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A lush towel and robe. Aromatherapy. Soothing music. And some body pampering! Welcome to your DIY homestead spa. It couldn’t be easier! We’ll show you how. Take these 10 simple steps to completely relax and spoil yourself regularly.

DIY Homestead Spa Step 2: Essential Oil Diffuser and/or pretty candles to set the perfect mood.Step 1: Stay Hydrated With Lemon Water

Prepare a small pitcher of lemon water to drink while you soak in the tub (We’re getting to that). Lemon water is rich in vitamin C, hydrates you, aids in digestion, may improve skin tone, and even supports weight loss.

Step 2: Get That Essential Oil Diffuser Workin’

Diffusers are great for transforming the average bathroom into your own personal spa. Keep a handful of essential oils on hand that you find soothing and great for relaxing. Yes, you can use candles instead. Better yet, light some unscented candles even if you a diffuser to create the perfect atmosphere for your homestead spa.

DIY Homestead Spa - Use a soft cloth to remove your face mask.Step 3 : Prepare Your Bath

Not just a plain bath! Step up the spoil factor with a bath bomb, liquid bubble bath, an herbal pouch, etc.

Step 4: Play Some Tunes

I love sound therapy for my homestead spa time. It’s so relaxing! You choose whatever music or sounds give you a sense of calm and help you enjoy the entire experience. Remember, it’s all about you, gorgeous farmgirl!

DIY Homestead Spa Step 7: Soak in a bubby, scented bath.Step 5: Face Mask Time

As the bathtub fills up, deep clean your face and neck with a seaweed mask. This is especially important to do if you’ve been out in the sunlight all day. Put your hair up in a towel or bun and gently smooth on the mask. If you don’t have seaweed mask handy, that’s okay. Use what you’ve got! Clay masks are also fantastic for removing toxins and smoothing the skin. Even a mashed avocado makes a great face mask!

Step 6: Deep Breathing

Take a deep breath in, allowing the abdomen to expand gently. Hold it for a moment or two before exhaling. Repeat 5 times. This will lower your blood pressure, relax your muscles and prepare you for the goodness to come. This is YOUR homestead spa time. Your “me time.”

DIY Homestead Spa Step 3 - Prepare your bath with salts, bombs, or herbal soaks.Step 7: Sink Into Your Luxurious Bath

Remember to relax and take your time. Don’t think about anything but the scents, sounds, and the way your body feels. Exfoliate with a loofah or sugar scrub. Use a bath pillow to lay back and be absolutely still for at least 5 minutes before rinsing. For the best results soak for about 20-25 minutes. Pat yourself dry, but don’t rub all the moisture off! You’ll need it for the next step.

Step 8: Moisturize Your Skin

Immediately choose your favorite body butter fragrance or natural lotion. Your moist skin will drink it in and leave your skin softer than ever. Massage the body butter or lotion in, especially in any areas showing cellulite (Yeah, I’m there with ya). Don’t forget your feet and hands. We farming, gardening gals are on our feet and use our hands a LOT. That’s why we call it a homestead spa. Now wrap yourself up in the warmth of a comfy bath robe.

Step 9: Remember That Face Mask?

Wash off the mask gently with a soft cloth and warm water. Some like to finish with a splash of cold water to close the pores. You do what works best for your skin, but don’t forget to moisturize and use an anti-aging serum.

Step 10: Finish Your Lemon Water

Before you re-enter real life, finish your lemon water! This keeps the cycle of detoxifying in motion, and you’ll be hydrated from the inside out. Slip into bed. Read a book, magazine or write a passage in your journal. What a restorative evening!

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5 Easy Kitchen Cures for Your Bad Hair Days

by Julie Dees

Let’s face it. We spend a lot of time and money on our appearance. For most of us, our hair truly is our crowning glory. It is most often the first thing someone will notice about us. If your hair isn’t at its best, it can give them a less than stellar impression of you and even start your day off wrong. The old saying about bad hair days is a little too true at times.

Instead of hightailing it to the salon or pulling on a hat every time your hair has issues, turn to your own pantry. You can find the answer to many of your common hair problems already waiting in your kitchen.

Ingredients

Avocado
Apple Cider Vinegar
Banana
Eggs
Honey
Lemon Juice
Mayonnaise
Oatmeal
Olive Oil
Salt
Strawberries
Sweet Almond Oil
Sunflower Oil

Lavender Essential Oil
Peppermint Essential Oil
Rosemary Essential Oil
Tea Tree Oil (melaleuca)

Recipes for No More Bad Hair Days

Deep Conditioner

Combine 2 eggs, 3 tbsp honey, 2 tbsp sunflower or sweet almond oil. Beat until smooth. Add 5 drops each of lavender and rosemary essential oils, stir until mixed. Massage mixture into damp or wet hair. Pile your hair on top of your head and cover with a plastic shower cap or plastic wrap. Continue by wrapping a towel around your head.

Relax and set the timer for 30 minutes. Rinse mixture from hair and then shampoo and condition as usual. Treatment can be done weekly.

Dry Hair

Add one small avocado with 4 tbsp sweet almond oil, and 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar to a blender. Pulse all ingredients together. Stir in 10 drops each of rosemary and tea tree essential oils. Work mixture through hair and scalp.

If hair is long, clip it up before leaving the mixture to set for 15-20 minutes at least. Rinse mixture out and then wash and condition as usual. Good for a monthly treatment.

Oily Hair

Prepare one serving of oatmeal and let it cool. Add two tbsp salt, mix well. Stir in 5 drops each of peppermint and rosemary essential oils. Apply generously to your scalp and allow it to set for 15-20 minutes. Rinse and then shampoo as usual.

Itchy, Dry Scalp

In a small bowl, mix 3 tbsp each of lemon juice, olive oil, and water along with 10 drops of tea tree oil. Set aside while you wet your head. Massage mixture onto wet scalp and allow to sit for 20-30 minutes. Wash and condition hair as usual. Treatment can be reapplied every two weeks.

Sweet Treat for Your Head

Mash ½ banana with 8 strawberries and 1 tbsp mayonnaise. Mix well and massage into washed, wet hair. Cover with a shower cap or plastic wrap and then a towel. Allow to set for about 15-20 minutes before shampooing and conditioning as usual. Can be done weekly.

Do you have a favorite home remedy for your bad hair days? We’d love to hear about it.


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