Good Eats – A Twist – DIY Spa Treatments

May 31, 2009 separator Recipes

I had a looong weekend at work with a couple very late nights, and I’ve been feeling quite sorry for myself and my poor, sad feet. Anyhow, I was sitting here trying to think of a good dish for recipe Sunday and began daydreaming about how Sunday would be just perfect for a spa day. Unfortunately, the late nights don’t pay enough to head off to the shmansiest place in town for a mani/pedi and a massage.
Well, I had a fabulous thought to combine recipe Sunday with my desire for a little pampering. After a quick search, I found a great website with a few fabulous and super easy at-home DIY spa treatments! Now I know you’re all just as busy as I am, so take a night off this week; get your ingredients together; and indulge a little!

A Coffee Break for Tired Feet

What you need:

  • 1/4 c sea salt
  • 1 T freshly ground coffee beans
  • 1/4 c olive oil
  • 1 pot coffee, at room temperature
  • whipped cream

Follow these steps:

  1. Mix salt, coffee grounds, vanilla bean grounds, and oil in a bowl.
  2. Pour the coffee in a basin and add the whipped cream.
  3. Place feet in the basin and soak for about 10 minutes.
  4. Rub a scoop of the salt mixture over feet and calves, concentrating on callused areas.
  5. Rinse with warm water, dry with a towel, and finish with a rich moisturizer.
A Shower Scrub for Radiant Skin

What to do:

  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and grated with a cheese grater
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 1/2 sea salt or kosher salt

What to do:

  1. In a small bowl, mix the cucumber and buttermilk
  2. Add the salt and blend into a thick paste.
  3. Relax in a warm shower for 5 minutes, allowing the heat to open your pores.
  4. Apply the scrub, paying special attention to dry areas like elbows and knees, then rinse. Make sure to use it before shaving because the salt can irritate freshly shaved skin.

A Citrus Lift for Parched Hair

What you need:

  • 1/4 c club soda
  • 1/4 c freshly-squeezed grapefruit juice
  • 1/4 c freshly-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/4 c freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • drop of sage essential oil

What to do:

  1. In a clean spray bottle, mix club soda and juices. If your hair is longer than shoulder-length, add an additional 1/8 c of each ingredient.
  2. Add the essential oil (available at health food stores).
  3. Wet hair thoroughly, then spray the mixture on. Comb through to evenly coat strands; leave it in for two to four minutes.
  4. Finish with your usual shampoo and conditioner.
  5. Repeat once every two weeks; for super-dry, damaged hair, repeat once every three weeks.

Now do all the above with a nice glass of wine and a magazine or your favorite show! All these beautiful images and amazing recipes are from Health.

– Lindsay

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  1. Those sound awesome! I’ll have to try them out. My sister spells her name like yours, with an ‘-say’ at the end 🙂

  2. Wow, these are great, but I’d really have to restrain myself from not drinking the coffee and eating the whipped cream!

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