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Going to a spa, be it for a day or the weekend, has grown in popularity in recent years; but how do you take that relaxing feeling home with you and maintain that spa moment until the next visit? Or just skip the expense and create your own home spa?
Creating you own home aromatherapy spa is easier than you think and a fraction of the cost of spa visit! Claim the bathroom as your very own "spa" space, by removing the kids, husband and dog, lock the door and enjoy your own private moment! An aromatherapy spa experience is a great opportunity to unwind after a busy day - or simply because its time to treat yourself....
Creating Your Aromatherapy Home Spa
-An Aromatherapy Bath or Shower
There must be quite a few things that a hot bath won't cure, but I don't know many of them. Sylvia Plath
Firstly, create a spa atmosphere by lighting some aromatherapy candles and putting on some soothing music. Aromatherapy candles should be soy based and contain pure essential oils to be of full aromatic benefit. Lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) is probably the most popular of relaxing blends but should you want to have a more uplifting fragrance try some of the citrus oils.
A soothing aromatic bath will help caress away the stress of the day; aromatherapy bubbles with lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile) are popular. If you haven't got bubble bath on hand you can add a few drops of your favorite essential oils to your bath water, and breathe in the steaming aroma.
Bath oils and bath crystals are some other options for dispersing aromatherapy oils into your bath. Other essential oils suitable for bath combinations include palmarosa (Cymbopogon martinii), patchouli (Pogostemon cablin), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), frankincense (Boswellia carteri), rose (Rosa damascena), and sandalwood (Santalum album).
Aromatherapy soap will help scrub away any lingering niggles; however, make sure you use those made with pure essential oils and not synthetic substitutes. Hair should not be forgotten too and an pure aromatic shampoo, full of true essential oils, will add gloss and shine, as well as condition your beautiful tresses, unlike the harsh chemicals used in regular store shampoos. Essential oils used for hair can include rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), lemon (Citrus limon), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens) and lavender (Lavandula angustifolia).
You may be the type of girl who prefers an aromatherapy shower either at the start or end of your day. Aromatic scrubs, with pure essential oils, are a great way to sluice away dead skin. Exchange your aromatic bubble bath for an aromatherapy shower gel.
-After-bath Aromatherapy Treatments
So many people spend their health gaining wealth, and then have to spend their wealth to regain their health. A J Reb Materi
After your bath or shower, treat your skin to an aromatic, soothing lotion or oil that will soften and leave your skin glowing. Essential oils suitable for skin care include rose (Rosa damascena), geranium (Pelargonium graveolens), lemon (Citrus limon), orange (Citrus sinensis), frankincense (Boswellia carteri), lavender (Lavandula angustifolia), rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis), and ylang ylang (Cananga Odorata) to name a few.
Don't forget your feet with a cooling blend that may contain peppermint (Mentha piperita) essential oil! An aromatic hand lotion used daily will keep your hands in excellent condition. Aromatherapy oils can be made exclusively for use on your face too. There are many combinations available, depending on your skin type, as highlighted in my article Aromatherapy and Skin Care.
Once you abandon your aromatherapy spa in the bathroom, you may want to extend your aromatherapy spa experience in the bedroom. Lying on your bed, with an aromatic eye pillow, such as lavender, will continue your relaxation time. Fragrance your drawers with aromatherapy lavender or rose bud sachets, so your clothes will be fresh and sweet smelling for the following day.
Complete your readiness for bed, by misting your pillow with an aromatherapy spray such as lavender (Lavandula angustifolia) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile), to ease you into your dreams, should you need it. Ahhh, don't you just feel all spa-d out now.....
A Note on Making Your Aromatherapy Spa Products
All of the products mentioned in this article are available for custom order in the Sedona Aromatherapie shop. However, it is quite easy to make your own spa products if you have some basic knowledge of aromatherapy essential oils. If in doubt about the effects of any essential oil please refer to the advice of a professional aromatherapist.
-Base Products Needed:
To the base product, add your chosen blend of pure essential oils; remember that less is more when using essential oils. There are guidelines as to how many drops should be added to a base product and for this, I suggest a basic aromatherapy course in making your own aromatherapy products. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact me!
Worwood, Valerie 1991 The Complete Book of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy Macmillan London Limited: UK
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