The Home Spa Treatment

The long, hot summer is behind us, leaving the long, hard, cold, winter before us. To help make it through, try some of these spa-like recipes in the privacy of your home!!You could even invite friends over and make an entire home spa day!
1 cup beeswax (either grated or block)
10 Tbs. sweet almond oil
8 Tbs. virgin olive oil
5 drops lavender essential oil
3 drops chamomile essential oil
*For stiff, sore hands/feet, instead of the lavender and chamomile, add
5 drops wintergreen, 3 drops peppermint, and 2 drops of camphor essential oils
In order to keep a steady, even heat, this formula is best done in a crockpot. The wax should be cool enough to use when it forms a crust over the top. Use extreme caution when dipping your hand or foot into the wax. Hot wax will burn! If the crock pot is not large enough for you to fit your hand/foot into, pour the wax treatment into a pan that is deep enough and wide enough for them to fit and use it immediately.
Melt the beeswax in the crock pot on low heat (using medium or high heat can cause a fire!) Once melted, add all of the oils and stir well. Make sure that the wax is not too hot to use by inserting a candy thermometer to test it. 91 to 98 degrees works well. Dip one had/foot in the mixture at a time, then sit back and relax as it dries. Allow the wax to set up, 7-10 minutes is the average time, then peel of the wax. Save the peeled off wax, as you can remelt and reuse it several times. The formula should remain good for about a year, but if it gets too dry or looses its aroma, simply add a little more oil. Store the wax in a container out of direct sunlight.
Steaming is a simple concept that produces a great effect on your skin and your mood. Simply put some water in a pan, bring it to a boil, drop in the proper essential oils and turn down the heat to low. Drape a towel over your head to direct the steam to your face and bend over the steam. There will be enough steam for your face for about 2-3 minutes. Once done, pat the skin dry and moisturize.
Steaming allows you to get the benefit of the essential oils on your skin and in your lungs, while the heat opens the pores and sweats the impurities out of them. Wash your face and neck prior to steaming so that you will work the true grime from the skin, not surface dirt.
For relaxation, peace of mind, cleansing and toning of skin,
use 2 drops each of the following essential oils. Bergamot, Clary Sage, Geranium and Lavender.
Don't forget about you hair when doing your in home spa day! Here is a spa-quality hot oil treatment that is wonderful for dry hair (do NOT use if you have oily hair), and a Herbal Conditioning Pack that is good for all hair types (when used once a month).
1/4 cup virgin olive oil
1 vitamin E capsule 400U or more (pierce and squeeze the contents into the mix)
1 Tbs. coconut oil
1 Tbs jojoba oil
3 drops lavender essential oil
1 drop rosemary essential oil (may substitute cedarwood EO if prefered)
Mix all together, then rub into clean, towel-dried hair. Leave on for 5 to 10 minutes, then wash out.
Stored in a bottle, this mixture will stay good for 2-3 months.
The following Herbal Conditioning Pack is full of deep conditioners and is great for all hair types when used once a month . It is alike a mud pack without the mud!
1 tbs. coconut oil
1/8 cup sweet almond oil
1/8 cup aloe vera gel
3 Tbs. gelatin mix (mix 1Tbs. unflavored gelatin in 2 1/2 Tbs. of cold water. Stir. Put in microwave to heat water to boiling, then stir again)
2 drops geranium essential oil
3 drops rosemary essential oil (may substitute bay EO if desired)
Mix all together and stir well. After shampooing, put mixture on towel-dried hair. Leave in for 5-10 minutes, then wash out. This mixture does not have a shelf life, so use it as soon as it is made.

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