Detox & Heal with Home Spa Treatments
Did you know that your skin is your body’s largest organ? It makes up about 12-16 % of your body weight and has about 3 trillion pores! On average a person releases about 16 ounces of sweat a day! WOW! You release a lot of toxins through the skin so when you are on a cleanse it’s especially important to keep your pores open.
You also absorb through the skin so the products you put on your body, ideally, should also be very high quality and chemical free. As the saying goes, “If you can’t eat it, don’t put it on your skin.”
As a former Spa Treatment Trainer, I was responsible for choosing product lines and putting together treatment protocols. Here are a few simple recipes you can make up at home, in the kitchen from ingredients you can pick up at your local health food store. My suggestion is to go in the following order: Essential Oil Body Scrub, either a Contrast Bath or Epsom Salt Soak followed by an Essential Oil Massage ending with at least a 20-30 minute rest.
Essential Oil Body Scrub
When you start a cleanse this is a must as far as I’m concerned. Body Scrubs will slough off the dead skin cells, oils and residues as well as stimulate the lymphatic system. I recommend doing a body scrub at least every other week.
- 3 cups sea salt (or sugar)
- 1/4 - 1/2 cup coconut or almond oil
- 10-15 drops essential oil of your choice (See recommended oils below)
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl and blend well. Yep, thats it! Pretty easy right?
- Put about 1/2 - 3/4 cup in a non breakable container. (Don’t use glass in the shower) Standing in a dry shower, on dry skin, take a few tablespoons and start scrubbing, using more salt as needed. Rinse with warm water and gently pat your skin dry. You may want to stand on a towel and take care when getting out of the shower, the coconut oil can make the tub a little slippery.
Healing Bath Salts
Soaking relaxes your body, opens the pores and increases circulation to the skin. Epsom Salts are magnesium, which is a natural muscle relaxer, helps to draw toxins from your body, reduces swelling and even increases serotonin. Baking soda helps neutralize acids on the skin and is thought to assist the lymphatic system in draining toxins.
- 3 cups epsom salts
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10-15 drops essential oil (See below for recommended oils)
- Optional: 2 teaspoons coconut or almond oil
- Mix well and store in a sealed container or zip lock baggie.
- Add 1/2 cup of salts to a warm bath, sit back, relax and enjoy!
Use caution when getting out as any oil you may have added can make the tub a little slippery.
- A contrast bath is an amazing way to stimulate circulation and revitalize your entire body. Hot water stimulates blood flow to the surface of the skin while cold water stimulates blood flow to the core of your body. Contrast baths are also helpful for swelling and inflammation.
- You can do this in the shower just going from a very warm shower to a cold shower. (Please don’t burn yourself! It doesn’t need to be THAT hot!) You could also fill a tub with cold water and go from hot shower to cold bath. End with the hot shower, dry off and wrap up in a warm robe and lie down for 15-20 minutes and relax.
Aromatherapy Massage Oil
Massaging the skin stimulates the lymphatic system. Use strokes that move up towards the heart and concentrate on the area of the arm pit, neck, groin and belly where the majority of lymph glands are found.
- 1 cup almond, grapeseed or a “massage oil” blend
- 10-15 drops essential oil of choice
- Stir together well. Store in a glass or plastic container.
Some of my favorite essential oils to use in skin care are lavender, rose, tea tree, geranium, eucalyptus, rosemary, bay laurel, cedarwood, pine, jasmine, sage, sandalwood and ylang ylang. Choose a good quality pure essential oils not “fragrance” oils. The oils I do NOT recommend for the bath tub would be, any citrus oil or mints oils. These can sting sensitive areas of the body and mints can make you chilled.
So take some time to pamper yourself with these treatments! They not only make you feel good they are good for you! Remember to do some deep breathing to encourage relaxation and enhance the detoxing.
What a great way to detox right? Enjoy!
In Love and Health, Lori