As I’m off to have my wisdom teeth out today and can’t eat before I go in I’ve decided to use my breakfast time to share with you some recipes for a Friday night pampering. Have stuck to the easy recipes that don’t require fancy or difficult to find ingredients so hopefully you don’t have to rush to the store in order to create your own Friday night spa sanctuary. All recipes come from the two (thrifted) books above Home Spa by Greta Breedlove and Natural Beauty Treatments by Charmaine Yabsley
To get yourself in the spa mood set some mood lights or light some soy candles in the bathroom, put on some soothing tunes, and make yourself a cup of herbal tea.
Basic Herbal Steam (recipe from Home Spa)
2 litres of water
1 cup dried herbs
large spaghetti type pot
Bring water to boil in a large pot. Add dried herbs to boiling water and turn off heat. After two minutes uncover, give herbs a stir and remove from stove
Place pot on table or counter where you can sit comfortably with your face six inches above it. Drape a large towel over your head and allow it to hang down around the pot so that it catch vapours and steam. Keep a conformable distance from the pot and try to stay under the towel as long as you comfortably can.
Notes from author of Home Spa: You may find your face gets itchy the first time you steam it. This is normal, your skin is reacting to the increased circulation caused by the steam. If you give yourself a weekly facial steam you will find that itching sensation gradually decreases, and increased circulation will have your face all aglow.
Notes from me: My sister and I grew up with regular facial steams as this is something my dad was quite fond of. Every time we got the sniffles we would be over a steam bath with some soothing nose-clearing herbs and oils. Another D.A.D. approved beauty treatment.
Baggy Eye Fix (recipe from Home Spa)
Slice the potato to fit over your eyes. Cut two slices, or, if you prefer 5-10 very thin slices for each eye. Either method works.
Spritz the eye area with water. Lying down, place potato slices over eyelids and leave in place for at least 10 minutes for best results.
Note from author: Raw potato helps to tighten baggy, puffy eyes. All you need is a knife or slicer.
Note from me: A great Friday night pick-me-up for tired eyes before heading out.
Banana and Cream anti ageing mask (from Natural Beauty Treatments)
1 small banana
2tpsp fresh heavy cream or yoghurt (I use coconut yoghurt or coconut cream)
1 tbsp organic honey (you could leave this out if vegan or use rice malt syrup for consistency but it doesn’t have the same healing properties)
1 tbsp oat flour
Splash of water
Mash the banana, using the back of a fork, and then add the cream our yoghurt, honey and flour. Stir well with water. You may need to add a little more cream or yoghurt or flour to obtain the consistency of thick cream or yoghurt.
Apply mask to clean face, including the area around the eyes, and leave on for 30 minutes. Rinse with lukewarm water and pat dry. Solution should be refrigerated and will last around 6 weeks.
Note from author: Bananas are one of the most nourishing fruits available because they contain large quantities of magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, iodine, and vitamins A, B (including folic acid), E and F. added to cream and organic honey this moisturising face mask is an ideal anti ageing treatment for skin of all ages.
Notes from me: Bananas are herbs. Sorry. Couldn’t help myself.
Avocado Hair Mask (from Natural Beauty Treatments)
1 tbsp olive oil (optional)
Mash the avocado, adding oil to mixture if desired.
Apply to your hair, beginning at the roots and working toward the ends. cover with a shower cap and a hot towel if desired, and relax for thirty minutes. rinse with warm water. Shampoo and condition as normal.
Note from author: Avocados are one of the mirical workers of Mother Natures cupboard and are packed with nutrients to maintain hair in good condition. With its natural oils, this hair mask is ideal for normal or dry hair.
Notes from me: Blend the avo!!!! Whip it!!!! Do anything you can to have zero chunks. If there are lumpy bits you will likely spend the rest of your evening picking them out of your hair then trying to clean them out of your brushes and combs. It’s a fab recipe but only when the avo is whipped to within an inch of its life.
Nutty Body Scrub (from natural beauty treatments)
100g ground nuts (try almonds or linseeds)
50g wholewheat flour
Water for paste
Combine dry ingredients in a blender until they are reduced to a course mixture. Pour into a glass gar jar with a screw top.
Scoop out a handful and place into a bowl, adding water to make a paste. Rub over your body to loosen any dry or flaking skin. This mixture can be stored in the freezer.
Notes from author: Using natural ingredients such as nuts and oatmeal will not only exfoliate your body without irritating it, but the oil in the nuts will provide a moisturising film to help protect your body from dehydration. Use for all skin type particularly dry.
Notes from me: I follow up a body scrub with a small amount of coconut oil for moisture. My skin is quite dry so this always helps to replenish the moisture and make everything glow. It is also a good way to make friends with dogs as they will follow you around wanting to lick your legs… So don’t panic if you suddenly become the pied piper of neighbourhood pooches.
Hope you get an opportunity to indulge in this inexpensive and natural papering session.