The Great Recession has affected everyone. The cost of gas, groceries and cotton clothing has everyone tightening their financial belts. So, if you want to take your mind off daily pressures, open your pantry and create these homemade spa treatments at home.
These treatments are a less expensive option and just as luxurious. They are easy to create and cost a fraction of the spa price. Also, there are zero chemicals in these recipes. They can help you relax and rejuvenate. Also, as a bonus, I've included some one-ingredient spa treatments.
So ladies, take the phone off the hook and turn off the BlackBerry. After your home spa treatment is complete, enjoy your favorite herbal tea. After you treat yourself, you will return to your day relaxed and ready for the day’s next challenge.
This first spa treatment combines several relatively inexpensive procedures:
Start with a sugar defoliant or coffee scrub. The coffee scrub is great if you are short on time.
Mix 1 cup sugar, ½ cup olive oil and a few drops of essential oil. Try lavender, rose, rosemary or tea tree oils. Lavender is known for relaxation, rose for reducing nervous tension and rosemary for mental invigoration. Tea tree is great for skin problems, including acne, fungal and bacterial problems.
First, brush your body in small slow circles with a damp wash cloth and the sugar defoliant. Begin at your feet and making your way up. Use a firm pressure. Brush your skin for approximately 5 minutes. It will be slightly pink from the increased blood circulation.
This coffee scrub is a great pick me-up. After you make your morning cup of coffee, mix 3 tablespoons of the used coffee grounds and 1 tablespoon salt in a bowl. Immediately use the scrub in the same way you would the sugar scrub above because the grounds start to oxidize after 20 minutes. If you are short on time, just use the scrub in the shower and skip the next steps.
Prepare a detoxification bath.
You can simply use 2 cups of Epsom salts or mix ¾ cup Epsom salts, ¼ cup baking soda and 15 drops of your favorite essential oil.