• Spirulina & Sea Salt Detox Bath

    This is a great bath to do when you are starting to do any sort of cleanse or need to detoxify the body.  If you wake up with a wee hangover, or have overindulged in unhealthy food, soaking in this bath can help you eliminate toxins and put you in the right frame of mind to begin doing good things for yourself in order to mentally and physically right any damage.  I like taking this bath early in the morning on weekends when I’m trying to “turn over a new leaf.”

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    Spirulina is a blue-green algae.  It’s full of minerals, enzymes, antioxidants and amino acids.  Bathing in spirulina helps revitalize, nourish and soften the skin.  It is thought to usher along detoxification by flushing fluids from the cells and replacing them with all this good stuff in spirulina.  For that reason, it can also help with muscle aches and fatigue like if you feel like you are coming down with a flu or have built up lactic acid in your muscles from overuse (or from too much getting low on the dance floor while you slopped around Champagne at a wedding).

    The addition of the sea salt (or Epsom salt) adds additional minerals like I discussed in this post.  It’s a great purifier and increases circulation for a healthy glow.  Like the spirulina, salt helps promotes physical pain relief in the muscles or from arthritis.

    Add the following to a warm bath:

    • ½ cup spirulina, mixed in a pitcher of warm water
    • ½ cup sea salt
    • 5 drops essential oil (I like to use a mixture of lime, bergamot and grapefruit).  If you don’t have essential oils, you could also squeeze in some lime, lemon or orange juice
    • Fresh flowers to float (optional for a pampering spa-like feel)

    Spirulina can be found in the supplements section of any natural grocery store.  I like to buy sea salt in bulk and keep it in a glass jar by my bath.  I have been absolutely obsessed with baths lately and I love this one for its relaxing and restorative properties.

     

  • Tropical Vanilla Hydrating Sugar Scrub

    I love doing scrubs on days I have a little bit of extra time when getting ready or before an event.  Scrubs smooth and deeply moisturize the skin and impart a healthy glow.  It baffles me why anyone would go out and pay $65 for scrubs sold in beauty stores when we can make better ones with organic ingredients and no preservatives for under $1 in our own kitchens.  Scrubs can be applied to wet or dry skin (for deeper exfoliation).  You could also apply the scrub before sinking in to the bath and then let the components dissipate in to the bath water.  Ingredients are as follows:

    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • ¼ cup coconut oil (almond oil could work too)
    • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 teaspoon honey
    • 3 drops bergamot essential oil (or sweet orange or tangerine)
    • 3 drops vanilla essential oil (usually in a jojoba oil carrier)

    Sugar is a great gentle exfoliator.  Just be sure to use somewhat finely ground stuff.  If you have really sensitive skin, brown sugar works well too.  Really any oil (jojoba, almond, olive, grapeseed) would work in this recipe but the coconut oil gives a really nice scent and has the added benefits of being naturally anti-fungal and anti-bacterial.  Coconut oil is one of the products I always recommend having on hand for kitchen beautician recipes anyway.  The bergamot and vanilla mixed together give this scrub sort of a creamsicle smell and make you instantly feel like you have been transported to someplace tropical.  If you don’t have essential oils, don’t worry about it.  You could also try putting in a teaspoon of orange juice.

    If you do this scrub in the shower, take care because the oil can make the shower floor a little bit slippery.  This recipe should make enough scrub for about three uses.