With non-toxic products you can make at home
What do you think of when you think of a ‘spa day’?
You might think of rest, relaxation, pampering, beauty? And these things are simply the best. But you also might think of the cost and that you just don’t have the time to hang out at a spa all day. I hear you!
With three small children I rarely have a full hour to do anything, let alone schedule a spa day. Plus, with these three small kiddos I have a lot of things I want to spend my money on other than at the spa. I do, however, want the benefits of the pampering, the detoxification, healthier looking skin, restfulness and the healthy glow.
So, I do my ‘spa’ routine at home with home-made, non-toxic products that are good for both me, the environment and my bank account.
Here are 6 at home self-care practices that simulate the spa experience that you can do quickly and easily at home. Do them all at once in your own little ‘spa day’ or do them individually when you can squeeze one in your busy schedule. And, do them regularly, you will notice a significant difference in how you feel.
Ingredients needed for your self-care ‘spa’ practices: organic coconut oil, olive oil, Apple Cider vinegar, lemon, sea salt (or sugar) & Epsom salts.
6.) Oil Pulling – When I first learned about oil pulling I thought it was super weird and vowed I would never try it. I am so glad I got over my judgement and gave it a try. It is now a staple of my self-care routine and makes a massive impact on how I feel each week. Benefits to oil pulling include: decreased bacteria in the mouth; improved breath; cavity prevention; teeth whitening; improved gum health; decreased inflammation in the body.
All you do is take a teaspoon of organic coconut oil, put it in your mouth (don’t swallow it!), and swish it around, just like you would if you were rinsing your mouth with mouthwash. Swish it around for as long as you can. I like to aim for 20 minutes. At first you might only last a few minutes, and that’s ok. Keep at it and you’ll be able to “pull” longer. When you’re done spit it into the trash. DO NOT spit it down a drain, coconut oil hardens at room temperature and that is not good for your plumbing. After I oil pull I like to brush my teeth with my fluoride free USANA toothpaste, and afterwards my mouth and face feel amazing and my skin on my face looks healthier.
(I am actually oil pulling as I type up this blog post)
5.) Exfoliation – exfoliation is the practice of scrubbing the skin of the body to remove dead skin cells from the surface. This allows healthy new skin underneath to be seen and allows for deeper penetration of your moisturizing products. You can exfoliate your entire body, you can also just exfoliate your face, hands or feet if you don’t have much time.
You’ll need olive oil and either sea salt or sugar, and a lemon wedge.
Use ½ cup of oil and 1 ¼ cup of the sea salt or sugar, squeeze the juice of the lemon in and mix.
Prep the skin you plan to exfoliate with hot water for 2-3 minutes, you can do this in a nice hot shower. Then rub the exfoliation mixture into your skin. Massage it in (use clockwise circles when you can because it’s good for your chakra energy). As you do this I want you to send love to your amazing body. When you are rubbing your legs give them thanks for being strong and for carrying you where you want to go all day. Thank your arms for hugging friends, holding babies and for comforting loved ones. Honor every single part of your body!
Once you’re done exfoliating do your usual washing and moisturizing routine. Your skin will feel, and look, amazing.
4.) ACV tea – Hydration is EVERYTHING!!! Hydrating your body improves energy, skin health, organ health, digestive health, basically, it makes everything better!
I love a hot cup of Apple Cider Vinegar (ACV) tea once or twice a day. ACV has many benefits including: weight loss aid; helps control blood sugar; improve digestion; decrease acne; increase energy.
Simple to make: Pop the kettle on to boil the water. Place 1 teaspoon of ACV in a big mug, cut a wedge of lemon, squeeze it into the mug and pop the lemon in there too. Then pour the hot water in.
You can add honey, cinnamon and/or turmeric if you like.
Start your day off with this drink and make another one during your self-care spa routine to hydrate and feel great.
3.) Hair mask – A coconut oil hair mask makes my hair shiny and healthy looking. I like to pop the oil on my hair, wrap my head in a towel and then do something else for a while, like clean the house, watch a movie or take a nap. This has a great list of benefits including; increased hair growth; decreased dandruff; improved scalp health; decreased breakage and split ends.
All you do it pop the coconut oil in a pan and heat on low until it has melted, let it cool enough that you can touch and then rub the oil through your hair from root to tip. Wrap your head in a towel and let it sit for up to 2 hours. Wash off with your usual hair cleaning practice. Try to do this once a week for maximum benefits.
2.) Epsom Salt Bath – I am not a big bath person, you know, someone who loves to jump in a bath every chance they get. But I will make time to soak if I’ve got lots and lots of Epsom salts in there.
A bath by itself can be extremely relaxing and that is fantastic but adding Epsom salts to the water also makes the bath therapeutic on other levels by decreasing inflammation and working to help detoxify the body.
Just draw yourself a nice bath and add Epsom salts, the more the better, pop in and soak. Try to stay in for at least 20 minutes.
1.) Be SUPER present – Being a busy mom is exhausting and it is extremely easy to rush through every part of your day as you care for little ones. If you have young children and/or special needs kids it’s extremely difficult to find the time and mental energy to do anything for yourself. This doesn’t mean you can’t pamper yourself and relax. It just means that you have to fight for those moments, that few seconds of peace in the madness of a day. This requires you being SUPER, UBER present and making the most of the few seconds you might get to be alone.
Each day is filled with thousands of ‘moments’. What do you do with them?
When you get 1 minute of quiet in the hectic-ness of your day that is an opportunity to savor that 60 seconds and make them COUNT. For example, when you get a minute to pour yourself a cup of coffee/tea, wrap your hands around the warm mug and be super present. Feel the warmth of the drink transfer through the mug to your palms. Watch the steam as it rises from the hot liquid, how it twists and turns and dances through the air. Smell the great aroma of the drink. Then, when you taste it, REALLY taste it. It takes a mere SECOND to check in and be present in your life. But it takes practice to remember to focus on it and make it count.
I love to do this in the shower. Getting a nice hot shower in peace and quiet is a luxury as a mom in a house full of little kids. So, when I do get that rare shower without kids dramatically throwing back the shower curtain to ask me, ‘What are you doing mommy…..’ I make it count. Next time you are in the shower, BE in the shower. And I mean REALLY be there. Take a MOMent to feel the warmth of the water flow over your body. Feel each stream as it hits and massages your skin. As you shampoo your hair give your scalp a great massage and take that time to notice how amazing every scrub really feels. As you wash your arms, your legs, your booty and your tummy send them LOVE. Tell them how thankful you are for them and all they do. If you make it count and really make it matter, a 5 minute shower can rejuvenate you as much as a full day at the spa.
While it would be absolutely lovely to do each of these self-care practices in one go know that self-care can happen in the short moments you have in your regular day. So, if you don’t have time to do them all you can still get amazing benefits by doing one of these at a time.
What else do you do in your own ‘home spa day’ routine? I want to know. Comment below and share more ideas on how to unwind, detoxify, relax and rejuvenate at home without using products that have a laundry list of ingredients.
And, let me know if you use any of my listed suggestions. I’d love to hear about how you felt afterwards.
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