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Simple DIY Self- Care Products by Roxanne Rhoades

Self-care is more important now than ever.  The current world is a strange place and things are in a constant state of change, which is stressful to say the least.

Most of us are practicing social distance and isolation. Being quarantined at home can get you down fast.

But now that you have time on your hands you can pamper yourself in ways you normally couldn’t fit into your busy schedule, like taking a long relaxing bath. How about giving yourself a few “spa treatments” like body scrubs and foot soaks?

No fancy products on hand? No worries. You can make your own.

There are plenty of spa quality self-care products you can make with products from your kitchen and medicine cabinet.

If you don’t already have the items in your medicine cabinet or kitchen cupboard most of these products can be found at local grocery stores.

Essential oils can be trickier to find because many of the cheaper products found at grocery stores are not ones I would use on my body. I only use Now, doTerra, and Young Living essential oils.

If you have fresh or dried herbs in your spice rack you can use those in place of essential oils- Rosemary, Sage, Lavender, Mint, Lemon Balm, Basil, Fennel and Coriander are all highly aromatic and can be blended with bath salts and scrubs.

Epsom Salt, Pink Himalayan Salt, and Sea Salt can be found at Dollar Tree. Aldi has Olive Oil and Grapeseed Oil for under $5 a bottle. I prefer Grapeseed Oil because it feels smoother and less greasy on my skin. Olive Oil has a stronger aroma which I don’t like, especially when I need a carrier oil to blend with essential oils.

Here are recipes for a couple basic DIY pamper products.

Bath Salts

Ingredients:                

1 cup Epsom Salt

½ cup Baking Soda

1 Tablespoon of Olive or Grapeseed Oil

¼ cup Sea Salt

10-20 drops of Essential Oils

Optional: 1-2 Tablespoons of Dried Herbs

A Jar or Container with an Airtight Lid

How to Make It:

Mix thoroughly in a bowl.

Add ½ cup to running bath water and enjoy.

To store, seal in an airtight container.

For a relaxing aroma I suggest Lavender Essential Oil.

Citrus or Peppermint Oils are great uplifting scents.

If you need to open your sinuses I suggest a blend of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Tea Tree and Rosemary Essential Oils.

Warning: Do not use Epsom Salts if you are a diabetic. You can use sea salt instead. Use 1 ¼ cups of sea salt instead of 1 cup Epsom and ¼ cup sea salt.

Exfoliating Foot Soak

Tired achy feet? Dry cracked feet from being stuffed in socks and boots all winter?

This foot soak will make your tootsies feel so much better.

Ingredients:

2 Cups Epsom Salt (If you are diabetic use sea salt)

1 Cup of Vinegar (apple cider is best but white will work just fine)

3 Tablespoons of Baking Soda

½ Cup Lemon Juice (No lemon juice? Add 5-10 drops of lemon or orange essential oil)

How to Make It:

Find a tub or basin that your feet will feet in comfortably.

Fill with hot water (not too hot, make sure it is comfortable temperature)

Add all the ingredients to the water.

Sit back and relax, soak for 15-20 minutes. Listen to soft music and/or meditate while you soak.

After soaking you can use a rough wash cloth, pumice stone, or exfoliating brush to remove remaining dead skin.

Follow with a moisturizing salt scrub or moisturizing cream.

See next recipe.

Moisturizing Salt Scrub

This moisturizing scrub is amazing and right now I’m sure we all need to replenish our skin because using hand sanitizer a million times a day really dries it out.

Ingredients:

1 Cup Finely Ground Sea Salt

½ Cup Pink Himalayan Salt

8 Tablespoons Grapeseed Oil

10-15 Drops of Your Choice of Essential Oils

How to Make It:

Mix all ingredients together thoroughly.

Store in a glass jar with a lid.

To Use:

Rub on hands or feet in circular motion. This helps improve circulation and exfoliate dead skin. The oil moisturizes.

Rinse and dry.

Salt Water Hair Spritz

I have wild wavy hair that hates to be tamed.

My friend recommended a salt water spritz. After reading the listed ingredients I decided to make my own instead of spending twenty dollars for a bottle of salt water.

Ingredients:

A Medium Sized Spray Bottle

1 Tablespoon Sea Salt or Pink Himalayan Salt

A couple drops of an essential oil of your choice, I prefer Rosemary.

A microwave safe bowl

How to Make It:

Fill your water bottle to measure how much water it holds. You can use tap water or bottled water.

Pour water into a microwavable bowl and heat for one minute.

Add the salt to the bowl of water. Mix until salt dissolves.

Add a couple drops of your essential oil.

Pour mixture into spray bottle. Shake it up.

Some people add a little coconut oil or Aloe Vera gel to add a conditioning element to the spray.

I don’t because it always clogs the sprayer.

Plus I still use my regular hair products before using the salt spritz.

The spritz t is the final styling product I use daily to add texture and volume while keeping the frizz tamed. 

Sugar Lip Scrub

My daughter loves Jeffree Star Cosmetics. She purchased a lip scrub awhile back. After trying it myself I realized I could easily make a version of my own.

This simple scrub can be made from ingredients found in your kitchen. It is wonderful for exfoliating and moisturizing dry lips.

Ingredients:           

2 tablespoons sugar (I prefer brown sugar but you can use white or brown)

1 tablespoon grapeseed oil (you can also use olive or coconut, I personally never use coconut because it makes my lips crack)

A few drops of vanilla extract or a fruit extract for flavor

If you love coffee you can add a teaspoon of ground coffee to the scrub.

Small Container with Lid

How to Make It:

Mix everything in an airtight container.      

Now you have a great scrub for your lips. Rub on lips to exfoliate and moisturize then rinse off.

Note: Always use care with essential oils. Some people are sensitive or allergic to certain oils so always test before ading to your mixtures. Also be aware that some oils should not be used while pregnant or nursing. Fennel, clary sage, marjoram, tarragon, caraway, cinnamon, thuja, mugwort, birch, wintergreen, basil, camphor, hyssop, aniseed, sage, tansy, wormwood, parsley seed or leaf, and pennyroyal should be avoided during pregnancy.

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