Simple Home Spa Ideas

There are so many fantastic home spa ideas that can be created in the kitchen. From aromatherapy, to home facials, even hair care products can be made quite simply. Some of the most basic household items can turn a person’s home into a rival for the finest spa.

Herbal bath salts are one of the easiest and least expensive kitchen treatments that a person can make. All that is needed is one quarter of a cup of regular baking soda, one half of a cup of sea salt, and a few drops of essential oil. All ingredients are mixed together, with no cooking, refrigerating, or any other work. This bath treatment will actually last up to eight months.

This one is a huge money saver. Who does not love the smells of the beach? What stands out predominately in one’s mind is coca butter and suntan lotion. Generally commercial lotions are quite expensive, but making it at home is both simple, and a serious bargain. All that you will need for this is a can of coconut milk, a medium size sauce pan, and an air tight bottle. Simply pour the milk into the pan and boil it on medium temperature until the oil and the solids separate. Strain the liquid, and pour it into the airtight container. The smell of this alone is fantastic, but it also works great. This is a food quality item that may be used for cooking as well, as long as it is properly stored.

One of, if not the cheapest way to create a relaxing spa atmosphere is to simply add a few drops of essential oil to the shower or bath tub. This will create the sense of a rose bath, relaxing, lavender, or invigorating mint. Pretty much any scent that a person prefers or has need for can be used. This will literally cost pennies. One of the most essential beauty tips is to make sure you give yourself plenty of time to de-stress and relax. An aromatherapy bath is the perfect way to wind down at the end of a long day.

Everyone can find a nice smooth rock. This is an idea that require a partner to help. Find and perfectly clean a few smooth rounded rocks. Heat them in a pan of boiling water, and allow them to cool to the touch. Use these rocks as a massage tool, preferably with massage oil. This will be the most relaxing home treatment imaginable.

Spending an entire day being pampered is a dream for anyone. Home facials and spa treatments can help you combat the effects of the elements, makeup, aging and other detrimental factors to your skin. Trying these home spa ideas can make this possible without requiring that you spend a fortune.

Chocolate Spa Treatments

A new craze has hit many people who like to have those spa treatments and jet out on those Caribbean spa holidays and those Thailand spa holidays. You are going to get very messy and possibly feel a bit uncomfortable with chocolate slapped all over you so are there actually any benefits to treatments such as this one?

The coca butter that is extracted from the beans that actually go towards making chocolate actually help to soften the skin if you rub them in.« Continue »

Sauna: Heating Up Good For Your Health?


Taking a sauna is a popular practice around the world, especially here in Europe. Yesterday I had a sauna. I can’t say that it’s something I do very often, I dislike sitting in a hot room dripping sweat and struggling to breathe. I got a call from one of my teammates, didn’t have much else to do and thought, why not? Now I’m from Australia, and yes, we have saunas. They differ slightly from those in good old Deutschland. Here, saunas are taken quite liberally, no swimsuit. It’s a unisex theme, both in the sauna, in the shower area for the sauna, and in the relaxation area. Oh well, you have to embrace the culture right? Anyway, my sauna yesterday inspired my post today. After sweating it out, and boy am I an efficient sweater, then a cold shower, a little lie down…repeat this process three times, I have to say, I felt pretty refreshed and relaxed.

What Happens To Your Body During A Sauna?

It’s pretty hot in there. Your skin temperature rockets up within minutes. The Average Joe will sweat out about a pint during a short stint in a sauna. Your pulse races 30% faster than normal. This means you are pumping around nearly double the amount of blood in a minute. Because you are trying to cool down, the blood flows to your skin, pretty much away from all your internal organs. Basically, you heat up!

What Are The Benefits & Drawbacks Of Sauna?

Saunas have been deemed safe for the body. As I experienced yesterday, they are pretty relaxing and left me feeling pretty good. Alternating with the hot and cold probably did this, and a little lie down every now and then is nice! There is the thought that saunas are good for your skin and extremities. It opens up your pores and helps the body to rid of toxins through your sweat.

I get told a lot by my teammates that saunas can help relieve sore muscles. I believe this to be a factor of the hot/ cold combination, and not solely a result of taking a sauna. A big recovery method for athletes is taking a hot shower, and then plunging into cold water. It causes your arteries to constrict and dilate, helping flush ‘the crap’ out of your legs and muscles.

As a general rule, it is thought that sauna is great for relaxation, general well- being and just feeling good. Aside from that, it seems there is no scientific evidence that a sauna actually has any real health benefits (though many would argue general well-being is such an important part of health).

The bad news with sauna? Well the obvious one is dehydration. You are sweating like a pig in there. If you don’t hydrate adequately, you are going to get dehydrated. As mentioned above, your body goes through some pretty rapid and drastic changes, mainly in your cardiovascular system. People with poorly controlled blood pressure and general heart problems should probably stay in the cold!

Sauna For Weight Loss

This is a big misconception. The ONLY way sauna can aid your weight loss is a loss of fluid. This simply does not help you lose body fat. If you have lost weight through the sauna, then you actually need to drink more, it means you lost fluid that needs replacing.

So Is It Good For You?

Thought it’s not bad for you, there are no reported health benefits. I felt pretty darn good after my sauna, relaxed and refreshed. This is a wonderful thing, and warding off stress and generally feeling good does go a long way to good health. So if you enjoy a sauna, keep it up. If like me, you struggle to sit in there and breathe, or you have heart problems, consult your doctor or just take a spa…there are many other ways to relax. Either way just keep drinking and stay cool.