Do-it-yourself home spa treatments that help with seasonal allergies and deep clean from nose to toes (and more)!
It’s time to shed that dry, flakey winter skin and bring out the glow from within! From nose to knees, head to toes, these four super easy DIY spring spa treatments use seasonal fruits and easy-to-find herbs to transition you into the season.
Springtime Herbal Steam
First, let’s deal with those springtime allergies. Pollen from flowering trees and vegetation can lead to sinus congestion. An herbal steam helps open up blocked nasal passages while also purging pores of impurities. For sinus relief, your best bets are eucalyptus, thyme and either rosemary and/or peppermint. Eucalyptus is a natural decongestant, thyme helps sooth an irritated throat and mint and rosemary both help to enhance relaxation. Here’s what you need:
- 7 drops of eucalyptus essential oil
- 1 bunch of fresh peppermint
- 1 sprig of fresh rosemary
- 1 sprig of fresh thyme
First, always start with a clean face with your hair held back away from your face. Place the fresh herbs in a large, heat-proof bowl. Boil about 8 cups of filtered water. Pour the water into the bowl over the herbs. Add the eucalyptus oil. Let the mixture steep for 2 minutes. Draping the towel over your head, close your eyes and lean in over the bowl no closer than 12 inches away from the steam. Take deep breaths and steam for about 5 minutes. Follow up with a toner to neutralize pores and a light moisturizer to lock in hydration.
Another trick is to hang a bunch of fresh silver dollar eucalyptus from your shower head. The steam from the shower will help to release the plant oils, which work as a natural decongestant.
Mango Madness Body Polish
Mad for mangoes? Loaded with Vitamin C and A, this spring/summer fruit makes a delicious body scrub perfect for skin-baring season. Use this before a spray tan or anytime your skin needs a boost. Mix one peeled, chopped, freshly pureed mango with about ½ cup of yellow corn meal and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Massage onto body and rinse.
Pineapple Pedi Peel
Before you break out those flip-flops and sandals, let’s soften those soles. Pineapple, which hits its peak during the spring months, contains an enzyme called bromelain that breaks down dead skin cells. Blend about 1 cup of fresh pineapple in a blender until smooth and frothy. Apply to bottoms of feet, ankles and toes. Rinse after about 10 minutes. For an extra moisture kick, massage with apricot kernel oil or grapeseed seed oil, put on some socks and leave on overnight or as long as possible.
Lemony Fresh Hair Reset
Spring clean your scalp! The lemon juice in this super simple scalp treatment helps dissolve hair product residue while the olive oil gives it a dose of moisture. Mix 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice with 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Massage into scalp and rinse after 2 minutes. Follow with your regular shampoo and conditioner. This is also great to fight flakes and itchy scalp.