Lavender Spa Treatments – DIY

Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Lavender | 32 comments

Spa Treatments

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With the following recipes for Lavender Spa Treatments you’ll be able to create a luxurious Spa experience at a fraction of the cost. I use lavender in the recipes since the spa experience is meant to make you feel pampered, beautiful and relaxed and nothing does that better than lavender.

Spa treatments have many health benefits and, that being the case. it only makes sense that ingredients used in the recipes are natural and organic. Glass or ceramic dishes should be used for mixing any kind of lotion or potion with plastic spoons used for the scooping, measuring and stirring.

When you go to a Spa you will have a choice of one or more of the following treatments:

  • Body scrubs and wraps;
  • Facial treatments;
  • Hands and feet treatments;
  • Hair treatments;
  • Luxurious soaking bath.

 

Lavender Spa Treatments for Body Scrubs and Wraps:

A body scrub improves skin health and exfoliates, removing the top layer of dead skin. A lavender sugar scrub does this really well, leaving skin smooth and glowing.

  • Lavender Sugar Scrub – Mix together 2 Tbsp. white sugar, 2 Tbsp. coconut oil, 1 Tbsp. crushed, dried lavender buds (or 1-2 drops pure lavender essential oil).

Rub the scrub all over your body – starting with the arms and legs, working from the tips inward to the torso and from the heart out and down the torso. This gets the blood flowing to all parts of the body. Leave on for 10 minutes or so, then rinse off under the shower, starting with warm water and ending with cold. Pat dry. Be careful you don’t scrub too hard – you want to be firm enough to remove the dead skin – at the same time you don’t want to rub so hard as to cause bleeding.

  • Moisturize – After the sugar scrub it’s important to moisturize and one of the most nourishing, anti-aging moisturizers is simply pureed avocado. Slather this all over your body, leave for 10 minutes and then rinse off under the shower with the warm to cold water treatment.

Wraps can be duplicated at home but I find the work and mess involved defeats any benefits. Wraps and massages are better left to the professionals.

 

Lavender Spa Treatments for Face:

A facial steam opens the pores which helps push out oil and dirt, kind of like washing from the inside out. It’s easy to do and can be done over a dish of hot (not boiling) water on the table or my preference, using the hottest tap water and leaning over the bathroom sink – no muss, no fuss. Finish the steaming by splashing the face with astringent – cold green tea or apple cider vinegar – then gently patting it dry. From there you can either move on to a gentle clay mask (not a facial scrub) or moisturize. 

  • Facial Steam – Start with washing your face the way you normally do. Fill the sink with the hottest water from the tap and add 1 Tbsp. dried lavender buds (relaxing) or 3 chamomile teabags (calming) or 2 peppermint teabags (headache/sinus relief). Place your face over the steam at a comfortable level, then enclose with a large towel to trap the steam. Slowly and deeply breathe the steam in through your nose and steam for 10 to 15 minutes. Follow with a cold astringent to close the pores and keep impurities from re-entering, then gently pat dry.

 

Lavender Spa Treatments for Hands and Feet:

The foot and hand salt scrub removes dead skin cells, improves circulation, invigorates skin and encourages healthy new cell growth, giving hands and feet a smoother, firmer feel and appearance.

  • Foot and Hand Salt Scrub – Make ahead of time. Melt 3 Tbsp. organic coconut oil – the easiest way is to place it over a dish of hot water, it doesn’t take much. Add the contents of 2 mint tea bags and 1 Tbsp. crushed dried lavender buds and let sit overnight – don’t refrigerate. The next day mix in 1/3 cup Epsom or sea salt and you’re ready to go.

To Use: Using a circular motion, gently but firmly rub the feet or hands for 3-4 minutes to remove dead skin cells, destroy bacteria and open pores. Pay special attention to nails and cuticles. Leave the scrub on for another 5 minutes and then rinse well with warm water, finishing with cold, pat dry and moisturize.

 

Lavender Spa Treatments for Hair:

  • Yogurt hair mask. Not lavender, but very effective which is why I’ve included it here. Shampoos, conditioners, styling gels and hairsprays all collect on hair over time, making it look dull and lifeless. The lactic acid in yogurt strips away that unwanted residue while the many nutrients in the yogurt nourish the hair. To use, simply massage ½ to 1 cup of yogurt into hair and leave for 20-30 minutes. Rinse off and shampoo with the best quality clarifying shampoo you can buy. Do not use conditioner after this treatment.

When buying a clarifying shampoo, look for one that lists the fewest ingredients. Fewer ingredients means fewer chemicals (or no chemicals) offering a more natural product.

