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Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

14th February 2009

Whether you have just 15 minutes or a whole day stretched ahead of you we have a selection of home spa treatments to nurture your body, mind and soul. These restorative and invigorating recipes will have you feeling ready to tackle anything that family life brings.

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

14th February 2009

Melissa Corkhill

By Melissa Corkhill

14th February 2009

If you only have 15 minutes:
PAMPER YOUR VISAGE Start with a facial steaming treatment to revitalize dry skin.
What you need: Bowl; Soft towel; Essential oils of rose and mandarin
What to do: Put two drops of each oil into a large bowl of boiling water. Place a soft fluffy towel over your head and allow your face to soak up the relaxing scented steam for 8 minutes. Finish with a facial massage using 1 tbsp of sweet almond oil with 4 drops of essential oils. Choose from ylang ylang, rose, neroli or frankincense. Gently stroke the oil over your face. Lie down for 5 minutes to allow the oils to soak into your skin.

If you only have 30 minutes:
BEST FOOT FORWARD To make a restorative footbath, take two large bowls. To one bowl add hot water and 4 drops of black pepper essential oil. Fill the other bowl with icy water and 2 drops of peppermint. Bathe your feet in the hot water for 5 minutes, then place in the cold water for 2 minutes. Repeat twice. Now dry your feet with a warm towel and dust with a silky powder. Place 8 tbsp cornstarch and 2 drops each of rosemary and tea tree essential oils in a jar with a lid. Shake to mix and dust your feet with the luxurious silky powder.

BLISSFUL BATHING Make an uplifting bath and luxuriate behind locked doors for half an hour. Take a square piece of muslin. In the centre, place half a lemon, sliced, the grated zest of 1 small orange and a tbsp of grated ginger. Tie up and add to a warm bath for a warming, invigorating soak.

If you have all the time in the world!
FLOWER POWER Make up a spicy rub for your body.
What you need: 4 tsp ground cloves; 2 tsp grated ginger 2 tsp ground cinnamon; 2 tsp ground coriander seeds; 1 tsp ground turmeric 2 tsp grated nutmeg; 1 tbsp ground sandalwood; 4 tsp rice powder (you can use baby rice for this if you have some available); 3 tbsp sweet almond oil; 4 carrots grated
What to do: Mix the spices and rice powder together. Add enough oil to make a paste. Massage this mixture into your skin all over your body, up to your neck. Relax on a towel in a warm bathroom for 10 minutes to allow the spices time to do their work. Using a flannel soaked in warm water, gently wash off the paste. Smooth the carrot over your body to soothe and moisturise the skin. Wash it off and step into a floral bath to complete the indulgent experience.

BATHING BEAUTY
1 Make up a bath oil blend using 3 tbsp sweet almond oil, 15 drops of essential oils such as jasmine, sandalwood, ylang ylang and clary sage.
2 Run a warm bath and surround it with candles.
3 Scatter the bath with petals such as jasmine, rose, hibiscus or frangipani and pour in half the oil.
4 Step in and relax for at least 20 minutes, drinking in the scent and luxurious atmosphere.
5 When ready get out of the bath and using the rest of the scented oil, massage your whole body with long deep strokes.
6 Follow this with a sensual dusting powder, made from 8 tbsp cornstarch and 2 drops each of rose absolute and jasmine essential oils.
7 Lie down in a warm room, lit with candles for some peaceful meditation.

Do you have any natural bathing tips to share? Tell us what helps you to relax at the end of a long day.

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