More Tips on Spa at Home
Today we have more spa-at-home tips from expert Susanne E. Wilder, CFE
Fast & Fresh Face Masques
Whisk up your own facial masque with 1 beaten egg white sprinkled with 1 tsp. Vitamin C powder. Leave on 5 to 15 minutes and then rinse off with tepid water.
Tone up with rose hydrosol.
For an even faster, effective version of food fun, apply mayonnaise to your face (if you like the smell) and go lie down for 10 minutes. Rinse off with tepid to warm not hot water.
Make a face masque from mashed avocado mixed with a little EVO. Relax and rinse off after 15 minutes. This is also splendid for rashes, eczema, soothes sun-burned skin and is traditionally used for sexual problems. Do not ask me how. This time it’s up to your own imagination. But get playful J!
To relieve tired eyes, place slices of cooled cucumber over the lids or cooled chamomile tea bags (used and squeezed out slightly). Potato slices also work quite well. Rest with them in place for 5-10 minutes with your feet elevated. So perhaps it is also all about relaxing.
Food Favourite Facial Masque:
Combine and mash equal parts mango, avocado paste and papaya. The papaya enzyme breaks down the connective and collagenous tissue of protein in tough meat so it’s a nice tingle to the face with the moisturizing emollients of avocado and mango.
2-in-1 Cleanser and Moisturizer
For dry skin
10 ml (2 tsp) grapeseed oil
3 drops geranium oil
Place all ingredients into a small bottle. Close lid tightly and shake to mix oils.
Apply sparingly with a cotton ball and sooth gently over face to cleanse skin. Massage a final drop into the skin for moisturizing.
Anti-dandruff tonic: Mix 8 fluid oz witch hazel with 2-3 drops rosemary essential oil. Shampoo and organically condition your hair as usual, then towel dry and spread tonic over your scalp with your fingers, rubbing in well. Try Exilr8 natural skin and hair care at www.exilr8.com.au or Kristy will sell you the base products to make your own signature shampoo.
To treat dry and damaged ends, very simply massage organic avocado oil or extra- virgin olive oil into the ends of hair and wrap in a warm towel for 5-10 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as normal. Pour a small quantity of flat beer into a spray bottle and squirt lightly over hair to act as an effective styling product. The beer should not smell once it has dried.
Hands and Feet
Use above cleansing scrub on hands, sea salt mixed with oils and essences of choice or try Witherspoon’s 100% Natural skin treatments at www.witherspoons.com.au
In China the reflexology sessions are quite deep and dramatic (read rough and painful). However, the Chinese make sure their feet are in hot water every evening for at least 15 minutes, with essential oils and Epsom salts. Add cider vinegar and a small paste of chilli or mustard powder to clear congestion and bronchitis.
To treat swollen ankles, make up a solution of 30 ml (2 Tbsp) Epsom salts in 1 litre warm water with peppermint oil and soak for at least 10 minutes. Pat dry and massage in food balm. Elevate feet against wall and above head. Place aromatic eye pillow across lids and relax.
Just for you!
Toss rose petals in your bath, use fragrances and aromatherapy or incense to calm a troubled soul. Cider vinegar (organic if possible) is made from fermented apple juice and is a rich source of potassium, sodium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. Add a cupful to your bath to soften skin and restore its natural acid balance.
Cleopatra supposedly took milk baths. All you have to do is add non-fat dry milk and perhaps a can of evaporated milk!
Drink more herbal teas and always more water! Eat low on the food chain, seasonal, local and organic as possible and smile, sister smile!
Susanne E. Wilder is a reformed Cordon Bleu chef, culinary consultant, caterer, cookbook author/stylist (x6), travel-adventure writer and former B&B resident Chef in Hayden Lake, Idaho. She may be reached at 08 9446 1794 or www.fstnfrsh.com www.fremantlemarkets.com.au 0407 649 437 firstname.lastname@example.org