Java Island, the destination of those who are seeking the peace of the mind
The island of Java welcomes us with the colors and friendliness of Yogyakarta, its cultural capital. From there we decide to leave for Borobudur, a temple so fascinating and majestic that it is Unesco Heritage! The temple is built in steps and each floor represents a level of purification up to nirvana, that is, the state of peace without suffering, located on the top of the temple. After this wonderful stop, our journey continues, leading us to admire temples set in the forest, reminiscent of Mayan pyramids, active volcanoes that stand out on the horizon, green rice fields, overflowing with life and energy, and palaces of the sultans. Do you know that a special orchid grows in Java? Java vanilla is obtained from this orchid, a type of vanilla that is not as sweet as the common vanilla we are used to and with more woody notes. Spices, perfumes, dreams, nature and tradition come together here in Java giving the sensation of being suspended over time. We therefore enter this magical world whenever we want thanks to the beauty rituals typical of this land and which we can also recreate at home! So let's see how to make boreh, a special spice-based scrub, used for centuries by the inhabitants of the island who rubbed it on the body to purify the skin, fight pain in the muscles and joints and improve blood circulation, giving softness and brightness to the skin.
Boreh, the spice-scented body scrub
Mix, in a bowl, 3 teaspoons of rice flour, half teaspoon of ground cinnamon, half teaspoon of ground cloves, half teaspoon of ground ginger, a pinch coriander. Add 1 tablespoon of warm water and mix. Complete with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and mix. Apply on the body by massaging for a few seconds and leave on for 5 to 10 minutes. Better if you do this scrub in the shower. Then rinse and massage vigorously, just as the inhabitants of Java did in the morning, while washing off the scrub in the river water. Finally, apply a cream.