!

  20. I really needed & connected to this post. My dad was a sailor & sea captain & he will always be with me in my hear at the sea. Thank you!

  21. What a descriptive, wonderful post…. love the pictures, too. I live in a small town that boasts a gorgeous clear lake. We were just there yesterday and this took me right back.

  22. I will definitely make the tropical foot scrub it sounds heavenly. Your words and description is just truly amazing and touching. The beach has such amazing healing powers for the soul .

  23. going to make a few batches for christmas presents. Nothing beats the winter blues in Maine like the thought of the beach in the summer.

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