The very word “spa” conjures up images of restfulness, radiance and rejuvenation. Much as we long to pamper ourselves in those luxurious environs, it is sometimes difficult to afford the time or the budget for it.
That’s why I thought of three easy ways to create a spa experience in the comfort of your home, at your own pace, and without stretching your pocket.
The Menu Reads: This beautiful antioxidant-rich salad will help you flush away toxins while pampering your taste buds.
Do it Yourself:
Power-Packed Chickpea, Mint & Herb Salad
- 1/2 cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
- 1/3 cup fresh cucumber, diced
- 1/3 cup tomatoes, de-seeded and diced
- 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
- 1/4 tsp lightly roasted and ground cumin seeds (optional)
- A few fresh mint and cilantro leaves, chopped fine
- 1/2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
Make the dressing by whisking together olive oil, lemon juice, the ground cumin seeds, salt and pepper. Toss the chickpea, cucumber, tomatoes and herbs together, and mix gently with the dressing. Heart-friendly and fiber-rich chickpeas, combined with antioxidant-loaded ingredients make this a superbly delicious and healthful salad.
Spa-Style Face Mask
The Menu Reads: The ultimate in organic skin care, this luxurious facial features vitamin-rich raw ingredients to deeply nourish and enrich the skin.
Do it Yourself
- 1 tbsp oatmeal, finely ground
- 1 tbsp plain yogurt
- A few drops of honey
Mix yogurt and oatmeal in a bowl. Add in the honey. Apply all over your face and neck. Leave it on for 10 minutes, then rinse off with several splashes of warm water. Follow with a warm washcloth. Apply aloe vera gel or moisturizing cream afterwards. Feel the baby-soft texture of your freshly pampered skin, and look into the mirror to see yourself glow! The secret is in the ingredients—oatmeal makes a gentle scrub, while honey and yogurt do a great job of hydrating parched and dull skin.
Spa Foot Therapy
The Menu Reads: Your feet will be soaked in our Vintage Lavender bath salts, followed by a healing exfoliation with our Vintage Lavender sugar scrub to slough away dead skin cells. Your treatment will conclude with the application of rich shea cream.
Do it Yourself:
Buy a sachet of lavender mineral salts and a small bottle of lavender essential oil. Fill comfortably warm water in a deep bowl or small bucket, add the mineral salts, and slide feet into it. Relax for a few minutes while you flip through your favorite magazine, listen to music or simply close your eyes and drift away.
Afterwards, pour a few drops of the lavender oil into half a cup of sugar, and treat your feet to an exfoliating scrub-cum-massage. Wash it all off and apply a good quality moisturizing lotion or cream all over feet, again taking the opportunity to knead stressed-out muscles. Aah! Home sweet spa!