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12 Surprising Things to Add to Your Bath
1. Green Tea Bath Recipe- You just need to drop 5-10 green tea bags into your bath while it’s filling. Benefits of a Green Tea Bath- Green tea is well known for its powerful anti-aging benefits. Green tea also has natural antioxidants to detox your body of natural pollutants. 2. Honey Bath Recipe- Pour one cup of honey into your bath while it’s filling. Benefits of a Honey Bath- Adding honey to your bath will moisturize, soften and sooth dry skin. 3. Jello Bath Recipe- Select your favorite flavor of sugar free Jello, add ½ box to your running bath! Benefits of a Jello Bath- Soaking in Jello will not only make your skin smell delicious, it can work miracles on dry skin. Research shows that our mood can be lifted when we inhale fruity scents like watermelon and cherries! 4. Milk Bath Recipe- Add two cups of powdered milk to your bath while it’s filling. Benefits of a Milk Bath- Milk contains lactic acid, which is packed with skin softening properties that leave skin feeling smoother and more resilient. Milk baths are also great for soothing burns and skin after spending too much time in the sun! 5. Olive Oil Bath Recipe- Add three tablespoons of olive oil to your bath while it fills. Benefits of an Olive Oil Bath- When mixed with water, olive oil has the ability to soak deep into your tissues and rejuvenate them. 6. Epsom Salt Bath Recipe- Add 1/2 cup of Epsom salt to running bath water. Benefits of an Epsom Salt Bath- Epsom salts have been known for their powerful ability to relieve aches, pains and sore muscles. Soaking in a bath of Epsom salts will also help reduces muscle inflammation. 7. Oatmeal Bath Recipe- To avoid turning your bath into a giant bowl of porridge, place oatmeal into a tea ball or similar enclosure. Benefits of an Oatmeal Bath- Oatmeal acts as an excellent, all-natural skin softening addition to your bath. 8. Lavender Bath Recipe- Fill a tea bag with dried lavender or put a few drops of lavender essential oil into your running bath. Benefits of a Lavender Bath- The natural properties in lavender are famous for their ability to relieve stress & tension. 9. Lemon Bath Recipe- Squeeze and drop 5-6 lemons into your running bath. If you don’t have lemons, 3/4 cup of bottled lemon juice will work. Benefits of a Lemon Bath- The healing agents in lemons will refresh & revive tired skin. Lemons will also cool the skin, and help tighten large pores! 10. Ginger Bath Recipe- Add one tablespoon of fresh, chopped ginger to your running bath. Benefits of a Ginger Bath- Bathing in a bath of ginger will ease sore muscles, eliminate toxins from the body. The natural anti bacterial properties in ginger will help sweat out colds, flues, and congestion. 11. Baking Soda Bath Recipe- Add 4-5 tablespoons of baking soda to your running bath. Benefits of a Baking Soda Bath- Baking soda acts as a gentle, soothing agent which will sooth & calm irritated skin. 12. Cinnamon Bath Recipe- Drop 3-4 sticks of cinnamon into your running bath. If you don’t have sticks, place ¼ cup of ground cinnamon in a cheesecloth and drop it into your bath. Benefits of a Cinnamon Bath- The natural properties in cinnamon will remove toxins from the body (especially after an illness). Cinnamon baths will invigorate the spirit and elevate your mood.
Got coffee? Wake-me-up coffee scrub it is. DIY Series.
Nothing rouses you in the morning quite like the smell of fresh brewed coffee, and if it offers skin beautifying benefits, you definitely can't lose, so go ahead -- slather some on. A skin-softening body scrub, that also helps to control cellulite, made from coffee grounds and aromatic plant essences is a traditional treatment that's used in Thai and Balinese spas, and it's a luxurious way to start the day. This recipe couples a rich, smoky coffee aroma with the sweet scent of peppermint -- known in aromatherapy for its mentally stimulating, energizing properties. Thanks to raw sugar crystals and olive oil, which exfoliate and moisturize, your body gets a pick-me-up, too. It makes enough for two to three applications. Tools and Materials 1/4 cup olive oil 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 1 cup pure turbinado sugar 15 drops peppermint essential oil (Mentha piperita) 1/2 cup used coffee grounds from a freshly brewed pot Wake-Up Scrub How-To: 1. Combine all ingredients in a medium bowl; using a fork, thoroughly blend. Transfer the scrub to a wide mouthed jar, and store in a cool place until ready to use. The scrub will keep for one to two weeks, longer if refrigerated. 2. While showering, apply handfuls of the coffee scrub to wet skin in circular motions, starting at the feet and working up. The scrub contains oil, so it's best to do this over a rubber mat to avoid slipping. Pay particular attention to rough spots such as heels, ankles, knees, and elbows and cellulite affected areas. 3. After scrubbing, cleanse skin as usual using a mild natural soap or body wash. Pat skin dry with a fluffy towel, and follow with lotion to seal in the moisture. Pamper yourself and let us know what you think.