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 Lavender Spa Treatments for Luxurious Bath Soak:

This is my favourite part of the spa experience – the luxurious bath soak. To turn an ordinary bath into a pampering one requires a few extra steps but those steps make all the difference in the world. To start, set the scene. Turn off the lights, light up the candles, and put on some quiet music, such as a relaxation or meditation tape. Simple steps that change an ordinary bath into a pampering bath soak, resulting in a greater sense of well-being.

Prepare the bath. Position your bath pillow the way you want it; put your favourite beverage, a few flowers and a couple of candles on a tub tray and set it in place; add the lavender bath salts to comfortably warm, not hot, water. If you wish you can also add 1/2 cup of milk powder for added softness.

Lavender bath salts – Mix 1/3 cup Epsom salts, 1/3 cup baking soda and 5 drops lavender pure essential oil;

  • Lie back in the tub, close your eyes, place a couple of cold cucumber slices on your eyes for 4-5 minutes, listen to the music, sip your drink, inhale the lavender fragrance and totally give yourself up to the moment. You don’t need to do anything but if you want you can meditate or visualize – only good thoughts, or no thoughts, allowed. Stay in the tub as long as you feel comfortable and relaxed.
  • When finished soaking, pat dry – don’t rub, you don’t want to remove all the moisture, then moisturize.
  • For the finishing touch, give yourself a spritz with the lavender spray.

Lavender Spray – Make 2 or 3 days ahead. Steep 1 Tbsp. dried lavender buds in 1 cup hot (not boiling) water and let cool naturally. Leave on a sunny windowsill for one day, then place in the fridge. When ready to use, strain and transfer to a spray bottle.

 

You can use the Lavender Spa Treatments any way you want – to treat a problem, focus on one area or go all out and create an entire home-spa. Whichever way you choose, the ultimate purpose of the Spa experience is to leave your skin healthy and glowing and you feeling completely de-stressed and wonderful.

Talk to you again next week,

Lenie

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32 Comments

  1. Love lavender and your list of how to use it. When I had a tub I used to have lavender in it when I took a bath. Difficult when you only have a shower:-) The smell is also fantastic. Have to try some of your ideas.

    • Catarina, lavender is the most loved herb all around – it is so versatile. Not having a bath, you’ll have to hang a sachet from the showerhead and play pretend.

  2. Perfect post for me! I bought this lavender sachets and I place them in the vent of my car, talk about a relaxing ride!

    I love all the recipes here and definitely will be using one in my road to de-stressing. Thanks for the post.

    • Mahal, you hanging a sachet in the vent of your car is similar to what I did this summer- I hung a bouquet in front of my window air conditioner. Lovely.

  3. I love this post, Lenie! I am a big fan of lavender. It makes me relaxed just thinking about it. =) I will have to try your lavender sugar scrub. It sounds lovely. Great for a Sunday evening bath. I want to try the lavender essential oil. I sometimes don’t prefer the text of the lavender leaves. Thanks for sharing.

    • Isn’t it funny how we’re all different – I prefer that flower buds to the oil but either one does a lovely job. You should smell my house when I’m working on my lavender products – so relaxing.

  4. I love lavendar Lenie! I have Bath and Body Works lavendar and chamomile spray that I put on my pillow and my feet every night. I swear it puts me to sleep within seconds!

    Your yogurt hair mask caught me attention and I am going to give it a try in the next few weeks! I was just searching out a better shampoo and conditioner, it’s perfect timing. And I already have clarifying shampoo. It seems easy enough too.

    • Patricia, lavender and chamomile, you probably can’t find a better combination to promote sleep.

      Yogurt is a great home beauty treatment – purifying and nourishing at the same time. It makes a really good facial treatment, great for acne. You’ll have to try the yogurt hair fix – it really does work.

  5. I saw your topic this week and I couldn’t read it fast enough. I’ve spent the whole morning scrubbing my home to get out our flea infestation brought in by the kittens we rescued from our neighborhood which then transferred to my dog. Keep in mind that I’m a city girl who isn’t used to nature. Needless to say, I could go for lavender everything right now, I so need some unwinding. Personally, the lavender facial steam seems really appealing to me. And I’ve never tried yogurt in my hair. I’ll have to give it a shot. Thank you!

    • Erica, if you have any lavender – flowers or oil laying around, mix it up with some baking soda and sprinkle on your animals, then brush out. Fleas hate lavender so this may keep them from returning.

      Now go and have that totally relaxing lavender bath and soak that stress away.

  6. I love the first one, Lenie, the shower scrub…except for the cold part of the shower. Brr! I’m going to mix that up as soon as my summer lavender is done drying. Next up to try is the facial with the chamomile. I can totally picture that before bedtime as one more good way to relax.
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    • Rose, doesn’t it seem the older you get the harder it is to relax enough to fall asleep? I have a lavender dream pillow tucked inside my pillow case and now when I go to bed, I give it a good squeeze and concentrate only on the lavender fragrance. That seems to help a lot. Thanks for the sharing – I do really appreciate that.

