Many cultures have embraced luxurious body treatments for centuries, typically reserved for royalty. Queen Esther in the Bible applied myrrh oil to her skin every day for 6 months just to prepare herself before she was presented to the king. You don’t have to be a queen, or king to benefit from some soothing skin treatments right at home with ingredients you may already have on hand. This little luxury doesn’t have to cost a king’s ransom either, and is a fraction of a trip to the spa. This recipe was adapted from my first aromatherapy book by Valerie Ann Woodward, a definiteYou have to be wise though, and use only organic ingredients (remember your skin will drink in whatever you apply). If you don’t have organic or home grown, I would skip the ingredient rather than applying something with pesticides to your skin.
The oatmeal, almonds and almond oil are the foundation of this treatment so don’t skip these.
Pamper yourself before a special night out, this easy to prepare recipe will remove dead skin cells and leave your skin soft as silk. Blend all the ingredients together until you have a small ball of paste, adding more almond oil as needed. After drying off from a shower or bath, roll the mixture over your entire body, massaging into areas that are dry. You’ll want to cover the skin with a fine layer that will dry pretty quickly. When you are done, brush off the excess with a dry washcloth and your skin will be left glowing!
1 T ground oatmeal
2 tsp ground almonds
1 tsp dried, ground citrus peel
1 tsp dried, crushed rose petals
1 tsp dried, crushed lavender buds
1 pinch ground clove
1 pinch ground nutmeg
2-3 drops essential oils of choice: sandalwood, myrrh, neroli or lavender
1-2 T almond or sesame oil
This treatment is not one to rush through, it might be something different than anything you’ve ever done before. Give yourself time to do it when you can enjoy the process and be relaxed. How else do you pamper your skin at home? I’d love to hear about little luxuries you treat yourself with at home!