Every spring, I plant one or more pineapple sage plants in my garden. All summer long, I look forward to the flowers blooming since I have a million ideas for experimenting with them running through my head.
In late late summer, they start blooming, I start trying out some ideas and then… cold weather and heavy frosts come along and my plants perish.
By that time, I feel like it’s too late to start posting about pineapple sage, so I tuck my recipes and photos away for next year, only they tend to get lost in the shuffle by then.
SO, all that to say that even though it’s late in the year, I’m going to share a pineapple sage recipe that I made recently! :)
Just 3 Ingredients Needed:
- fresh pineapple sage flowers
- cane sugar
- oil (such as sunflower, olive, sweet almond)
(No pineapple sage flowers? Try fresh rose petals instead.)
Step 1: Make the Sugar
Measure out roughly equal parts of cane sugar and pineapple sage flowers. (I used 1/4 cup of each.)
Blend the two ingredients together in a mini food processor (like THIS ONE – I’ve had that same one since before my 16-year old was born and it’s still going strong!)
Spread the now pinkish-purple sugar out in a single layer on a sheet of wax paper and let air dry overnight.
If needed, run the sugar through the food processor again or break up any lumps with your fingers before using.
Store the completely dried sugar in an air-tight jar out of direct sunlight (or in your freezer for longer storage) and it should stay colorful for several months.
Step 2: Make the Scrub
Combine 2 parts of completely dried pineapple sage sugar with around 1 part oil.
So, if you have 2 tablespoons of sugar, combine that with 1 tablespoon of oil to make the scrub.
I don’t like my scrubs to drip oil during use, so this one’s on the light side. Feel free to add more oil if you think your scrub needs it.
What kind of oil should you use? That’s completely up to you! I like sweet almond or avocado or sunflower oil in scrubs, but you could also use just regular olive oil too.
Mix the sugar and oil together well and store in an air-tight jar.
I like to mix up small, single-use amounts at a time, since once water is introduced into the jar, it opens the door for potential mold or bacteria to flourish.
Directions for Use
Rub the scrub gently over dry areas (feet, elbows, knees, etc) to smooth, soften and exfoliate skin.
Rinse well with warm water.
If using in a shower or tub, be careful since the oil might make the surface slippery.
You may also enjoy my Natural Bath Care Package.