  7. Great uses for lavender. My daughter made me bath salts with Epsom salts and lavender and a few other herbs (chamomile, marigold, white oak). It was lovely. I’ve not heard of yogurt for the hair, but I might give that a try.

    • Donna, the nice thing about making up your own products is that you know exactly what goes in it. Yogurt isn’t just for eating, it’s for all kinds of beauty treatments, seriously and the hair treatment is just one. Have fun with it.

  8. I could do with some pampering!

    Each time I visit a spa, I promise myself that I will make it a regular occurrence. Do I follow this through? No!

    Lavender, as you know helps you relax and unwind, something I rarely do.

    I like the idea of a professional giving me massages. I can envisage the soft music, various oils soaking up the air and me drifting off to sleep – hopefully not dribbling!

    • Phoenicia, with these recipes you can create a spa right at home. I love the lavender bath – I have a ‘putting the day to rest’ tape that just totally completes the relaxing along with the lavender fragrance and the candles – can’t be beat.

  9. Spa treatments are not my thing. So this week I’ll just read and enjoy and probably not follow up much. Interesting post nonetheless.

  10. These are marvelous Lenie! We have a beautiful lavender farm high on the slopes of Haleakala and in the first couple of years of operation you could go up and buy all sorts of lavender based products at reasonable prices – even have lunch in their cafe and dine on all sorts of yummy dishes with lavender in them. As the way things always go, as their popularity grew so went the prices and now it’s something of a luxury which means this is perfect and I can hardly wait to treat myself to a few of these!

    • Marquita, I would love to see that lavender farm. I have imagined having fields of lavender growing – wish I had thought of that 30 years ago for here. There is apparently a lavender farm not too far from here but as in your case, expensive. I have been experimenting with lavender cooking – some things turn out and some I haven’t added enough lavender to the mix. I’ll keep working at it though.

  11. These all look amazing! I’ve been using many of the Ayurvedic health and beauty routines. Lavender has wonderful properties. It revives the senses, harmonizes the mind, helps with stress and insomnia. I’m all over these scrubs Lenie! Thank you.

    • Wow Pamela, you really know your lavender. It definitely has all those properties you mentioned. Research has shown lavender to be an excellent sleep aid for seniors in nursing homes – calms them right down which lets them go to sleep. For me, I just love everything about the herb.

  12. Wow, I feel more relaxed just reading about these! I want to try the facial steam. I love lavender, it’s one of my all time favorite scents.

    • I’m with you Meredith – when it comes to relaxation, nothing beats lavender. I love those days when I make up my lavender products – bet my husband does too because I’m most relaxed those days which probably means the nicest LOL

  13. Spa treatments are so relaxing. Even more relaxing when you aren’t paying an arm and a leg for it at some fancy spa. Lol. I love the smell of lavender. I think this would be wonderful and just love your frugal ways of still treating yourself. 🙂

    • Susan, I’m with you – Spa’s cost a lot but then they do need special training and equipment. However, being able to duplicate most treatments at home is a definite bonus. One thing I never mentioned is that I used to go for weekly facials at a hairdressing/beauty school for next to nothing and those were wonderful. One sweet thing always gave me some extra time – guess it took that long to remove the stress from my face.

  14. Oooh, lavender! Love the idea of a lavender facial, Lenie, you’ve included all my favourite ingredients. When I’m stressed or simply need a time out, steaming my face seems to release all kinds of tension and toxins. I’ll definitely include some lavender and chamomile and just melt away …

    • Hi Krystyna – Lavender and chamomile really are the two best stress relieving products around, aren’t they? I love making up my lavender products because I find myself so relaxed those days plus bonus – my house smells wonderful.

  15. Any type of spa treatment is a welcome experience in my book, especially body scrubs. I’m not a huge fan of the smell of lavender, but these ideas could be accomplished with other types of essential oils as well.

  16. Oh, yummy. No, I know, not to eat. They all sound wonderful and I love that you gave such good directions. I never go to a spa but I would love to try these at home!

  17. Yay Fabulous Lenie is back!
    I love Lavender. Love all the recipes and definitely will be using one in my road to destressing. Thanks for the post

  18. All applications of lavender are nice.
    But I will try the yogurt mask for my hair.

    You are right with sprays, shampoos, coloring they get rough slowly.

    Thank you for all the tips.

    • Hi Andleeb, it’s been a long time, I’ve missed you. Do try the yogurt mask for your hair, I think you’ll be very pleased with the result.