3 luxury sustainable spas in Bali
Bali has a lot of spas; in some areas, every third shop is a spa. All varieties of spas can be found as well -- from local to international award winning spas. In recent years, a lot of people have become more conscious of what they put on their skin. The skin absorbs up to 60% of what you put on it, so with increasing amounts of chemicals in many products, it can lead to allergies or worse. One way to avoid this is to choose a spa that uses naturally made products and takes an approach that is kind to your skin. Local Indonesian jamu (traditional medicine) methods have always done this but a few luxury spas in Bali not only use natural products but also take the spa experience to a new level of comfort. The Spa at Alila Soori Villas The Spa is housed in a sustainably built house with a view of the Indian Ocean in front. Entering this warm and opulent hideaway, the central spa area is dominated by a beautiful pool that instantly adds a sensuously relaxed atmosphere. The traditional Balinese Beauty Ritual is two hours of pure bliss. Balinese lulur is an ancient village remedy with its origins from the rice farmers of Bali that is recognized as traditional medicine. The treatment is believed to help warm the body, relieve aching joints and help in the recovery of troubled or loose skin. Locally sourced sandalwood, fennel seed, star aniseed, eaglewood and fenugreek are blended together to use during this healing remedy. It is a 60 minutes Balinese Massage, body scrub, body mask and mini facial. The massage uses natural oils and you can choose a beautiful aromatic blend to suit your mood. After the massage, you are gently scrubbed using the herbal warming mixture and then wrapped in a cocoon while the gently heated massage table ensures every pore is cleansed and every muscle relaxed. The therapist performs a revitalizing mini facial as you relax on this wave of warmth. Not only do you feel like you are floating on a cloud after the treatment, but you are also assured that only the most natural ingredients have been used during this process. If you loved the products used, there are a wide range of Alila Spa products for sale to take with you. A particular favorite is the Black Volcanic Soap that is made from Balinese volcanic lava. Ojas Spa, COMO Shambhala Estate This famed wellness retreat outside Ubud is the ultimate luxury hideaway in the forest with an ethos based around holistic principles. If you are not staying here, you can come and get pampered at the beautifully serene Ojas Spa. Ranges of treatments are offered here, including hydrotherapy and Ayurveda treatments. This Zen space is very soothing and, set among vast sounding grounds; it is a quiet retreat to indulge in a treatment. Signature massages are done using specially blended oils made on the estate, sourced from local products and 100 percent natural. The Shambhala signature massage is an hour-long treatment and uses innovative long strokes and medium pressure to both relax and revive spirit and mind. Set in a light airy room looking onto a garden, complemented by clean lines to leave the mind uncluttered, this deeply therapeutic technique performed by a highly skilled therapist feels more like a four handed massage thanks to the expertise of the therapist. This is a deeply relaxing and aromatic experience that leaves the skin smooth and supple. Facials are also available using a range of their homemade products called PURIFIES. These products are based on the principles of aromatherapy, incorporating only premium grade oils free of parabens, petrochemicals, artificial fragrance and color. The PURIFY Holistic Facials are deeply calming and catered to your skin type using these products, along with steam and specialist massage techniques to cleanse and rejuvenate the skin. Not only are the products used at the Ojas Spa kind to your skin, but also to the surrounding environment. Fivelements Puri Ahmisa This healing hotel is located just outside Ubud in a scenic spot with the river flowing through. The spa is perched right along the riverbank so you hear the flow of water easing past as you are experiencing some incredibly therapeutic and natural treatments. This award-winning spa is unique in that not only does it have a wide variety of beauty treatments, but also healing rituals are on offer from Balinese healers and priests. This means that both body and soul can be nurtured naturally in this wonderful sustainably built bamboo spa. Acupressure with Pak Ketut is designed to trigger the body’s self-healing abilities and uses energy transfer to help heal. After starting with transference of energy, the ritual is designed to relieve both physical and mental strain. This can relieve deep-seated tension and trigger the healing process. The healing rituals harness the power of both natural herbal ingredients and energy. The beauty rituals use a wide variety of natural elements found throughout Bali. Probably one of the most healing plants is the coconut. Virgin coconut oil is one of the most healing oils, naturally antibacterial and nourishing. The Coconut Harmony treatment is a deep massage with this oil, followed by a moisturizing bath of coconut milk, the pure blended aromatic Shakti Oil and scattered with Frangipani flowers. A hewn rock bath gently sheltered by foliage looks over the flowing river below melding nature and the spa together. This wonderful bamboo structure is open meaning that it is a totally sensory experience within nature.
Love It Or Hate It: Care For A Massage?
