Channel the services of a famous resort spa and pamper yourselves at home. Give family members the chance to reserve a manicure, masque, foot or head massage, a salt or sugar scrub, a relaxing soak or whichever services your creative minds concoct. Craft a soothing play list via your favorite music app, gather candles and supplies from your own beauty stash, your kitchen and you're good to go!
The Arawak Spa, at Belmond Cap Juluca on the Caribbean island of Anguilla, recommends a detoxifying soak to ease the tension of these stressful times.
Arawak Salt Soak
- 1/2 cup salts (Epsom, Pink Himalayan, Sea Salts)
- 1 cup baking soda (softens water)
- Essential oils if available in home (5-10 drops)
- Loose tea leaves
Combine ingredients in a mixing bowl. If possible, crush or grind the tea leaves to open up natural oils in the plant and allow it to mix well with the salts. Once combined, run a hot bath and add 3 tablespoons of the mixture to the water. Soak in the tub for 15 minutes.
Invigorating: peppermint or citrus oil /or tea leaves
Calming: Chamomile tea or oil, green tea loose leaves
Detoxifying: Rosemary Anise or Ginger /oil or tea leaves
The Lodge at Edgewood Tahoe suggests this post-winter scrub, which makes use of pine needles reported to be both antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory.
Alpine Mountain Scrub Recipe:
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- 2 tablespoons freshly chopped pine needles (optional)
- 12 drops of essential oil (optional)