Derived from Latin phrase SPA means "sanus per aquam" or health through water".

SPA is a place of retreat creating a balance between effort through stamina and muscle building whereby rest allow repair, rejuvenation and relaxation

Home Spa

Today there are several different types of spas located in places like hotels, resorts, health centre and retreat, just to name some but nevertheless you need not have to spend money, or travel far just to experience it;  SPA can be created in your own home.

You will be surprise how fun it is to set up your own SPA at home.  Home SPA allows you to experience the feeling of cosiness and comfort in your own familiar space and your own convenient.  You can utilised areas like balconies with open windows to let the air in for resting, a small room or space for body treatment, bathroom with shower and bathtub for water treatment and having fun making your own remedies.

All you need is just to be organised and with a touch of aromatherapy scent will gives you a new healthy, happy and energized mood. To create different moods you might include lavender, sweet orange and rosewood for room freshener,  juniper, pine, lemon and cedarwood for the bathroom or if you like the sensuous evening atmosphere then try rose, mandarin, ylang ylang and sandalwood.

Self disciplined is very important including switching off phone/s and no disturbance from visitors or even family members. 

Water is crucial as well.  You need to drink at least 8 glasses of water during the programme for internal cleansing.  It should be drunk plain thus it is good to give our kidneys the full detoxifying.  Hot infusions - eg peppermint tea can be drunk to help digestion and inner cleansing whereby cold will be able to be used as skin fresheners or hair rinses.

Simple SPA remedies for facial

Facial steam - take handful of cleaned and fresh peppermint leaves and chamomile flowers. Pour near boiling water in a heatproof bowl, scatter the herbs on the surface of the water then lean over with the towel covered head.  The steam will opens up pores and eliminates impurities.  The herbs and flowers are extremely soothing to the skin.  Chopped lemongrass is frequently used by the Asian women as it refreshing to the skin. Treatment time should be 15 to 20 minutes.

Facial scrub - A mixture of gentle exfoliator are fine oatmeal, 2 tablespoon honey and a squeeze of half lemon juice.  Apply to the face and make small circular movements, avoiding the eye area.  The mixture remove dead cells, smoothen the skin while it hydrating and tones the pores.  Leave for 15 to 20 minutes, wash off with warm water.

Facial toner - Infused chopped fresh peppermint leaves in bowl followed by pouring boiling water.  Let it infused for 15 minutes, strain and refrigerate.  Apply it to the skin with a cotton pad.

Facial mask - Mash up half ripe skinless avocado, add a teaspoon lemon juice, a drop of cypress and 4 drops lavender essential oils.  Your skin will be nourished and protected by vitamins A, D and E in the avocado whereby cypress tones pores yet lavender soothes it.  Let the paste on your face avoiding the eye area for 15 to 20 minutes then wash it.

Herbs for beauty

There are lots of benefits to be gained from using your own herbal cosmetic remedies: the lovely scents of herbs combined with the other natural ingredients will have a relaxation effect that increases the beneficial action of the mixture.  A herbs face pack cleanses, nourishes and restores a smooth fresh appearance to the skin.  Normal procedure of washing and rinsing the face and neck is required before applying face pack.

Normal Skin

Peppermint and yeast pack - stimulating - mix 1 teaspoon dried baker's yeast, 1 tablespoon of strong infusion of peppermint leaves (pour 150ml boiling water on to 4 tablespoon chopped peppermint leaves. Strain when its cold).  Apply the mixture on to face and neck, avoiding the eye area.  Leave to dry for approx 15 minutes and rinse it off with warm water and dab cold water.

Sage and apple pack - puree the diced apple in a blender with 2 tablespoons of honey and either 15g chopped sage or 2 tablespoons of rosewater.  Smooth the mixture on to face, avoiding the eye area and leave it for 15 minutes. Rinse it off with tepid water.

Dry Skin

After cleansing the skin, smooth a light film of almond oil over face before applying the pack.

Marigold, Peach and Yogurt pack - mash 1 peeled peach (remove the stone-pit), mix it with 2 teaspoons of natural unflavoured yogurt and 1 tablespoon strong marigold infusion (pour 1 cupful of boiling water on to 2 tablespoons of crushed marigold petals and leaves) Apply on to face for 15 minutes and rinse it with warm water.

Borrage, Egg, Yeast and Almond Oil pack - beat 1 egg yolk, 2 teaspoons of almond oil and 8g of fresh yeast.  Add 1 tablespoon of strong borage infusion (pour a cupful of boiling water on to 2 tablespoons of chopped leaves)   Apply on to face for 15 minutes and rinse it with warm water.

Note - It is very important not to splash cold water after rinsing just pat dry.

Oily Skin

Parsley with Egg pack - chopped and puree a large bunch or parsley in a blender, pour half cup of boiled water and mix it with equal quantity of egg white. Apply on to face for 15 minutes and rinse it with cold water.

Peppermint, Egg, Lemon and Cucumber pack - puree in blender 1 egg white, half peeled and chopped cucumber, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and a small handful of fresh peppermint leaves. Apply on to face for 15 minutes and rinse it with warm water.

Light moisturizer after face pack

Mix 2 tablespoons glycerine, 2 tablespoons of rosewater and 2 tablespoons marigold flower water

Essential oils?

For centuries the Egyptians has included frankincense and cedarwood in embalming procedures.  Certain essential oils, such as neroli, frankincense, rose and lavender, stimulate the regeneration of healthy new skin cells.

More tips on herbs and essential oils in the next article.


Narima Ramli