Thursday, November 15, 2007
Whether you plan your own private spa (re)treat, or make plans with your friends (perhaps with visiting lady relatives this holiday), here are some great recipes to make it special. You may wish to light scented candles and play some relaxing mood music in the background. Herbal teas for sipping also help with the relaxing. Remember to breathe deeply and to tell yourself to release and relax. It really does help.
If you're relaxing with a group, you may wish to do manicures and pedicures, facial massages and even foot massages.
Moisturizing & Exfoliating Mask
6 almonds (soak overnight & grind them to a paste)
2 tsp. oatmeal
4 Tbsp. cream
mashed avocado (or banana)
Mix all together. Apply to face, leave on 20 minutes.Remove the mask with a rag soaked in cold milk, then rinse skin with cool water.
For oily skin use some plain Milk of Magnesia, rub it on and let dry, then rinse with lukewarm water. It absorbs the oil.
Or try a Clay Mask:
1 bag cat litter (must be marked '100 Percent Natural Clay')
Drops of your favorite essential oil
Mix in a couple tablespoons of the cat litter with water and drops of oil (this helps make it more spa-like and less kitty litter-ish)
Apply mask to face
Wash off after 15 minutes.
For Normal/combination skin mix one egg and 1/2 cup cooked instant oatmeal and a teaspoon olive oil until smooth. Spread on your face and leave 15 min then rinse.
For dry skin, mix one egg yolk, one teaspoon honey and a teaspoon olive oil and some vitamin E oil if you have it. Smooth on and leave on for 15 min. , rinse in lukewarm water and pat dry.
For the Body:
Herbal Spa Wrap
1 cup corn oil
1/2 cup grapefruit juice
1 tsp. dried thyme
Combine ingredients and massage into skin, wrap arm with plastic to lock in body heat. Lay a heating pad over areas for five minutes at a time.
Another Spa Wrap
Boil a pot of water and add about 1 cup of your favorite herbs to it. Place a towel or a wide ace bandage in the pot, let cool enough to not burn your skin, wrap the towel or bandage around your midriff, legs, arms, etc., then cover up with some blankets. Relax and let the wrap do its work.
For the Bath:
This gentle bath will leave your skin soft and silky. Buttermilk is high in fat and lactic acid, and both help soften and hydrate skin. Make an extra portion of this because people of all ages can benefit from this rich, relaxing natural bath. You may want to package this in a decorative glass jar or a cellophane envelope to give as gifts to friends.
1/4 cup dry buttermilk (or dry milk)
1/4 cup Nonfat Dry Milk
1 Tbsp. Cornstarch
1/8 tsp. essential oil of your choice, depending on your mood. (lavender is relaxing)
Mix together all the ingredients with a wire whisk and pour into a airtight jar or re-sealable plastic bag.
Directions for use: Pour 1/4 of the buttermilk bath powder in tub as you add hot water .
(makes 1/2 cup, enough for 2 baths)
Herbal Milk Bath
1 cup Cornstarch
1 cup Dry Milk Powder
2 tsp. of your Favorite Herbs
Combine ingredients in food processor or blender. Add herbs and blend.
Directions for use: Add 1/cup of mixture to hot bath water
(makes 2 cups, enough for 4 baths)
Do-It-Yourself Bath Salts
1 cup Epsom salt
1 cup Sea salt
1/2 cup Baking soda
Fragrance optional, 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. essential or Fragrance Oils as desired
Combine all ingredients with wire wisk. If your salt is a large crystal type, grind your salt first in a food processor until it is finely grained. Store in a large zip-lock bag
Directions for use: Use about 1/3 cup per bath
Bubble Milk Bath
1 cup Powdered Milk or powdered buttermilk
1/2 cup Oatmeal
1 cup Baking Soda
4 Tbsp. Corn Starch
2 Tbsp. Cream of Tartar
1/4 cup Handcrafted Soap(cut in chunks)
Optional, fragrance with 1/4 - 1/2 tsp. essential or Fragrance Oil as desired
Use a food processor, add chunked handcrafted soap and oatmeal until grainy. Add powdered milk, baking soda, corn starch and cream of tartar. Add fragrance and process until it's powdery. Store in glass jar.
Directions for use: Use 1/4 cup per bath, add to running hot water.
Cleansing Body Polish
1/2 cup fine sea salt
1/4 cup Jojoba Oil or other body oils(olive oil works fine)
1/4 cup handcrafted soap( finely grated)
1/4 - 1/2 tsp. essential or Fragrance Oil
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix thoroughly. store in a small plastic jar that you can keep in the shower.
This scrub acts as a cleanser, scrub and moisturizer all in one.
Directions for use: Use this in the shower on dry skin(otherwise the salt melts instead of scrubs). Rub and scrub anywhere you need to exfoliate and moisturize.
4 Tbsp. Citric Acid
4 Tbsp. cornstarch
1/2 cup baking soda
3 Tbsp. Monoi de Tahiti Oil (or you can use any other emollient oil like coconut or Almond Oil, )
1/4 tsp. Fragrance Oil or essential oil (Eucalyptus, peppermint and rosemary is an uplifting blend, great for head colds)
Sift all of the dry ingredients (first three) into a bowl and mix well with wire whisk. Put bottle of oil in warm water to melt oil. Slowly add oil to dry ingredients, then add fragrance and blend well. Take 1 Tbsp. of mixture and shape into balls or press (really hard)into molds (such as small chocolate mold) if using molds, pop them in freezer till hard and pop out. Let the balls rest on a sheet of waxed paper for two to three hours. Gently reshape if needed. Let the bombs dry and harden for 24 to 48 hours.
These are fragile so carefully package each bomb in its own cellophane bag or in a closed container to keep fresh.
Directions for use: To use, drop one bomb into warm bath water to release fragrance and oils. A little bit of heaven right in your bath tub!
OTOH, this Chocolate Indulgence Home Spa Treatment could be the ultimate--but not necessarily frugal--relaxing treat.
There's more Frugal Friday at Biblical Womanhood.