Welcome to the Funny Community game, Love It Or Hate It! This game is really similar to Monday's 'No Good or So Good' food game - except this one deals a lot more with non-food things. Every week, I highlight a different thing that a lot of people either really love or really hate and see how our community feels overall! Last week, I asked you how you felt about CLOWNS! Out of the 60 who gave your opinion, 32 of you said they're freaking LAME. Soooo... clowns have been voted to be NO GOOD!!!!! This week, I want to know: How do you feel about getting massages? Some of us prefer to wind down with a relaxing, deep massage. While others... well, we're not really down to be touched. How do YOU feel about them? Sound off in the comments below, and I'll post the results next week! Debate, debate, debate! @Inaritricx @Taijiotter @wonyeop316 @AimeeH @XergaB20 @JustinaNguyen @Danse @RainaC3 @bnrenchilada @destiny1419 @arnelli @Luci546 @InPlainSight @Ash2424701 @GingerMJones @zwdodds @LenaBlackRose @misssukyi @TerraToyaSi @kneelb4zod @BrookeStam @RachelParker @JaxomB @ultraninja10 @reyestiny93 @MattK95 @MajahnNelson @petname83 @BluBear07 @melifluosmelodi @ZoilaObregon @GossamoKewen95 @TracyLynnn @TiffanyWallace @VixenViVi @DenieceSuit @ButterflyBlu @CelinaGonzalez @MaighdlinS @maddiemoozer @VeronicaArtino @iixel @TomHawthorne @DominiqueThomas @ElizabethT @RiggaFoster @AluSparklez @kvnguyen @chris98vamg @WiviDemol @animechild51 @2Distracted @cthulu @jazziejazz @JessicaChaney @shantalcamara @J1mbleJ4mz @Beeplzzz @carmaa10 @MayraYanez @Kamiamon @HeatherWright @MischiefK1ng @SeoInHan @ShonA @KennyMcCormick @MooshieBay @IMNII @Ikpoper @humairaa @merryjayne13 @zoemvillarreal @lilleonz @ChristinaOMalle @AllieGrabowski @baileykayleen @KarleyFrance @Ticasensei @EasternShell @musicundefined9 @peahyr @TerrecaRiley @MoisEsGaray @atmi @AlidaGarman @sanRico @orenshani7 @jannatd93 @ReadAnimateSwim @Astrohelix @dimplequeen @ChildofSparda13 @grapetoes2000 @sarahpjane @LittleHorn @justinasarmento @deilig @GalaxyTacoCat @amobigbang @LAVONYORK @Jason41 @kpopdeluxegirl @BlackDragon88 @Bobs @paularasnick @Animaniafreak @YumiMiyazaki @Patmanmeow @MarvelTrashcan @kawaiiporpoise @Xiuyeolhyun @MaggieHolm @xDaisyDaysx @yaakattackk @Starbell808 @KyleBerke @fatimajj23 @GabrielMarques @Alletaire @kkimberlyy @Priscillasdoor @chrisg3584 @brandontearss @bradleygialamas @justme29 @buddyesd @changoleon @Sara3 @felicityautumn @ssora @MorghanPorter @IzamarPalomo @realjoy @Heartofgold35 @mscocoasupreme @MyFunkySpell @ChakiahWallace @Krystalstar22 @KarlythePanda66 @JoeyNelson @TonyLepera @dianes6711 @Aripendragon @MichelleHolly @AviannaLin @seouls @AustinThurston @Sammyjuicoooo @divanicola05 @RavenQueen0810 @captpeter @Kourtland @Tsukasakrdcd @MistyTaylorByrd @MariPili @TylerCassalata @SarahRegulski
Why baths are better than showers (opinionated)
Most believe showers are better and healthier because they quickly wash off the dirt of the day and leave your body fresh and clean, but honestly, baths are theoretically more efficient. Here's why: Baths are like an at-home jacuzzi. Filled with bubbly, richly scented soaps and salts, you feel right at home. But that isn't the only thing superior about baths. Bathing has psychologically been proven to be healthier than showers, not because they're warm and smell good, but because they clean deeper than the skin. The heat and scents relax your mind, sending it into a phase that is midway between subconscious and conscious, allowing your muscles to relax almost as if asleep. Your heart slows and body functions slow and after the torture of a hard day at work or school, this is exactly what your body needs; rest. When your body enters this level, stress eradicates itself, and your brain projects good memories, dreams, or even nothing at all depending on your average brain activity. Soaking in the warm water releases tension that is holding in your bones and muscles and releases toxins in your body so be sure to drink plenty of water! Typically, people who take baths are more likely to have a patient, calm, and relaxed personality and handle situations the most gentle and easy way possible, whereas those who shower are more likely to be rushed, frustrated, and are easily irritated and handle situations in negative ways and the harshest just to ensure the problem is over. Needless to say, this study is based on stereotype and select projects and can never be determined for sure as every human being is different and has different tastes. But what's not to try? Mix up your bathing life, add bath salts and experiment with bubble soap and try natural oils. It's all based on making you happy and helping you grow psychologically and keeping your mind as healthy as possible, not deteriorating it with stress. Enjoy your baths!