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.
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,
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