Enhance your well-being ...NATURALLY



...that the best time to bathe is when the stomach is empty?

...that salted water will help alleviate light-headedness some people experience when soaking in hot water?

...that baths deprive you of body fluids, and drinking alcohol before or during a bath increases the dehydration. 

...Any substance applied to your skin, will also be absorbed by it?  Choose your cosmetic and beauty products with this simple rule in mind:  If you wouldn't eat it, don't wear it or use it on your skin. Use the BEST and freshest ingredients, not the least expensive or those which have "crossed over."

Pamper yourself in the privacy of your own home. 

To recreate the spa experience, a home spa day should include healthy food, a pampering spa treatment, rest, and time to get inspired. Here are some ideas to help you create a home spa day that helps you restore your mind body and soul.

Plan it
Decide what you want your spa day to be like. Alone or with a friend? Do you want to get some exercise in first? Perhaps take a nice walk in a park or a bike ride. Get together what you need for any excercise - fitness gear, clothing, drinks, snack etc. so you have no excuse to put it off.

Get organized
This will help inspire you as you plan your home spa day.

Gather together everything you will need to pull it all together. A special Spa robe, Spa slippers, head band, towels and sheets. soft music, candles, bath salts, tub teas or bath oils or at the very least some essential oils for an Aromatherapy treat. (calming lavender) Get all your soaps, cleansers, a body scrub, after bath lotion, your facial products, and things to give yourself a manicure and pedicure. If you have a friend joining you get some massage oils to give each other a body massage. Add a few drops of essential oils to any carrier oil for this.

Plan your menu
Create your home spa menus around healthy food. You can cook ahead or make it together if you're with a friend.

Give Yourself A Spa Treatment
Create the spa environment in the bathroom by using candles or essential oil burners.
Start your home spa treatments with a hot bath and body scrub. Take time to rest afterwards, perhaps with a cup of herbal tea. Then give yourself a home facial.  Afterwards, if you are with a friend, give each other a massage. Soak your feet in a foot bath with some herbs or feet treats (foot bath salts). Do your nails.

Massaging your body can help prevent cellulite from forming as well as rid your body of toxins.  Begin, by massaging your legs one at a time in a circular motion.

Give Yourself Some Quiet Time.
Just sit quietly for a few minutes, close your eyes and focus on relaxing and breathing. Breathe in relaxation - breath out stress. Visualize this happening as you breathe. Envision every muscle in your body relaxing.

If you find this difficult then sit and read something nice....perhaps a gardening magazine or travel brochure; whatever takes you to that place of relaxation.

Some Home-made Recipes

Coffee Sugar Scrub
1/4 cup olive oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup sugar
15 drops essential oil of choice (optional)
1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot

1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; using a fork, thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. Use within a week.

2. Apply handfuls of the coffee scrub to wet skin in circular motions, starting at the feet and working up. Use a loofah pad or massage brush to release dry and dead skin cells.

3. After scrubbing, cleanse skin as usual using a mild natural soap. Pat skin dry with a fluffy towel, and follow with lotion to seal in the moisture.

Honey Oatmeal Mask
1/8 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup oatmeal (finely ground)
1 tablespoon honey 

Mix to form a smooth paste and apply to cleansed face and neck. Leave on 10-15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water. Apply face toner and moisturizer.

Hand Treatment
Soak Prepare a hand water soak with warm water and a few drops of rose water. Soak hands for 5-10 minutes.
Trim Cut any hangnails, push back cuticles, massage in cuticle oil. You may use almond oil, castor oil, any nuts oils, and add, if you have, a few drops of Vitamin E (you may simply break a Vitamin E capsule). Massage in the cuticles and leave it on you hands. File your nails to your favorite shape. Moisturiz with hand cram.

Feet Treat
Soak Fill up a small basin with comfortably hot soapy water. Put in some bath salts, herbs or add a bit of honey and almond oil. Then, put your feet in and relax. Let your feet soak for 10-15 minutes.
Scrub When the skin of your feet has become soft from soaking, scrub the dead skin and the calluses off with a pumice stone or foot file.
Clip  Afterrmoving the dead skin, clip your toe nails, file them to give them shape, and then buff them. Do not cut your toenails too short, or else you will end up with painful ingrown nails.
Massage in foot cream.

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