Beauty, Fashion

At Home Spa Day

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This week has been rainy for me and I have not been able to work in my garden. I spent a good deal of the week fighting of the rainy weather blues too. This next week looks like rain too so I decided to have a spa day and share some of my ideas with you. In this post I am going to show you how to create a mood and atmosphere for a relaxing hour or two.

Working with your senses

Relaxing is about more than just setting down and not doing anything. It is about creating a state of relaxation for the mind and the body. Our body receives messages about the world around us through our senses, so these are the areas we will start with.

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Taste I don’t know if taste comes to your mind when you think about a spa day but it definitely comes to my mind.  I like to have my favorite tea on hand for my spa day. Two teas I recommend are Rosebud tea and or chamomile tea. If tea is not your thing  fruit infused water is also nice to have on hand or your favorite coffee blend.

Touch I suggest keeping some nice and fluffy towels set aside for your spa days. Try to only use these towels for days that you want to pamper yourself. You may also want to have a plush bathrobe to wear.pexels-photo-1961785

The important thing here is you want something soft and plush making direct contact with your skin to stimulate the sensations of touch. Basically the goal is to flood all your senses with the feelings of comfort and relaxation.

Smell– Essential oils – Rose, lavender are my personal favorites. You may choose to apply these to your bath water, foot soak water or simply add to an oil diffuse lamp to scent the room you are in. You may also just want to indulge a little in your favorite perfume.

SightUse calming colors/ blue, lavender,Green, pink. You can use colored candles or white candles if you prefer. I like to get colorful scarves and lay them out either on the floor ( if I am setting in yoga style) or use them to cover the table I have my spa stuff laid out on. This just gives a pleasant look and feel to everything and creates space.

SoundThis is really your own preference. Spa music or  water sounds are wonderful background sounds but I really suggest that you pick a background sound that relaxes you. Sound is a funny thing I have often found piano or classical guitar music to be very relaxing background sounds also.pexels-photo-931004.jpeg

Other things to add

Fresh flowers. Nothing is as pleasing to see in a room than a beautiful bunch of flowers. Scented candles Candles if not using essential oils.Chocolates or some other small treats

 

Scroll Down For Two Spa foot soak recipes

 

 

 

Rose foot soak:

1 part Epsom salts

1 part Baking soda

5 drops of rose essential oils

Rose petals (optional)

Add to 1 gallon of hot water

Lavender  foot soak

1/2 cup lavender buds (fresh or dried, both work well)

10 drops lavender essential oils

1 cup Epsom salt

1 cup Kosher salt (or use 2 cups Epsom)

 Use 1/2 cup per gallon of water.

Recommended Body and Hair  Oils

Coconut oil/ Argon oil/ sweet almond oil/ grape seed oil

 

Beauty, Fashion, Health

Healthy Hair

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1.Good shampoo and Conditioner 

Stay away from shampoos that contain silicone, sulfates, and alcohols. These products damage and break hair down over time.

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2. Cold water rinse.

Rinse and condition your hair in cold water, this will help to seal the moister into your hair.

3. Use natural Oils

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From time to time your hair may need a boost. Try Coconut oil or sweet almond oil to help rejuvenate dry hair and add a healthy shine.

4. Silk pillow case

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You have probably heard of this one before. Sleeping on silk cuts down on the amount of friction on your hair as you move at night. The silk can prevent the hair from becoming frizzed and breakage.

5. Condition before swimming

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Before you jump into the pool this summer make sure to lather your hair up with conditioner. This will help prevent damage from the chlorine in the water

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Summer Hair Color

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The warm weather is on its way soon and for those of us who love our wig accessories it’s time to prep your hair care routine. During the warm months wigs can become hot. I  have a few recommendations that might keep you cooler this year.

Wear half wigs. I tried a few half wigs recently that were about the same color as my natural hair texture and color. A half wig is not really half its more like 2/3rds a wig. The front is left where your natural hair can be out. This drastically cuts down on heat as more heat can escape from the uncovered portion of your head.

s-l1600 (8)Only wear breathable caps. You should never wear poorly constructed caps that do not give your head breath ability. Also if you wear stocking caps opt for the fishnet style instead of the opaque nylon type.

Shorter hair. Try going shorter for the summer.

Braid your long wig. If you want a long style try braiding your wig into a ponytail, or try an up-do style.

Extra washing. Remember to wash your wigs more often in warm weather. You are sweating probably more than you realize. Keep your wig and your own hair properly washed and dried.

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Tea

Tea’s For Headaches

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Many times when we have headaches it is due to tension and stress. Congestion of blood in the head will also cause pain in the head region. These types of headaches are pretty normal and should not be confused with migraine or chronic pain headaches. These last two types could be more serious and you should consult with your healthcare provider for chronic and reoccurring head pain. But for the normal everyday headache here are some herbal teas that will help to calm and sooth.

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Green tea is not recommended if you are caffeine sensitive or if you suffer from  migraine headaches as this may make your headaches worse. However if you are use to caffeine green tea could be a good option for you. If you are not sure if caffeine bothers you opt for  Peppermint tea. You can use fresh or dried leaves for your tea. Mix with a little honey, lemon, or plain if you like (I don’t recommend plain peppermint tea as the taste is not pleasant (at least to me.)

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Ginger tea can be used to help with migraine headaches, but I still recommend again that if you have migraines still consult your doctor as other health issues may be involved. Ginger tea should not be consumed by pregnant woman or  people with  bleeding disorders or with gallstones. The reason that ginger works for migraines is due to  the increase serotonin your body produces when this root is used. serotonin helps stop migraine by reducing inflammation.

Chamomile tea is recommended for calming the nerves and will help to take pressure from your head by calming you down and relaxing you. It can also help relieve anxiety. It is a natural sedative and can help reduces inflammation as well as work as a natural sleep aid without any addicting side affects.

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How to Make Chai Tea

pexels-photo-1187317Chai tea is a traditional Indian tea made with milk, water and  a blend of black tea, ginger and other spices which may include cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, black pepper,cloves, star anise, coriander seeds and peppercorns. It can be consumed hot or cold and may provide a variety of health benefits.  Here is a recipe you may enjoy.

pexels-photo-544117Ingredients

  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 whole peppercorns
  • 4 tea bags
  • 4 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 inches)
  • 2-1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2 cups milk

Directions

  • In a large bowl crush  cloves and peppercorns.
  • Crush your spices until their aromas are released.
  • Add tea bags, sugar, ginger, cinnamon stick to boiling water.
  • Cover and steep for 6 minutes.
  • In a small saucepan, heat milk.
  • Strain tea, toss spices and tea bags.
  • Stir in hot milk.
  • Pour into cups.
Nutrition Facts1 cup: 92 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 12mg cholesterol, 49mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.Originally published as Indian Chai in Country Woman Christmas 2010
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Haitian Ginger Tea (Te Jenjanm)

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Makes: 6 cups tea

Ingredients:
6 cups water
Fresh ginger, peel and grate
1 stalk lemongrass, take the outer dry leaves off and trim top & bottom
2-4 star anise pods
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch salt
Honey/ Brown sugar, to taste

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How to Make

Heat water on medium add ginger, lemongrass, star anise, and cinnamon stick as water is heating.
Bring tea to a boil then reduce heat and let simmer for 10 minutes.
Simmer it longer for stronger taste
Strain tea into cups add honey or brown sugar to taste.