BY STEVIE WHITE, CIVANA SPA DIRECTOR
As you approach the Spa at CIVANA, you’ll see the sweeping entry includes a Medicine Wheel Spa Garden, complete with four, raised garden beds filled with colorful, fragrant herbs (thyme, mint, lavender, rosemary & basil) and medicinal plants (aloe). Many native North American people have used the Medicine Wheel as a tool for therapies for centuries. A Medicine Wheel can take many different forms. The center of the wheel represents a person’s sense of self. Distinctive plant color groups represent four elements of nature: fire, air, water and earth. These gardens also represent aspects of one’s humanity: spiritual, emotional, intellectual and physical wellness.
These healing ingredients are center stage in many of CIVANA’s spa treatments such as the Medicine Wheel Body Scrub. You can combine common, natural household ingredients with fresh herbs available at the grocery store to make your own DIY spa essentials at home. Here a few simple recipes to bring a bit of the spa into your home with exfoliating body scrubs that help bring out your natural glow.
You can also find any of the below body scrubs included in our CIVANA recommended lists on our our Amazon Storefront.
1. Mix all ingredients in a mixing bowl.
2. Mix thoroughly, adding more oil if too dry and more salt/sugar if too wet.
3. Store in an air-tight, glass container like a mason jar.
4. Use in the bath or shower and massage into the skin.
5. Rinse and apply with your favorite lotion.
6. To make your salt and sugar a smooth texture, use a coffee grinder.
Lavender Vanilla Body Sugar Scrub
Lavender is commonly used for its calming effect, helps to reduce redness and heal blotchy skin.
2 C. Epsom Salt
1 C. Granulated Sugar
2 T. Vanilla Extract
1/2 C. Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
15 drops of Lavender Oil
Aloe Vera Salt Foot Mask
Aloe Vera, a succulent commonly found in the Sonoran Desert, is a medicinal plant that has many antibacterial and antioxidant properties. The gel inside the leaves is a natural sunburn soother and helps relieve skin irritation.
1 C. Oatmeal
1 C. Cornmeal
1 C. Sea Salt, smooth ground
1 C. Olive Oil
3 T. Aloe Vera Gel (fresh if available)
3 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil (topical)
Mint & Lemon Mint Sugar Scrub
Mint helps to brighten complexion and soothes irritations and has a natural cooling effect on the skin.
1 1/4 C. Granulated Sugar
1 T. Lemon Zest
5 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
5 Fresh Mint Leaves, chopped finely
1/2 C. Coconut Oil or Olive Oil
Pink Himalayan Salt & Rosemary Scrub
Rosemary and Pink Himalayan Sea Salt have natural antiseptic properties and helps to disinfect the skin. The salt also helps to soothe cramped muscles and relieve joint pain.
3/4 C. Coconut Oil
1 t. Vitamin E Oil
3 Rosemary Sprigs (leaves pull off & chopped finely)
2 C. Pink Himalayan Salt, smooth ground or purchase as Epsom salt
Basil & Lime Sugar Scrub
Thyme & Olive Oil Scrub
Thyme has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties making a great cleanser for the skin.
1 Fresh Lemon Juice
2 Sprigs of Thyme leaves, leaves removed & chopped finely
6 T. Sea Salt, smooth ground
1 T. Olive Oil
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