Did you know that the stress you experience on a daily basis may be making you sick? Studies show that psychological stress can cause your body to be more susceptible to physical ailments, such as high blood pressure, obesity, high cholesterol, and even poor immune function.
What better way to relieve your stress than taking a trip to the spa. In fact, there are many health benefits of going to a luxurious spa retreat. For anyone’s first time it’s important to prepare yourself mentally with valuable tips from the pros so you can really relax and unwind.
You would be surprised at how spa treatments can have profound effects on your health. Natura Ekos
How Spa Treatments Can Improve Your health
It’s no coincidence that massage is one of the most popular services offered by most spas. Therapeutic massage can be extremely helpful to those suffering from muscle pain, stress, depression, allergies, high blood pressure and other circulatory disorders.
Studies have also shown that specific massages relieve chronic arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lymphedema as well.
While there are different types of massages available, each has their specific benefits.
- Deep Tissue Massage: helps with back strain, tension, whiplash, and ridding the body of toxins.
- Swedish Massage: The long, gliding strokes of a Swedish massage help to relieve stress and enhance relaxation. It also increases blood flow and can be extremely energizing.
- Reiki: Otherwise known as ‘universal life energy’, this Japanese technique uses energy to heal illness, relieve pain, and promote spiritual growth.
- Shiatsu: This Japanese form of acupressure uses the body’s meridians to stimulate energy flow, heal illness, and lessen pain.
If you are looking for a way to rid your body of harmful toxins, bacteria, micro-organisms, and environmental pesticides, try scheduling a detox treatment. Detox treatments include:
- Body Wraps: Body wraps are used to increase your body’s internal temperature, inducing an artificial fever. Not only does this encourage your body to release toxins through perspiration, but it also causes an increased production of white blood cells. These white blood cells seek out and destroy harmful intruders.
- Sauna: Steam therapy is a great way to cleanse your pores. As you perspire, toxins and impurities are released.
- Diet: Many spa resorts will serve an exclusive menu of delicious healthy food. There are often detox menus available if you want to detoxify your body from sugar and carbs.
Not only are facials relaxing, but they are also essential in solving some major skin problems. Non-inflammatory acne affects nearly 20% of the population. A deep cleansing facial will exfoliate, clear pores, remove excess oil, hydrate, and sooth facial skin. Many people will begin to see their acne clear up after just a few treatments.
- Chemical Peels: Chemical peels promote exfoliation of the skin using alpha hydroxyl or glycolic acid. This treatment can clear pores and reduce dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, helping to clear up light acne.
- Microdermabrasion: Microdermabrasion is another way to exfoliate the top layer of dead skin cells. You will notice your skin glow after having your face polished with this facial treatment.
Next time you are planning your holiday adventure or a gift for mom, consider the beneficial services at a day spa. Pamper yourself with amazing spa treatments, and boost your health in the process. Who knew that taking care of yourself could feel so wonderful?
Growing Your Own Acne Treatment
Even as Western medicine continues to make exciting discoveries in the realm of skin treatment, certain treatment professionals are going “back to nature.” Herbalists have found skin healing properties in the plants that may be growing in your backyard right now!
If you enjoy gardening, you may be interested in exploring the ways your garden can do more than just deliver delicious dishes to your table every night.
Growing a Garden of Simples
The idea of growing your own medicinal herb garden, or “garden of simples,” is not new. The first known medicinal herb gardens were recorded in the Middle Ages. A “medicinal herb” is considered to be any herb that contains medicinal properties on its own (versus requiring combination with other herbs or ingredients in order to exhibit medicinal benefits). Your medicinal herbs may be used in a variety of ways as remedies for acne.
Root vegetables may not immediately spring to mind when you think of anti-acne and skin-support treatments. However, beet and potato roots in particular have some wonderful skin restoring properties.
- Beets. Beetroots are iron- and vitamin-rich. When you apply beetroot juice to your skin in a paste or clay mask, your complexion will take on a rosy glow and the iron and vitamins will enter through your pores and act as natural detoxifiers to clear away blemishes. You can even drink a glass of beetroot juice daily for skin-supporting maintenance.
- Potatoes. Potato roots (the part you commonly eat) and skin have natural detoxifying properties. You can drink potato juice or apply it as a mask to your face. You can make a simple mask out of the entire potato and apply it to the skin. Vitamin K, A, C, B-complex, beta-carotene and other natural detoxifiers will act to open the skin’s pores and eliminate blemishes.
- Chamomile. Chamomile is not just calming to the mind — it is now known to be calming to the skin as well. The easiest way to use chamomile to cure acne is to steep a tea bag, let it cool and then press it directly to the skin in the area where you have blemishes. You can also mist the cooled tea over your entire face.
- Lavender. Lavender is known as a disinfectant and detoxifier. Lavender is easy to grow and pleasant to drink in a tea or use in an essential oil. You can drink the tea, spritz it on your face with a mister, steam the tea and stand over it to open your pores or apply it in an essential oil combined with witch hazel to clear up blemishes.
- Mint. Mint has wonderful calming and detoxifying properties whether you drink it in a tea or use it as a paste. You can blend fresh mint leaves until minced, cool the minced mixture and then use a Q-tip to apply the mixture directly to your skin for 20 minutes twice per day.
- Basil. Basil has anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties. Basil is best used as an anti-acne agent in dried form. You can grow fresh basil or buy it already dried. Add it to boiling water and let it steep for 20 seconds. Once the basil tea cools you can add it to a mask or dab it on with cotton balls or even use a mister to mist your entire face.
- Thyme. Thyme has captured the attention of British scientists who recently discovered it has more powerful anti-bacterial properties than benzoyl peroxide, which is the active agent in most acne medicines. Use thyme in a mask or cream or make a tincture of thyme with green tea and dab it on with cotton balls or spray it using a mister.
- Oregano. Oregano is best used as a toner for acne cures. Mix with a bit of lemon juice and let it sit for one evening. The next morning, you can either splash it on your face or use a washcloth or dab it directly on blemishes and leave it to work its magic.
With these powerful anti-acne herbs and root vegetables you can say goodbye to harsh acne medications and hello to beautiful, rosy, acne-free skin.