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Balinese Boreh Body Scrub Recipe and Ritual

Ritual: Balinese Boreh Body Scrub

More than just a body scrub, Boreh is deeply woven into the fabric of Balinese culture and wellness practices. Traditionally employed in Bali to alleviate tired muscles, enhance circulation, and rejuvenate the skin, Boreh embodies centuries-old remedies passed down through generations. Harmonizing ingredients reflect Bali’s abundant natural resources and cultural heritage. Turmeric, renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties, illuminates the skin and holds significant roles in Balinese rituals, offering purification and protection. Additionally, the cultural significance of spices such as clove, cinnamon, and ginger—staples in Balinese cuisine—infuse Boreh with warmth, hospitality, and balance, mirroring the island’s vibrant traditions and culinary experiences. Finally, the coconut connection, manifested through coconut oil, a staple in Balinese cooking and skincare, acts as the binding agent in Boreh, providing skin nourishment while honouring the majestic coconut palms that adorn Bali’s landscapes.


  • Rice Flour: 1 cup
  • Turmeric Powder: 2 tablespoons
  • Clove Powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Cinnamon Powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Ginger Powder: 1 tablespoon
  • Coconut Oil: 2-3 tablespoons (enough to form a paste)
  • Water or Yogurt: as needed for consistency
  1. Crafting the Scrub: Aim to take some time for yourself, away from distractions to stay present during your ritual. These are methods passed down through generations of Balinese families. As you blend the spices, perhaps invite in a moment of gratitude for the Balinese people for sharing their time-honoured traditions with us.
  2. Application Ritual: Before applying the scrub, take a moment of stillness and presence. Whether this is a few deep breaths or a meditation practice it is a great addition to calm the body and mind to encourage more presence while applying the scrub.
  3. Gentle Massage: Apply the Boreh scrub to damp skin, using gentle massage techniques used in Balinese spa rituals of light long strokes towards the heart for better lymphatic drainage. Let the aromatic blend of spices awaken your senses and transport you to the tranquil shores of Bali.
  4. Restorative Benefits: Allow the scrub to rest on your skin for anywhere from 5/20 minutes while you relax, allowing the therapeutic properties of the ingredients to work their magic. In Bali, Boreh is believed to cleanse not only the body but also the soul, fostering a sense of renewal and vitality.
  5. Embracing Bali’s Essence: As you rinse off the scrub, feel the connection to Bali’s natural wonders and spiritual essence. Let the warm water wash away tension and negativity, leaving you refreshed and rejuvenated.

Balinese Boreh Body Scrub is more than just a skincare ritual; it celebrates Bali’s timeless traditions, holistic wisdom, and profound connection to nature. By incorporating Boreh into your self-care routine, you not only can transport yourself to Bali in your daily rituals but also honour the spirit of Bali by embracing a journey of inner and outer transformation.


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