Sunday, August 5, 2018

Natural At-home DIY Spa


I feel like self care has become a super popular trend nowadays, we are presented with so many at home beauty treatment options, hair conditioners promising that hair flip so flawlessly executed in commercials and lotions that promise baby soft skin. These products can be handy in a pinch but are usually filled with some questionable ingredients. And why spend an hour on google trying to figure out what that ingredient is that you can't pronounce in your shower gel when you could be doing your DIY at-home spa? In most cases I have found that making your own products is cheaper and depending on what products you are using, more natural, so keep reading to learn how to create your own natural spa experience!

Clear Your Mind
Before starting your actual routine clear your mind, whatever that means for you, for some people that can mean taking 5 minutes to meditate and for others it can mean writing in their journal. Whatever it is, do it!

Now it's time to DIY!

Hair Treatments
Now I'm not making any promises about how you are going to turn heads with this DIY treatment but it has worked wonders for my dry, coarse, heat styled hair and is super simple to make!

Hot Oil Treatment
1/2 cup of olive oil or oil of choice, I also like grapeseed and apricot kernel oil
2 drops of rosemary essential oil
2 drops of peppermint essential oil

Warm the oil to a comfortable temperature (DO NOT MAKE THE OIL SCALDING), put the essential oils in, pour into hair. Massage into scalp and let sit for a minimum of 20 minutes, wash out with shampoo.

Bath Time!
Now what would an at home spa be without some kind of bath/shower treatment? While you are waiting for the oil to soak into your hair you can do these treatments.

Dry Skin Brushing
Dry skin brushing is so beneficial because you are helping your lymphatic system to clear out, this should be performed with, as you guessed it, a dry brush! But not just any brush, you should look for a natural boar bristle brush, start at your feet and work your way up to your heart. Do not do the bottoms of the feet, palms of the hands, or any open wounds or scabs.

For those of you who have a bath tub I like to follow this with what I call a detox soak, just so you know none of this has been scientifically proven but it works for me and hopefully it will do the same for you! If you have  any conditions that would prohibit you from taking a bath please skip this!

Detox Bath
2 to 3 handfuls of epsom salt
1/2 cup of sea salt
2 drops of lemon essential oil
1-2 drops of any other essential oil of your choosing

Run the water, place the both salts in the bath, then add essential oils and swirl around before getting in. After both dry skin brushing and/or the detox bath make sure to drink plenty of purified water to flush your body and to rehydrate.

Moisturizing
By this point I am sure you probably have your hands on your favorite cream or lotion but stop! And drop it! Unless it's glass, in that case just gently place it back down. Instead of a cream or lotion grab some aloe vera gel and slather it all over and follow with a light oil such as sunflower, grapeseed, or apricot kernel oil.

That's it! You are probably relaxed and silky smooth at this point, read a book or drink some tea, it is completely up to you!

In case you are wondering why I made this post…
So often we think of holistic living as taking supplements, drinking tea, or exercising. Which are all things that can definitely be apart of it but sometimes we forget about self care. You may be thinking "Aren't all of those other things you just talked about self care?" To that question I would answer yes, but those are all things you can do in a relatively short amount of time, when I say self care in this post I mean taking time to focus completely on your self for as long you can. Which is just as much apart of holism as a hot yoga class, by slowing down and giving yourself what you need. It leaves space to calm your mind and address your mental state because every part of you needs to be looked after, mind, body, and soul.

Good Health, Peace, & Love,
Erika