With our busy schedules and slim budgets, pampering ourselves often falls to the bottom of the priority list. Finding the time and the extra resources to treat ourselves with a spa treatment can be difficult. But taking care of yourself is the foundation of truly living out your joie de vivre. Plus, it’s easy to create at-home spa recipes with ingredients hidden away in our groceries and spice cabinet. Here are five of our favorite DIY spa recipes that we promise will leave you feeling replenished and gorgeous—and healthy to boot! Go ahead, indulge—you deserve it.
DIY MILK, HONEY & GREEN TEA BATH
2 cups powdered milk
3 tea bags of green tea*
3 tbsp of organic wildflower honey
3 tbsp baking soda
2 tbsp almond meal
Place the ingredients in a mesh or linen bag. Run the bath with the bag in the water. Enjoy the soothing quality of the milk in your bath which will soothe dry skin and moisturize. This is especially healing with wind or sunburned skin. *Also, note that the tea can be replaced with any other tea. Green tea has an antioxidant and relaxing properties but you can also use soothing chamomile tea or peppermint for enhanced clarity.
BERGAMOT-MINT SUGAR SCRUB
1/3 cup virgin coconut oil, melted over low heat
2 cups organic cane sugar
20 drops lime essential oil
3-5 drops lemon essential oil
3 drops orange essential oil
3 drops bergamot essential oil
2 drops of peppermint essential oil
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, safflower or avocado oil
Mix all of the ingredients, except for olive oil, in a large bowl. Gradually add olive oil (or safflower or avocado oil) until you reach the desired consistency. Scrub on desired area and rinse off with water, paying close attention to elbows, knees, heels and other areas where you have dry skin that requires exfoliation. Store in a glass mason jar with a metal clasp in your shower. You’ll love the refreshing citrus and mint scents! The flavonoids present in Bergamot oil are very good relaxants as well.
FRESH BASIL & PARSLEY SKIN TONIC
1 large handful of fresh basil leaves
½ cup fresh parsley
1 cup boiling water
Chop the basil and parsley on a cutting board. You’ll want to use fresh basil, not dried, which has essential oils and nutrients. Then, steep basil leaves in boiling water for 10 to 20 minutes. Remove leaves, strain, and cool your at-home Basil & Parsley Tea. Pour into a reusable bottle. Apply tonic to your problem areas with a clean, white cotton ball. This is a great tonic for your skin: basil and parsley are known to be a natural remedies for acne and soothing inflammation. Keep it in your fridge — it will last for about a month! Discard once the tonic becomes cloudy.
EGG & YOGURT HAIR MASK
2 Free-Range Organic Eggs
Five Spoons of Plain Greek Yogurt
Eggs—yes eggs!—are extremely rich in protein and are known to be effective in moisturizing your hair and cleansing the scalp. If your hair is oily, use egg white. If it is dry, use the egg yolk and if it is normal, use both the white and the yolk. Combine five spoons of yogurt with the eggs and whisk well. The yogurt will help protect your hair from further damage. Prior to showering, apply the mixture on your hair and rest for 30 minutes. Wash off with cool water and then apply shampoo and conditioner.
VANILLA LAVENDER COCONUT BODY BUTTER
1 Jar of Coconut Oil
Capful of Organic Vanilla Extract
Optional: Lavender essential oil
Scoop out the entire jar of coconut oil and place in a stand mixer. It’ll be this translucent thick oil when you first take it out. Put your mixer (a hand mixer and bowl works too) on high and mix for 2-4 minutes. Add a capful of the vanilla extract. Be sure to scrape the sides of the bowl every so often. Add a few drops of lavender essential oil at this point. Mix again on high for another 4-5 minutes, occasionally stopping to scrape sides of bowl. When complete it’ll resemble a fluffy white lotion consistency. Place in a mason jar and slather on your body in the shower—post-shave for extra moisture!
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Note: keep essential oils out of the reach of children and pets since they can be toxic or at a minimum cause gastric distress when taken internally.