Monday, February 18, 2013

Homemade Spa Day

I thought I'd do a round-up of all the wonderful ways we can pamper ourselves at home, with natural, healthy ingredients we most likely have on hand!  All ideas are from the website Organic Authority, which I just recently discovered!

Give your face a nice steam with essential oils!

Sinus Steam directions from here.
Ingredients4 cups water
3 drops of any/all of these essential oils: rosemary, eucalyptus, lavender, juniper, peppermint and bergamot
DirectionsIn a large and wide pot, bring water to a low boil. If using whole herbs instead of essential oils, add them now (about 1/8 cup herbs in total). When water is steaming, remove from heat and add the essential oils. They will be very powerful from the heat so don't overdo it. Better to add more as needed than make it too strong. But if you do make it too potent, add more boiling water to dilute it.
Carefully set the pot on a surface such as a kitchen table so that you're able to lean directly over it while seated comfortably.
Drape a large towel over your head and over the pot to lock in the steam. Begin to take deep breaths in and out through the nose and mouth, alternating as needed. You may need to dip your head out of the steam for a breath or two every couple of minutes as it gets quite hot in there! Just keep the pot covered so the heat remains. Try to breathe in the vapors for at least 5 minutes, but 10 are recommended. Repeat as needed.

Indulge in a calming rose mask.

Rose mask directions from here.
Simply soak 8 petals in 3-4 tablespoons of water for 2-3 hours. Then mash the petals into the water and add 3 tablespoons of honey. Mix well, and apply to entire face. Leave on for 15-30 minutes. Rinse with cool water.

Exfoliate, one of two ways!

Yogurt-Honey Exfoliating Mask directions from here.
1/4 cup full-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons raw honey
Mix the yogurt and honey together until evenly combined. Apply a thin layer to face and let sit for 20 minutes. Rinse face and pat with a towel until dry. Repeat at least once per week for best results.

Baking Soda Exfoliation (face or body) directions from here.
When exfoliating with baking soda you have a couple of options. You can add about a teaspoon of baking soda to your usual facial cleanser, massage it into your skin and rinse like normal. Or, you can use baking soda on its own. Pour a small amount of baking soda into the palm of your hand, add a bit of water, and then gently rub the mixture into your face and rinse.

Finish with lip gloss and cheek stain!

Lipgloss directions from here.
What You'll Need:
12 Fresh Cranberries
1 Tablespoon Avocado Oil (any Vegetable Oil will work)
1 Teaspoon Honey
2 Drops Vitamin E (or one capsule)
1 Cheese Cloth
1 Tiny Tin of Your Own Choosing
What To Do:Heat up the Cranberries, Oil, Honey and Vitamin E on the stovetop, bringing it to a boil
Crush up the Cranberries with a wooden spoon until the color has turned to your lip-stain liking
Let it cool for ten minutes and then strain through Cheese Cloth to get out the Cranberry bits
Let it cool again - but not too long - and then spoon it into your Tin

Do you think you'll give any of these ideas a try?

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