Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Instant Home Spa

Stiff from too much housework? Give yourself spa-style relief by trying these recipes from Healing Home Spa by Valerie Gennari Cooksley.

Sore Hand Scrub
Mix 1 tsp olive oil, juice of ½ lemon, 2 tsp honey and 2 drops almond extract. Massage into hands and wrap with a towel. Rinse after 15 minutes. The lemon cleans and the oil and honey soften.

Hot Stone Foot Bath
Place marbles or smooth, clean stones in a basin fill with hot water. Add 1 tbs unsweeted cocoa powder, 2 tbs buttermilk powder, 2 tbs baking soda and ½ tsp cinnamon and mix. Roll your feet over the stones, concentrating on sore spots and then soak.

Macho Muscle Rub
Mix 1 tbs olive oil, ½ tsp ground ginger and a pinch each of cayenne pepper and hot mustard pepper, let stand for 10 minutes. Massage into muscles, avoiding your eyes and any senstitive or broken skin.

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