Positive Self care.

Valentine's Day is just around the corner.  Making this a perfect time to talk about passionate self care.  I'm sure everyone would love to spend a relaxing day at the spa.  I'm sure most of you, like myself really need to spend that money on other things.  The good news is there is a way to still have a spa day without feeling like you are wasting money.  In a space you already feel relaxed in.
Over the years, I have found and used many at home spa ideas.  It really surprises me that most work better then the pricey ones.  So my Valentine's Day gift to you is a collection of recipes you can make in your own kitchen.  Natural products are also a passion of mine.  And you can't get more natural then fruits and veggies we eat.
Here you will find a short guide to some foods you can use in your spa day recipes. 
 A few of the ingredients I use a lot and why they are good to use are.
  • Coconut Oil-  This natural pure oil is great for a lot of different things.  I use coconut for the base for most of home spa treatments.  It is full of vitamins, and healthy fatty acid  that are great for ageing skin like mine.  Plus it can be picked up at any store.
  • Vitamins E oil-  This oil is a must for healthy skin, and hair.  We get some vitamin E with the foods we eat.  But is also very good to use directly on the skin and hair.  It can be picked up at most Dollar Stores for a couple of bucks.
  • Almond Oil- is another wonderful oil to use as a base, or combine with the others.
  • Cinnamon-  Is great for cleaning out pours.  It also promotes circulation witch is goof to reduce swelling, and puffiness.  Not to mention it makes your spa treatments smell great.
  • Epson, or Sea salts-  This is great for exfoliating the skin.  Epson salt is also wonderful to use in a detox bath.  Younger people need to use sugar to exfoliate.
  • Coffee- Coffee grand's are good for exfoliating too.  Plus promotes circulation in the skin.  Witch is wonderful to reduce stretch marks.  It also brings a youth look to skin.
  •   Vanilla-  Is a great toner for the skin, plus smells yummy.
  • Egg Whites-  Great for toning the skin, and reducing pours.
  • Lemons-   Lightens dark spots, reduces pours, and cleans the skin without over drying.  
  • Honey-   Skin moisturizer, it is full of vitamins to promote healthy skin regrowth.
  • Sugar-  Natural genital exfoliate.
  • Baking Soda-  deep pour cleaning, strips build up on hair, good to use in detox baths.
There are so many differed things you can use from your kitchen in spa treatment.   With a little research you can find ways to use your favorite kitchen items for your spa day.  Also you can follow me on Pinterest for more DIY recipes.
A big part of the Spa experience is to have a relaxing place.  This part is easy to do with a little preplanning.  Stock up on scented candles, and a few of your favorite scented oils.  This will help you create a relaxing environment.  Now to part you have been waiting for.  Here are a few of the recipes I use myself. 
 Coffee Scrub.

Use that days coffee grinds.  So there is no waist.
1 cup Epson salts, or sugar. {depends on how much exfoliation you need.}
2 tbsp. coconut oil, {if solid, melt}
2 tbsp. almond oil
1 tbsp. vitamin E oil.
2 tsp cinnamon
a dash of vanilla

Mix until all is wet.

Take care.  The tub will be sleek, and we don't want anyone to slip.
Leave mix outside of shower until ready to use.
Shower as normal.  Using your favorite cleaners.  After rinsing.
Turn the water off to save water.  Grab your coffee mix.  Use your hand
to dip out the mix and scrub over your skin like you are using a washcloth.
Don't forget the bottom of your feet.  Once you are covered.  Rinse off
with warm/hot water.  Do not use any soaps.  Just rinse off.  Towel dry.

You will notice that your skin feels like it can breath.  And will be very
soft and smooth.  A coffee scrub is wonderful during the winter when skin
becomes more dry then other times.  This treatment can be done a couple times
 a month.

Basic face scrub.
This one is a basic face scrub.  You can add different things to suit your skin type.
1/2 cup sugar
2tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp. almond oil
1tsp vitamin E oil
1 tsp cinnamon
1tsp vanilla
Mix together until wet.  Scoop up with fingers and rub on face.  Let set for about
10 mins.  Rinse off with warm water.  You can use moisturizer if needed.
Lip Scrub.

It is hard to just make a little of this.  But it will keep for about a month in an air tight
container.  The amounts are a little harder to do on this one too.  So the best way to do is
make sure the sugar is wet, but not floating in the oils.

Brown sugar
coconut oil
vitamin E oil.

Mix together, and rub a small amount on your lips.  This mix will exfoliate the lips, making
them a smooth kissable.  The oils promotes healing, and it taste pretty good too.  This can be used everyday if you like.

Deep hair conditioning.
My hair is very long and stays pretty dry.  So depending on the length of your hair you could use less of these ingredients.  This mix will keep up to 6 months when kept in an air tight container.  Just warm the mix and shake well before using.
1 cup coconut oil {works best very damaged hair}
1/2 cup almond oil
1/2 cup olive oil
3 tbsp. of vitamin E oil.
you can add to your favorite conditioner or use only.
Also you can add essential oil to add smell.
Apply on dry hair.  The best way is to scoop up in your hands and spread over hair.    Hair should be wet all over but not drippy.  Put hair up so not to drip everywhere.  Keep on hair for at least 1 hour.  The longer the better.  Wash out of hair using your favorite products.  Allow to air dry.  Hair will have a much smoother texture, and you will be able to see a big difference.
All these recipes for home spa days, can be used by men and woman.  We all need to take care of ourselves.  So from time to time make it special.  It this helps recharge our batteries.
 Positive brings positive.